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Therapeutic Recreation Practicum Placements


Student Practicum Placement Requirements

All Professional Member applicants must complete a (minimum) 320 hours of therapeutic recreation practicum placement(s). Practicum placement hour requirement may be met over one or more placements.


The practicum placement must be arranged through a post-secondary education institution and the student must receive course credit for the placement.

The student must placed with a Recreation Therapist(s) Preceptor for at least 250 hours of the practicum placement. The Recreation Therapist(s) Preceptor must be on-site for at least 250 out of the 320 hours. The primary Recreation Therapist Preceptor must arrange for transfer of equitable preceptorship when not available.

Preceptor is a term used to describe a clinician who provides guidance, mentorship and supervision during a clinical placement. “A preceptor works with the learner for a defined period of time to assist the learner in acquiring new competencies required for safe, ethical and quality practice.” ATRA uses this term and Student Supervisor to be consistent with language used across Canadian health care service providers and across Alberta post-secondary institutions.

The clinical placement must have a clinical component where the student is able to observe, learn and practice the Essential Competencies described in the Competency Profile for Recreation Therapists in Alberta for at least 250 hours of the clinical placement.

The Recreation Therapist Preceptor must sign the Therapeutic Recreation Practicum Placement Confirmation Form, declaring that the above three criteria have been met and at the completion of the clinical placement the student has or has not demonstrated the Essential Competencies described in the Competency Profile (ATRA, 2012).

Preceptors, therapeutic recreation program post-secondary institutions and students can contact ATRA’s Education Director to discuss any aspects pertaining to therapeutic recreation practicum placements.