Quality Internship Development and Supervision: Raising the Bar in Therapeutic Recreation Internships


  • Jennifer Hinton Western Carolina University
  • Rachel Smith Illinois State University
  • Jared Allsop Indiana University
  • Donna Lozano Rocky Mountain MS Center




Internship, internship manual template, quality internship supervisor training, qualified supervisor statement


While therapeutic recreation internships have long been required for individuals to be credentialed in Therapeutic Recreation, there have been few requirements for individuals to supervise an intern. Addressing two specific requirements of the Higher Education Task Force report (Carter & Hawkins, 2018), the Quality Internship Subcommittee was formed under the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Quality Providers team. The initial goal of the subcommittee was to advance excellence in internships by providing structure and direction for Therapeutic Recreation internship supervision. Descriptions of three subcommittee outcomes of the Subcommittee are detailed: the Qualified Supervisors Statement, the Internship Manual template, and the Quality Internship Supervisor Training. Limitations and ongoing Subcommittee efforts are noted.


Author Biographies

Rachel Smith, Illinois State University

Rachel E. Smith is an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Illinois State University.

Jared Allsop, Indiana University

Jared Allsop is a clinical assistant profressor in the Department of Recreational Thearpy Education at Indiana University.


Donna Lozano, Rocky Mountain MS Center

Donna L.V.Lozano is the Internship Coordinator at the Rocky Mountain MS Center.


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