2021 Therapeutic Recreation Institute's Lunchtime Series

We are excited to continue this popular Lunchtime series in 2021.  Join us for bi-monthly sessions on topics that matter most for TR professionals.


About the Institute

The Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI) has provided quality education and training for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and Activity Coordinators for over 50 years. In 2020, we instituted a series of lunchtime presentations in lieu of the traditional gathering.  These sessions proved to be very popular and provided many professionals with the opportunity to learn and earn continuing education credits without travel. 

PRPS is hosting six Lunchtime TRI Sessions. These zoom 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
$80.00/ $100.00 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, May 20 - Seated Therapeutic Yoga in the Era of COVID-19 - Jay Gupta RPh  ! FREE SESSION !

Thursday July 15 -Get SMART: Evidence-based Approach to Achieving Desired Outcomes Identified in Care Plans - Olivia DiYanni, CTRS

 Thursday, September 30 - Reconnecting Your Clients with the Outdoors; The Power of Nature to Combat Social Isolation and Improve Quality of Life - Nicole Farguna, 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

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given for cancellations occurring less than 10 business days prior to an event. PRPS will refund your registration, less a processing fee, if your cancellation is received at least 10 days prior to the event. 

To register:

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

9/29/2021 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time

Select Sessions

Thursday, 21 January 2021

This session focuses on the inclusion of sensory feedback in recreation therapy activities.  Examples will be provided for both virtual and face-to-face settings.    All methods will be thoroughly explained including the development of purpose-driven therapy Plan.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM

Thursday, 25 March 2021

In this session, participants will learn a method of storytelling to create deeper connections and trust with their clients.  This session will  give practitioners instructions on how to employ this method of storytelling to start conversations, improve trust, gain understanding with clients.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM

Thursday, 20 May 2021

This seminar will describe and demonstrate how you can use seated yoga movements to enhance immune and pulmonary function, manage strong emotions and build resilience in challenging times. Eligible registrants will receive a free RxRelax Seated Therapeutic DVD.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM

Thursday, 15 July 2021

A step by step introduction to SMART care planning including goals and interventions.  This session will provide real-life examples and practice the development of care plans that meet regulatory requirements in a Pace setting.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Many clients significantly underserved when it comes to access to the outdoors. There are a multitude of health benefits that result from spending time outdoors. For long-term care residents, it is even more critical.  Exposure to the outdoors can improve one’s mood and overall health. For dementia patients, time spent outdoors can lead to better quality of life and a more stable equilibrium. Just 10-15 minutes a day outdoors can make a significant improvement to an individual’s health. This session will discuss opportunities for Recreational Therapists. Note different time for session
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

Thursday, 11 November 2021

This session provides an in-depth coverage of the NCTRC Certification Standards. It will include the requirements for application, application process, exam information, and requirements to maintain your certification.  Tips for planning and providing a successful Internship experience that follows NCTRC guidelines will also be discussed.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM

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