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illinois recreation therapy association

Welcome to ILRTA

The Illinois Recreational Therapy Association (ILRTA) is a state membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapists. ILRTA is a chapter of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and an affiliate member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). 

2018 ILRTA Conference

November 12-13, 2018

DoubleTree Hotel Chicago/Alsip
5000 W. 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

Our annual 2-day conference offers various opportunities for networking centered around
informative sessions and workshops with education credit (CEU) on relevant recreational therapy topics such as: new treatment interventions and programs, services across the continuum (community to residential based), evidence based practice, and public policy.

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What is a Recreational Therapist?

Recreational therapists use recreational therapy interventions for improved functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions. A qualified recreational therapist is someone who is nationally certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), usually referred to as Recreational Therapists. Qualified professionals are certified through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Survey: ILRTA CTRS Internship Sites

The ILRTA is preparing a resource of CTRS eligible internship sites. The intent is to place this information on the ILRTA website for students and professionals planning internships. If your agency offers CTRS eligible internships, please take the 3-5 minutes to fill out this quick survey.

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