Perceived Competence in NCTRC Job Domains among Therapeutic Recreation Interns during COVID-19

Authors

  • Heather Bright, PhD, CTRS Department of Parks, Conservation, and Recreational Therapy, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Lauren Cripps, PhD, RSW-Q, CTRS School of Health, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Brent L. Hawkins, PhD, LRT, CTRS, FDRT School of Applied Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
  • Sarah A. Moore, PhD, CTRS School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Laura McLachlin, PhD, CTRS Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, California State University Chico, Chico, California, USA
  • Anne-Marie Sullivan, PhD, CTRS School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Susan Purrington, PhD, CTRS Northern Arizona University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2022-V56-I3-11348

Keywords:

internship, professional competencies, RT/TR, fieldwork, job readiness, remote, virtual

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many internships during the January 2020 semester to be shift ed to a virtual/remote format. Due to the unprecedented nature of this forced shift , there was minimal consistency in how virtual/remote internships were conducted. Using a cross-sectional design, this study aimed to summarize the experiences of RT/TR interns during the COVID-19 outbreak and assess their perceived competency in the NCTRC Job Task domains. A quantitative survey was developed for interns to self-assess their perceived competence in the ten domains. Interns reported being concerned about finishing their internship and graduating yet were satisfied with the amount of support received from their site and faculty supervisors. Interns perceived their highest competency in the areas of professional relationships and awareness and advocacy. Concerns are discussed regarding the inconsistent nature of remote internships during COVID-19, as well as implications for the profession and suggestions for future research in this area.

Author Biographies

Heather Bright, PhD, CTRS, Department of Parks, Conservation, and Recreational Therapy, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA

Heather Bright, PhD, CTRS, is an Instructor of Recreational Therapy at Slippery Rock University. She completed her doctoral work at Clemson University in the area of clinical supervision in recreational therapy. The aim of her research is to optimize internship experiences for students and supervisors, and to improve supervisors’ preparedness to host interns through adequate and timely training.  

Lauren Cripps, PhD, RSW-Q, CTRS, School of Health, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Lauren Cripps, PhD, RSW-Q, CTRS is the Education Director for the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA). She is an internationally recognized freelance consultant in mental health and an instructor of Recreation Therapy at Brock University (St Catharines), Mohawk College (Hamilton), and Canadore College (North Bay) Ontario, Canada. 

Brent L. Hawkins, PhD, LRT, CTRS, FDRT , School of Applied Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Brent Hawkins, PhD, LRT, CTRS, FDRT is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of Recreation Therapy at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

Sarah A. Moore, PhD, CTRS, School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sarah Moore, PhD, CTRS, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. Her research program reduces barriers to physical activity for children living with disabilities. She aims to enhance opportunities for children living with disabilities and their families to participate in play. Dr. Moore has had the pleasure of mentoring recreation therapy interns in both clinical and community placements across Canada and the US.

Laura McLachlin, PhD, CTRS, Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, California State University Chico, Chico, California, USA

Laura McLachlin, PhD, CTRS, is a Professor in the Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management Department at California State University, Chico. She serves as the coordinator for the Recreation Therapy option and as the Graduate Coordinator. 

Anne-Marie Sullivan, PhD, CTRS, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Anne-Marie Sullivan, PhD, CTRS, is an Associate Professor and Interim Dean at the School of Human Kinetics & Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She serves as the academic supervisor for interns at Memorial.

Susan Purrington, PhD, CTRS, Northern Arizona University

Susan Purrington, Ph.D, CTRS is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Parks and Recreation Management program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Published

2022-08-21