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

Presented by: Freya Puszka

Wednesday April 7th, 2021

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Pre-approved for 1 hour of continuing education by NCTRC.


What does it mean to be an ally? An ally is to have someone on your side, and as Recreation Therapists, this is second nature in our practice through implementing person-centered and strengths-based approaches. There are many populations that are in need of allies to feel safe accessing resources.

This presentation will focus on the LGBTQIA2s+ community and how Recreation Therapists can become allies to ensure inclusion in their practice. A refresher of LGBTQIA2s+ terminology and language will be included, as well as tips for Recreation Therapists. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and participate in a Q&A towards the end of the session.

Presenter Bio: 

Freya is a 4th year Therapeutic Recreation Student at Douglas College. She is a passionate ally to the LGBTQIA2s+ community, and has devoted extracurricular activities and areas of study to this topic area. Freya conducted a research project about LGBTQIA2s+ inclusion in Therapeutic Services in their third year, and this presentation is a continuation of her hopes to bring awareness to gaps in education. Freya hopes to encourage others to become allies to individuals experiencing marginalization.

Freya enjoys baking, knitting and walking for her leisure. She is originally from England and has lived in Canada for 15 years.