Welcome to ILRTA

The Illinois Recreational Therapy Association (ILRTA) is a state membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapy professionals and students.

ILRTA is a chapter of American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and an affiliate of Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).

Join & Connect: ILRTA

Professionals - ILRTA Members

The ILRTA Board has extended all Professional ILRTA memberships thru Dec. 31, 2022.

ILRTA is committed to empower and support recreational therapists! One way we believe we can accomplish this mission through these difficult times is to provide members with a $FREE extension of ILRTA membership.


Contact Dorothea by email: dorilrta@yahoo.com or call: 708-687-4396.


2022 ILRTA Conference
➔ Nov. 14-15 + Alsip, IL

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What is Recreation Therapy (RT)?

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.

RT, also known as Therapeutic Recreation (TR), provides an array of services that improve quality of life, increase independence, focus on health promotion and wellness and has proven evidenced based health care outcomes.
What & Why RT?

Did You Know?

Recreational Therapy (RT) was founded by the Veterans Administration (VA).
Visit ➔ History of Recreation Therapy in the VA

Celebrate RT 

Learn and grow, stay actively engaged, and keep uplifted throughout the year:
Connect, Share & Ideas for RT
Use hashtag: #TRInThisTogether