CEU Opportunity – A Daily Nature Practice: Playful Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals

Posted January 20th 2020

The content is CE Pre-Approved by NCTRC for 12 hours of continuing education!

This transformative online course is an 8-week interactive guide to noticing nearby nature for personal and professional self-care.

It’s easy to underestimate how much better we feel and function when we focus our attention, however briefly, on the living earth: gazing at clouds, watching leaves dance in the breeze, or listening to birdsong.

You’ll be guided through the process of creating enjoyable new habits that help you to thrive in your daily life. Benefits of this course can include more energy and job satisfaction, reduced stress, feelings of calm peacefulness, a more playful attitude, and more frequent bursts of joy!

The course content is both playful & profound. Science and art combine in real-life stories, recent research findings, videos, poetry, quotes and graphics to inspire and inform you. Simple nature activities and personal reflections will ground you in the moment and reawaken your childlike sense of wonder about the fascinating world you inhabit.

Enrollment is limited for this interactive learning experience.

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BCTRA WEBINAR on January 29th: Just the Facts – TR Evidence Based Fact Sheets

Posted January 16th 2020

Wednesday January 29th 

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Pre-approved by NCTRC and BCTRA for .10 CEU or 1 Contact Hour of Continuing Education


TR staff often find that they are recommending participation in specific recreation/leisure activities without being completely knowledgeable about the current state of evidence that would indicate potential benefits and/or drawbacks of participation. To overcome this challenge, we are using a “traffic lighting” process to guide the creation of staff documents that summarize the evidence allowing staff to recommend these activities with confidence. These staff documents are then used to create a library of activity-specific fact sheets that condense the evidence in a meaningful way using common language for families. However, these fact sheets aren’t just applicable to families; they can be used as a tool for leisure education for a number of populations and audiences. Specific templates for staff data collection and family fact sheets will be provided. Information will also be provided on the traffic lighting process.

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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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