Recreation Course Descriptions

REC 150 FOUNDATIONS OF LEISURE SERVICES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to allow the student to become aware of basic concepts of recreation, leisure and play across the lifespan. It stresses an understanding of the history, philosophies and social factors relative to the development and role of the recreation movement and its impact on both leisure services and society. Providers of leisure services and general aspects of various organizations and agencies are investigated. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

REC 160 PROGRAM PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An investigation into the guidelines for program development in various settings as well as developing an understanding of group dynamics and leadership skills as they relate to the delivery of recreation service. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 252 RECREATION ADMINISTRATION I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the organizational policies and practices currently found in various recreation and leisure service agencies and organizations, including public, voluntary/private and commercial sectors. Considerations given to managerial problems and possible solutions and community/agency assessments. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

REC 253 Therapeutic Recreation for Disabilities

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides an overview of therapeutic recreation services as they apply to the needs and nature of specific population groups, such as hospitalized children, elderly, physically disabled, developmentally disabled, emotionally disturbed, substance abusers or the socially deviant. Course work will include the study of medical technology. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

REC/CHS 272 ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will address the major causes of cognitive impairment in the aging, affecting six to 10 percent of those over the age of 65, of which two-thirds have Alzheimer’s disease. Since increasing age is the greatest risk factor for dementia, this course will prepare those involved in the field of aging to better understand and manage the disease. This course is designed for formal health care professionals as well as direct caregivers. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 276 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION IN GERIATRIC SETTINGS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to help students understand the biopsychosocial problems of aging and the attitudes towards aging in America. Other areas to be covered include: economic problems, sexism and aging, community resources and methods of developing recreation resources and programs for this specialized group. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

REC 277 INTRODUCTION TO THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to help prepare students for a career in therapeutic recreation. It provides an introduction to the philosophies procedures and clinical practices of therapeutic recreation including leisure theories and concepts, client assessment, writing behavioral goals, treatment intervention and implementation, documentation and evaluation and the role of therapeutic recreation in relation to current treatment approaches. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 278 LEISURE EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will explore the concept of leisure education and its components as well as investigate the guidelines necessary to develop an understanding of basic counseling skills and techniques. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 279 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION IN PSYCHIATRIC SETTINGS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will focus on therapeutic recreation service within psychiatric settings. It will investigate various mental disorders in relation to their etiology and pathology. The course will explore the effect of mental illness on both physical and psychological development from birth to death. Medication and verbal therapies will be discussed. Design and implementation of therapeutic activities and programs will be explored. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 280 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will provide an overview of the role that therapeutic recreation services plays in meeting the needs of persons with physical disabilities. It will examine the causes, characteristics and impairments of the major physical disabilities, such as plegia, cerebral-palsy, spinal cord injuries, etc. This course will focus on innovative program planning techniques and program ideas, program modifications and adaptations and current issues and trends related to recreation for the disabled. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 281 SKILLS IN RECREATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides students with an overview of various teaching methodologies and leadership techniques relative to small and large group participation in recreation activities. Students engage in practical application of the theoretical concepts through demonstrations in laboratory settings, such as the athletic field, classroom and gymnasium. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Summer and spring.

REC 282 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include an investigation of the developmentally disabled, including the causes, characteristics and implications of this population for therapeutic recreation service. The adaptation and modification of recreation activities as well as the available recreation resources will also be included. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 283 CURRENT ISSUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to keep students up to date on the ever-changing field of therapeutic recreation. Current research will be studied. Students will also have the opportunity to become involved in current community projects. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 284 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION IN COMMUNITY-BASED SETTINGS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An overview of the history, philosophy, guidelines and practices as they relate to inclusive programming for persons with disabilities in community-based settings. This course will investigate both physical and programming issues pertaining to inclusion and accessibility. Administrative concerns, trends, challenges and opportunities in regard to inclusion will be addressed. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

REC 350 ASSESSEMENT, DOCUMENTATION AND EVALUATION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides the recreation student with in-depth clinical training in all aspects of documentation within the treatment planning process utilized in therapeutic recreation. The areas covered include: assessment (standards and practice), medical chart documentation, behavioral observation (techniques and protocol), writing treatment goals and measurable behavioral objectives, measuring participation patterns, activity analysis, program protocol development and evaluation. Course work will involve theory as well as practical application of procedures and assessment instruments. Prerequisite: REC 253 or permission of instructor. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

REC 352 RECREATION ADMINISTRATION II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to analyze the various elements of managing recreational resources. Topics to be discussed include liability and risk management, area and facility design, usage, maintenance and operations. An introduction to finance, budget process and the laws as they pertain to recreation. Prerequisite: REC 252. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring and summer.

REC 486 Leisure service management internship

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to provide students with a full-time continuing experience in a professional recreation organization/agency which offers community recreation services under the supervision of a qualified recreation professional. Students who concentrate in the area of Leisure Service Management must complete REC 486 only.

REC 487 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION internship experience

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to provide students with a full-time continuing experience in a professional recreation organization/agency which offers therapeutic recreation services under the supervision of a qualified recreation professional. Students who want to sit for the certification exam must complete REC 488. Students who are Therapeutic Recreation majors but do not want eligibility to sit for the exam upon graduation must take REC 487. There is a difference in the required weeks/hours and work between these two courses.

REC 488 INTERNSHIP IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is part of the preparation suggested by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. The student interns for a semester under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Students who want to sit for the certification exam must complete REC 488. Students who are Therapeutic Recreation majors but do not want eligibility to sit for the exam upon graduation must take REC 487. There is a difference in the required weeks/hours and work between these two courses. Prerequisite: instructor's approval and completion of major. 12 credits. Fall and spring.

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