Thursday February 23rd, 2023  12:00pm PST

TR month Workshop: Strategies for Working Around the Barriers of Change in TR

Presented by Dr. Colleen Hood and Dr. Lauren Cripps

Session Descriptions:

One of the key goals of therapeutic recreation practice is to support change in our clients. These changes may be small and momentary ( a shift in mood or activation) or they may be broader and more long-lasting ( acquiring the skills and confidence needed to interact with others). But change is hard! It is hard for our clients and it is also hard for us as TR professionals. In this session, we will explore some of the innate barriers to change that are part of being human and we will explore some strategies for overcoming these barriers. The session will focus on implications for our own efforts towards change as well as for our clients.


  • Identify three impacts of the neurobiology of the brain on efforts to change
  • Identify two strategies related to managing the uncomfortable emotions that accompany efforts to change
  • Identify the importance of personally meaningful goals in supporting efforts towards change

Length of Session: 90 minutes

*Free for BCTRA members. $50.00 for non- members. $35 for students.

To register click here.



Maximizing independence and improved function through adaptive fitness for individuals with physical disabilities.

Date: September 22nd, 2022 at 12pm

Presented by: Megan Williamson, BA, NASM, CPT, Adaptive Fitness Specialist

This webinar will give recreation therapists methods to improve their work in assisting people with disabilities in overcoming obstacles. This webinar will discuss assessments, adaptive tools, and factors to take into account when creating fitness programs for people with disabilities to maximize their  independence and enhance their functional ability.

NCTRC codes: Assessment and implementation

Learning outcomes:

Identify 4 barriers that stop people with disabilities from accessing recreational activity and how we can support them overcome these barriers

Identify 2 different modes of assessment for clients using wheelchairs and other mobility aids to set them up for success and support their recreational activities

Identify at least 3 pieces of equipment that can be used to adapt fitness exercises to maximize independence and increase function

Megan Williamson, BA, CPT, author and rehab specialist has 12 years of experience in the field and 7 years working at the Blusson Spinal Cord Center with clients out of the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC). Megan is the owner of Ocean Rehab and Fitness and the head educator at the North American Council of Inclusive Fitness (NACIF). Megan also helps people virtually around the globe on their adaptive fitness and rehabilitation. Now, with the help of her team she offer courses to fitness centers and movement professionals on fitness space inclusion and the skills for coaches working with clients with physical disabilities.

MusicCare: An approach we can all use
Monday, August 29th 2022


          Presenter: Dawn Ellis-Mobbs, Education Manger, Room217

Room 217 has developed the music care approach, which is the intentional use of music by anyone to improve health and well-being. Music, as a means of care is inclusive: everyone is able, and invited to, use music in care – family members, staff, volunteers. The goal of music care is to integrate music into caring relationships, care tasks, personal care plans, and within organizations.

Room 217 has been helping to empower caregivers to integrate music into their regular practices to improve health, wellbeing, quality of life and quality of care. We do that by producing and delivering purposely designed music tools, strategies, education, and standards. For the past 16 years, we have developed programs designed to support caregivers and care communities to increase engagement and life enrichment.

This webinar will provide insight into the origins of our organization and an overview of the music care approach. We will walk through music care LEARN, a hub of learning to build your knowledge and skills for using music in care and provide you with one music care strategy that can be implemented into your scope of practice. This webinar is geared towards provided information on how music can be used in care for anyone and aims to help caregivers be more confident in this approach.

NCTRC job analysis code: IMP

Learning outcomes:

  1. participants will be able to describe and understand the music care approach.
  2. participants will be able to locate professional resources on the musiccare LEARN platform which support the use of using music in care.
  3. Describe at least one key music care strategy that can be used in care.

Dawn Ellis-Mobbs is a music educator and community musician with a passion for integrated arts and multidisciplinary projects connecting to the use of music in care spaces. Dawn has taught both elementary and secondary music and contributed to the develop of a framework for an Integrated Regional Arts Program as a Department Head of Arts in York Region.

Dawn transitioned to the world of Arts Administration as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where she led a team of creative educators and administrators who designed new, innovative programs because of the impact of COVID. This included an intergenerational program called TSOUND Connections which trained members of the orchestra in care calls delivered between musicians and adult care populations.

Dawn is currently the Education Manager with Room 217 and oversees all 8 core programs of music care LEARN hub. She is actively involved with managing the ground-breaking and newly developed CERTIFY program, where she is an instructor, facilitator, speak and program developer.

Sound Off Headphones: Silent Discos, Loud Outcomes

Thursday June 30th at 12pm

         Presenters: Charlotte Jordan, CTRS and Rachelle Forster, CTRS
This webinar focuses on the innovative technology of Sound Off wireless headphones. It will highlight the positive outcomes observed during a guided imagery program for adults and a dance program for people with dementia utilizing the headphones at a long term care facility. This webinar will discuss the headphones, the program plans, positive outcomes, limitations and future plans.

NCTRC job analysis code: IMP, DOC

Learning outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to identify a minimum of 3 interventions to be used with Sound Off Headphones
  2. Participants will be able to identify at least one inclusion and exclusion criteria for these programs.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 goals as identified within the presentation.

* Waiting on CEU application with NCTRC

Assessing for Strengths in Recreation Therapy Practice
Wednesday May 25th  at 12:00pm PST

                              Presenter: Dr. Lynn Anderson
Assessment is the process of discovery. In the strengths approach to recreation therapy practice, assessment provides a deeper understanding of a participant’s strengths, dreams, goals, aspirations, and current status. Assessment helps us understand the context of a participant’s life, including family, community, and other resources. And, last, assessment provides us with information to plan, implement, and evaluate person-centered services. In this webinar, we will review the strengths approach in the assessment process, discuss some useful assessment tools (including the Leisure Competence Measure), and review how assessment can be used to measure overall outcomes for participants and for recreation therapy services.

NCTRC job analysis code: assessment process and documentation

Learning outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to define the strengths approach in health, recreation, and human services and describe at least two ways this approach impacts the assessment process.
  2. Participants will identify internal and external strengths and at least six assessment tools (including the Leisure Competence Measure) to measure and describe them, using an ecological approach.
  3. Participants will be able to identify two ways assessment data can be used to measure outcomes at the individual and program/service level.

About the presenter: Dr. Lynn Anderson, CTRS, CPRP, FDRT, FALS is a Distinguished Service Professor in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at State University of New York at Cortland, and the director for the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center. She has been active in the field of therapeutic recreation, inclusion, and outdoor recreation for over 40 years. Dr. Anderson is the program founder for the graduate therapeutic recreation online programs at SUNY Cortland, where she has developed and delivered online curriculum to graduate students across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Anderson serves as editor and reviewer for several journals in the field and has written three textbooks, including the text Therapeutic Recreation: A Strengths Approach, published by Sagamore-Venture Publishing and Inclusive Leisure: A Strengths-Based Approach, in press with Human Kinetics. Her research focuses on inclusion, strengths approach, flourishing through leisure, therapeutic benefits of nature, and clinical supervision. Dr. Anderson has her master’s degree in outdoor recreation and park management from the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday April 26th 12:00pm PST

Webinar: Flow Finders – The Life Changing Magic of True Engagement : How to help others hack flow state and improve their well-being.  

Presented by Meagan Young, CTRS

Session Descriptions:

Have you ever been so absorbed in an activity that you lost track of time and felt your worries melt away? Can you recall an experience when your skills perfectly matched the intensity of the challenge at hand and it felt effortless? If what I am describing is an experience you are familiar with, according to Positive Psychologist Dr. Mihily Csikszentmihalyi you have found the secret to happiness – Flow.

Flow State is the gold standard for measuring true engagement and research has proven that when we tap into flow state we experience numerous health and well-being related outcomes. During this session we will dive deep into new and innovative flow research and how to take intentional action to access flow state, improving the quality of life for those you serve.

Length of Session: 1.5 hrs

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to define flow state and three ways it can support well-being.
  • Participants will be able to identify the right elements of flow and how to access it.
  • Participants will be able to identify how to identify ideal flow environments, activities and goals while facilitating flow experiences for the clients they work with.

NCTRC Job Analysis – Knowledge Areas Identified

  1. Contributions of play, recreation, and leisure to health, and well-being (e.g., flow theory, benefits, quality of life). (FKW)
  2. Current TR/RT assessment instruments. (FKW)
  3. Individualized intervention plan (e.g., identification of problems, strategies for treatment, modalities). (DOC)
  4. Selection of programs, activities and interventions to achieve the assessed needs of the person(s) served. (IMP)

To register:

evaluation form 2022- flow finders



Implementing DROM -a unique practice combining movement, drumming and mindfulness
Friday, March 25th   at 12:00pm PST

Upgrade your professional toolbox by experiencing an innovative program combining mindfulness and movement! Learn the benefits of implementing DROM (“DR” =drumming + “OM” =meditation) and how it can be modified for any population. Be prepared with your runners and activewear to experience a sample of this exciting new program! Oh, and don’t forget your chair, pillow and wooden spoons 🙂

Learning Objectives
After the session you will be able to:

1. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify at least 3 benefits of physical movement.

2. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify at least 3 benefits of meditation.

3. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify at least 3 outcomes of the implementation of DROM in a clinical setting.

To register:



Overview of PowerHockey Canada: the possibilities of adaptive sports
Friday, January 21st  at 12:00pm PST

Join PowerHockey Canada’s Paul Desaulniers and Meghan Hines for an engaging webinar on the exciting and inclusive parasport of power wheelchair hockey. During this webinar participants will learn about wheelchair hockey, the benefits of being involved both as players and volunteers, as well as the inclusivity of who can play. In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the equipment used and kinds of adaptations needed to support successful participation. Come learn, and be inspired by what is possible for sport opportunities for individuals who use a power wheelchair!

Learning Objectives
After the session you will be able to:
1. Be able to describe the role of PowerHockey and identify at least two ways players and volunteers can be involved

2. Identify at least 4 benefits of being involved in adaptive sports

3. Identify at least 2 adaptations that can used to support successful engagement in sports for those using a power wheelchair

About the Speakers:

Paul Desaulniers (President) and Meghan Hines (Vice President) are two of the co-founders of PowerHockey Canada, established in 2018. Paul is a former player having played for 19 seasons, retiring in 2017, transitioned to a coach. Meghan is a current player and has been doing so since 1999. With a combined experience of 40+ years they offer a wealth of knowledge that is based on their lived experience as players, management, and life with a disability.


Sweet Re-Leaf!

Garden & Nature Programming for Mental Wellness
Monday, May 17 at 12:00pm PST
Exclusive to BCTRA members

This session has been pre-approved for 1 hour of continuing education by NCTRC.

Encourage your program participants (and your colleagues!) to lose themselves in enjoyable experiences of nearby nature for relief (from distress, frustration & rumination) and for improvements in mood, thinking & behaviour.

Learning Objectives
After the session you will be able to:
1. Describe 3 evidence-based mental wellness benefits of engaging with nearby nature for your participant group
2. Offer 4 types of nature-based programming to improve participants’ mood and state of mind
3. Adapt program delivery methods to suit required precautionary measures

About Your Facilitator
Shelagh is a horticultural therapist and educator. For 23 years, she offered garden and nature programming for long-term care residents and for people with mental health issues.

Her playful online program, A Daily Nature Practice, inspires healthcare professionals and caregivers to engage with nearby nature for deeply restorative self-care.

You can find her online program, Garden Activity Signs and educational blog posts at

Tuesday April 13th, 2021

7:00pm – 8:00pm

*This webinar can be used as continuing education credit when renewing your BCTRA membership*

Our presenters ask that participants bring their favourite sensory items (a cozy blanket, wear PJs, essential oil/perfume to smell, a pet for companionship). Essentially, they would like you to feel comfortable and relaxed during their presentation. Participants are free to show off their dog/cat/hamster on camera and enjoy their drink of choice for the evening (tea or hot chocolate etc.).



It is essential for a TR practitioner to regulate their emotions during the work day to effectively perform daily tasks, be able to respond to clients in a professional, courteous, and helpful manner, and to reduce the risk of burn-out. Self-care practices rooted in compassion and self-acceptance such as positive affirmations can boost one’s morale in the workplace environment. Furthermore, monitoring one’s thoughts can reduce negative emotions, and specialized breathing techniques can further alleviate one’s bodily and psychological stress caused by internal and external factors. The participants will learn more about on-site self-care practices as well as what one can do at home to practice self-care.

After the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common signs of emotional exhaustion in themselves or among their staff members
  2. Describe healthy work habits to prevent burnout/emotional exhaustion
  3. Define the parameters that entail proper self-care

Documents: Professional Quality of Life Scale_CF Self Assessment Self Care Plan Worksheet