Free Therapeutic Recreation Assistant Guide Book
A Stenberg College Publication
Therapeutic Recreation addresses the whole person, focusing on their social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual domains. As defined by Iso-Ahola (1980), “therapeutic recreation is purposeful intervention designed to improve the client’s quality of life through recreation and leisure.” The programs and leisure activities that Therapeutic Recreation Assistants design are evidence-based and outcome-focused. Most importantly, they are person-centred.
Each of the program plans in A Therapeutic Recreation Assistant’s Guide: Program Plans for Older Adults was developed by a Stenberg College student as part of their coursework. They are excellent examples of evidence-based, outcome-focused and person-centred programming. These program plans represent the quality education Stenberg College Therapeutic Recreation Assistant students receive while attending school.
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Accreditation and Recognition
Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar.
In partnership with BC Care Providers Association
Stenberg College and the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) have announced a government-sponsored training program for BC residents to become Therapeutic Recreation Assistants (TRA). As a rural/remote-focused project, preference will be given to those applicants residing outside of the Lower Mainland. All applicants are welcome to apply and encouraged to explore this growing career.*
Click here to submit your expression of interest on the BCCPA website.
*In partnership with the BCCPA, applicants residing outside the lower mainland may be eligible for government funding to complete the Stenberg College Therapeutic Recreation Assistant program. Funding is subject to availability. Applicants are required to meet Stenberg College entrance requirements and BCCPA’s selection process. To be eligible, you must be currently unemployed, precariously employed, or employed but requiring upskilling or training to prepare for changing job requirements or new opportunities. Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person entitled to work in Canada and reside in BC.