American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Welcome to ATRA

Become a Member

New members can join ATRA online.

Membership in the American Therapeutic Recreation Association offers a variety of benefits:

  • ​Low-cost membership fees! Our membership dues are one-half to one-third of other similar professional organizations.
  • Significant membership discounts on conference registrations, publications, and webinars replays.
  • Access to and participation in our online blog. 
  • Free downloadable .pdf versions of all past Annuals in Therapeutic Recreation research journal.
  • Free downloadable .pdf versions of the quarterly ATRA Newsletters.
  • Frequent News Bites (our short e-newsletters) with current association and professional announcements and updates designed for your specific area of interest.
  • Free ATRA update webinars six times per year that are available for CEUs.
  • Educational opportunities per year such as the Annual Conference, and the ATRA Academy.
  • Multiple CEU opportunities annually through webinars, ATRA Annual in TR and Newsletters.
  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy at the national and state levels, such as for state licensure.
  • Significantly reduced rates on individual professional liability insurance.
  • Standards and regulatory advocacy to the Joint Committee, CARF, Health Care Financing Administration, and other healthcare related consortiums and groups.
  • Publications specifically related to professionals’ needs, such as Standards of Practice, coverage, and internships.
  • Sections as a way to professionally network with CTRSs working in similar facilities throughout the country.
  • Marketing and educational efforts directed to case managers and other allied health professionals as well as high school guidance counselors across the country.
  • Scholarship opportunities for students to attend national conferences with provisions for housing and tuition assistance.
  • Recognition in the form of annual awards for professional and scholarly achievement.
  • Chapter Affiliate Council (CAC) as a mechanism for chapters to stay current on national issues and trends.


We hope you will join thousands of therapeutic recreation specialists and supporters across the country by becoming a member!