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:

What's new!   The Conference is Coming!

Our Spring Conference will be held April 19-20, 2018 at the Brookshire Golf Club in Carmel, IN.

Call for Papers are being accepted until Feb. 20.    Please send your resume and the completed call for papers form  to Laurie.Lee@fssa.in.gov.  by that date to be considered as a speaker. 

RTI 2018 call for presentations.docx

Remember, speakers get 50% registration fees. 

Make sure your membership is up to date because lots of info will be coming through the member email listserve.

Registrations will be posted soon.

Look forward to seeing you 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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