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Pathways to ATRA Professional Membership

Pathways to ATRA Professional Membership

Select one of three pathways to become an ATRA Professional member. Please review each of the options to determine your best option.

Pathway 1. Academic Track

(New graduate or new professional member applicant to ATRA) Please select the Entry A Option on the online Application Form

     A. Graduate from a nationally or internationally accredited post-secondary institution meeting three criteria:

  1. Degree or post degree title recreation therapy or therapeutic recreation. A title of recreation and leisure studies is accepted with a specialization / minor in therapeutic recreation.
  2. OR until April 30, 2021, a diploma with degree transfer designation in recreation therapy, therapeutic recreation or recreation and leisure studies is accepted with a specialization / minor in therapeutic recreation. Note: Effective May 1, 2021, the diploma option for new Professional Member applicants will no longer be accepted.
  3. Examples of degrees / diplomas titles not accepted: Recreation and Sport, Management or Tourism (without a specialization or minor in therapeutic recreation), kinesiology, physical education, adapted physical education, community rehabilitation or rehabilitation assistant.

     B. Academic Coursework:

  1. Three (3) courses in Therapeutic Recreation (minimum) [3.0 credits each].
  2. Three (3) courses in General Recreation, Leisure, Leadership or Play [3.0 credits each].
  3. Six (6) supporting courses across three Clinically related Areas [3.0 credits each]:
    1. Psychology (General, Abnormal, Educational, Counseling)
    2. Sociology (Group Dynamics, Leadership, Volunteerism)
    3. Education (Special, Physical, Early Childhood)
    4. Therapies (Music, Art, Dance, Drama)
    5. Health (Health Promotion, Wellness, Health Trends, Community Health, Rehabilitation)
    6. Aging (Gerontology, Aging, Aging Disorders)
    7. Medical (Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology)
    8. Research (Statistics, Evaluation, Research Methods)

     C. Clinical Practicum:

Applicants graduating after May 1, 2011 are required to submit the Practicum Reporting Form.

Pathway 2. Certification Track

Please select the Entry B Option on the online Application Form

 Applicants with Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation granted by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

 

Pathway 3. Return to Practice Track

Applicants submit the Return to Practice Form and do not apply online.

Applicant will provide evidence of Therapeutic Recreation experience:

  1. Previous ATRA Professional Membership (academic credentials previously assessed by ATRA).
  2. Leave of Absence from ATRA of over three consecutive years or more.
  3. Proof of ATRA Professional Membership is a requirement for present employment.
  4. Current job description that outlines roles and responsibilities that aligns with the Competency Profile of Recreation Therapists in Alberta.
  5. Resume outlining professional experience and roles related to therapeutic recreation, health and professional practice.
  6. Continued Competence Evaluation: submission of Continued Competence Form listing forty – five (45) Competence Education Units obtained within the previous three years.