2022 Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI)


About the Institute

The Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI) has provided quality education and training for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and Activity Coordinators for over 50 years. One low fee covers over educational sessions, CEU and NCTRC credits (pending approval), meals, socials, and the TRI awards luncheon.


Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • Networking with professionals from across Pennsylvania and beyond
  • 20 professional workshop sessions for one low fee
  • Continuing Educational Units and NCTRC hours
  • On-site recreational resources including swimming, golf, and workout room
  • Central location with numerous regional recreational opportunities

Who Can Benefit by Attending?

Therapeutic Recreation Specialists; Activity Professionals; Consultants; Health Care Administrators; Educators; Students; Nursing Home Administrators; Allied Healthcare Professionals, Senior Center Directors; Adult Day Care Coordinators; Retirement Communities; Park and Recreation Professionals; Nursing/CNA’s; Memory Care Specialists


Wednesday,  October 5, 2022

Pre-Institute Workshop (separate registration fee applies)
2:00 - 4:00 pm Pre-Institute and institute registration
4:00 - 8:00 pm LEAN Forward - Continuous Improvement for Yourself and Your Organization
*working dinner provided

Thursday, October 6, 2022

8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Conference Registration
8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Certified Dementia Practitioner Training
9:00 am -10:00 am - Keynote - Understanding What You Do! with Emma G
10:00 am - 10:15 am - Refreshment Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Educational Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Educational Sessions
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Refreshment Break
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm - Educational Sessions
4:15 pm - 6:30 pm - Membership Board Meeting 
                                     Dinner on own
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - General Session
8:00 pm - ??           - Social and Fun

Friday, October 7th

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast for Wyndham guests
7:00 am - 12:00 pm - Registration Open
8:15 am - 10:00 am - Coffee Bar Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am - Educational Sessions
10:00 am - 10:15 am - Refreshment Break
10:15 am - 11:45 am - Educational Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Awards Luncheon and Basket Raffle  - Award applications available at PRPS TRI Awards
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm -  Endnote - Lessons on Leadership - Bill Salvatore


The TRI will be organized into three (3) tracks: Professional Development; Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation; Long Term Care and Dementia. The TRI will feature over 15 educational session and an opportunity to earn up to 15 NCTRC credit hours. Sessions are already confirmed for

Generation Engagement; Motivating Residents and the Teams you Lead
Bell Choir for cognition and Focus
Mental Health First Aid
Songwriting Workshop with Emma G.
Slowing Cognitive Decline
Therapeutic Photography Program
Regulations Vs. Fun; Dealing with the Rules
Manipulating Clay for Maximum Therapy
Keeping Positive in Today's Workforce
Being Heard; Collaborative Creative Writing
Low Stress and Fun Team Building Activities for Clients and Staff
Volunteer Recruitment and Management
Seated Ivengar Yoga for Flexibility and Focus
Promoting Mental Health Through the Outdoors
More to follow!


This year’s keynote speaker is the talented Emma G.  She is a renowned TEDx Speaker and singer/songwriter, who harnesses the power of music to motivate, uplift, and empower audiences.  Born with a rare neurological condition, Emma G has used music to recover from multiple traumas by writing and singing her truth, sharing her experiences, and turning her lessons into blessings. Music is an incredibly effective tool for transformation: helping us to overcome struggles, trauma, and stress with songs of resilience, self-love, and stepping into one’s power.  

Check out the TRI website for sessions, schedules and more!

Hotel Accommodations

The TRI will be held at the Wyndham Garden in State College.  The Wyndham Garden is Happy Valley’s Newest Hotel, located adjacent to the Mountain View County Club and just minutes from downtown State College and Penn State University. The Wyndham Garden offers deluxe guest accommodations with scenic mountain views and a complimentary breakfast buffet. For more information on the hotel and its amenities, please visit Wyndham Garden. To receive the special room rate of $125.00/night, contact the hotel at (814) 466-2255 and indicate you are with the TRI


No refunds will be given for cancellations occurring less than 10 business days prior to an event. PRPS will refund your registration, less a $25 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in more than 10 days prior to the event. Please call the PRPS Office at 814-234-4272 or email [email protected].

To register:

 1: Sign in or create a new account.
 2: Select registration option
 3: Add session selections to your itinerary under "Program"
 4: Proceed to checkout to complete transaction



9/1/2022 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Wyndham Garden 310 Elks Road State College, PA 16827

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM

Thursday, 06 October 2022

This is an all-day program for Thursday.  Sign up either as part of full-conference or separately - see above
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
8:30 AM

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