GLOBAL VISION PROJECT: Global Vision of Rehabilitation
and Recreation for People with Disabilities in the 21st Century
"NTRS: National Therapeutic Recreation Society, a branch of the Nationals Recreation and Park Association, Established 1966, 2,700 Members, 2 Staff"
Compiled by Prof. John A. Nesbitt, Ed.D., CTRS, Pres./CEO
Special Recreation for disABLED International
NTRS Membership. "The National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) is a membership organization for those who are interested in the provision of therapeutic recreation services for persons with disabilities in clinical facilities and in the community. NTRS members include practitioners, administrators, educators, volunteers, students and consumers. NTRS is a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)."
NTRS offers technical assistance services to agencies, institutions, and individuals
on matters related to the field. The NTRS encourages professional growth through
research, training, and workshops.
Charter. The National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NRPA) was formed Oct. 9, 1966 through a merger of the NRPA's American Park and Recreation Society branch', "Hospital Section," with the National Association of Recreational Therapists, NART. This merger was also supported by individuals who had previously been active with the National Council for the Advancement of Hospital Recreation (voluntary registration of hospital recreation personnel); and, NRPA'S "Consulting Service on Recreation for the Ill and Handicapped."
Mission. "The mission of therapeutic recreation is to facilitate the development, maintenance, and expression of an appropriate leisure lifestyle for individuals with physical, mental, emotional or social limitations. This purpose is accomplished through the provision of professional programs and services such as therapy, leisure education, and recreation participation."
WEBSITE. The NTRS WEBSITE information includes
Awards. NTRS conducts an Annual Awards Program of professional recognition.
Benefits of Membership
Charter and Bylaws.
Code of Ethics. The "Preamble" of the NTRS Code of Ethics states, "Leisure, recreation, and play are inherent aspects of the human experience, and are essential to health and well-being. All people, therefore, have an inalienable right to leisure and the opportunities it affords for play and recreation. Some human beings have disabilities, illnesses, or social conditions which may limit their participation in the normative structure of society. These persons have the same need for and right to leisure, recreation, and play."
The NTRS Code of Ethics covers the following:
I. The Obligation of Professional Virtue
II. The Obligation of the Professional to the Individual
III. The Obligation of the Professional to Other Individuals and to Society
IV. The Obligation of the Professional to Colleagues
V. The Obligation of the Professional to the Profession
VI. The Obligation of the Profession to Society
Definition of Therapeutic Recreation. The NTRS definition of Therapeutic Recreation is, "Practiced in clinical, residential, and community settings, the profession of therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, independence, and well-being." (February 4, 1994)
Leadership (officers, directors, committees)
Membership: Benefits, Fees, etc.
Meetings. Annual Congress of National Recreation and Parks Association and a series of National Therapeutic Reca4tion Society directed institutes, regional meetings, workshops, etc.
National Therapeutic Recreation Week
Position Statement on Inclusion
Standards of Practice
The NTRS Standards of Practice for Therapeutic Recreation Services and Annotated Bibliography (1995), 24 pages, includes:
Standard 1 ----- Scope of Service
Standard II ---- Mission and Purpose, Goals and Objectives
Standard III --- Individual Treatment/Program Plan
Standard IV ---- Documentation
Standard V ----- Plan of Operation
Standard VI ---- Personnel Qualifications
Standard VII --- Ethical Responsibilities
Standard VIII - Evaluation and Research
Bibliography -- Current therapeutic recreation textbooks, publications, manuals, and guides that are used in many undergraduate and graduate therapeutic recreation education programs and by many therapeutic recreation professional/practitioners.
State and Regional Bodies
Store (books, etc.) Publications
The Best of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal: Aging (1993)
The Best of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal: Assessment (1996)
The Best of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal: Leisure Education (1994)
Code of Ethics and Interpretive Guidelines (1994)
Guidelines for the Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services (1990)
Impacting Public Policy: An Advocacy Manual for Therapeutic Recreation (1995)
Management of Therapeutic Recreation Services (1992)
Manual For Recreation Therapy in Long Term Care Facilities (1998)
NTRS Internship Standards and Guidelines for Therapeutic Recreation (1997)
NTRS Therapeutic Recreating Journal
NTRS Report, quarterly.
Philosophy of Therapeutic Recreation: Ideas and Issues, Volume I (1987)
Philosophy of Therapeutic Recreation: Ideas and Issues, Volume II (1996)
Preparing for a Career in Therapeutic Recreation (1998)
Protocols in Therapeutic Recreation
: A Medical Viewpoint, by Paul Haun (1987)
Standards of Practice for Paraprofessionals in Therapeutic Recreation (1998)
Standards of Practice for Therapeutic Recreation Services and Annotated Bibliography (1995)
Therapeutic Recreation: Innovative Programs in Community Based Services (1997)
Therapeutic Recreating Journal (quarterly)
Understanding Financing and Reimbursement Issues (1996)
Timeline (history), 1966 to 1999
National Therapeutic Recreation Society, a branch of the
NTRS-National Therapeutic Recreation Society
Ms. Rikki S. Epstein, Exec.Dir.
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148
TEL NRPA 703/858-0784
TEL NTRS 703/858-2151
GLOBAL VISION PROJECT:
Global Vision of Rehabilitation and Recreation
for People with Disabilities in the 21st Century
A JOINT PROJECT BY:
Disability International Foundation AND
Special Recreation for disABLED International