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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Promote therapeutic recreation in the community 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254240  Promote therapeutic recreation in the community 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of this unit standard is to introduce the learner to the field of therapeutic recreation within a community based setting and other applicable settings. The qualifying learner will work in close association with medical practitioners and occupational therapists to provide recreation activities to individuals with disabilities or illnesses. Using a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings, the learner will maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Through the provision of recreation programmes individuals will be helped to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety, may recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, build confidence, and socialize effectively so that they can enjoy greater independence, as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability. In addition, the qualifying learner will help integrate people with disabilities into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Understanding and interpreting the concepts of therapeutic recreation.
  • Describing the service delivery models and systems for therapeutic recreation in a community.
  • Applying professional ethics in the service delivery of therapeutic recreation.
  • Developing a plan to manage and implement therapeutic recreation programmes.
  • Planning for the use of community resources to promote recreation programme.
  • Implementing and operating a therapeutic recreation programme.
  • Collecting and analysing feedback according to organisation protocols. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that the learner complete the following unit standards before enrolling for this Unit Standard:
  • Explain Leisure and Recreation concepts and the trends which impact on participation within the South African context at NQF Level 4.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • In the context of this unit standard, a recreation programme considers the broad special needs in the community. The programmes incorporate the whole programming philosophy of the organising body, and may make up the overall programme, or total range of programmes, for the organising body for an extended period of time, for example, a season or a year.
  • In the context of this unit standard, a community may pertain to ethnicity, gender, age, geographic boundaries, workplace, special need, or special interest. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand and interpret the concepts of therapeutic recreation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Concepts include holistic approach, recreative experience, treatment of pathology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts of therapeutic recreation are analysed and contextualised within a community environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concepts are compared and incorporated into the plan of action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The concepts of therapeutic recreation are evaluated for their applicability to a particular community. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the service delivery models and systems for therapeutic recreation in the community. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Models include:
  • Special recreation, leisure ability model, activity therapy, health protection/health promotion, treatment.

    Systems include:
  • Health care model, leisure services community model, education and human services. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The models of service delivery are described and the most suitable one is utilised in the plans for a therapeutic recreation programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The service delivery systems are compared and the appropriate system is selected to promote therapeutic recreation in a community. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Service delivery systems include:
  • Medical model, psychosocial rehabilitation model, health and wellness model, managed care, community model, education model, and person centred model.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply professional ethics in the service delivery of therapeutic recreation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Professional ethics includes the code of conduct of the organisation, and the code of conduct as prescribed by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of a professional code of ethics is explained in terms of protecting the status of a profession and the rights of clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A code of conduct is complied with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Participants' integrity, confidentiality, dignity, and autonomy during the therapeutic recreation process is maintained during all activities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop a plan to manage and implement a therapeutic recreation programme. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • To develop a plan the recreation supervisor must use the assessment results and information of the medical practitioner or occupational health therapist to develop the goals of a community based recreation programme.
    The therapeutic recreation plan is developed in conjunction with the relevant medical experts.
  • Plans accommodate participants culture, age, gender, sexual preference, physical, spiritual, social, educational, and economic backgrounds and any related diversity need. Participant plans recognize and promotes inclusion throughout the therapeutic recreation process. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A written plan of operation for therapeutic recreation programs/service sis drawn up in accordance with the department's operational plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A plan include:
  • Vision, mission, objectives, policies and procedures, personnel criteria and practices, protocols and service plans, quality improvement monitors, ethical standards, research and evaluation procedures, safety and risk management directives, scope of service, and mechanisms for program review and participant feedback.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A specific written therapeutic recreation service plan is prepared to guide the delivery of specific programs and services to participants in the therapeutic recreation process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contents of the plan include:
  • Goals, objectives, facilitation, techniques and interventions, leadership and supervision strategies, resources, safety and risk procedures, quality improvement monitors, formative and summative evaluation measures and participant feedback mechanisms.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An intervention plan is described and developed with the assistance of a medical practitioner. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A plan includes:

    Referral information, assessment and progress data, participant diagnosis and needs, goals, objectives, outcome measures, restrictions, contraindications, limitations and precautions, facilitation techniques and interventions employed, referral, discharge, aftercare, and follow-up criteria, quality monitoring and evaluation criteria, and safety and risk protocols.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The policies and procedures of the organisation are understood and included in a community recreation programme. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Plan for the use of community resources to promote a recreation programme. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Community resources may include:

    Equipment, facilities, funding, personnel, patronage, political support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Resource requirements are categorised and sourced for a recreation programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Community resources are identified and evaluated for their availability and suitability for the programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures for getting access to and using community resources in terms of the standard operating procedures of the organising agency, are identified and explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures may include procurement procedures, standard operating procedures, resource consents, use dispensation, traffic management, accessing computer databases and inventories, cultural and ethnic protocols.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plans for the use of available and suitable community resources are developed and documented according to the requirements of the programme. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Implement and operate a therapeutic recreation programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Other individuals are encouraged to assist in establishing a therapeutic relationship with the client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Other individuals include:
  • Participants, care givers, significant others such as family, friends, doctors, nurses, teachers, occupational health therapists.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A safe environment is created to facilitate the implementation of a therapeutic recreation service. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety legislation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A formative evaluation tool is developed to measure the quality and effectiveness of a programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A schedule of programmes and services is presented and co-ordinated in cooperation with the organisation's other services departments. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Collect and analyse feedback according to the programme protocols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data is collected according to the organisation's evaluation policy and protocols as contained in the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effectiveness of programs/services in accordance with the standards of regulatory bodies, including the effectiveness and quality improvement measures are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plans are continued, modified, or discontinued according to the evaluation results and participant responses. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • This Unit Standard will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are able to identify and provide possible solutions that would lead team members to provide therapeutic recreation programmes to meet the special needs in a community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    A learner is able to work as a member of a professional team when presenting information that would lead to successful therapeutic recreation programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are able to collect, organise and evaluate information to provide suitable and appropriate therapeutic recreation programmes to enable the mainstreaming of special needs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively and responsibly, using visual and/or language skills, when explaining therapeutic recreation programme to the community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners can demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when demonstrating knowledge and understanding in meting the special recreation needs in the community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    A learner can participate as a responsible citizen in the life of a local community and the country by understanding how recreation programmes can assist in the upliftment of individuals with special needs. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  60289   National Certificate: Community Recreation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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