A Profile of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Practitioners

Bob Riley, Peg ConnollyA Profile of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Practitioners

The purpose of this paper was to provide a profile report on current Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). A comprehensive national survey study was conducted in January 2004 to document the current demographics, employment characteristics and perspectives on career satisfaction of a random sample of 2,000 therapeutic recreation professionals actively certified with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. A total response rate of 979 surveys (49%) was achieved and 970 completed surveys were used in the final analysis of the study variables. The overall findings indicated that the majority of CTRSs work full-time in the field, primarily in hospital settings with a variety of population groups. CTRSs report that they set their own treatment outcomes and receive little or no clinical supervision. The average caseload per CTRS was 33 clients/patients in active treatment, but this number varies widely among service¬† ettings and populations. The average salary among full-time CTRS respondents was $39,483. CTRSs reported a high degree of job satisfaction, and most respondents indicated that they were performing “well” on the job.

Author Bob Riley, Peg Connolly
Volume Vol 41, No 1 (2007)
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