For Therapeutic Recreation Professionals in Canada, What are the Skills and Knowledge Required for Competent Practice?
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The purpose of this study was to identify the knowledge and skills required for competent therapeutic recreation practice in Canada. Research participants were 244 members of therapeutic recreation professional associations in Canada. Results from this study indicated that significant differences in competency areas exist between certified and non-certified therapeutic recreation practitioners, between practitioners with a degree and diploma, between practitioners in varying demographic regions in Canada and between practitioners with varying years practicing in the profession of Therapeutic Recreation. Implications for therapeutic recreation practice and future research are presented for discussion.