Introducing the Recreation Therapy Assistant Gerontology Certificate Program

Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life. Graduates of the Recreation Therapy Assistant program with a specialization in Gerontology work in a variety of health care settings.  Developed using the standards within the Essential Competency Framework for Therapeutic Recreation as a guide, the curriculum articulates the competencies necessary to practice as a Recreation Therapy Assistant Professional in Ontario.

• RTA’S work under the direction of a Recreation Therapist to deliver recreation therapy services.
• RTA’s assist in the delivery of goal-oriented programs and services to meet the leisure-related needs of clients.
• RTA’s work alongside the therapist(s) and contribute to the continuum of therapeutic services.
• The two main responsibilities of the RTA include program development and program delivery as well as program observation and reporting, in addition to non-direct client activities.
• RTA’s provide input, which will enable the Recreation Therapist to conduct assessments, develop intervention plans or evaluate a client’s progress in relation to the intervention plan.
• RTA’s will practice in accordance with the Standards of Practice set out by TRO.
• The standards of Practice reflect the major functions and competencies for effective performance.
• RTA’s must also perform in accordance with the mission, vision, values, and philosophy of the organization they are employed with.

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Jerry Bishop

Private Career College Consultant since 2004

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