We're an organization connecting everyone on a platform that promotes play as medicine

The Bay Area Therapeutic Recreation Association (BATRA) formed in 1991 as an independent Chapter Affiliate of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

Welcome To BATRA

About Us

BATRA members are comprised of recreation therapists working in a myriad of settings including academia, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, parks and recreation, geriatrics, Veterans Affairs, prisons, private practice, various city agencies, and more.

Membership Benefits

What we offer to our members

Benefit of Conferences

A recreational therapist (RT) sometimes referred to as a therapeutic recreation specialist (TRS)

Employment Opportunites

Recreational therapists devise programs in art, music, dance, sports, games, and crafts for individuals with disabilities or illnesses.

Internship Opportunities

The internship program in Recreation Therapy provides the student with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a recreation therapist in a clinical setting.

University Programs for CA

Discover how recreation can improve quality of life for everyone, including people with physical disabilities, people with developmental disabilities patients in long-term care, and at-risk youth.

BATRA Scholarship

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 offers certification from National Counsel Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) & California Board of Recreation and Park Certification (CBRPC).

Professional Info

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.


BATRA offers a variety of services, many of which are exclusive to members only. Below highlights some of the benefits you receive as a member. We hope you feel this membership is an asset to you professionally.

Our Plans

Membership Plan

Student Member


Any student currently enrolled in a recreation therapy program. Student members must be currently enrolled in a CARTE accredited therapeutic recreation program.

Professional Member


Any professional who works in the recreation therapy field.

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Latest Blog & Articles

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Helpful reminder that our 2021 Conference registration closes December 1, 2021.  If you haven’t registered yet- there is still some time to register for the sessions you want & complete all course content before January 1, 2022.  Please check out the conference tab for more information!    – Your BATRA Board