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Activity Directors work with individuals receiving long term care. They are trained in geriatrics, therapeutic interventions and diversion activities to provide the Activity Professional with a strong base of knowledge, as well as the necessary skills and techniques to provide therapeutic activity services to clients and residents in a long term care setting.

The Fundamental and Administrative Skills for Activity Professionals Part I  

Course Purpose

To understand the role of the activity professional in long term health care facilities.  To provide an overview of the history, regulations, diagnostics groups, assessment processes, activity programming, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management.  This course, when combined with the fieldwork practicum meets the state requirements to be qualified as an activity director in Texas.


Course Program

  • Classwork - 96 Hours/9 Weeks
  • Fieldwork Experience - 96 Hours/7 Weeks
  • An overview of the Activity Profession
  • Human development and aging
  • Standards of practice and activity care planning
  • Methods of service delivery of the activity profession

Brief Overview

This Fundamental and Administrative Skills for Activity Professionals Part I course is 16 weeks long with instructor Dorothea Brewer.  Each course is approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and Consortium of Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification (CTRAC-Texas certifying body); as well as meeting the requirements set by the State and Federal guidelines in all 50 States!!!

The course has been designed so that the student will focus directly on the classroom course work for the first 9 weeks.  Once student completes the classroom part of the course they will continue with their 96 Hours Fieldwork Experience beginning week 10 through week 16.  Students will submit their assignments every other week (this schedule will allow the student time management while balancing their work, family and class).  Each student will have non-mandatory accessibility to the instructor through four individual phone chats.  All students are offered optional live chats and classroom forum.  This will allow students the opportunity to interact with other fellow classmates.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will have acquired the knowledge of

  • Understanding the Activity Service as a Profession and role as a Professional
  • Breakdown of the Long Term Care Continuum while developing understanding of the goals and populations by all services in the Long Term Care Continuum
  • Understanding the evaluation and implementation of services regarding needs of clients
  • Understanding human, legal and other organizations
  • Understanding accountability and responsibility
  • Evaluation and Understanding Listening Skills and effective communication
  • Team work and relationships
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution with supervisors, staff and families
  • Use of Assertiveness in negotiation and argumentation
  • Understand the concepts of professionalism and ethics
  • Discuss validity and reliability as an activity professional
  • Identify the Activity professions standard of practice, colleagues, ethics, and professional associations
  • Design a plan for certification through NCCAP and CTRAC
  • Importance of keeping current with trends, research, resources and continuing education within our field
  • Determine areas within the activity profession and patient care that require advocacy
  • Learn the breakdown of adult development
  • Learn the influence of race, gender, class and culture on adult development
  • Understanding of the effects of life events regarding time, order and history
  • Determine long life and life span factors in adult development
  • Universal human needs
  • Identify spirituality and organized belief system and for our residents
  • Understanding of the death and dying process
  • Determine personal motives, goals and limits as an activity professional
  • Identifying ethical strategies to maintain positive relationships with clients
  • Determine effective communication with various types of clients
  • Identifying holistic approaches to care giving
  • Identifying important data to collect for care planning, assessment, and goals
  • Determine the process of recording client progress
  • Learn how to effectively work within the interdisciplinary care planning team and team goal setting
  • Understanding of care conferences and protocols
  • Knowledge of leadership and leading activity groups
  • Understanding and managing group behavior in activities
  • To understand and demonstrate how to develop activity plans for all levels of residents/or clients using all the activity domains.
  • Develop a philosophy for care and including the service delivery
  • Understanding of elements of the activity service design and development.
  • Learning the Individual Comprehensive Assessment
  • Putting together the service design with program implementation with the use of volunteers to make a successful program.

Fieldwork Supervisor Information:

Note: Students may complete their practicum/fieldwork under one of the following professionals below:

  • CTRAC (Consortium of Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification)
  • NCCAP (National Certification Council of Activities Professional)
  • NCTRC (National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification)
  • Qualified Activity Director with at least 5 years or more experience or
  • The Administrator of the Facility

Note: TAAP (Texas Association for Activity Professionals) is NOT an approved affiliation for this course.

Order Required Textbook:

  • Long-Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapist, 6th Edition, Authors: Elizabeth Best-Martini, Mary Anne Weeks, Pricillia Wirth     ISBN-10: 1882883896 | ISBN-13: 978-1882883899 | Edition: 6th
  • Students will need the required textbook listed in the syllabus
  • It is the student’s responsibility to find and order this book by the first week of class.
Fundamentals and Administrative Skills for Activity Professionals I

INTERNET
Course No.                       Date(s)                    Time                      Day                  Room         Instructor
CEGERS 1004 AC02       TBA                         TBA                      MTWTHFSS   Internet       D Brewer
CEGERS 1004 AC03       TBA                         TBA                      MTWTHFSS   Internet       D Brewer
Fee(s): Tuition IN $400.00    Tuition OD $420.00    Other Fees $5.00

Clinical:  Activity Professional I
ALVIN CAMPUS
Course No.                       Date(s)                    Time                      Day                   Room        Instructor
CEGERS 1060 AC02       TBA                         TBA                      MTWTHFSS    Internet       K Connelly
CEGERS 1060 AC02       TBA                         TBA                      MTWTHFSS     Internet       K Connelly
Fee(s): Tuition IN $200.00    Tuition OD $220.00    Other Fees $47.00
 

For more information contact Dr. Rhonda Boone
at 281.756.3805 or rboone@alvincollege.edu


The Fundamental and Administrative Skills for Activity Professionals Part II  

Course Purpose

An advanced course for Activity Professionals which includes activity department responsibilities, a system for developing administrative practices, supervisory skills as well as communication techniques to be used in a facility and with the public To provide an overview of diagnostic groups, assessment processes, activity programming, governmental regulations and documentation requirements for activity professionals. 

Upon completion of this course the student will be eligible to:

  • Apply to take the certification examination through the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (*Must meet the remaining requirements to take the  NCCAP examination)
  • Apply to take the certification examination through the Consortium of Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification

Course Program

  • Classwork/96 Hours/9 Weeks
  • Fieldwork Experience/96 Hours/7 Weeks
  • An overview of the Activity Profession
  • Human Development and Aging
  • Standards of practice and activity care planning
  • Methods of service delivery of the activity profession

Brief Overview

This Fundamental and Administrative Skills for Activity Professionals Part I course is 16 weeks long with instructor Dorothea Brewer.  Each course is approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and Consortium of Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification (CTRAC-Texas certifying body); as well as meeting the requirements set by the State and Federal guidelines in all 50 States!!!

The course has been designed so that the student will focus directly on the classroom course work for the first 9 weeks.  Once student completes the classroom part of the course they will continue with their 96 Hours Fieldwork Experience beginning week 10 through week 16.  Students will submit their assignments every other week (this schedule will allow the student time management while balancing their work, family and class).  Each student will have non-mandatory accessibility to the instructor through four individual phone chats.  All students are offered optional live chats and classroom forum.  This will allow students the opportunity to interact with other fellow classmates.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will have acquired the knowledge to:
  • Identify current regulations, both federal and state, as it relates to activities.
  • Increase his/her knowledge regarding the various organizations that may be potential for professional involvement and resources.
  • Establish own personal code of ethics
  • Identify the areas of responsibility in the job of Activity Professional.
  • Establish an Activity’s Quality Assurance Program for his/her facility.
  • Incorporate the state and federal regulations into the policies and procedures of his/her activity program.
  • Develop safety procedures for his/her activity program.
  • Identify potential areas of non-compliance and techniques to bring the program back into compliance with the state and federal regulations.
  • Define the “quality of life”.

Fieldwork Supervisor Information:

Note:  Students may complete your practicum/fieldwork under one of the following professionals below:

  • CTRAC (Consortium of Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification)
  • NCCAP (National Certification Council of Activities Professional)
  • NCTRC (National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification)
  • Qualified Activity Director with at least 5 years or more experience or
  • The Administrator of the Facility

Note: TAAP (Texas Association for Activity Professionals) is NOT an approved affiliation for this course.

Order Required Textbook:

  • Long-Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapist, 6th Edition, Authors: Elizabeth Best-Martini, Mary Anne Weeks, Pricillia Wirth  ISBN-10: 1882883896 | ISBN-13: 978-1882883899 | Edition: 6th
  • Management in Action: Guidelines for New Managers, Author: William D. Hitt,  Published by: Battelle Press
  • Students will need the required textbook listed in the syllabus
  • It is the student’s responsibility to find and order this book by the first week of class.

Fundamentals and Administrative Skills for Activity Professionals II
INTERNET
Course No.                       Date(s)                          Time                            Days                  Room         Instructor
CEGERS 1004 AC01      TBA                                TBA                             MTWTHFSS    Internet       D Brewer
Fee(s): Tuition IN $400.00 Tuition OD $420.00 Other Fees $5.00


Clinical: Activity Professional II
ALVIN CAMPUS
Course No.                        Date(s)                         Time                          Days                   Room        Instructor

CEGERS 1060 AC01      TBA                                TBA                          MTWTHFSS      Internet      D Brewer
Fee(s): Tuition IN $200.00 Tuition OD $220.00 Other Fees $47.00



To learn more about this ACC program contact
Dr. Rhonda Boone at 281.756.3805 or rboone@alvincollege.edu


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