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Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Courses

Please contact individual schools from the ones listed on the Post-Secondary TR Programs page to find the right fit for you. Be sure to consult with the Registration (R/TRO, R/TRO DIP) Application package for the formal education requirements.

TRO Education Day

TR and Behaviours, November 16, 2018, Sudbury

Thank you to all our speakers and attendees for making the latest TRO Education Day in Sudbury such a great event. Special guest France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt and NDP Health Critic, welcomed more than 40 TR professionals to the TR and Behaviours Education Day. TRO appreciates her recognition of the value our members bring to the health care system and to quality of life.

Thanks also to Event Chair Sue Verrilli, R/TRO and the organizing team – Rhiannon Buffet, R/TRO; Hilary Grieve, R/TRO; Heather Hawrellek; Kai Santala, R/TRO; and Heidi Slotegraaf, R/TRO – for putting together a roster of informative speakers to help Therapeutic Recreation professionals support their clients. 

TRO is working to develop future one-day education and networking events within other areas of the province. Check back on this page for information.


Educational Opportunities

Enhance Your TR Practice Through the Power of the Herd, Kenilworth, ON 

Postponed to Spring 2019, Date TBD

Due to the change in weather conditions, the organizers of this event have decided to reschedule the workshop to spring 2019. We will let you know of the new date in a future issue of e-TRO and through our website and social media channels.

Designed for Recreation Therapists, this equine facilitated learning workshop will enhance your practice through experiential learning. It will be facilitated by Anna-Marie Duffy and Tori Poe, who are both advanced FEEL practitioners, and Kathryn Giffen of Oz Farms. Please note space is limited to six participants for this workshop.

For more information or to register for this event please contact Anna-Marie Duffy

PCC Transcript: This workshop has been approved for up to 7 PCC points. Click here to purchase the PCC transcript for this workshop. If you are a CTRS, you may request a letter of participation to use toward your renewal.


Annual TRO Conference

TR practitioners across province look forward to attending the Annual TRO Conference, where they can learn new innovate program ideas, stay current on the latest TR trends and research, earn Professional Contribution Credits (PCCs) and connect with other TR professionals during the social networking opportunities.


Recorded Sessions: 

Didn’t get to conference? Miss a session or want to see it again? Looking to earn more PCCs? To support our members in their professional development, TRO has recorded several conference sessions. Thank you to all of the presenters and delegates from these sessions for your cooperation! 

CLICK HERE for Conference Recording Details


2018-2019 Webinar Series 

TRO Webinar Series 2018-2019

TRO is pleased to announce our 2018-19 Webinar series! Please see below for descriptions for each of our sessions. After each live webinar has taken place you can access the recording at the corresponding links below. 

Click here to purchase PCCs for the 2018-19 Webinar Series. 

Building a Strengths-Based Team on Purpose

October 16, 2018

Click here to access the recording, slides and post-test for this webinar.

Presenter: Nicole Bergman, Engaged Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.

As Recreation Professionals we’re focused on motivating, inspiring and supporting our clients to reach their goals and enjoy meaningful leisure experiences. However, all too often we feel stuck on teams, or manage teams that zap our energy and leave us depleted at the end of a meeting or workday. How can we improve the team dynamics in the companies, organizations, departments and interdisciplinary teams that we are members, contributors and managers of?  If you’re leading a team or are a member of a team, then join us and learn three strategies that your team can use to leverage its collective genius.  


Breathe: Heal Yourself from the Inside Out

November 22, 2018, 11 am to 12 pm 

Click here to access the recording, slides and post-test for this webinar.

PLEASE NOTE: This session was presented at the 2018 TRO Conference. If you have collected a PCC from this session you will not be eligible for a PCC from viewing this webinar and post-test.

Presenter: Joseanne Spiteri, R/TRO, Owner/Founder, Spiteri Recreation Therapy Services

Have you ever thought about incorporating breathing techniques to maximize your health? Breathing exercises can be practiced by just about anyone and have zero side effects.  In the medical community, there is a growing appreciation for the positive effects of careful, deliberate and specific breathing techniques.  In this session, you will have an opportunity to learn techniques that will improve both physical health and state of mind.  We will use a combination of lectures, demonstrations and seated breathing practices to explore how the breath can do a great deal towards improving your health and wellness as well as those you work with.‚Äč 


Writing the Blues

January 15, 2019, 11 am to 12 pm

Presenters: Erin LeDrew, R/TRO, and Katie DuTemple

Katie DuTempleErin LeDrewThis webinar is about a music workshop that was created by Katie DuTemple, a singer/songwriter volunteer, and is facilitated with Erin LeDrew, R/TRO, CTRS recreation specialist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Participants learn about the blues as an art form, and how to construct a traditional blues song. Through collaborative efforts, participants create lyrics, which are then sung by the volunteer, which creates a powerful impact for the participants. This workshop has generated tremendous therapeutic benefits to the participants who attend, including a new coping strategy, a creative outlet and an increased sense of self-efficacy. Participants are able to use the techniques provided in the workshop to write lyrics and poetry; to journal creatively and to think about difficult topics in a productive way. Most importantly this workshop teaches participants new skills to cope and manage stressors in their life, which is crucial in successful recovery from mental illness and addiction. 

Click here to register for the webinar: Writing the Blues 


Using Online Tools Effectively for Program Evaluation and Research

February 28, 2019, 11 am to 12 pm

Presenters: Tiina Liinamaa and Stacy Jowett, R/TRO

Stacy JowettTiina LiinamaaFree online survey tools are readily available for all of us to use for personal and business use. However, using these tools effectively to obtain information required is a skill unto itself. Surveyees, for example, must be considered in terms of language and accessibility. Questions must be developed carefully and thoughtfully in order to obtain the necessary information. This webinar will provide important tips and details on how to create an effective survey. Also included are some ideas for distribution and motivation to complete and how to implement one on a small or larger scale (in-house or provincial).  

Click here to register for the webinar: Using Online Tools Effectively for Program Evaluation and Research


Providing Adaptations in Programming for Individuals with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety

March 5, 2019, time TBD

Presenter: Shelagh Rodriguez

Registration information to come. 


Webinar Recordings

2017-2018 Webinar Series

Session #1 Active tool for rehabilitation

Session #2 A comparison and contrast of the Registration designation and the CTRS credential

Session #3 It takes the loneliness away!: An innovative program for social isolation

Session #4 Utilization of the Leisure Well-Being Model into the Circle of Practice

Session #5 Evaluating and Implementing Meaningful TR Programs through Calendar Evaluation

2016-2017 Webinar Series

Session #1 Chair Yoga in your 70s, 80s and beyond

Session #2. Registration designation: applying with TRO

Session #3: Conceptions of Suffering & Supporting Persons through Life Review

Session #4: The Journey to TR Publication...the good, the bad and the ugly

Session #5: Therapeutic Recreation & A Strengths-Based Approach

Members click HERE to access all of the webinar recordings & post-tests for free!  

Purchase All 5 of the 2017-18 Recorded TRO Webinars ($75 +hst). Non-Members are welcome to purchase a single webinar for $25 (incl. HST). Please contact our Communications Coordinator for details.

Click on the link below to purchase your PCC Transcript for your initial Registration (R/TRO, R/TRO DIP) or Maintenance application. If you would like a letter of participation for your CTRS renewal, contact Amanda at communications@trontario.org and be sure to follow the instructions outlined above.

Purchase PCC Transcript for 2017-18 Recorded Webinars

Purchase PCC Transcript for 2016-17 Recorded Webinars

Upcoming Events Webpage:

Continuous learning is essential in order to grow as a professional and to stay up-to-date with current research and trends related to the practice of Therapeutic Recreation. TRO members, be sure to login and view our "Upcoming Events" webpage for a list of various educational opportunities. Collecting Professional Contribution Credits (PCCs) for your R/TRO Application or Maintenance package? Any session listed as a "TRO Sponsored Event" on our Upcoming Events page has been pre-approved for PCCs. See below for more details about TRO Sponsored Events. Do you know about an upcoming event that may be of interest to TRO Members? Please let us know by Submitting an Event!  

PCC Application to Become a TRO Sponsored Event:

If you are organizing an educational opportunity, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario is now offering PCC points for members who attend educational opportunities made available by/to regional groups or facilities. Attendees will be awarded 1 PCC point for every 1 hour of education sessions they attend. Only attendees who purchase PCC points will be able to submit the education session along with PCC transcript for points in their Registration (R/TRO, R/TRO DIP) application / maintenance packages. The organizing individual/group must complete the PCC application form and send along with an abstract/brochure (click link above to learn more).

TRO Sponsored Events

Collecting Professional Contribution Credits (PCCs) for your Registration (R/TRO, R/TRO DIP) Application or Maintenance package? Any session listed as a "TRO Sponsored Event" on our Upcoming Events page has been pre-approved for PCCs. Please note: in order to receive your PCC Transcript, you will need to purchase PCCs for the event you are attending and follow the PCC procedures as outlined for the event. 

TRO members have indicated that they want more TRO sponsored educational opportunities in addition to our Annual TRO Conference. One of the ways TRO is addressing this request is by sharing details for PCC-approved opportunities.