MEPAP Part 2 - Activity Management Program
Course Description and Outline
This course is designed for individuals working in an activity program and who are seeking certification or training as an Activity Assistant or Activity Director. The program is divided into four units. The first unit of this course covers foundations of professionalism, ethics and leadership. The second unit covers administrative management and leadership skills. The third unit focuses on effective communication including listening skills, verbal/nonverbal communication, and oral and written communication. The final unit covers establishing and running an effective volunteer program. The course is approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP #25125-14-M2-NT) and meets the education requirements of the modular education program, part two.
Activity management is the process of directing and leading people and other resources to help deliver quality leisure and therapeutic activity services to the senior population. An activity manager must have a good understanding of the day to day challenges that is involved in running an activity program. Having a solid background in the technical knowledge involved with managing a department and supervising people is critical. Activity professionals learn these skills through training, education and work experience. This Activity Management Program will teach Activity Directors the management skills needed to effectively run a department. Students enrolled in this program should have basic knowledge in the following areas; regulatory compliance, programming and calendar development, standards of practice, aging issues, care planning, documentation, and various intervention techniques.
Upon successful completion of the Activity Management Program, the participant will be awarded a 4 credit award of completion certificate. Completion of the Basic Activity Program (MEPAP part 1) prior to enrolling in the management program is recommended but not required. However, the Basic Activity Program (MEPAP part 1) is a pre-requisite and required for those professionals with less than two years activity experience.
Certification as an Activity Director, Track 4, requires completion of the Basic and Management programs, and additional college credits, work experience, continuing education, and national exam. Please visit NCCAP for certification requirements. (www.nccap.org)
Unit 1 Introduction to Activity Management
- Identify responsibilities of the activity director
- Explore professionalism in the workplace
- Identify role as a manager
- Assess leadership skills
- Explore community resources and opportunities for involvement
- Explore cultural diversity
Unit 2 Activity Department Management Skills
- Identify personnel management skills and techniques
- Explore time and space management
- Explore department record keeping requirements
- Explore quality assurance
Unit 3 Communication Skills for Activity Managers
- Identify communication skills for leadership
- Explore problem solving skills
- Explore in-services, training, and education opportunities
- Explore teamwork
Unit 4 Volunteer Management
- Identify ways for recruiting volunteers
- Explore training and orientation procedures for volunteers
- Identify ways to recognize volunteers
Students currently working in an activity setting will complete a series of practicum assignments. A student who does not currently work in an activity setting will be required to complete 90 hours of internship experience. Please contact the instructor to begin arrangement for internship site.