What is a Recreational Therapist or Therapeutic Recreation Specialist?
A recreational therapist (RT) sometimes referred to as a therapeutic recreation specialist (TRS), works with individuals who have mental, physical, emotional and/or developmental disabilities. Activity modalities or recreation mediums are used to treat or maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of consumers served. Interventions are selected that will assist to remediate the effects of illness or disability and/or enable an individual to increase personal independence. For example, a recreational therapist may use a knitting activity to help a consumer increase fine motor dexterity. Or the recreational therapist may train a consumer to use an adapted fishing reel to enable the consumer to continue motivation for activity involvement in a lifetime passion. Similarly, a recreational therapist may lead an anger management group to teach aggressive consumers alternative coping skills, lead a reminiscent group to aid aging adults to cope with memory changes or teach consumers to overcome environmental barriers (stairs, curbs) in order access their community confidently and independently.
What is a Recreational Therapy Assistant?
A recreational therapy assistant sometimes referred to as a therapeutic recreation assistant, works with individuals who have mental, physical, emotional and/or developmental disabilities. Under the clinical supervision of a licensed recreational therapist (LRT), the assistant plans and implements activity modalities or recreation mediums that are used to treat or maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of consumers served. Interventions are implemented that will assist to remediate the effects of illness or disability and/or enable an individual to increase personal independence.
University Programs for CA
California State U at Fresno, Fresno, CA, 209-278-2838, Nancy Nisbett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
California State University, Long Beach , 562-985-4079, Maridith Janssen (email@example.com)
California State U, at Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, (916) 278-2937, Jennifer Piatt, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
California State U. at Chico, Chico, CA,916-898-6016; Ed Seagle
California State University of East Bay, Hayward, CA, (510) 885-3043, Dr. Erick Kong, (email@example.com)
California State University, Northridge, CA, Dr. Jan Tolan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 619-594-5467, Dr. Jesse Dixon (email@example.com)
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 408-924-3000
The Bay Area Therapeutic Recreation Association is excited to provide the opportunity for student members to receive an annual BATRA Scholarship. This program recognizes outstanding personal commitment to the field. BATRA believes the future of our field depends on the continuing growth of students. We hope that future scholarship recipients prove this belief by continuing on to achieve even greater heights. Basic Info: Two recipients are chosen annually to receive $1,000 and a free conference registration. This scholarship is a “working scholarship”. Upon acceptance, students must assist with The Board in various aspects of implementing a conference. This scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate members of BATRA who will be enrolled in a therapeutic recreation program during the conference year. You must be able to attend a BATRA Conference. Submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Counsel Therapeutic Recreation Certification
Established in 1981, the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) grants certification credentials of “Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist” and “CTRS” and “Certified Therapeutic Recreation Assistant,” and “CTRA.” to qualified applicants meeting certification requirements. Each of these credentials are trademarks owned by NCTRC and unauthorized use is prohibited. While national certification is not mandatory, the credential has been identified by health care accrediting organizations and governmental regulatory groups to designate “qualified” professionals. For more information and certification materials/applications, please contact:
7 Elmwood Drive
New City, NY 10956
California Board of Recreation and Park Certification
Established in 1954, CBRPC promotes pride and excellence in the profession.
PURPOSE OF CBRPC, Inc.
To establish specific standards informing the general public and employing agencies of basic professional competencies. To identify leaders engaged professionally in the recreation profession.To inform consumers and employers – recreation professional has tested competent through examination on specific standards identified by the profession and CBRPC.To verify adequate preparation of the professional while at the same time indicating validity of the profession.To provide, upon request, verification to agencies of certificant’s original certification date, current standing and expiration date.To have an impact on university curriculum.To deliver, administer and maintain certification examination procedures locally. To organize a base of both Recreator and Recreation Therapist Certification.
P.O. Box 900489
Palmdale CA. 93590