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Therapeutic Recreation Program

The Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) is an after-school program designed for troubled youth between the ages of eight to 17. The program examines use of leisure and recreational activities in a constructive way and provides anger management training with an emphasis on developing positive social relationships.

TRP is one of a continuum of programs provided by Bethany for Children & Families. The program has served children in the Blackhawk Area Special Education district and Illinois Quad Cities for more than 25 years.

TRP provides a safe and nurturing recreational and learning environment in which staff members challenge troubled youth to replace problematic behaviors with appropriate social skills. Increased emotional and social competency allows them to succeed not only in their educational settings, but also at home and in the community.

Who is appropriate for the TRP services?

The TRP serves boys and girls ages eight to 17 with serious emotional problems that may lead to placement outside the home. The Therapeutic Recreation Program provides after school programming during the academic year and offers educational and recreational outings during the program’s extended summer hours.

The TRP provides services in cooperation with agencies from a variety of fields, including:

  • Special education
  • Juvenile justice and court services
  • Community mental health
  • Foster care

Behavior Management System

The TRP’s behavior management system is a diverse blend of approaches designed to promote self-esteem and accountability. Personalized daily behavior charts and skills curriculum provides each client with a unique opportunity for growth.

The Therapeutic Recreation Program offers a range of programming activities from cooperative academic games to artistic outlets that allow youth to explore and express a full range of appropriate recreational and social skills.

Contact Information

Clay Huffstutler
(309) 736-6622

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