CTRA Communities of Practice

Over the past few years the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) has been working hard to create and promote our National Communities of Practice groups. With the launch of the new Communities of Practice (COP) online pages the CTRA Board is excited to support members in connecting with others whom are in the same COP, offer resources, and much more! The CTRA Board would also like to take this time to thank those who have helped create the Communities of Practice and for the Co-Chairs who have graciously volunteered to be a part of this venture.

What is a Community of Practice?

“A Community of Practice (COP) is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals” (Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, 2016).

What are CTRA's Community of Practice?

  • A nation-wide Community of Practice of interested CTRA members
  • A group of TR professionals who work with a similar population/setting
  • TRS’s that would like to collaborate, network, share resources (theories, assessment tools, research, best practices and CEU opportunities, etc.)
  • Professionals striving to continually grow and develop competency

What are the Goals of the Communities of Practice?

  1. To strengthen connections between TR professionals across the country
  2. To strengthen TR practice by providing a forum for sharing best practices and evidence-based research
  3. To support professional growth through opportunities for networking, mentorship, and professional development

What are the Benefits of Joining a Community of Practice?

  • Opportunities to network with other professionals who work in similar areas
  • Develop mentor/mentee relationships
  • Share resources and ideas
  • Identification of professional development needs and opportunities
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other professionals for advocacy and education
  • Contribution to the professional knowledge base by reading, writing, and speaking about TR
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