Recreation Therapists of Indiana 
Founded in 1993, Recreation Therapists of Indiana, Inc. (RTI) is a professional organization representing approximately 200 recreational therapists throughout the state of Indiana. RTI is a chapter affiliate of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) which is the largest national association of recreational therapists. RTI is the third largest ATRA chapter affiliate. 

What is Recreational Therapy?

Recreational Therapy services are goal directed interventions that utilize various treatment modalities to promote the independent physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning of persons disabled as a result of injury or illness, by enhancing current skills and facilitating the establishment of new skills for daily living and community functioning. Targeted recreational therapy interventions assist individuals in coping with the stress of illness and disability and prepare them for managing their disability so they may achieve and maintain optimal levels of independence, productivity, and well being. Depending upon the specific needs of the individual client, quality recreation therapy services may include the provision of recreational opportunity and physical activity (e.g. wheelchair sports, exercise and swimming programs) which allow individuals with disabilities mechanisms to prevent declines in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional health status, and therefore reduce the need for medical services (ATRA).

For more information about Recreational Therapy, visit the ATRA website at:

Update: RTI Conference 2020

In an effort to keep everyone safe due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have decided to postpone the annual conference scheduled for April 30 and May 1. We hope to be able to offer this conference at a later date yet this year!

If you have already registered and paid for the conference, we will begin issuing refunds. For those wanting/needing CEU’s prior to when we can offer a conference, ATRA plans to offer several online CEU opportunities in the near future.


If you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to hopefully seeing everyone soon!

Who is a qualified provider of Recreational Therapy services?

An individual who is a graduate of a baccalaureate degree program with a specialization in therapeutic recreation, that includes completion of an internship; and has demonstrated competence to practice as a therapeutic recreation specialist. The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) provides national certification. Many employers insist on hiring individuals with the professional certification designation, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). A few states regulate this profession through licensure, certification or regulation of titles.

Learn more about certification standards and credentialing in the field of Recreational Therapy


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