Membership FAQ

What does my membership include?

  • Networking and connection opportunities with other members
  • Membership with CTRA and access to all the resources they create (at no further cost)
  • Education opportunities, including pre-approved continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Online learning opportunities, sufficient to earn your CEUs for BCTRA and NCTRC on a yearly basis
  • Community events in your local area which are advertised through the BCTRA’s social media channels
  • Access to the Therapeutic Recreation Journal through joint membership with CTRA
  • Access to the Job Posting Board – where you can post your organization’s employment opportunities and / or search for new opportunities
  • Resources and tools to enhance your practice, including, but not limited to: posters (to be used for promotion of TR), job board, TRJ, links to resources, TR standards of practice, standardized Recreation Therapist job description and a manual for supervising CTRS students.  We are continually adding resources which in future will include position papers, sample program protocols, summaries of key research articles for client groups and evidence-based interventions
  • Education Grants, which any member can apply for education grants as detailed on the Membership Information page [insert link]
  • Access to BC’s hub of information for the public, employers, unions and our partners about therapeutic recreation
  • TR Promotional materials
  • Volunteer opportunities to grow your skills and experience
  • And more!

 

Does BCTRA inform me that my professional membership has lapsed?

BCTRA sends multiple renewal notices prior to your renewal date, as well as, a follow up email reminder.

 

Do I have to earn CEUs to maintain my membership with BCTRA?

All professional members are required to earn 10 contact hours of continuing education units (CEUs) each year to be eligible to renew their professional membership.

 

How can I earn CEUs?

CEUs can be earned by attending webinars, workshops, conferences, seminar, being a presenter of a workshop or poster, sitting on a BCTRA committee, mentoring a practicum or internship student or completing an academic course.

 

Does BCTRA offer education opportunities to earn CEUs?

BCTRA hosts both in-person and web based educational opportunities each year.

 

How do I find out about education opportunities?

Opportunities are posted on the website, on the BCTRA Facebook page and emails are sent to members alerting them about any upcoming education events.

 

What if I don’t earn my yearly required CEUs?

Members who have not earned ten contact hours of continuing education during the membership year will be contacted by a BCTRA Board member. BCTRA is committed to helping members maintain and increase their competence in TR.  A three-month grace period will be provided to earn the necessary CEUs.

 

What is the auditing process?

All professional members are required to submit their CEUs. There will be a random audit of a percentage of all Professional Membership renewals. If your renewal is randomly chosen as one that will be audited, the Membership Director will contact you by email; it will then be your responsibility to provide proof of your learning by the date requested.

 

I have been selected for an audit, what proof am I expected to provide?

Here are some examples of evidence you could submit to support your CEUs:

  • A copy of the workshop, seminar, conference flyer/brochure or program outlining the session synopsis or objectives.
  • Notes from the session you attended
  • Certificates of attendance
  • Webinar emails thanking you for your attendance
  • Transcripts from workshops, seminars, or conferences that are pre-approved for CEUs
  • Transcripts from academic institutions
  • An electronic copy of your PowerPoint presentation or poster along with the conference flyer or brochure

 

Where did our standards of practice originate from?

BCTRA standards of practice (SOP) for Recreation Therapists and Therapeutic Recreation Assistants were adopted from the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) in 2009. CTRA and representatives from each province developed the most recent SOP in 2006 based on best practice throughout Canada.

 

What are our standards of practice (SOP)?

The SOP can be accessed by clicking here or by searching ‘standards of practice’ using the search function available on the BCTRA website.

 

Is BCTRA a college?

BCTRA is not a college, and does not regulate the profession of Therapeutic Recreation in British Columbia. BCTRA is a member-driven association dedicated to promoting and developing the profession of Therapeutic Recreation in British Columbia.

 

Is professional membership in the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) and other provincial associations transferable to BCTRA?

Membership in the CTRA and provincial associations are not transferable to the BCTRA. The BCTRA and the CTRA maintain a joint membership agreement stipulating that all BC residents seeking professional membership with the CTRA must meet the professional membership criteria as established by the BCTRA.  This joint membership agreement ensures that all BC therapeutic recreation practitioners seeking membership benefits have satisfied a consistent standard of Professional Membership criteria. For further inquiries, please refer to the Types of Membership page and requirements and/or contact the BCTRA Director of Membership.

 

What value can BCTRA provide that I don’t already gain from CTRA or NCTRC?

BCTRA is your local TR association and therefore is aware of issues relevant to BC. BCTRA has members province-wide, including Regional Ambassadors who know the specific issues in their regions.

These relationships enable BCTRA to:

  • Offer education opportunities that are relevant to those living in BC
  • Connect fellow BC Recreation Therapists for the purpose of idea sharing ideas and supporting each other in their professional practice
  • Advocate to employers and unions on behalf of Recreation Therapists working in BC
  • Ensure policies and directions taken by CTRA are helpful to BC

 

Can I connect with other members who work in the same area as me?

Yes, when you become a member of BCTRA you have access to a member list where you can view contact information and the population group they work with. BCTRA also hosts networking events and conferences which provide opportunities to connect with other members.

 

What is the membership year?

Our membership year is April 1st – March 31st.

 

What do I do if my membership lapses?

If your membership lapses after the renewal time is over, you must reapply as a new member.

 

What if I’m on Maternity Leave/Medical Leave?

We are working on a membership category for those on leave to acknowledge our members who are on medical or maternity leave. Please follow up with us directly if this applies to you.

 

Why would my employer care if I am a member?

Being a member of BCTRA demonstrates to your employer that you are invested in your career and the profession of Therapeutic Recreation. BCTRA provides its members with opportunities for continued education, allowing you to expand your knowledge of the field, keep up to date with current evidence-based practices and grow your knowledge, skills and experience both professionally and personally.

 

Your BCTRA membership also provides opportunities for professional and personal growth by supporting internal networking with other professional, skilled and educated members to provide and receive support, guidance and ideas from each other.

 

Your membership also benefits your employer by assisting them to attract future employees by providing an accurate and appropriate job description and access to the job posting board to seek new hires for your organization.

 

How many BCTRA members are there?

As of March 2019, BCTRA has 366 members.

It is important to note that this number continues to increase as we continue to grow as a profession and an association. When you become a member of BCTRA you have access to the membership directory which can provide you names and contact information to further support member networking.

 

Who else is a member?

We have three categories of membership, Professional, Supporter and Students. There are individuals in all of these categories of therapeutic recreation throughout BC including front line TR staff, CTRS qualified individuals, recreation therapists, educators, students, TR leaders and many more. People work and study in a variety of practices and with a range of people with varying needs. Welcoming practitioners from all parts of TR service areas to join BCTRA provides us with a diverse and growing membership in BC – uniting our TR voice in the province.

 

How do I become involved?

We are a member and volunteer driven association so there are many opportunities to become involved. To do so connect with a board member, the BCTRA administrative assistant or a regional ambassador who would love to talk to you about ways you can explore these opportunities. There are opportunities to work on committees, board positions and special events. In addition, BCTRA is always searching for good speakers and we do have a newsletter which needs contributions (currently published three times per year).

 

How can I pay for my membership?

You can pay online. BCTRA accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal as methods for payment.

 

Where do I fit?

See the description of the three Types of Membership. For Professional Membership, review the academic requirements to ensure you meet these. For Student Membership, review the documentation you need.

 

As a member, what if I move or change jobs?

You should update your member profile any time your information changes. Log in using the email you used when you became a member. In the upper right corner, click on the ‘edit profile’ button which takes you to the form you completed when you became a member. Scroll down through the Profile form to update and change your personal information including your email and work employer and position. Save changes by selecting ‘update’ button at the end of this form. In addition, you should contact CTRA and BCTRA directly to let them know you have updated information in your profile.

 

What do I need to do to become a member?

See the description on the Types of Membership page.

What Do I Need To Apply:
After consulting the Types of Membership page, determine your eligibility by matching your education and professional experience with the appropriate membership category.

See the three steps to apply below.

You will need to provide the following when filling out the application form:

Personal information: Name, email, address, phone number and supply a password

Education information: Name of the institution from which you graduated, year of graduation, title of credential. If you are applying to be a professional member, you will also need to email or mail your transcript to membership@bctra.org

CTRS Number: If applicable

Practice Area Details: Provide information about the different areas of practice in which you have been employed.

Employment Information: Provide information on where you are currently working

Payment: You will need to provide credit card payment based on your category of membership.

 

How do I apply?

Follow these three steps:

  1. Determine which membership category you qualify for – see the description of the three different membership types on the Types of Membership page.
  2. Go to the Membership page. Scroll down & click on the “APPLY NOW” button and complete the on-line application form.

**Important to note that your membership is linked to the email you submit.

  1. Make on-line payment using a credit card.

 

Please note:

  • Membership fees are due by April 1 each year.
  • After receiving and reviewing your membership application, if you apply for professional membership and do not meet the requirements the membership director will be in contact to discuss your options.

 

I have more questions! Who can I contact?

If you have any more questions relating to membership, please email membership@bctra.org