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About New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania
Therapeutic Recreation Association


Established in 1988, the New Jersey/Eastern PA Chapter Affiliate was the second ATRA (American Therapeutic Recreation Association) affiliate to be organized in the United States. NJ/EPA TRA is a non-profit, professional organization with priority focus on promoting the needs of recreation therapy professionals in healthcare and human service settings.



The purpose of the NJ/EPA TRA is to serve as an advocate for therapeutic recreation profession in order to promote the health and well-being of the public through service, education, research and the development and enforcement of standards of professional practice. 


The Chapter jurisdiction includes all of New Jersey and the following Pennsylvania counties:
Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northhampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.


The Chapter has 8 working committees dedicated to addressing the goals set forth by the membership. Members are encouraged to join and share their valuable input on the various committees.


  • Those committees are as follows:
    Outreach and Advocacy
    Past Board of Director's Council