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Therapeutic Recreation Conference in Arizona: Goals, Dreams and Aspirations

ASU hosted the 2013 Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association fall conference on Nov. 15, giving students the opportunity to speak with professionals in the field and meet members of the national certifcation board.

Therapeutic recreation students at Arizona State University had the honor of welcoming the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Board of Directors to Arizona and hosting the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (ASTRA) fall conference on November 15, 2013.

The conference provided a convening opportunity for the NCTRC Board of Directors to engage in meaningful dialogue with current and future certificants in Arizona. It was also a prime opportunity for students to meet informally with professionals--and meet board members of the national credentialing organization in the field. During the extended lunch students rotated among the professionals asking questions to help further their understanding of what to expect and potential career opportunities. 

"The conversations proved to be meaningful to both the students and the professionals as students learned of the diverse opportunities in the field and the professionals were inspired by student innovation," says Kelly Ramella, lecturer in the School of Community Resources and Development, part of the College of Public Programs.

Therapeutic recreation professionals provide therapeutic interventions and adaptive recreation services for individuals with illness or disabling conditions.

"The gathering of people dedicated to improving the quality of life of those with limitations through the use of recreation truly inspired action toward the goals, dreams and aspirations to expand the impact of care in Arizona," Ramella adds.

Sessions at the conference included topics on trends in pediatric and rehabilitation services, actions toward state licensure and specialty certification.

According to CNNMoney, a Recreation Therapist is one of the top ten best jobs for saving the world. 

"Based on the energy and enthusiasm of professionals and students, it is no wonder why it has received this recognition," says Ramella.

To learn more about the recreation therapy program at ASU, visit the therapeutic recreation degree program page or contact Kelly Ramella at

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