Recreation / Rec Therapy Division 

Thank you speakers for your applications! We have now closed our call for papers and are excited at the diversity and range of topics submitted this year such as community recreation, advancement of profession, research, TR in the hospital setting, and a variety of interventions. Registration is now open, so please click the link below to sign up. We have lowered our rates this year so please make note below:

Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD) Recreation Division presents

Therapeutic Recreation Institute

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 • 8:20-4:15
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center


Fees $50 for professionals and $25 for students plus CEU fees if apply

Lunch will be on your own this year with many options included nearby

​We encourage all professionals, retirees, and students in the field of Therapeutic Recreation as well as those in related fields to attend. Current OAHPERD members and non-members are welcome!​ 

OAHPERD will comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).  We invite any participant with special needs to contact the Executive Director, Lisa Kirr, upon registration for special accommodations. If conference participants have any questions or comments, please contact OAHPERD at [email protected].


The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance includes different divisions which have been developed to promote disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in the core disciplines represented by members of the Association. The Divisions will promote professional development programs and workshops for their specific membership throughout the year. In addition, the divisions are responsible for encouraging presentations at the Annual Convention within each specific discipline. The recreation division will host a Therapeutic Recreation track at the annual conference as a CEU opportunity for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or other professions interested in Recreational Therapy interventions.

Each division and its chair shall also serve as state-wide advocates for curriculum, public policy, and policies which affect the disciplines represented by its membership.

If you are interested in contacting the chair of the Recreation division, contact Sue Sutherland.

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Links and Resources

Recreation and Leisure Studies Degree Information

Recreation Division Leadership

Chair Trevor Miller [email protected]
Vice Chair Kristin Whaley [email protected]


"University of Toledo Ranked #1 Among Best Value Parks and Recreation Degree Programs

University of Toledo has been identified as having one of the best value bachelor's degrees in parks, recreation and leisure studies in our recent ranking. The ranking considered tuition, financial aid, return on investment, and the number of minors, concentrations, or areas of emphases offered.

University of Toledo was ranked #1.

The Recreational Therapy program at University of Toledo is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions and offers concentrations in pre-occupational therapy, therapeutic arts, geriatrics, pediatrics, and communication.

The article and a high resolution award badge can be found here:

 College Values Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on numerous career options from a value perspective."