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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 

The Professional Development committee is pleased to announce the following new Education Day events in 2020:

TRO Education Day – GTA, March 4, 2020

Click here for registration for this event. The agenda is available here.


TRO Education Day – Kingston, April 24, 2020

More information on sessions and registration "Expanding our TR Knowledge in Dementia Care," taking place April 24 in Kingston, will be available soon. Stay tuned for updates in future issues of the e-TRO News and on this page!


Annual TRO Conference

June 24 – 26, 2020
Alliston, ON

TR practitioners across province look forward to attending the Annual TRO Conference, where they can learn about new and innovative 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 Conference Sessions: 

Didn’t get to conference? Missed 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. Sessions are now available for purchase from the 2019 TRO Conference, as well as past recordings from the 206, 2017, and 2018 TRO Conferences. Thank you to all of the presenters and delegates from these sessions for your cooperation! 

CLICK HERE to purchase Conference Recordings


TRO 2019-2020 Webinar Series

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. Please ensure you are logged in to the TRO website before registering for your webinar.





Click here to purchase your PCC Transcript for the 2019-20 Webinar Series. 

Redefining Senior Fitness from Assessment to Evaluation

November 5, 2019

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

Presenter: Emily Johnson, StrongerU Senior Fitness


Meghan McMasterErin ApothecaryBSO’s Implementation of the Specialized Social Therapist & Collaboration with Recreation in LTC Homes

December 5, 2019

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

Presenters: Erin Apothecary and Meghan McMaster, Alzheimer Society of Chatham Kent


Golf Fore Life

January 16, 2020, 12 to 1 pm

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

Presenters: Julie Laderoute, Peer Helper Coordinator, and Natalie Gleadall, Inclusion Support Coordinator, City of Kitchener



Creating a Body of TR Knowledge for Our Practice and Research Future

February 5, 2020, 11 am to 12 pm

Presenter: Jaylyn Leighton, Editor, TRPR – Journal of TRO

This webinar will focus on creating more awareness around the TRPR – Journal of TRO. The webinar will focus on exploring how to structure both a traditional and non-traditional research paper, discussing the difference between these two types of papers as well as providing examples of each. Further, this webinar will describe the TRPR review process including deadlines and contacts for further information.

Click here to register for the webinar: Creating a Body of TR Knowledge for Our Practice and Research Future


Two Designations or One? A Review of TRO's Registration Designation

March, 11, 2020, 12 pm to 1 pm 

Presenter: Sue Verrilli, R/TRO, TRO President

Following a review by a team of consultants, the Designation Review Steering Committee formed a working group to look at the recommendation to review if TRO should continue with two designations (R/TRO and R/TRO DIP) or move to one designation. The working group will complete their review by December 2019 and make a recommendation one way or the other. The recommendation will be reviewed by the Steering Committee and brought to the TRO Board of Directors for discussion. This webinar will be an opportunity for the TRO membership to weigh in on the decision. We look forward to your input.

Click here to register for the webinar: Two Designations or One? A Review of TRO's Registration Designation


Webinar Recordings

2018-2019 Webinar Series

TRO Webinar Series 2018-2019

The following sessions can all be accessed on our TRO Webinar Recordings page.

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

Session #1: Building a Strengths-Based Team on Purpose Presenter: Nicole Bergman, Engaged Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.

Session #2: Breathe: Heal Yourself from the Inside Out Presenter: Joseanne Spiteri, R/TRO, Owner/Founder, Spiteri Recreation Therapy Services

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.

Session #3: Writing the Blues Presenters: Erin LeDrew, R/TRO, and Katie DuTemple

Session #4: Using Online Tools Effectively for Program Evaluation and Research Presenters: Tiina Liinamaa and Stacy Jowett, R/TRO

Session #5: Providing Adaptations in Programming for Individuals with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety Presenter: Sheelah Rodriguez, Therapeutic Recreation graduate and certified yoga teacher


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


Educational Opportunities

Enhance Your TR Practice Through the Power of the Herd – Part 1 

Join the HERD for an Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) workshop designed specifically for Recreation Therapists (RTs). Enhance your practice by acquiring professional development skills through experiential learning and earn up to 7 PCC points.

Anna-Marie Duffy and Tori Poe are delighted to announce two Part 1 workshop offerings in 2020: 

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

For registration/inquiries: contact Anna-Marie or call at 519-670-6949. 


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 download and 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.