CTRAC Certification Body of Knowledge

NOTE:  CTRAC has an obligation to verify that CEU’s submitted for recertification are from a recognized CEU approval source.  CEU’s submitted that cannot be verified as being approved by a recognized source cannot be accepted.  CEU certificates must clearly list the approving organization’s name, provider CEU approval #, number of contact and/or CEU hours (example 20 contact hours=2.0 CEU’s), title, and presenter information.  CEU’s must cover 4 areas of CTRAC’s Body of Knowledge.  Check CTRAC website for other related criteria.  Submit questions to info@ctrac.org.

  • CEU’s must come from four areas of the Body of Knowledge; and some areas will be limited:  facility mandatory education is limited to no more than .5 CEU’s (5 contact hours) (NOTE:  TRS may not use facility mandated training toward CEU hours.)
  • Online courses are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours)
  • Foreign and sign language courses are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours)
  • Contribution to continuing education (are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours and contributed within the 2 year period) Professional presentations will be acknowledged as .1 CEU i.e., a two hour workshop not to include introductions, breaks, or meals will be worth .2 CEU’s (2 contact hours). Published works are articles in professional journals and are awarded at a rate of 1.o CEU per publication.
  • Computer courses are limited to no more than .5 CEU’s (five contact hours) [Computer training is not acceptable for TRS recertification]

Topics of Continuing Education

Advancement of TR/Activities Profession Human Development
  • Professionalism
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Recruiting and Retention of Volunteers
  • Publications
  • Professional Standards and Ethical Guidelines
  • Knowledge of Professional Associations  and Organizations
  • Human Development and Growth Throughout the Lifespan
  • Wellness and Self-Esteem
  • Leisure and Aging
  • Theories of Behavioral Change
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Attitudes and Motivation
  • Speech and Communication
Documentation Populations
  • Assessments- RBI/Activity Analysis,
  • Accreditation – JCAHO, CARF, CMS, etc.
  • Treatment Plans
  • Evaluation
  • Progress Notes/Charting/Reports
  • Computer Skills Training
  • Cognitive, Physical, Social, Emotional Disabilities, Mental Illness, Diseases
  • Diversity Factors (e.g., Social, Cultural, Educational, Financial, Geographical, Age, Ethnic, Gender)
Programming Management and Leadership
  • Individual and Group Program Development
  • Individual and Group Program Implementation
  • Individual and Group Program Evaluation
  • Leisure Education
  • Leisure Awareness
  • Knowledge of Adapted Equipment
  • Activity Analysis
  • Special Events Planning
  • Adapted Activities- Games, Arts & Crafts, etc.
  • Sensory Stimulation- Integration
  • Alternative Therapies- e.g., Music Therapy, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Aqua Therapy, Drama Therapy, Pet Therapy, etc.
  • Employee/Volunteer Recruitment, Interviewing, Hiring, Retention, Development, Recognition, Evaluation, Termination
  • Policy and Procedure Manuals
  • Time Management
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting, Billing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Grant Writing
  • Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Consultant’s Education
  • Risk Management/Incident Reporting
  • Job Descriptions
  • Team Building
  • Resident Rights
  • Partnership Co-Op Programs
  • Computer Skills
  • Resident and Family Counseling
Treatment Modalities
  • Medication-Interactions, Implications, Side Effects, Impact on Leisure
  • Nutritional Services-Special Diets, Thickened Behavior Management- Coping Skills,
  • Behavior Modification Plans, Techniques for Behavior Modification (e.g., De-escalation, Redirection), Humor Therapy