Special Resolution Meeting-Stay Tuned!

Posted April 18th 2015

To the Members of BCTRA, 


This message is sent on behalf of the BCTRA Board of Directors, who met this past weekend to discuss membership criteria.


As a result we are asking membership to please stay tuned for a Special Meeting announcement – we are planning for early June. The board is working very hard to find a venue that can host on site meeting attendance and video conferencing.


This meeting will be held to vote on a Board endorsed Special Resolution regarding membership criteria. The Special Resolution and options for voting (In-person attendance, video conference voting and proxy voting) will be explained within the next few weeks. 


Watch for details and further information.



I would like to remind you about BCTRA Membership Renewal

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed his or her membership!  This is a reminder notice for those who have not yet renewed.  Please take the time to renew today!

Renew in 4 easy steps:


1.    Log in to your BCTRA Account at www.bctra.org 

2.    Review your profile and use the “Edit Profile” button to make any necessary changes. 

3.    Once your profile is up to date, click the Membership Renewal Payment link under Members-Only Resources

4.    Choose the appropriate Membership type and make your payment.  



There is a new Membership type for new graduates of a Therapeutic Recreation program.  Additional details on the website.


If you have any questions, please email Melanie at membership@bctra.org


PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO RENEW YOUR BCTRA MEMBERSHIP!   BCTRA has great education opportunities and a variety of education grants, so don’t miss out!


Again, on behalf of the BCTRA Board of Directors


Thank you


Brenda Kinch, BCTRA President

Recreation Therapy mentioned in Seniors Advocacy for BC report

Posted April 10th 2015

See below links for the annual report that mentions Recreation Therapy as a need in residential facilities in BC. Print & share with your sites!

SA Placement, Drugs, Therapy Report

SA news release Placement Drugs Therapy

Thank you to the Recreation Therapists from Island Health for sharing these reports!

BCTRA Education Grants–Deadline Fast Approaching!

Posted April 9th 2015

Looking for a little extra cash to supplement your course/workshop/conference/exam? Apply now for the BCTRA Education Grant! There are 5 grants available: 4 professional grants and 1 student grant, each valued at $400!

More information is available on the BCTRA website (www.bctra.org). Log in, and search under “Member Documents”.
Hurry! Application deadline is May 1, 2015!

Register Now for April 22nd Webinar!

Posted March 31st 2015

Webinar: Recertification and CEU for Internship Supervision

Are you a CTRS coming up on your recertification date?  Do you supervise internship students? Want more information on the recertification process or the new CEU available for supervising an internship student. Please join us on April 22nd, 2015 from 12-1 for a webinar for answers to your questions.

Session Description:

This 1 hour webinar will provide an in-depth coverage of recertification standards and requirements. Continuing education, professional experience, and re-examination will be described in detail. Utilization of the 2014 NCTRC National Job Analysis Study in relation to recertification requirements will be discussed. The recertification process will be covered along with the new CEU opportunity for internship supervision.

Speaker Bio: Robyn McNeal

Robin is the Coordinator of the Credentialing Process and also a Credentialing Specialist at NCTRC. As the Coordinator of the Credentialing Process, she serves as the primary contact for all internal procedures regarding the NCTRC Credentialing program. She is also responsible for reviewing certification applications and answering questions about each application process. She has 7 years of clinical experience working in various settings including physical rehabilitation and long term care. Robin has her Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Ithaca College. She has attended various local and regional TR conferences and has presented at local and national conferences and colleges on NCTRC Certification, Recertification and Specialty Certification.


Please register for NCTRC Recertification: Continuing Professional Competence and the new CEU Opportunity for Internship Supervision on Apr 22, 2015 11:50 AM PDT at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the CTRS will be able to:

1.   Describe the NCTRC CTRS recertification standards including the two components, interpretive guidelines and necessary hours required for recertification.

2.   Demonstrate the ability to access the 2014 National Job Analysis Study and awareness of how the 2014 National Job Analysis Study relates to recertification.

3.   Describe the NCTRC recertification review process.

4.   Will have an understanding of the new CEU opportunity for supervising an internship student.




Victoria Art Program Featured in the News!

Posted March 23rd 2015

BCTRA Member Johanne Hemond and her Art program was featured on the Victoria News!