The New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Association serves as an advocate for therapeutic recreation to promote health and well-being of the public through service, education, research, and the development of standards of professional practice. Membership primarily consists of Recreational Therapists, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, Activity Professionals, and students.
Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.
The purpose of the RT process is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life. Services are provided or directly supervised by a “Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist” (CTRS).
Members of the New Jersey / Eastern PA Recreational Therapeutic Association receive a number of benefits that aid in their career. Benefits include: