Resources for Rec Therapy (individual or group sessions)

canstockphoto3355752One of my co-workers shared this amazing site today, titled:

It has:

  • Resources: worksheets, videos, articles, and links to products.
  • Help with Emotions: anger, anxiety, stress, depression, and grief.
  • Therapy models: DBT, CBT, Motivational interviewing
  • Topics: goals, education, communication, art, self-esteem, and values.
  • Ranges for: children, adolescents, and adults.

I think RTs will love this: 

Business secret for Recreational Therapists…

Big business secret

Some recreational therapists want to start their own business (like a private practice) or (consulting firm) or even useful resources.

I feel that those recreational therapists (who are interested in starting a business) would love a ($1,000 lesson) for FREE! Yup – it is free.

Do NOT, and I repeat do not: order and make big payment (for a rent of space or for resources) as your first action step. That is like shooting a a gun without having a target.

Here is what to do first:

  • Do research.
  • Test the market.
  • Find out if there is a real need for what you want to offer or a super burning desire.


Imagine spending a lot of money to rent a location for a year and then getting zero clients. Big problem. Big loss of money that a person wouldn’t be able to get out.

I consider myself humble.

I’m glad to share my personal experiences on this.

My idealist goal was to get recreational therapy promotional products. I noticed there weren’t any place online selling these items.

I spent a little over $1,000 to get rec therapy month balloons, ink pens, and notepads for rec therapy month.

What did I do? I have a big problem now.

I took a poor risk.I went out there to create these items and now nobody is buying them. Now, I’m $1,000 in the hole. That is my $1,000 tip. I sold a pack of about 60 balloons. (and that is all).

I’m going to have 1,000 balloons, 1,000 notepads, and 1,000 ink pens.

Me and my thought process: No worries, I’m resilient. I can handle this and bounce back in the long run.

I just wanted other recreational therapists to have that tip.

Don’t go and print 1,000 copies of something like a t-shirt. Sell them first and then create them.

Here is the products I’m making a reference about that I created at a major loss:

Resources Available on the Internet

Submitted by: Debbie Hommel

There are countless resources available on the internet.  It is common practice for the recreation therapist and activity professional to have a collection of favorites.  Danny asked me to share a few of mine.

Adaptive Equipment: We are lucky to be able to find almost anything we need to meet the needs of clients with a quick google search as there are many sites offering adaptive equipment.  Some specialize in addressing low vision or hearing loss such as the National Federation of the Blind ( or Hearing Loss Association of America ( These sites offer resources at a local level as well as various devices to increase independence.  There are many sites which have a variety of adaptive equipment but the one I have found to offer the largest variety is Independent Living Aids (  They offer a number of items which contribute to greater independence and an improved quality of life.  You can check out additional resources here:

Dementia:  My work is primarily with geriatrics so I am constantly seeking additional resources on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.  I have found the ADEAR Center ( which is affiliated with the National Institute of Aging, offers many helpful resources which can be used in training.  Along with the ADEAR Center, the Alzheimer’s Association ( web site has abundant information which can be used in training and education as well.  Many of the publications on both sites can be printed out and shared with staff and families.  There are some excellent videos which can be used in in-services and some of the publications are available in Spanish.

Online Education: The growth in non-traditional education has been immense in recent years.  There are many opportunities for education through webinars, on line seminars, and independent study.  Before purchasing this type of education, it is good practice to review the validity and reliability of the education source.  One should also check with their certifying body to determine the type of on line education they will accept.  Many colleges offer professional continuing education along with their accredited college courses.  The University of Tasmania in Australia ( offers an excellent free 30 hour continuing education program on understanding dementia. Danny Pettry, ( the sender of this newsletter, offers a wide variety of this type of training directed to the recreation therapist.  My site also offers courses which are relevant to the recreation therapist. You can check them out here:

Programming:  The most popular new place to secure programming resources, along with anything else, seems to be Pinterest (  It is the new “go-to” site to find specific activity ideas and specific interventions for particular needs.  A search of therapeutic recreation pulls up programs, devices, quotations and much more.  More specific searches can pull up even more resources.  One can then save the pins to a personal page or follow particular pages of interest. You are invited to follow my page (DebbieHommel).  The TR Directory ( has a nice collection of programming interventions, organized in categories.

My site also has a variety of sites saved focusing on horticulture therapy, themes, aromatherapy, reminiscing and more.

Online resources for Rec Therapists

Submitted by: Brenda Torres-Wells CTRS (operator of:


As a CTRS Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (Recreational Therapist), I understand that in order to deliver quality programs depends on proper client needs assessments, plan and design utilizing protocols with the steps aiming for successful outcomes.

Online resources are now easily available to learn, create and develop….Effective Meaningful Activities.

Working in this field for over 25 years has allowed me to value the importance of program  development while thinking outside the box utilizing as much informational resources including many of my professional colleagues and friend’s online resources and literature.

Making moments count for our clients should be important and motivate us in finding opportunities in delivering meaningful experiences for our client’s life journey. Be open to explore ALL that the Web has to offer in creating priceless moments for those that we serve. B.T.W.

A few online TR resource subject suggestions:

  • Therapeutic Recreation Leisure Programming
  • CEU/Education/Internship/Conference Opportunities
  • Case Studies and New Trends
  • Community resources accessible for the disabled
  • New laws and regulations
  • Employment/ Job Postings
  • Network opportunities
  • Equipment; décor, adapted devices, and materials supplies
  • Books(  hard copy & auditory), downloadable ( music & literature materials)