2021 Therapeutic Recreation Virtual Institute (TRVI)

About the Institute

The Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI) has provided quality education and training for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals and Activity Coordinators for over 50 years. One low fee covers keynote and educational sessions, CEU and NCTRC credits (pending approval), networking and fun!

TRI becomes TRVI for 2021!

This year’s annual Therapeutic Recreation Institute will be all-virtual this year or TRVI.  The 2021 TRVI will be held from Wednesday, September 29th through Friday, October 8th, with various informative and timely sessions and featured speakers.  The TRVI kicks off on the mornings of Sept.  29 and 30th.  These ½ day sessions will feature a keynote speaker and a variety of presentations.  On Friday the 1st, we 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 a single informative session addressing issues of concern to practitioners of therapeutic recreation.  On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the session 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 30th. 

PRPS anticipates offering NCTRC credit hours and NRPA CEUs for every session.  Attendees can earn up to 14 hours toward their certifications by attending the TRVI this year.  The price for the TRVI is $150 for members and $250.00 for non-members.  The price includes attendance, access to all recorded sessions, 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.

Included Sessions

  • Finding Your Niche with Non-Medical Interventions
  • Reconnecting Pennsylvanians with the Outdoors; The Power of Nature
  • A TR's Role in Skilled Nursing/Rehab
  • Overcoming Disability with Play
  • Building Rapport through Storytelling
  • Pet Therapy - Fur for All!
  • TR Processes in Rehab and Other Settings
  • 12 Steps for Sober Leisure

Click here for complete Sessions and Speakers (pdf)

Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • 10 professional workshop sessions for one low fee
  • All access to recordings through December 31st
  • Networking and social opportunities with other professionals
  • Continuing Educational Units (10) and NCTRC hours (14)

Who Can Benefit by Attending?

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.


Wednesday, Sept. 29th
9:00 am -10:00 am - Keynote Address - Play On Player, Jill Moore
10:15 am - 11:45 -Session choice
-Building Rapport with Your Clients Through Storytelling, Gael Gilliland
-Finding Your Niche with Non-medical Interventions, Sharon Richards

Thursday, Sept. 30th
9:00 am - 10:30 am -    12 Steps for Sober Leisure, Abagail Bernard
10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Reconnecting the with the Outdoors; The Power of Nature to Combat Social Isolation and Improve Quality of Life, Nicole Faraguna

Friday Oct. 1
12:00 pm - 1:15  - Social Hour, TR Roundtable Discussion, Trivia and Fun

Monday, Oct. 4 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Developing a Recreation Therapist's role in the SNF and Rehab Setting, Gabby Cunningham and Brittney Sarnese

Tuesday, Oct. 5 
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Finding Your Super Powers in Difficult Times, Vicky Pitner

Wednesday, Oct 6
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Through the Eyes of The Parent of "That Kid", Chalet Harris

Thursday, Oct. 7
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Tackling the Imposter Syndrome in Recreation; How to Go from Intern to Management & Beyond Without the Guilt, Katherine Darcangel

Friday Oct. 8th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Endnote Presentation - Pet Therapy - Fur for All, Karen Gerth
  1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Awards / Final notes

Download the speaker and session PDF here

9/29/2021 9:00 AM - 10/8/2021 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
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