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atra sections (online communities)


The purpose of the ATRA Sections is to move the profession forward related to practice settings by focusing on 1) Evidence-based practice, 2) Competencies, and 3) Public Policy.  The role of the ATRA Sections are to provide networking opportunities to build professional relationships through communication, support, advocacy, mentoring, and leadership.  


Section Leaders provide ATRA representation and promote the interests of their respective practice setting.  The Section Leaders develop an annual work plan describing the goals and objectives of that Section. 


What is an online community? How does that help me?

This is where members who work in your same setting, or have interests in your area can:

  • Ask questions in a safe members-only environment.
  •  Find resources specific to your job that can help make your life easier
  • Submit information to share with other RTs
  • Connect with other ATRA members and grow your network


How do I join an online community?

Click on your work setting below, as many as apply, and request to join the group. Any ATRA member can join one of our section or chapter groups. 


Interested in getting involved with your community?

Scroll to the bottom of the page and let us know how you would like to get involved.


Using a systematic process of recreation and other activity-based interventions to empower individuals towards mental health recovery through a focus on self-efficacy, self-regulation, self-expression and overall well-being.


Behavioral Health Section Leaders:

Tayler Bannasch Heath, CTRS

Holly Eichner, M.Ed., CTRS




Working with children and adolescents with special healthcare needs in a variety of settings from inpatient mental health to physical rehabilitation and more.


Child and Adolescent Section Leaders:

Abby Pestak, MS, CTRS

Jenny Dilaura, MA, CTRS, CCLS




Implementing recreational therapy at Federal, state, and local agencies, in municipal parks and recreation organizations, at home healthcare companies, in senior centers, group and residential homes, and after-school programs.


Community Section Leaders:

Ashley Bowen, MS, MTRS, CTRS




Serving as leaders of recreational therapy departments and other departments that perform recreational therapy as a part of their function.


Management Section Leaders:

Open Vacancies - If interested, please submit your application below




Working with the older adult population with a variety of complex co-morbid diagnosis (especially Alzheimer's and Parkinson's) in many different treatment-settings.

Older Adult Section Leaders

Melissa Long, CTRS, DPG
Abbie Davis, CTRS



Collaborating with the interdisciplinary care team by implementing person-centered interventions to reach improved functional independence.


Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine Section Leaders:

Karley Brouwer, CTRS




Using planned and purposeful recreation and leisure interventions to support individual educational outcomes and improve functioning needed to enhance a student’s quality of life and increase participation inside and outside of the educational setting.


School Systems Section Leaders:

Amanda Chamberlain, CTRS/L

Tom House, CTRS





Working to improve and promote the health of veterans and other military service members.


Veterans Section Leaders:

Deborah Tysor, MS, TRS, CTRS







ATRA's Delphi Study 

A Delphi study is a widely accepted method used to obtain consensus from a group of experts on a particular topic. ATRA is using this study method to get information on:

  • Current RT practice
  • Identifying research needs 
  • Identifying what is on the horizon of practice, so RT is ahead of the curve of contemporary practice
  • Identifying education and training needs.

Watch our video to learn more and to find out how you can participate!



 sections volunteer form & Leadership Application


more Calendar

10/14/2018 » 10/16/2018
30th Annual North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association Conference

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