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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation: Lessons learned while interning in Canada

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM CST
San Antonio I (100 classroom)
Session Description

Internships provide recent graduates with the clinical experience they need to be an effective recreational therapist in the field. Interning in Canada provides insight into the Therapeutic Recreation profession internationally and how it functions within a universal healthcare system. The goal of this presentation is to evaluate international intern experience and how it relates to the profession in the United State. This presentation will be discussion based to allow audience members to ask questions about the similarities and differences in administering therapeutic recreation in Canada in a physical medicine and rehabilitation setting. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions about how universal healthcare affects TR and how professional advancement is being pursued in the province of Alberta.?

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

1. Participants will learn a strategy to promote and encourage the practice of Therapeutic Recreation with individuals with physical disabilities in Canada

2. Provide an example of how universal healthcare affects Therapeutic Recreation and patient care

3. Provide a professional advancement overview of Therapeutic Recreation in Canada through the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association 

NCTRC Job Analysis.
Assessment Process: Selections and Implementation of Assessment, Assessment Domains
Documentation: Individualized intervention plan, Discharge/transition plan
Implementation: Selection of programs, Modalities and/or interventions
Administration of TR/RT Service: Personnel/ intern/volunteer management, Budgeting/fiscal management
Advancement of the Profession: Professionalism, Credential maintenance/ professional competencies, PR/promotion/marketing
Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals
Seasoned Professionals


Marc Zaremski, MS, Indiana University, Foothills Medical Centre