Recreational Therapy Resources

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Resources for Recreational Therapists

This is a comprehensive list of the best recreational therapy resources we’ve found online. This list will grow when we become aware of any new resources that benefit the Recreational Therapy profession.

Certification Boards

National Certification

National Council Of Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

Texas State Certification

Consortium for Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification (CTRAC)

California State Certification

California Board of Recreation ​and Park Certification (CBRPC)

National Professional Membership Organizations

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association is the national membership organization for the USA.

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA)

The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association is the national membership organization for Canada.

Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia (DRTA)

The Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia is the national membership organization for Australia.

State Licensing Boards

New Hampshire

Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals

North Carolina

Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure


Oklahoma Medical Board


Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

New Jersey

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing *Newly Established

Other States with Other Regulations


Title Protection




Oklahoma Medical Board


Parenting Sensory Kids

Websites with NCTRC Pre-Approved Continuing Education Opportunities


The #1 used online resource for affordable, convenient, NCTRC pre-approved continuing education for the Recreational Therapist.

ATRA Webinars

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association hosts pre-recorded webinars that are approved through NCTRC.

Ptarmigan West

An online Recreational Therapy continuing education resource for people wanting to learn more about stroke and dementia.

Rec Therapy Today

A combination blog, newsletter, and conintuing education resource by Danny Pettry in the field of Recreational Therapy.

Recreational Therapy Professional Journals

Therapeutic Recreation Journal

The Therapeutic Recreation Journal (TRJ) is the renowned quarterly publication published by Sagamore Publishing LLC. The journal, published for over 50 years, provides a national forum for research and discussion on the needs of persons with disabilities, problems confronting the profession, new vistas of service, and receiving therapeutic recreation services.

American Journal Of Recreational Therapy

American Journal of Recreation Therapy is the unchallenged journal of record in the field and the gold standard for providing recreational therapists the latest research, techniques and advances in the use of recreational intervention.

ATRA Annual In Therapeutic Recreation

The purpose of the ATRA Annual is to further advance the body of knowledge of the therapeutic recreation profession. The Annual publishes a wide range of original, peer-reviewed articles: 

  • Evidence-based practice/Empirical studies 
  • Application of theories or models to practice and education 
  • Program or service evaluations/Case studies 
  • Methodological reviews 
  • Current issues and trends in service delivery or education 
  • Systematic reviews
  • Practice protocols  


Grow Through Flow

Grow Through Flow was created by Meagan Young and is a blog that’s goal is to create a community of like-minded folks who believe in the power of flow for the clients we serve, as well as for our own continued growth and development.

What The Rec

What The Rec is a resource site created by Katie Darcangelis for recreation and activity professionals to gain new ideas for programming, up to date information on credentialing, and weekly blogs to inform, inspire, and spread the love of the field.

RT Wise Owls

RT Wise Owls is a free database and information resource center developed by the Recreational Therapy (RT) Program at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of RT practice.

The Real Recreation Therapist

The Real Recreation Therapist Blog was created by Kevin Gruzewski and is a labor of love and learning. The intention is creating a place where Recreation Therapists–and all others in a position of caring–can realize and reaffirm the healing, transformative powers of recreation in the lives of those who need it most.

Playfully Practical

Playfully Practical is a Therapeutic Recreation (TR/RT) & Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) blog.

Confessions of a Rec Therapist

The Confessions of a Rec Therapist blog is a place for education, awareness, advocation, and acceptance. This blog covers a range of topics like programming, respite care, creating acceptance, inclusion, organizations and useful tools and resources.

Rec Therapy Today

This is an active blog/website that shares helpful RT articles written by Danny Pettry, who is an active poster on Facebook and hosts free webinars from time to time.

Rec, Play, Live (Blog/Podcast)

Rec, Play, Live is a Recreation therapy blog/podcast here to provide you with insight to the Recreation therapy community and help you become the best person you can be.

Brighton Recovery Center (Podcast)

Learn all about recreation therapy with Erica Yaeger, Jamie Bennett, and Will Lindsay as they discuss what recreation therapy is, what it’s not, and where it needs to head in the future

Universities with Recreational Therapy Programs

Check out the University Listing page here: Universities List


RT Merch Shops

Your Adventure Rx: Your Adventure Rx


State Professional Membership Organizations

Universities with Recreational Therapy Programs

Client/Therapist Connection Resource

Recreational Therapy Job/Internship Board

Looking for a Recreational Therapist job or internship? Wanting to hire a Recreational Therapist or intern?

Check out our job board!