The TRI becomes TRVI for 2021! 

The PRPS Therapeutic Recreation Branch is pleased to announce that this year’s annual Therapeutic Recreation Institute will be all-virtual this year or TRVI. The 2021 TRVI will be held from Wednesday, September 29 through Friday, October 8, with various informative and timely sessions and featured speakers. The TRVI kicks off on the mornings of Sept. 29 and 30. These ½ day sessions will feature a keynote speaker and a variety of presentations. On Friday, October 1, we will take some time to socialize, network, and have a little fun during an extended lunch hour.   

During the week of October 4 -8, every day will feature an informative session addressing issues of concern to therapeutic recreation. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the sessions will begin at noon. On Tuesday and Thursday, sessions are scheduled to start at 5:00 PM. All of the TRVI sessions will be recorded and available for attendee viewing (and credit) until December 30 2021.   


Many of the sessions are already approved for NCTRC credit hours with more in process.  Attendees can earn up to 15.5 hours toward their certifications by attending this year's TRVI. The cost for the full Institute is $150 for members and $250.00 for non-members. The price includes attendance, access to all recorded sessions until December 30, and NCTRC/CEU hours. In addition, non-members will receive a 1-year membership in PRPS. This membership entitles you to the latest research in the field, access to industry resources, and discounts on future training events, webinars, and classes.  Participants can also choose to register for selected days for a reduced fee.  

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  • Finding Your Niche with Non-Medical Interventions
  • Reconnecting Clients with the Outdoors
  • Overcoming Disability with Play
  • Building Rapport through Storytelling
  • TR Processes in Rehab and Other Settings
  • Principles for Character Development
  • Pet Therapy

Explore the Institute guide

We have set up an Institute Guide where you can find schedules, presentation links, presenter bios, session descriptions and buy a chance to win some great prize baskets.   Institute Guide

Explore sessions, by downloading the Sessions:


The 2021 Therapeutic Recreation Virtual Institute

The Therapeutic Branch of the PA Recreation and Park Society announces the 53rd Annual Therapeutic Recreation Institute with a virtual format (TRVI) scheduled for September 30 - October 8, 2021.  

The 2021 TRVI promises to be an exciting and engaging series of informative sessions and extras that will provide professionals an opportunity to learn the latest in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. We have a diverse and exciting slate of presentations designed to inform and inspire participants. all attendees will have the opportunity to receive over 15 hours of NCTRC credit. 

Presentations include:

  • Play on Player - Overcoming Disability with Play with Jill Moore
  • Building rapport with you Clients through Storytelling with Gael Gilliland
  • 12 Steps to Sober Leisure with Abagail Bernard
  • Finding Your Niche with Non-Medical Interventions with Sharon Richards
  •  Designing TR processes in the SNF and Rehab Setting with Gabby Cunningham and Brittney Sarnese
  • Finding Your Superpowers in Difficult Times with Vicky Pitner
  • Pet Therapy - Fur for All with Karen Gerth

Download the Sessions and Speakers Sheet Here

Therapeutic Recreation Institute

Every year I look forward to attending the TR Institute. In addition to the numerous educational topics offered, I can reconnect with old colleagues and college friends and make new friends as well. When I head home after the TRI, I always feel rejuvenated with exciting new ideas!"

                                         Emily Connors, CTRS, Adjunct Faculty, York College of PA

TRI Lunchtime Series

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PRPS is hosting six Lunchtime TRI Sessions bimonthly. We have two sessions coming up in September and November!  These zoom Lunchtime sessions will feature presenters who will share the latest in techniques, research, and practices for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals. All sessions will be live and online! During the live session attendees will be able to interact with instructors and other participants.  Additionally, each session will also be recorded for later viewing and credit through 2021.

The TRI Lunchtime Sessions Series will provide participants with an opportunity to receive valuable training and education credits without leaving their desk.  Each of the six sessions lasts for 1.5 hours and each will seek approval from NCTRC for 1.5 hrs. of continuing education credit.  Each session will also qualify for .1 CEU from the National Recreation & Park Association.  All presentations will be live, and attendees can pick their programs and days.  Sessions will be available individually or in a discounted package for all six.  This year’s Lunchtime Sessions Series promises to be a unique and exciting method for all TR professionals to receive training, share experiences, and learn new program ideas.

Registration Fees

$20.00 member / $25.00 non-member per session
$100.00/ $125.00 for all six sessions

The registration fee covers educational sessions, and the CEU or NCTRC credits for one individual per event.  Education credits will only be available to registrants or their designee. 

Options are available for organizations to purchase registrations/credits in blocks.  Please call the PRPS Office at 814-234-4272 or email [email protected].

Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • Six professional workshop sessions
  • Earn up to 9 NCTRC credit hours or .6 Continuing Educational Units (CEUs)
  • Learn at your home or your desk
  • No travel restrictions and no risk to your job site or clients
  • Affordable education and credits

Sessions at a Glance

Thursday September 30 Reconnecting your Clients with the Outdoors: The Power of Nature to Combat Social Isolation and Improve Quality of Life - Nicole Faraguna, PA DCNR

 Thursday, November 11 - Internship Tips and Navigating the Certification Process - Robin McNeal - Certification Coordinator, NCTRC

Who Can Benefit?

Therapeutic Recreation Specialists; Activity Professionals; Consultants; Health Care Administrators; Educators; Students; Nursing Home Administrators; Allied Healthcare Professionals, Senior Center Directors; Adult Day Care Coordinators; Retirement Communities; Park and Recreation Professionals; Nursing/CNA’s; Memory Care Specialists