Competencies.... in what do RT/TR's
need to be competent to perform their tasks?
to this Survey
interested in competencies
being able to work with people, patience
Posted by Paola Wierzbicki
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 21:41:43 (EDT), IP Address: 9971173124
Posted by anonymous
Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 17:30:57 (CDT), IP Address: 76127203152
Knowledge of standardized assessments
and documentation skills. Everyone just can't makeup homemade
assessments. We (therapists) must develop a more universal
assessment method (exclusive to the client pop.)and also
have the knowledge to convey what we are doing and a clients
progress in writing and verbally to the professionals that
work along side us. We still to this day have to validate
our existence and let people know that you have to be educated
and trained to have this career.
Myisha Jones TRS
Friday, September 27, 2002 at
assessment skills, problem-solving,
leisure awareness/options, potential range of implications
for various diagnosis/abilities
Monday, May 13, 2002 at 22:34:20
It is important that we feel
competent in all that we do. From those of us who have
driven vehicles with locked in wheelchairs in the back
headed to the local bowling alley, to those who are able
to carry through a lock-down restraint in a locked psych
unit. This is who we are. We are multi-talented, multi-tasked
individuals who entered the profession because we do
have this capability to stay afloat. You do need to record
even the small things that you are skilled in, IE. knowing
how to take blood pressures, knowing all the proper safe
transfers and the obvious of your yearly CPR review.
If we as professionals want to maintain the respect that
we have worked so hard for, we must put it in writing.
One of the first things I was told 15 years ago by a
supervisor was, "If it isn't in writing, then who is
to say that it was ever done". We need to know signs/symptoms
of many dx, how to observe the way our patients swallow
their foods and be able to report difficulties which
lead to needing a swallow eval, which often leads to
change in diets, to prevention of aspiration pneumonia.
We need to validate our professional skills. We should
have in place, protocols for each of our groups that
we do. As we know, we always have a purpose, but I love
more than anything being able to open my books and say "this
is my overall goals for this group, and these are the
objectives and here are the interventions/modalities
I plan to use in this group". So we have a lot to put
on our list of competencies, it is work...and as we all
know we work hard everyday.
Penny from SoCal
Saturday, April 06, 2002 at
To be proffessional and flexible.
Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at
I think that in order to have
competency in TR, we need to define what treatment, leisure
ed, and rec participation is. Then we need to ensure
that all residents assigned a treatment program on a
weekly basis. Also measuring outcomes on residents participation
is a must
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
at 09:30:49 (CDT)
LEisure Education Research
Assessment Tools and use of Group Programming and Individual
Programming Running new and creative programs for at
least 2 different populations
Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 11:36:21
For year 2000, we re-educated ourselves
on correctly documenting section N of the MDS, specifically,
amount of time involved in activities. I had discovered after
reviewing quality indicators, there was a significantly high
number of residents involved in little or no involvement in rec
activities (#3). Turns out the rec therapists were not always
including independent activites, family visits, etc. Another
competancy skill had to do with residents being taken outdoors.
We developed and trained ourselves on correct procedures, including
safety, appropriate equipment, and physical therapy assessment
for functional abilities of residents. Also, being sure to include
this on the resident care plan. I used a standard form (checklist)
for each competancy. We are scheduled this week for joint commission
re-survey, so we'll see how it goes!
Gina Ahearn, TRS
Monday, March 05, 2001 at 11:20:47 (CST)
Program planning & implementation.
Assessment. Enthusiasm. Creativity. Therapeutic rapport. Attitude.
Values & Guiding Principles.
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 23:52:06
patience, relaxed, one who does not
get stressed easly, cares about clients and staff, communication
to families, staff and management. Plan ahead for events, organized,
outgoing and most of all have a sense of humor or you won't make
it in this field
Monday, January 01, 2001 at 11:23:24
of community resources, task analysis
Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 22:36:54
Be open-minded; resourceful; creative;
willing to learn from other discipline's; be assertive in gaining
skills and up to date knowledge; believe in the value of the
profession and then share it with your clients and other professionals;
recognize personal strengths and limitations, biases; don't take
yourself or others too seriously; be adaptive to change and always
nurture that which is "good" in your clients.
Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 16:46:02 (CDT)
Our department has just added a Heimlich
Maneuver competency. As you all know, we provide refreshments
at many of our activities not to mention trips to restaurants
and special occation meals. Occasionally our staff has had to
use the Heimlich, so we feel it is vital that all TR staff is
competent to perform this life saving technique.
Mary Grace Lynch, CTRS
Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 11:46:18 (CDT)
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 18:13:56
knowledge of disabilities, medical
terminology, documentation skills ability to make appropriate
Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 13:38:17
Knowledge of the human body and how
it reacts to different disabilities and dieseases. This should
play a major role in how we create a treatment plan for our clients.
OH and NEVER call a client a patient(resident or client is acceptable).
Monday, January 31, 2000 at 11:04:26
the first two years of school should have many, many, many hands on experiences
with a wide variety of populations. Just because an individual wants
to work with a certain population it does not mean the job will be there.
Students need experience working directly with people, yes people skills
are the MOST CRUCIAL skills someone in a recreation field can have! If
you can't communicate you can't be effective.
Tuesday, December 14, 1999 at 20:52:41 (CST)
Out of school we should have basic competentcies
such as diagnosis, assessment, outcome-based care planning, etc. It is
important to also focus on other areas like knowledge of dysphagia diets,
set up of oxygen tanks, taking blood pressure, knowledge of area resources,
transfer techniques, and having specialty areas like aquatic therapy,
knowing the FIM and MDS
Thursday, September 23, 1999 at 00:26:21
All RT's should have a core level
of knowledge re:programming and facilitation (etc) of your activities.
I believe that in order to be respected professionally and be
competitieve, RT's must keep up with all their skills. I have
taken courses in all professional areas: nursing, speech, occupational
and physicial therapy. If I am unfamiliar with a particular diagnosis
I have the professional resources to research and update myself.
You are a better therapist for your patient and treatment team
if you know truely what you are treating!! It is difficult for
me to say which "competencys" are the most important. Certainly
the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written
is a must. But being flexible, resourceful, creative and a team
player in our field is equally important. Most importantly, get
certified - and take quality CEU's courses!!
Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 14:16:02 (CDT)
I think it is so very important for
therapeutic Recreation Directors to be certified and required
to attend yearly conferences and continueing education courses.
They need to keep up on all the new information and improvements
in the field. Clients, Residents and patients deserve it!
Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 22:49:32
Actually, it can all be summed up
in three words:The Golden Rule. So simple, yet so profound and
Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 12:58:30
Trust,listen, and the Golden Rule.
Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 16:39:31 (CDT)
Why is it that having fun is looked
upon as being so negative? I think it is terribly therapeutic.
In fact, I don't mind being referred to as a Funologist! Think
about the role it plays in your life...
Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 16:35:53 (CDT)
Knowledge of various disabilities,
types of interventions.
Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 21:16:14
I work in
long term care with many different dx, but I think one of the
most important attribute that we must have is to acknowlege our
residents are people first, with a past and so much knowlege
to share. Its all about people and I don't care how much education
one has if the main ingredient of respect is not there, it doesn't
matter what letters follow ones name!
Thursday, January 28, 1999 at 00:13:10
skills and an ability to apply theory to practice are critical
competencies. Also - an ability to communicate on a professional
level - both verbally and in written form. We have to be able
to communicate our goals, interventions and outcomes effectively
to our clients and other professionals.
Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 08:57:14 (CST)
always address your residents/clients psycho social needs. You
must be very good at reading people and knowing their likes and
dislikes. This is especially true when you're working w/ dementia
reisdents. You also MUST be able to establish good working relationships
with your CNA's and nursing staff. They must understand what
your job entails and the importance of what you do. You're not
a babysitter! Once they understand that, the respect comes naturally
and you'll work together well. Of course, you also should have
your CTRS or NCCAP certification, but a thousand degrees doesn't
replace on the job expereince. You need to be quick on your feet
and flexibile! The job is unpredictable but always rewarding.
Saturday, January 09, 1999 at 09:30:01 (CST)
flexibility, and the ability to think on your feet and
adjust the activity on the spot to meet the needs of your
clients. Also very important is a sense of humor and at
least a little knowledge about a lot of things!
Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 18:35:49 (PST)
to analyze any situation to think -- to think things out
need to have the ability to look at a situation and come
with strategies to address the situation. Most interns
that I see do not have the ability to apply what they have
learned from a book; the ability to do this would make
intern chances in tr excellent
- Friday, January 16, 1998 at 17:21:56 (PST)
definatly group process. They don't teach it at school
and it's a must to know if you are working with patients.
- Friday, January 09, 1998 at 23:42:58 (PST)
the potential physical, cognitive, behavioral complications
of a disease process to decrease the possibility of risk
to the patient/client/
- Saturday, January 03, 1998 at 09:00:14 (PST)
- Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at 11:12:54 (PST)
ability to empathize with and recognize the needs of an
individual is the area in which we as CTRSs need to be
the most compotent. If a CTRS is able to perform this skill
then all other areas will follow. The second most important
area is being able to observe and assess the strengths
and interests of the individual. Programs developed based
upon the individuals interests prove to more effective
interventions. This as compared to programs developed based
upon the interests of the CTRS.
- Saturday, December 06, 1997 at 09:28:15 (PST)
curriculums for college students
- Monday, December 01, 1997 at 09:41:33 (PST)
a practice model on which to base interventions.
- Sunday, November 23, 1997 at 09:36:52 (PST)
- Friday, November 07, 1997 at 06:38:11 (PST)
activities/process to reflect client needs and strengths.
- Thursday, November 06, 1997 at 11:45:10 (PST)
to plan and implement programs and treatment based on assessed
data. Ability to evaluate programs and progress toward
objectives. Ability to express oneself orally and in writing.
- Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 18:32:27 (PST)
University of Wisconsin at La Crosse has an excellent,
excellent, excellent program. The professors prepare the
students to be professionals and advocates for Therapeutic
Recreation. We are required to do hands on volunteer work
throughout our time here. The students work together as
a family. The course content is extensive(med. language,
special populations I and II, T.R. in the community and
schools, physiology and anatomy, innovative activities,
trends and issues, assessment, programming, leisure education
to name a few). The professors are extremely helpful and
are always available to students. I would strongly reccommend
the program at THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE.
- Monday, November 03, 1997 at 17:34:06 (PST)
ability to listen. 2 empathy. 3 motivation. 4 honesty.
- Wednesday, October 22, 1997 at 15:48:59 (PDT)
flexible and creative, to have the ability to work not
only with clients, but with a multitude of others(staff,
clients' families, volunteers, etc), to be non-judgmental
and open-minded and, finally, to be organized, to see the "big
picture" and able to set priorities.
- Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 22:16:08 (PDT)
ABLE TO MOTIVATE SOLID BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE OF POPULATIONS
CURRENTLY INVOLVED WITH ACCURATE AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
SKILLS FLEXIBILITY WELL ROUNDED REPETOIRE OF PROGRAMS THAT
STIMULATE VARIOUS FUNCTIONING LEVELS EXCEPTIONAL INTERPERSONAL
SKILLS ABILITY TO RELAY INFORMATION IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER
A STRONG AWARENESS OF PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES(NOT EVERYTHING
IS A "THERAPY")
- Saturday, October 04, 1997 at 05:29:02 (PDT)
of disability. A philosphy that allows for great possibilities
no matter how limited a person may seem. Knowlege of adaptive
equipment. Ability to evaluate what is truly important
to each individual, what will help them feel whole? Ability
to be creative.
- Tuesday, September 23, 1997 at 10:49:21 (PDT)
of all our competency needs to be measurable!!! In a clinical
setting we have competency tests on age appropriate activities.
We test on the growth of adolescents through elderly. We
also do the standard disease competency tests. We naturally
do the back safety, kiln instruction, and hand washing.
tired of silly competency testing
- Saturday, September 20, 1997 at 20:29:24 (PDT)
you need to act and dress like a health care professional.
Too many CTRSs lack professionalism. They dress in T-shirts
and ragged clothes all the time. I am sick of being looked
at as a person who plays games only. We are health care
professionals let's act and dress like one and start getting
the respect we deserve.
- Sunday, August 03, 1997 at 09:30:36 (PDT)
most important are the abilities to treat people with dignity
and respect, the abiltiy to laugh at yourself and have
fun, the ability to assess and provide for the needs of
others and the ability to change your mind if something
- Tuesday, July 29, 1997 at 07:56:49 (PDT)
having all the basis competencies, the most important competency
required of a recreational therapist is the ability to
treat all clients/patients with dignity and respect.
Chock, CTRS - Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at 10:30:14 (PDT)
of leisure education knowledge of pysical disablities/implications
for rec particpation, Group leadership/motivation skills.
- Friday, July 18, 1997 at 19:17:25 (PDT)
info on disease processes and implications for TR, group
leadership and group design skills, counselling skills,
assessment skills, the ability to write concisely, original
thinking(!!!!!!!!!- most important!!!!!!!), organization
and time management skills, negotiation skills, flexibility
and commitment. Having a hot area of specialized leisure
ed skills is also a plus!
- Friday, July 18, 1997 at 18:26:47 (PDT)
attitude has a lot to do with the outcome of your work.
If a CTRS's own rec/leisure lifestyle is lacking, how can
they support others with this need? Therefore, if a CTRS
enjoys recreation and has a positive leisure lifestyle,
they will display a more positive outlook to their patients/clients.
More importantly, I feel it is important that a CTRS possesses
inclusionary skills. For example, concentrating on abilities
rather than disabilities. (another place where attitude
comes in) Yes, I feel that it is important to possess assessment
skills, developing goals and objectives and program planning,
yet if their is a negative attitude and lack of enthusiasm,
recreation is not therapeutic. Flexibility is also important.
If you've planned an activity and it flops, be willing
to adapt it so it fits the patients/environment better.
Anyone can graduate from a TR program, but it takes more
than what is in the books to be a CTRS!
- Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 19:54:50 (PDT)
skills, planning an activity with goal and objectives that
meet your assessment.
- Sunday, July 13, 1997 at 12:36:30 (PDT)