Upcoming Conference: The Western Canadian Conference on Trauma and Addictions

Posted January 12th 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Friday, May 29, 2020

Edmonton, Alberta

The goal of this conference is to provide professionals with training that focuses on developing new skills, techniques and interventions that allow front-line professionals to enhance their skill set and improve client outcomes. Over the past 20 years, this annual conference has trained over 13,000 front-line mental health professionals.

Visit their website for more information on fees and registration!

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Congratulate our January Education Reimbursement Grant Winners!

Posted January 10th 2020

The following Student Reimbursement Grant was awarded:

Jennifer Parks was awarded the student grant for writing and passing the NCTRC Exam. Congratulations, Jennifer!

The following Professional Reimbursement Grants were awarded:

Kevin Taki was awarded the grant in advance of attending the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ATRA’s conference in April, 2020.

Eva Kwong and Karen Hohn were awarded the grant in advance of attending the 2020 CTRA conference in Jasper.

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Webinar: Emotional CPR Brings Hope, Life and Community to a Sad World

Posted January 8th 2020

Date: January 24th, 2020
Time: 10:30 PST-12:00 PST

This webinar is hosted by PSR Advanced Practice, and will educate participants on eCPR. Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a trauma informed approach for helping persons in distress. Just as CPR restarts a person’s physical heart, eCPR revives people’s emotional heart.

eCPR teaches people the importance of overcoming isolation by connecting, of overcoming powerlessness by sharing ones humanity in a respectful manner, and of relieving numbness by helping the person in distress feel alive and hopeful. By helping people connect in a deeper manner, eCPR helps build community. In learning eCPR, many participants report they learn how to improve their inner dialogue.

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Room 217: Upcoming Webinar

Posted January 5th 2020

Room 217 is hosting their monthly Music Care Webinar this Wednesday January 8th!

This month the topic is Musicians in Healthcare, presented by Nick Cutts.

The webinar will run from 12:30pm-1:30pm PST.  Room 217’s monthly webinars are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and are free of charge! Make sure you register ahead of time to get access.

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Webinar Recordings Now Available

Posted December 5th 2019

There are two CEU approved webinar recordings available for viewing.

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January Education Reimbursement Fund – Apply Now!

Posted December 5th 2019

The BCTRA Education Committee is now taking application for the January 1st Education Reimbursement Fund.

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Changes to the Education Reimbursement Fund

Posted December 5th 2019

BCTRA recognizes there are members who are unable to secure funding through their employers to attend continuing education events or sit for the NCTRC exam. The Association is now offering members and students the opportunity to apply for funds in advance of the event to support their registration, travel, accommodation or fee for sitting for the NCTRC exam.

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Room 217 launches Virtual Learning Studio

Posted November 30th 2019

Room 217 has launched its Virtual Learning Studio, an online classroom that will offer a suite of music care courses. The first course, Recruiting Musicians for Health and Social Care, is now available. This course is ideal for healthcare administrators, program leaders and volunteer coordinators who are already or want to incorporate live music into their programming. The course will take about 1.5 hours to complete, and costs $85. The second course, available Jan. 15, 2020, is on Music and the Aging Brain. Students will learn the impacts and effects of music in dementia, pain, stroke, rehabilitation, and Parkinson’s disease, and will receive extensive references.

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BCTRA Call for Webinars

Posted November 25th 2019

In October and November of 2018, the Education Committee conducted a survey to gain insight into the learning needs of the members of the BCTRA.  When looking at the motivation members have for attending education opportunities 75% of survey respondents stated that they would like to learn what others are doing in the field of TR in BC. The Education Committee is in the initial stages of planning education opportunities for 2020 and this would be an excellent opportunity to share what you are doing.

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Announcing Human Kinetics newly released: Recreational Therapy Assessment

Posted November 21st 2019

About the book

Recreational Therapy Assessment is an evidence-based guide connecting the recreational therapy assessment process with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to help professionals classify individuals’ functionality to better meet the needs of clients. The first of its kind structured to facilitate programming at an individualized level, readers will find protocols for:

  • Older adults
  • Mental health consumers
  • Individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities
  • Those from diverse cultural backgrounds
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