2024 Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI) Virtual

Live sessions from January 8 - 26  Recordings available through June, 2024

About the Institute

This year's theme is Reset, Refocus and Restart.  The theme encapsulates the need for Therapeutic Professionals to take stock, find ways to support themselves and seek avenues to thrive in their post covid environments.  The Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI) has provided quality education and training for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and Activity Coordinators for over 50 years. One low fee covers all the educational sessions, CEU and NCTRC credits, and access to session materials and recordings through June 30.

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

The TRI will feature eleven (11) educational sessions and an opportunity to earn up to 14.5 NCTRC credit hours. Sessions include:

  • VR in therapeutics: Building Communities to Thrive
  • Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Ethics in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Employing Nature at Work
  • Do You have the Grit to be an Entrepreneur?
  • Quality and Innovative Activity programming
  • Outcome-based Program Planning
  • L.O.V.E. Technique for Creative Engagement
  • DEI;  Name it, Aim it, Claim it


 This year’s keynote speaker is no stranger to the TR community . Christopher Ridenhour returns in 2024 full of life and passion. For the past 20 years chris has travelled across North America speaking to non-profits, hospitals, healthcare organizations, associations, schools, corporations, and social service organizations.  In recognition of his service and inspiration, Christopher received LeadingAge's Facilitator of the Year Award. Additionally chris has provided numerous keynotes trainings, and presentations.



Check out the TRI website for sessions, schedules and more.

Special Session:

On Friday, January 5th at 12:00 pm (eastern) there will be a special FREE session; Integrating Plants and Nature into Your Therapeutic Approach with Alexis Ashworth.  This session explores the human health benefits of connecting with plants and nature. Learn about the practice of therapeutic horticulture, how to incorporate it into your work, and discover the training and resources available to recreational therapists.  Alexis (she/her) is the founder behind Root in Nature, a venture born out of her deep love for plants, gardening, and their therapeutic benefits.  (1.5 credits).  Register Here



No refunds will be given for cancellations occurring less than 10 business days prior to an event. PRPS will refund your registration, less a $25 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in more than 10 days prior to the event. Please call the PRPS Office at 814-234-4272 or email [email protected].

To register:

 1: Sign in or create a new account.
 2: Select registration option
 3: Add session selections to your itinerary under "Program"
 4: Proceed to checkout to complete transaction

*registering for 5 sessions enables you to attend any 5 sessions and receive NCTRC credit for those. 



1/8/2024 9:00 AM - 6/30/2024 1:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time
PRPS Virtual Venue

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