ATRA Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy - Print

A Training Manual

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Pages: 88

Dimensions: 11 × 8.5 × 1 in

Binding Type: Paperback

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 and 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 and 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.