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Welcome to the TRO Webinars On-Demand Platform!

TRO is thrilled to launch our 2021-2022 Webinar Series on our new platform, Thinkific. As previously announced, this new platform makes the process of viewing webinars and receiving PCC transcript points even easier for your use. To learn more about the TRO Webinars on-Demand Platform or to view the video tutorial, click here. A quick overview can be found below the webinar calendar:

2021-2022 Webinar Series Calendar

2021-22 Webinar Series Calendar

The Reformulated Health Protection & Health Promotion Model – September 16 @ 11:00 PM

This session will define what conceptual models are and discuss how the recreation therapy profession develops theories from conceptual models. Once a theory is developed, how does that theory impact our practice? This question will be answered during the session. We will then review the reformulated Health Protection/Health Promotion Model and its application in the practice of recreation therapy. The Health Protection/Health Promotion model in its original model was designed for acute illness and did not reflect the needs of clients experiencing chronic illnesses. The reformulated model has been altered to better reflect the needs of all clients, as well as adding positive psychology to the theoretical foundation of the model.



1. By the end of the session, participants will be able to give an example of the relationship of theory to practice within recreational therapy.

2. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify 100% of the components of the Health Protection/Health Promotion Model.

3. By the end of the session, participants will be able to explain how the Health Protection/Health Promotion Model can be applied with a variety of clients.


Presenter: David R. Austin, PhD, FDRT, FALS

Title: Professor Emeritus

Organization: Indiana University



Introduction to Grants & Funding Proposals – October 21 @ 1:00 PM

Often Therapeutic Recreation professionals must seek out the assistance of grants to fund programs and services but may not have training or experience on how to create strong grant applications and/or funding proposals. In this session, we will discuss the fundamentals of applying for grants with a focus on identifying what information funders are looking for in a successful application. Participants will learn practical tips that will lead to stronger funding applications and will also be presented with best practices on how to find granters.



By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

1. TR’s will be able to identify the four common types of grants, and what motivates funders to support their grant applications in each of the four areas.

2. Provide examples of the two key components of most grant applications and demonstrate what information TR’s should include in each section.

3. By the end of the session, TR’s will learn five strategies for finding funding opportunities.


Presenter: Roxanne Tackie

Title: Co-Founder

Organization: Story Point Consulting


Co-Presenter: Rochelle Greaves

Title: Co-Founder

Organization: Story Point Consulting



Social Skill Engagement through Virtual Programming for Youth with Diverse Abilities in Paediatric Care – November 23 @ 11:00 AM

The “Youth Social Club” program was designed to support youth (12-18) living with diverse abilities with the opportunity to explore leisure interests, facilitate meaningful conversations with peers and illustrate effective decision-making skills when planning weekly sessions. During the webinar co-hosts Ashley Hilliard and Jaymieson O’Neill will address the uniqueness of offering a virtual program for clients in Niagara and Ottawa, as well as provide an explanation for the successes and challenges of running a virtual program for youth with diverse abilities.



By the end of the session, participants will be:

1. Able to state 2successes and 2challenges related to facilitating a virtual program with youth living with diverse abilities.

2. Given at least 3 tools or resources to use when developing their own virtual program for clients.

3. Able to identify 3 benefits to collaborating with a Recreation Therapist and participants through a virtual platform.


Presenter: Ashley Hilliard

Title: Recreation Therapist

Organization: CHEO


Co-Presenter: Jaymieson O’Neill

Title: Recreation Therapist

Organization: Niagara Children’s Centre



The Impact of Varying Job Titles in Recreation Therapy: A Canadian Study – January 17, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Despite attempts by associations and educational institutions to move the profession forward, inconsistencies between job titles across Canada is evident. Mary Dwulit and Dr. Tristan Hopper will share findings from their recent national study and discuss the impacts of varying job titles on the profession. Recommendations will be made based on the findings from data collected in late 2019 and an opportunity for lively discussion with attendees is encouraged!



By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

1. list 3 historical contributing factors that lead to varying titles in recreation therapy.

2. name 5 ways that varying job titles is impacting the profession in Canada now.

3. name 3 solutions to varying job titles in Canada.


Presenter: Mary Dwulit

Title: Recreation Therapist

Organization: Saskatchewan Health Authority


Co-Presenter: Dr. Tristan Hopper

Title: Assistant Professor

Organization: University of Regina



TR Advocacy & You: Time to Raise our Voices & Be Heard – February 23, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Healthcare is a provincial responsibility. With a provincial election coming up in June 2022, we have an opportunity to insert Therapeutic Recreation into the conversation. TRO is developing strategies to raise the voice of Therapeutic Recreation at both the provincial and community levels. This webinar will inspire members of TRO who are working in a variety of settings to become engaged and advocate for the Therapeutic Recreation profession within their local community. We will provide resource templates that include messaging relevant to various areas of practice.



1. Participants will be able to articulate 3 strategies that TRO has undertaken to advocate for the profession of Therapeutic Recreation.

2. Participants will be able to clearly define 2 reasons why they need to advocate for their profession in addition to the efforts of their professional association.

3. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of 3 resources that they can use to advocate for their profession in their local community.


Presenter: Katherine Plested, R/TRO

Title: Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Past- President, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario

Organization: Mount Hope Long-Term Care


Co-Presenter: Rozalyn Werner-Arcé, CAE

Title: Executive Director

Organization: Therapeutic Recreation Ontario

Overview - you have two options:

1. If you want to watch the webinars live or are collecting PCC points/transcript, read the instructions below:

a. To register for the live 2021-2022 webinar series and/or to collect PCC points, please click the following link: https://tro.thinkific.com/courses/2021-2022-webinars

b. Click the Buy $15.00 button (located under the PCC Transcript Webinars: 2021-2022 Series heading) and follow the instructions to create your free Thinkific account. (Note: If you purchase the PCC Transcript option, you can watch the session live or watch the recordings later and still collect PCCs.)

c. Continue to follow the instructions to process your payment.

d. Once payment has been processed, feel free to explore the site further! 

*We recommend completing the registration process in advance so on the day of, you may just log in and join the webinar. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, it will be uploaded to Thinkific within 24hrs after the webinar has finished.*

e. Click the Start Webinar in Zoom button on the day of the webinar to join. Be sure to make note of the start and stop code during the webinar. 

f. After viewing, click complete and continue at the bottom of the page to continue to the survey to type in the start and stop code and complete the session evaluation.

g. All 5 webinars and surveys must be completed before the transcript can be printed.

2. If you are not collecting PCC points/transcript and want to watch the recordings for free, read the instructions below:

a. If you are not collecting PCCs, and want to watch the recordings for professional interest only, click the following link:

b. Click the Free Webinars (no PCC Transcript) course.

c. Click Enroll for free and follow the instructions to create your own free account if you have not done so already.

Questions? Contact Reina Dingman, Special Projects Assistant at intern@trontario.org.

If you have already purchased PCC transcripts for any webinar series and have not yet completed watching the series, contact Stacey Sestric at trodesignation@trontario.org. If you have completed a series, your PCC transcript will be mailed in the next 4 – 6 weeks.

What will change on the new webinar platform?

Many things are staying the same. Previously recorded webinars are still available. You will also still have the option to watch the webinar recordings for free or to earn PCC points and purchase a transcript.

What will be different? There are two main differences:

1. Free webinars are available in one stream. PCC-eligible webinars are in another stream. If you purchase the PCC transcript stream, you must watch all the videos in a series (i.e. watch all 5 of the videos) and enter the start and stop codes after each video. Once you have completed an entire series, you will be able to download your transcript. This means that you will no longer need to wait 4 – 6 weeks for your transcript to arrive in the mail!

2. To watch the live webinars, you must purchase the PCC transcript stream. Live streaming will not be available in the free stream. Videos of the webinar will be posted within 24 hours of the live session.