Therapeutic Recreation for All Canadians
The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association is a national association of practitioners in the field of Therapeutic Recreation – Incorporated in 1996. The Mission of the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association is to advocate for the Therapeutic Recreation Profession and our Membership by:
- Promoting and facilitating communication between and among members in Therapeutic Recreation.
- Developing and implementing a plan which will lead to national certification of Therapeutic Recreation practitioners.
- Promoting and advancing public awareness and understanding of Therapeutic Recreation.
- Developing and promoting the adoption and implementation of Professional Standards for the delivery of Therapeutic Recreation Services.
- Supporting excellence and advancement in Education and Research in Therapeutic Recreation.
Therapeutic Recreation is a profession which recognizes leisure, recreation and play as integral components of quality of life. Service is provided to individuals who have physical, mental, social or emotional limitations which impact their ability to engage in meaningful leisure experiences.
Therapeutic Recreation is directed toward functional interventions, leisure education and participation opportunities. These processes support the goal of assisting the individual to maximize the independence in leisure, optimal health and the highest possible quality of life.
CODE OF ETHICS
The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and its members endorse and practice the following ethical principles:
I. Professional Virtues:
Professionals act with integrity, protecting and promoting commitment to their service. Professionals act honestly through complete, accurate and clear communications. They do not misrepresent themselves or the profession. In the practice of fairness, intent and implications of service are explained and services/resources are used equitably and conscientiously. Professionals maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills through educational opportunities.
II. Obligation to the Individual and Society:
In advocating the importance of leisure, recreation and play, professionals are committed to equal opportunity and promote balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of others. Professionals are loyal to and committed to the well-being of the individuals they serve. They maintain privacy and confidentiality of the individual being served by practicing informed consent and seeking permission prior to the release of information.
III. Professional Practices:
Professionals strive to provide quality service based on the highest professional standards, deviating from these only when dictated by the needs of the individual. The purpose, results and implications of treatment practices are explained to the individual, striving to maintain their safety and well-being in a client centered approach.
IV. Responsibilities to Colleagues and the Profession:
Professionals practice mutual respect and work cooperatively for the benefit of those they serve. They practice professional and moral conduct in dealing with ethical issues. The Professional Association acts as a governing body and takes appropriate action against those who behave unethically. Professionals practice continued quality management to improve the profession’s ability to serve society. Professionals seek to improve the profession’s body of knowledge through ethical research and clinical teaching.