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IAPA was organized in 1979, in order to unite activity professionals on a statewide basis. IAPA holds an annual conference in the fall, publishes a quarterly newsletter called Illinois Activities in Action, offers certification to activity professionals, sponsors several awards, works with local activity associations, and represents its membership with state regulatory agencies.
IPRA has a Therapeutic Recreation Section (ITRS) that includes professionals in both clinical and community-based settings. ITRS also provides information about the seven four-year colleges and universities in Illinois offering therapeutic recreation programs.
This organization is a chapter affiliation of ATRA. For more information, contact: Dr. Ann Zito, Illinois Recreational Therapy Association, College of St. Frances, 500 N. Wilcox, Joliet, IL 60435, 815/740-3691
NCTRC was established in 1981 as the nationally recognized organization for the certification of therapeutic recreation personnel. Upon meeting the eligibility requirements and passing the exam, an individual will be awarded the five-year Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certificate. For additional information, contact National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, 7 Elmwood Dr., New City, NY 10956, 845/639-1439
NCCAP offers an activity professional certification. More information and an application form can be obtained form: NCCAP, P.O. Box 62589, Virginia Beach, VA 23466, 757/552-0653