A career in the leisure and recreation sector offers genuine employment opportunities plus the opportunity to make real difference in the lives of others. It’s a feel-good career choice as your job is to enrich the quality of life of those with barriers to their health and wellbeing.
The Certificate of Leisure and Recreation Program Design is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design and coordinate recreation and leisure activity programs.
This online recreation and leisure program will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to be able to assist with the creation, implementation and evaluation of leisure and activity programs.
This is an ideal course of study for those currently working in the aged sector or for those interested in pursuing entry-level roles such as Activities Officer, Diversional Therapy Assistant, Community Leisure Officer or Recreation Activities Officer.
Unit 1 - Contribute to leisure and health programming
Develop activity / program plans
Consultation with health professional
Client needs and interests
Prepare activity / program plan
Implementation and evaluation strategies
Develop goals and outcomes
Organisation procedures and protocols
Program reflects accepted good practice
Program equipment and resources
Encourage client participation
Promote activity / program
Identify program users
Design and distribute information
Health and safety
Evaluate program effectiveness
Unit 2 - Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
Record client information
Assess client needs
Organisation patient records
Individual strengths, needs and interests
Benefits of recreational activities
Ideas and experiences
Accommodating individual experiences
Promoting effective strategies and partnerships
Enhancing health and well being
Life stages / developments
Ability /capability / capacity of clients
Philosophy and goals
Settings and environments
Clear staff communications
Individual program reviews
Unit 3 - Apply concepts of human psychology to facilitate involvement in leisure programs
Social psychology of leisure
Motivation and freedom
Key behaviour aspects
Aspects of wellbeing
Music and movement
Assist pain management
Visual imagery and distraction
Unit 4 - Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs
Characteristics and symptoms
Impact on participation
Determine client readiness
Equipment and resources
Good Lives Model
Positive behaviour support
Integration of leisure activities
Access and equity
Disadvantages of segregation
Client interests and concerns
Determine recreational needs
Benefits of participation
Reasons / benefits
Barriers to participation
Client capabilities and competence
Risk and safety
Venues and facilities
Issues impacting on health and leisure
Facilitating service delivery
Optimise client involvement
Individual program plans
Unit 5 - Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
Lifespan development stages
Human physical, social and intellectual development
Theories of development
Leisure and recreation
Judgement and decision-making
Health provisions in Australia
Indigenous health services
Life span issues
Goals and objectives
Trust and friendship networks
Client perceptions and attitudes
Age and cultural strategies
Refugees and asylum seekers
Health, wellness, illness and disability
Cultural responses to illness
Illness and stress
Psychological and psychiatric illness
Estimated duration 75 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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