ATRA - Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy

A Training Manual
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Editor(s): Wayne M. Pollock
Nancy D. Montgomery

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With all of the changes occurring in health care, recreational therapists need to be vigilant concerning the need to practice with ethical integrity. As professionals, we must keep pace with the changing health care environment while self-monitoring for ethical conduct.

Serving patients/clients with the highest standard of ethical behavior is paramount for all recreational therapists. A uniform standard of ethical conduct is the basis of our obligations as health care professionals.

All qualified recreational therapists, those individuals holding the CTRS® (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist®) credential from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC®), are expected to practice and adhere to principles that ensure ethical behavior and project a positive image of our profession.

These principles constitute the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Code of Ethics (COE).

Recreational therapists have The Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy & the Self-Assessment Guide (ATRA, 2013) and the aforementioned Code of Ethics that should be used to guide our practice.

ATRA’s Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy: A Training Manual takes the sometimes abstract concepts of ethics and makes them practical and useful for recreational therapists and students in everyday practice.

We are at a point where refinement of our profession is critical to our continued success and growth. It is imperative that all recreational therapists are well versed in the NCTRC® Scope of Practice for the Practice of Recreation Therapy, the ATRA Code of Ethics, and the ATRA Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy & the Self-Assessment Guide.

We must be serious about our dedication to these tenets and integrate them into our daily practice. The benefits are both personal and professional.

Table of Contents: 

Instructions for Use

PART I: Understanding the ATRA Code of Ethics

Principle 1:
by Teresa M. Beck, PhD, CTRS

Principle 2:
by Amber Arrington, CTRS

Principle 3:
by Jeffrey Witman, EdD, CTRS, FDRT; Kelly Niles-Yokum, PhD
and Brian Malcarne, PhD, CTRS

Principle 4:
by Sharon Nichols, CTRS/L, FDRT

Principle 5:
by Maureen Meador, CTRS

Principle 6:
by Tim Passmore, EdD, CTRS/L, FDRT

Principle 7:
Informed Consent
by Al Kaye, MS, CTRS, FDRT, CBIS

Principle 8:
Confidentiality and Privacy
by Laurie Pickard, MA, LRT/CTRS, CCLS

Principle 9:
by Marcia Smith, MA, CTRS

Principle 10:
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
by Thomas K. Skalko, PhD, LRT/CTRS, FDRT

Ethical Reasoning

Appendix A – Creative Exercises
Appendix B – Case Examples
Appendix C – Test Questions
Appendix D – Discussion Questions
Appendix E – Author and Editor Biographies

About the Editor(s)

Wayne M. Pollock

Wayne Pollock is an associate professor at Virginia Wesleyan University, having moved into academia in 2000 after a 15+ year career working as a CTRS in various health care settings.

Wayne received his BS from West Chester University, his MS from the University of North Carolina, and his PhD from Old Dominion University.

Wayne's passion for helping improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities is exemplified in his work as a recreational therapist working with adults with intellectual disabilities and both adolescents and adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

Current research interests involve measuring functional outcomes of individuals with dementia using a technology-based intervention, evidence-based practices, and promoting the ethical practice of recreational therapy.

Wayne remains professionally engaged, serving on the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium and National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification board of directors and was honored to be inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Recreational Therapists in 2014.

Nancy D. Montgomery

Nancy D. Montgomery has a BS from Longwood University, MA from Brigham Young University (degrees in HPER with an emphasis in TR from Longwood and MA  in Recreation Management).

Montgomery started the Therapeutic Recreation Program for the City of Virginia Beach, VA  as a CTRS in 1975 and taught Recreation Therapy at Virginia Wesleyan University from 1988-2010.

Over the course of 35 years in the profession, Montgomery has served on numerous boards and made presentations at the local, state, and national levels.

She was co-chairing the ATRA Ethics Committee at the time of this publication's inception.