Join students, alumni, faculty, and TR practitioners in celebrating how research meets practice

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5 – 7 p.m.
Singhmar Centre for Learning, NorQuest College


  • Refreshments, Networking, and Door Prizes
  • Lab Tour
  • Special Research Presentation (ATRA Members:  1 CEU available):


‘Challenge by Choice’:
Meaning-making and Youth-led Approaches to Community-based Therapeutic Recreation
Presented by:  Tristan Hopper, MA, CTRS, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
Deanna Lesage, Recreation Therapist II and Challenge by Choice Program Coordinator, Young Adult Services, Addiction & Mental Health Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services
This session will explore how engaging youth at risk through a youth-led approach to Therapeutic Recreation programming can contribute to more meaningful experiences and lives of marginalized young people. Furthermore, the presentation aims to demonstrate how a youth-led, community-based recreation program ‘Challenge by Choice’ leads to more meaningful engagement of youth at risk.  Uniquely, the presenters of the session are 1) a researcher and b) an experienced Recreation Therapist and through this case example the presentation will bridge the ‘gap’ between research and practice, ultimately demonstrating how practitioners can begin incorporating research and bottom-up, meaningful engagement strategies into practice as demonstrated in the research.


Our team looks forward to celebrating TR Month with you!

Therapy Assistant Association of Alberta’s

11th Annual Education Day


Conference Date: Friday, April 20th, 2018

Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre

6620 36th ST NE, Calgary, AB, T3J 4C8

Theme: “Quality of Life”

More information will be available by the end of February 2018


The goal of our conference, being held May 4-5 2018 at the University of Alberta, is to present innovative and emerging practices highlighting diversity and inclusion in our communities. Professionals from across Canada can meet to share and learn new skills and strategies to build capacity. Sessions will emphasize current evidence- based practices while honoring lived experiences and community histories within a framework of anti-oppression. ASPSH aims to cultivate sex-positive approaches to strengthen communities through knowledge exchange and networking.
To encourage diversity of approaches all presentation formats will be considered. Presentation days/times with be determined by the Program Committee.

Please include the following information either in your email or as an attachment:

  • Title (to reflect the content of the proposal)
  • Primary contact person including email and telephone
  • Presenters (if different than the contact person)
  • Presentation length (select one): 90 minutes, 3-hour workshop, research paper (30 minutes)
  • Key learning objectives (50 words total) to be displayed in the conference program
  • Biography of all presenters (maximum 50 words each)
  • Anticipated audio visual and technology needs

All proposals should be emailed to by January 30th, 2018


Shawn Drefs, BSc., MSc.
Director, Continuing Professional Education
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
Corbett Hall, 3-48N 
Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Phone: 780 492-1587

Fax: 780 492-1626

Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physical Therapy Practice

Are you an internationally trained physical therapist currently working as a therapy assistant?  If so, this program may be of interest.

This graduate level certificate program is designed specifically for IEPTs to bridge to the knowledge, clinical skills and judgment required to deliver safe and effective physiotherapy care and support to adjust to Canadian culture and practices. The Certificate includes online learning modules, in-person labs, clinical mentorship sessions and a full placement. Online work can be done from home. Student attend labs on select Saturdays in Edmonton or Calgary. Mentorship sessions and placements are completed at an affiliated clinic site.

Learn to:

  • Apply knowledge of professional competencies, ethical reasoning and evidence based practice into physiotherapy practice.
  • Consolidate and incorporate clinical reasoning, decision making skills and professional judgement required to deliver safe and effective physiotherapy care in the Canadian setting.
  • Integrate and apply assessment, intervention and evaluation skills across the major practice areas (MSK, CR and Neuro, multi-systems) required for autonomous practice in Canada.

Location: University of Alberta, University of Alberta Calgary Campus