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Our Mission is to advocate for the Therapeutic Recreation Profession and our Membership.



 CTRA Membership

Joining the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association membership provides access to member only benefits like  Job postings, CTRS database access, profession liability insurance….. 

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 Important Membership Criteria

Please note that membership criteria and fees have changed for the 2015/2016 membership year ….

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 Job Postings

If you wish to post a Therapeutic Recreation job in our members only section (viewed by 700 potentially qualified professionals) contact: websiteadmin@canadian-tr.org

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CTRA 2016/17 BOD

President – Crystal Watson
President Elect – Chris Richard
Past President – Doug Cripps
Secretary – Courtney Bartman
Treasurer – Heather Baker
Western Director – Jane Crawford
Prairie Director – Karla Nogue
Central Director – Jenna Johnstone
Atlantic Director – Carl Ings
Marketing Director – Glenn Skimming
Education Director – Tristan Hopper

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Executive Director
Tanea Goncalves Forward

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Website Administrator
Sara Stukings


Call for Abstracts, “International Conference on Humanizing Health Care: Enhancing Lives. Transforming Care”—Bruyère Continuing Care, October 2017

Bruyère Continuing Care is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the first “International Conference on Humanizing Health Care: Enhancing Lives. Transforming Care.”  The conference will be held on October 19 and 20, 2017, at the Fairmont Château Laurier, downtown Ottawa, Canada.

Abstracts are being accepted from January 17 until March 31, 2017. Please visit our website at http://www.bruyere.org/en/HHC2017 to submit your abstracts. Abstracts will be accepted in English or French. Presentations can be in the language of the abstract submitted.

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to discover, learn, connect and share as we explore emerging trends and best practices designed to enhance the health care consumer experience.

Please circulate this invitation to your networks or colleagues.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at klemaire@bruyere.org or phone 613-562-6262, ext. 1334.

Thank you and have a wonderful day.

University of Lethbridge Press Release

The University of Lethbridge is midway through our second year of the new Therapeutic Recreation program and excited for our first cohort graduating this spring. We continue to have strong support for the program from Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association, the University of Lethbridge, practitioners, and the community-at-large. In the past year we have made huge strides to meet the unique and complex needs of prospective students, including securing funding for the part-time online/blended option for students. This funding allows us to maximize our services and programming for students who wish to complete the program from the comfort of their home. It is our goal to provide further education in the field of Therapeutic Recreation to as many prospective students as possible.

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Request for Participation from those with experience in Mental Health Services

Project:  Create a report listing recommendations on, “How to improve continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient in mental health services.”

Kate and Olivia are seeking professionals or students in this field of work to tell us about their ideas on this matter.   They are interested in learning what other people believe needs improvement as well as what are some things that have worked.  This could include processes of intake, assessment forms, methods for TR communication, roles of clinicians, etc.

Project Goal:  To create important change within our immediate area (between the Abbie J. Lane Hospital and Connections Dartmouth) that can be carried out in other systems in the future.

To participate please Email:  Kate.Kreuz@nshealth.ca or Olivia.Hudson@nshealth.ca


Therapeutic Recreation Journal Call for Papers

TRJ is seeking manuscripts that address innovative uses and critical reflections upon a wide variety of technologies in therapeutic recreation. Manuscripts that address technology in research, education, and/or practice perspectives are highly encouraged. Additionally, qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual approaches are equally encouraged. Manuscripts are due by January 15, 2017.

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CTRA Upcoming Webinars!!

CTRA has a number of upcoming webinars for all members. For more information and registration please go to the following link: Webinars



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