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Vision, Mission Statement & Goals

NCTRC Envisioned Future

A. Certificants

  • Certificants are being recognized for their work in the community resulting in reduced healthcare costs, and improved quality of life and well-being.
  • Regardless of the path to certification utilized, applicants demonstrate the skills and knowledge deemed necessary for entry level practice.
  • Certificants use evidence-based practice to provide quality care.

B. Students

  • Academic programs prepare their students to have the knowledge and skills deemed necessary for entry level practice.

C. Employers/Hiring Officials

  • Employers recognize the CTRS™ as the qualified provider of recreational therapy services.
  • Employers require staff members who perform recreational therapy services to maintain active CTRS™ certification through NCTRC.

D. NCTRC/Board of Directors (BOD)

  • NCTRC provides the accepted credential as the global provider of recreational therapy services.
  • NCTRC represents the global community of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists™ who provide recreational therapy services to consumers.
  • NCTRC BOD uses real-time data to evaluate certification standards.

E. Consumers/Public

  • Governmental and regulatory bodies recognize NCTRC certificants as the leading provider of recreational therapy services.
  • Consumers recognize that NCTRC certificants are the qualified providers of recreational therapy services.
  • The public acknowledges the value of recreational therapy to health, wellness, and overall quality of life.
  • All consumers have access to quality and evidence-based recreational therapy services as provided by the CTRS™.
  • Consumers demonstrate better health and well-being because of active engagement in recreational therapy services provided by a CTRS™.
  • Organizations/advocates for quality healthcare and services endorse the CTRS™ credential as the global provider of recreational therapy services.
  • The World Health Organization endorses the CTRS™ as a qualified provider.

Mission Statement


The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification protects the public by promoting the provision of quality services offered by NCTRC certificants.

Goals


NCTRC Current Strategic Goals

GOAL A: CERTIFICANTS
Certificants will provide quality, evidence-based interventions in a variety of settings resulting in enhanced recognition of the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™ as the qualified provider of recreational therapy services.

GOAL B: STUDENTS
Students will recognize the importance of applying for Professional Eligibility to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™.

GOAL C: EMPLOYERS/HIRING OFFICIALS
Hiring officials will recognize the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™ as the qualified provider of recreational therapy services.

GOAL D: NCTRC/BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD)
NCTRC will support global growth of the CTRS™ credential.