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2022 ATRA Annual Conference IN-PERSON Intensives and Workshops Proposal

September 10–13, 2022

Birmingham, AL - Educational Sessions: Birmingham Sheraton, Sleeping Rooms: Birmingham Westin

Tentative Schedule for the 2022 ATRA Annual Conference (subject to change) 

Blaze Sports Certified Adaptive Recreation Sport Specialist Level 2

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3
Session Description/Research Abstract

Developed with the expertise and input of a variety of professionals in the adaptive sports and recreation field, CARSS reflects more accurately where the field of adaptive sports and recreation has evolved. Core content areas of the CARSS certification include: history of adaptive sports & related laws; understanding disabilities & disability awareness; program planning, implementation & evaluation; risk management & injury prevention; partnership building; recruitment & promotion; adaptive equipment and facilities. The curriculum addresses the needs of children/youth, adults and veterans with various physical disabilities.

*PRE-REGISTRATION and ADDITIONAL FEE REQUIRED. Space is LIMITED to 30 attendees.

Primary Presenter

Karolyne Bell, Blaze Sports
Credentials

Co-Presenter/panelists

Empowering to Travel through Self-Advocacy

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

Research indicates a disproportionate number of individuals with disabilities avoid travel when compared to individuals without disability. This avoidance is often due to perceived barriers. The goal of this session is to provide the tools and resources to Recreation Therapy practitioners to help our clients to feel more confident to navigate travel accessibility. The session leaders will review current laws pertaining to accessibility in air travel, cruise travel, and hotel accommodations as well as resources the traveler can access in planning their travel to help make their experience as stress-free as possible. We will review some travel education and also explore virtual training tools and online resources. Throughout the session we will provide tips and tricks for how to advocate through all phases of travel, from making the initial reservation through arriving at the terminal, boarding the plane or ship, and arriving at the destination. We will discuss when to advocate, to whom to advocate, and how to problem solve through any surprises along the journey. We will provide resources and do active problem solving with session participants to build their knowledge repertoire so they can then assist their clients in building their own.

Primary Presenter

Cecilia Y Rider, MS, CTRS, Shepherd Center
Credentials

MS, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Katie Murphy, CTRS, Shepherd Center

Hot Chocolate River to Incomplete Bridge: Using Group Initiatives and Low Ropes Elements to Achieve Clinical Goals and Objectives in Group Settings

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6
Session Description/Research Abstract

The purpose of this session is to introduce two types of adventure-based interventions that can be used in recreational therapy and provide participants the opportunity to experience and observe these types of interventions in practice. In addition to learning specific activities, there will be discussions about selecting culturally relevant interventions that are appropriate and individualized to clients’ needs and modifying activities for different practice settings. Participants will also learn about the adventure therapy beliefs and discuss their relevance to recreational therapy practice.

This session can additionally count for three hours of training for the Clinical Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist or Certified Therapeutic Adventure Specialist certifications. This training addresses the core element of AT Interventions.

Primary Presenter

Jesy Cordle, PhD(c), LRT, CTRS, CCAT, The Buckeye Ranch and Clemson University
Credentials

PhD(c), LRT, CTRS, CCAT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Preparing the CAAHEP/CARTE Self-Study for Academic Accreditation in Recreational Therapy

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
Board Room
Session Description/Research Abstract

The purpose of this Session is two fold. First, it will provide an overview of accreditation under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE). Second and more
importantly, the session will provide information and hands-on experience in completing the forms and process for academic accreditation under CAAHEP-CARTE.

Primary Presenter

Teresa Beck, PhD, Grand Valley State University
Credentials

Ph.D, CTRS, FDRT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Tim RJ Passmore, Oklahoma State University
Jared Allsop, Indiana University

Spontaneous Advocacy: If you didn't snap (or post??) it, did it happen?

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5
Session Description/Research Abstract

Have you ever been out in the community and witnessed something amazing or horrific? (Yes) Did you stop and take a photo? (Maybe) Did you post it on social media with an impactful message? No?? Why not? This session answers the possible answers to the "why not" by allowing individuals to explore social media and the power of spontaneous advocacy. After a educational session on social media and some tips and tricks to using features of the platforms, participants will put their new knowledge to action while exploring Birmingham. Digital devices and appropriate comfortable attire are a must for this interactive session!

LIMITED TO 20 - PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED (no additional fee).

Primary Presenter

Susan Purrington, Welcomed Here, LLC./ Northern Arizona University
Credentials

PhD, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Bethany Dueck, Homebody State of Mind

The Joy of Dementia: Creating a New Performance of Dementia (and Life)

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

Across the world, people living with dementia, care partners and other family/community members, dementia and health professionals, activists, academics and artists are coming together to develop and advocate for a diverse and humanizing vision of care and support that promotes inclusion, relationality, creativity, joy and the possibility of growth for everyone living with, and impacted by, dementia.

This experiential workshop will use improvisational games, creative exercises and philosophical/performed conversation to give participants a real-time experience in creating an environment in which “non-knowing growing” is possible. We will work together on challenging the individualized loss and tragedy narrative we are all socialized to and on freeing ourselves, if only for a moment, from a repressively cognitive culture that relates to dementia and related conditions with stigma, shame and isolation.

We welcome anyone looking for more intimate, emotionally supportive and growth-filled ways to live with memory loss, aging and dementia; who are interested in using diagnosis as a starting point for creativity; and who want to discover together how to create more connection, inclusion, hope…and yes, joy in even the most difficult and uncertain of life situations.

Primary Presenter

Eastside Institute & Reimagine Dementia
Credentials

Coordinator, Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice

Co-Presenter/panelists

Therapy in 3-D: Exploring Virtual Reality Applications for RT Practice

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4
Session Description/Research Abstract

The rapid growth and evolution of virtual reality (VR) has introduced new ways to participate in recreational activities. Commercial VR equipment and applications (apps) are also being used for therapeutic purposes. However, before introducing VR activities to clients, therapists need general competency in using equipment and familiarity with a variety of different VR apps. This will allow them to structure appropriate recreational therapy (RT) treatment interventions. In this experiential session, participants will set-up and use the Oculus Quest 2 VR system in simulated RT practice sessions. Multiple VR applications will be introduced so practitioners can gain experience with apps that have relevance for diverse clients and service settings. Attendees will have the opportunity to role play VR sessions from both a “practitioner” and “client” perspective. Through informal and formal discussion and feedback, participants will share their clinical insights on how to follow the APIE(D) process to generate clinical outcomes in VR sessions offered through their professional practice.

LIMIT OF 30: Pre-Registration Required

Primary Presenter

Rhonda Nelson, University of Utah
Credentials

Ph.D., MTRS., CTRS, MT-BC, FDRT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Chad Romoser, University of Utah
T. J. Ferrill, University of Utah

Using the Civil Rights Era to Explore the Relationship between Racism, Health Outcomes, and Culturally Competent Practice for Marginalized Populations

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
Off-SIte
Session Description/Research Abstract

ATRA’s Diversity Task Force will present an interactive, engaging, and explorative half-day session at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where participants will be able to connect the Civil Rights era to the legacies of racism, discrimination, and inadequate healthcare of African Americans. Additionally, participants will be able to develop an understanding of the intersectionality of racism as a determinant of health and health outcomes, in order to understand and counterbalance the challenges to treatment, hesitancy, and access for individuals in marginalized communities.

No backpacks are allowed on the tour. Photography is permitted in some area of the building.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND ADDITIONAL FEE REQUIRED. Session will be off-site for its entirety.

Primary Presenter

Dr. Tameka Battle, LaGuardia Community College
Credentials

LRT/CTRS, CDP, CADDCT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Blaze Sports 2

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

CARTE 2

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
Board Room

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Flipping the Pages: Exploring Bibliotherapy Approaches for Recreational Therapy Practice

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

We love books! We love using books in our practice! But how do therapists select books that target the specific goals and objectives appropriate for our clients? How do we know we are working within an evidence based practice? How do we make sure the APIE process is followed?

In this session, the participant will explore a process to analyze and select books appropriate for pediatric, geriatric and mental health populations. A sample protocol will be used in hands-on book critiques. Participants are asked to bring a storybook type of book they might use in practice, in order to actively participate in the workshop portion of this session.

Primary Presenter

Susan Sunden, Grand Valley State University
Credentials

Ed.D, M.Ed., BS, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Dr. Dawn DeVries, FDRT, CTRS, Grand Valley State University
Erin O'Leary, Grand Valley State University

Quality Internships A: Statement Review and Internship Manual Development for Practitioners

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

The ATRA Quality Internships subcommittee was established to assist in improving the consistency and quality of recreational therapy internships nationally. This session outlines the assets of a qualified internship supervisor and provides a template to create an agency internship manual. Bring your materials (departmental policies, organizational chart, and current internship information) and get ready to work! Participants will self-assess the quality of their current internship supervision and have an opportunity to begin or modify their internship manual. Laptops encouraged for this workshop session.

Primary Presenter

Rachel E. Smith, EdD, CTRS, Illinois State University
Credentials

EdD, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Jennifer L Hinton, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT, Western Carolina University
Rachel Hubsch, CTRS, Northwest Special Recreation Association
Rebecca Burnworth, LRT, CTRS, East Carolina University

Spontaneous Advocacy 2

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Using the Facilitated Wave Model in Recreational Therapy Practice

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6
Session Description/Research Abstract

The purpose of this session is to introduce the Facilitated Wave Model and discuss how this model can be applied in recreational therapy settings. In the discussion of this model, participants will discuss the process of adapting interventions to incorporate isomorphic metaphors, generalizing adventure experiences to everyday life, and matching and facilitating activities to address clinical goals and objectives in recreational therapy. This session will also discuss the models of change and stages of group development as they relate to adventure-based interventions.

This session can additionally count for three hours of training for the Clinical Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist or Certified Therapeutic Adventure Specialist certifications. This training addresses the core element of Facilitation and Processing in AT.

Primary Presenter

Jesy Cordle, PhD(c), LRT, CTRS, CCAT, The Buckeye Ranch and Clemson University
Credentials

PhD(c), LRT, CTRS, CCAT

Co-Presenter/panelists

VR Part 2

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Opening Keynote Address: Music and Mindfulness Self-Care Strategies for Everyone

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 5:30 PM–7:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
General Session
Session Description/Research Abstract

Music and Mindfulness Self-Care Strategies for Everyone is an interactive and lively keynote presentation filled with practical strategies your audience can use everyday to elicit calm, focus and mindfulness -especially during the most challenging of times.

The active use of music based self care is scientifically proven to improve your mood, relieve stress, increase mental focus and to build social connections. Musical experience is not required. Beginners are warmly welcomed and rhythm tubes are provided for all to use during the program.

Primary Presenter

irector of the Center for Fine Arts Saint Francis University, TEDx Speaker, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Rusted Root
Credentials

M.Ed

Co-Presenter/panelists

Adaptive Golf

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

PRE-REGISTRATION AND ADDITIONAL FEE REQUIRED. LIMIT 40.

Primary Presenter

Dave Windsor, National PGA
Credentials

Co-Presenter/panelists

Laura Kelly, HCR ManorCare

Aquatic Therapy 1

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Blaze Sports 3

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Dementia Practice Guidelines (DPG) for Recreational Therapy and Allied Health Professionals: Management of Disturbing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4
Session Description/Research Abstract

Working as an allied health professional with individuals who have dementia can be challenging, especially when behavioral challenges are present. This intensive workshop will provide the attendee with extensive training in using the Dementia Practice Guidelines. After completion of the Dementia Practice Guidelines course, you will receive a Certificate of Training as a Certified Dementia Behavioral Specialist. This evidence-based guideline and training will improve individual skills in management of disturbing behaviors and enhance the services and quality of life of persons with dementia.

Primary Presenter

Dr. Angie Sardina, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Credentials

PhD, LRT/CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Intro to Music and Wellness Training

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3
Session Description/Research Abstract

This training program will teach participants how to use beginner friendly interactive musical activities to support self-expression, mood improvement, stress and anxiety relief and as a means to encourage socialization.

Participants in this training will understand how to comfortably and effectively use music and wellness activities for themselves and with others, adapt existing activities to their own specific client needs, and create an atmosphere of inclusion and safety prior to implementing any activity.

It is important to note that non-musicians can effectively use interactive music for improved wellness, prior musical experience and the ability to read music is not a requirement, and using music is not necessarily loud and disruptive.

Primary Presenter

Jim Donovan, irector of the Center for Fine Arts Saint Francis University, TEDx Speaker, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Rusted Root
Credentials

M.Ed

Co-Presenter/panelists

Qualified Internship Supervisor Training

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

Session Description
The Qualified Internship Supervisor Training will include content that prepares the agency internship supervisor/ clinical instructor for recreational therapy internship supervision. This training is appropriate for both incoming and seasoned supervisors and will include discussion panels with the training modules throughout the day. Final testing will occur at the end of the day for attendees to receive their training credential.

Primary Presenter

Jennifer Hinton, Western Carolina University
Credentials

Ph.D., LRT, CTRS, FDRT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Jared Allsop, Indiana University
Rachel Smith, Illinois State University
Steven Bell, ATRA
Joan Sutton, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Eric T Oba, University of Alaska Anchorage

Aquatic Therapy 2

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
Off-SIte

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Blaze Sports 4

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

DPG 2

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Internship 2

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Let's Write about It: Journaling as a Recreational Therapy Intervention

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3
Session Description/Research Abstract

Journaling is an activity that is low cost, can be done anywhere by anyone at anytime. This session will specifically talk about journaling activities for mental health, older adults, students in higher education, and for anyone in daily life. The benefits and outcomes will be discussed, techniques and journaling ideas will be presented, and participants will learn to make "safe" journals for mental health settings.

Primary Presenter

Sarah K. Bradley, Grand Valley State University
Credentials

MS, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Dawn DeVries, Grand Valley State University

Publishing in Recreational Therapy

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5
Session Description/Research Abstract

This session promotes scholarly writing, reviewing, and publishing in TRJ-Annual, a professional refereed journal. Discover recreational therapy dissemination priorities and current initiatives to increase the profile of recreational therapy scholarship. Bring your ideas and drafts to this interactive session. The first hour will familiarize participants with TRJ-Annual operating practices, general manuscript elements and format, scholarly writing and publishing principles, and an overview of how manuscripts are submitted and published, with specific review of the new Sagamore online management system. The second hour focuses on idea development and manuscript preparation. Participants will apply the Journal Article Reporting Standards of APA and the publication process of various types of manuscripts as they develop drafts. Session leaders will provide support to scholars at all stages of the writing process from idea development to fully developed manuscripts. In the last hour participants will engage in peer reviews of their writing samples, examining the APA and TRJ-Annual review guidelines and protocols. The session will conclude with discussion of team decisions and professional practices governing publication in refereed journals. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer to this session to fully engage in interactive learning activities.

Primary Presenter

Lisa Mische Lawson, University of Kansas Medical Center
Credentials

PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Dr. Marcia Jean Carter, CPRP, CTRS, American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
Dr. Gretchen Snethen, CTRS, PhD, Temple University

Membership Meeting & Installation

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 8:30 AM–10:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
General Session

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Aquatic Therapy 3

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Creative Resilience: Arts-Based Applications of Resilience Theory for the CTRS

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6
Session Description/Research Abstract

The term “resilience” has been incorporated heavily into our culture, especially since the pandemic. We are told that we need to find it, and as an effective CTRS we need to help our clients see it in themselves. But what, exactly, is resilience? First, we will spend time exploring the origins of resilience in the research and Richardson’s model representing how it manifests in our clients. Then, we will examine how building resilience through the protective factors is a part of a trauma informed care approach. Rather than assessing client deficits through a pathogenic model, we will approach building resilience from a salutogenic, health and wellness model, building upon the strengths that moved them to the place they are today, helping them continue to find ways to adapt these strengths into useful tools. Through experiential learning, attendees will practice ways to use drawing, song, and movement to assist clients in building the protective factors that lead to resilience. Participants will walk away having experienced moments of self-regulation, co-regulation and community building. These moments will be explicitly noticed by the group so that attendees are able to replicate in their own practice. Research shows that the arts, and specifically music, expedite connection and build resilience. Learn from a trauma responsive care trainer and board-certified music therapist how to utilize the arts to build connection and foster resilience.

Primary Presenter

Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh, Indiana University Bloomington
Credentials

MM, MEd, MT-BC

Co-Presenter/panelists

Cultural Humility for the Recreation Therapy Professional

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4
Session Description/Research Abstract

Practicing cultural humility is necessary for recreation therapists to provide appropriate care to clients with diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors. Attendees will explore modern barriers to healthcare and learn cultural considerations to successfully meet the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds (race, gender identity, age, etc.). Topics will also address anti-racism, intersectionality, reflection of ones’ own cultural sensitivity and implicit bias.

Primary Presenter

Tarah Loy-Ashe, PhD, CTRS, Southern Connecticut State University
Credentials

PhD, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Sandra Heath, PhD., CTRS, Clemson University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Educators' Institute Part 1: Towards a Better Understanding of Fieldwork in RT/TR

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

This session is the first of a three part series for the Educator’s Institute led by the ATRA Academic Action Task Force. The session will focus on the current state and possible future of fieldwork in RT/TR education. In this context, fieldwork is defined as: a learning opportunity for RT/TR students to develop practice competencies through hands-on experiences in applied RT/TR service settings. The current available information on RT/TR fieldwork will be presented, particularly the results from the 2022 ATRA RT/TR Fieldwork Education Survey. Laptops and access to curricular materials are encouraged for the session series.

Primary Presenter

Brent L. Hawkins, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Credentials

PhD, LRT, CTRS, FDRT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Kirstin L Whitely, Longwood University and American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
Erik Luvaas
Susan Purrington
Gena Bell Vargas, Ph.D., CTRS, Temple University

Evaluating Your Assessment

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3
Session Description/Research Abstract

This session will provide practitioners with a practical framework that they can use for evaluating their agency's current method of client assessment. Client assessment will be looked at in terms of being a systematic process that involves gathering and interpreting information for the purpose of making decisions. The framework will be presented via lecture with some large and small group discussions and an interactive application of the framework to examples provided by the audience and/or presenter. Please bring assessment material from your facility if possible to serve as the basis for some of the small group work.

*PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR ASSESSMENT TO USE DURING THE SESSION.

Primary Presenter

Randy Wyble, Grand Valley State University
Credentials

DHEd, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Seated Yoga for Chronic Pain in Older Adults

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

This session focuses on chronic pain in older adults (in home, community, long-term care) and how to use a seated yoga intervention to control pain symptoms. Chronic pain in older adults results from multiple factors and impacts physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains of function. CMS federal guidelines for skilled nursing facilities support non-pharmacological approaches to pain management. This session provides an opportunity to work through the Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation process for chronic pain and design a session plan to take back to your work site.

Primary Presenter

Betsy Kemeny, PhD, Slippery Rock University
Credentials

PhD, CTRS, Certified Seated Yoga Instructor (LVCY)

Co-Presenter/panelists

Heather Bright, PhD, CTRS, Slippery Rock University

Aquatic Therapy 4

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
Off-SIte

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

DPG 3

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Diving into Aquatics: How to Implement a Therapeutic Learn to Swim Program

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3
Session Description/Research Abstract

The benefits of aquatics are widely recognized. Through extensive research BlazeSports has developed a therapeutic learn to swim program for children youth, adults and veterans with disabilities. This presentation will provide you with the knowledge to provide therapeutic aquatic programming and processes for teaching swimming skills to a variety of diagnosis.

Primary Presenter

Karolyne Bell, BlazeSports
Credentials

MA, CTRS, ATRIC

Co-Presenter/panelists

Educators’ Institute Part 2: Improving Quality and Consistency of RT/TR Fieldwork Apart from the NCTRC Internship

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

Building upon Part 1, Part 2 of the Educator’s Institute will dive deeper into the 2022 ATRA RT/TR Fieldwork Education Survey results pertaining to curricula and coursework not including the NCTRC-eligible internship. Attendees will compare the use of fieldwork in their own curriculum considering the survey findings and engage in discussion about ways to improve the quality and consistency of fieldwork within their RT/TR curricula as well as across academic programs. This session is appropriate for current and future RT/TR educators and fieldwork coordinators. Laptops and access to curricular materials are highly encouraged for this session.

Primary Presenter

Kirstin L Whitely, Longwood University and American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
Credentials

BS, MA, DHA

Co-Presenter/panelists

Susan Purrington
Brent L. Hawkins, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Erik Luvaas, PhD, CTRS, CFTG
Gena Bell Vargas, Ph.D., CTRS, Temple University

Professional Eligibility, Exam and Recertification Process

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

This session provides an in-depth coverage of the NCTRC Certification Standards. It will include the requirements for application, interactive application process, internship requirements, exam information, and requirements to maintain your certification.

LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS: No CEUs for this session.

Primary Presenter

Robin McNeal, NCTRC
Credentials

CTRS, FDRT, ICE-CCP

Co-Presenter/panelists

Noelle Molloy, MSEd, CTRS, NCTRC
Sue Lance, NCTRC

The RT Coach: Health Coaching Training Intensive

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5
Session Description/Research Abstract

Recreational therapists have consistently used the principles of motivational interviewing, behavior modification, health and wellness coaching, and goal facilitation from the inception of our profession. This 12- hour health coaching intensive will provide (and in some cases, re-introduce) RTs with the necessary competencies in order to bolster their leisure and recreation coaching with their clients. Those who wish to become Board Certified Health and Wellness coaches can begin their journey towards the 75-hour curriculum requirement in order to earn their NBC-HWC credential and practice as a dual-certified Recreational Therapist and Health and Wellness Coach.

Additional information will be discussed on certification pathways, benefits of dual-certification and how these two complementary fields can support each others advancements and, ultimately, benefit the clients we serve.

Primary Presenter

Taylor Rae Hooker, The RT Coach and The RT Tutor
Credentials

M.S., CTRS, NBC-HWC

Co-Presenter/panelists

The Use of Team-Building Initiatives in Behavioral Health: A Hands-On Workshop

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6
Session Description/Research Abstract

This session is designed for students and professionals who are working or plan to work in a behavioral health setting. Through this session, participants will work to sharpen their skills related to building willingness, rapport-building, behavioral management, challenging learned helplessness, and processing techniques through examples provided by presenters as well as collaboration with peers. During this hands-on experience, participants will engage in various team-building initiatives designed to challenge their ability to tolerate their emotional response when collaborating with others. This is designed to help them build empathy for future participants as well as broaden their ability to adapt to meet their needs. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss ways to adapt initiatives based on the population(s) they are currently working with or plan to work with in the future. Session will also touch on creating and maintaining a facilitation environment that is safe for participants and supportively challenges them to step outside their comfort zone.

Primary Presenter

Samantha Petitte, Indiana University - Bradford Woods
Credentials

MS, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Hannah Hanson, Rogers Behavioral Health

Educators' Institute 2.1 (Continuation)

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 5:00 PM–6:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

Continuation of Part 1 and 2 from earlier in the day.
*One hour session is REQUIRED to receive 6 CEUs from today's Educators' Institute sessions.

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

A New Outdoor Cooperative Adventure Game for Personal Empowerment

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6
Session Description/Research Abstract

In this experiential/interactive session you will be part of a team playing “Missions and Madness” an empowering outdoor cooperative adventure game that retains the fun and engagement of sports without the divisiveness of competition. It’s part scavenger hunt, part Dungeons and Dragons, and part boot camp. Players roll dice to discover their mission which could be anything from being chased by zombies or stalked by dinosaurs and where to go from a list of local sites. The team must get to the location within a time limit while performing various physical activities and puzzles along the way. Team members help each other accomplish the mission by asking for support and using their personal strengths as needed. “Missions and Madness” is fun and challenging, yet not overwhelming.

“Missions and Madness” can act as a supervised group activity or players can run a game themselves from the comprehensive instruction material. Either way, the adventure writes itself through randomization and creative fun scenarios. “Missions and Madness” can be an important part of any recreational therapy treatment plan because of easy set-up and operation, firm but flexible procedural structure, and an exceptional level of player engagement and a sense of fun. “Missions and Madness” has been carefully designed to be accessible and easily modified to suit any population.

“Missions and Madness” can ease clients out of social isolation. It can provide gentle leadership opportunities. It supports life-skills like navigation, negotiation, and communication. It even provides the sense of camaraderie and purpose that veterans often complain of missing after transitioning to civilian life.

A game of “Missions and Madness” is played within a defined outdoor area, cultivates careful observation through memory games, easily integrates players from various backgrounds with various skills and needs, and gives every player a chance to lead the team through a set of challenges.

ACON2022 Convention attendees will play “Missions and Madness” while they explore nearby Birmingham and experience first-hand the dynamic benefits of this innovative, cooperative adventure game. PLEASE DRESS FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.

Primary Presenter

Morgan W. Boatman, Winter Communication, LLC
Credentials

BS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Susan Purrington, Welcomed Here, LLC/ Northern Arizona University

Applying the Standards of Practice for Recreational Therapy to all Service Settings

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

Participants will explore the content of the ATRA Standards of Practice manual. Participants will learn how the standards can and should guide their practice, and the process of developing policies and procedures for their Recreational Therapy department or program. They will learn the basics of policy and procedure writing to aid in the development and/or revision of their current policies and procedures. Participants should bring a copy of the SOP Manual to this session.

PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE ATRA STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR USE DURING THE SESSION.
Session limited to 40.

Primary Presenter

Heather Bright, PhD, CTRS, Slippery Rock University
Credentials

PhD, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Dr. MaryJo Archambault, EdD; CTRS, Southern Connecticut State University

Educators’ Institute Part 3: Improving Quality and Consistency of the Academic Portion of the NCTRC Internship

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

Building upon Part 1 and 2, Part 3 of the Educator’s Institute will dive deeper into the 2022 ATRA RT/TR Fieldwork Education Survey results pertaining to the NCTRC-eligible internship. Attendees will compare the use of fieldwork in their own curriculum considering the survey findings and engage in discussion about ways to improve the quality and consistency of the academic portion of internships within their RT/TR curricula as well as across academic programs. This session is appropriate for current and future RT/TR educators and fieldwork coordinators. Laptops and access to curricular materials are highly encouraged for this session.

Primary Presenter

Susan Purrington
Credentials

Co-Presenter/panelists

Brent L. Hawkins, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Kirstin L Whitely, BS, MA, DHA, Longwood University and American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
Erik Luvaas, PhD, CTRS, CFTG
Gena Bell Vargas, Ph.D., CTRS, Temple University

RT Coach 2

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Recreational Therapy Balance Training Workshop

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4
Session Description/Research Abstract

Research has found that older adult populations, those over 65 years of age, experience falls at a higher rate than any other population. About 1 in 3 older adults experience a fall each year, and half of those who do fall, experience more than one. Falls can produce injuries as serious as bone fractures, soft-tissue damage, or even a TBI. Six percent of all urgent hospitalizations among older adults are due to a fall and falls can lead to decreased physical activity, cessation of recreational pursuits, and the development of a disability. Shockingly, 90% of all hip fractures are caused by a fall. Treatments that target the ability to balance and physical functioning maintenance have been found to reduce falling by up to 39 percent.

This session will focus on educating attendees of common balance problems that older adults experience and the potential cost and negative outcomes that come from falls. Current research trends in balance treatments for older adults will be discussed and the instruction of research-based treatments that target balancing abilities of those who are over 65 years of age. Attendees will learn proper exercise, tai chi, boxing, and gait training modalities that directly target balance and independence, while also being appropriate for the average older adult over 65. Special modifications for specific conditions including but not limited to Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Dementia, and Arthritis. Attendees experience hands-on instruction that will leave them with the ability to create their own balance focused group.

Primary Presenter

Brandt Auston Brickell, Oklahoma State University
Credentials

MS, CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Dr. Tim Passmore, CTRS/L, FDRT, Oklahoma State University

Utilizing Geocaching in Recreational Therapy Practice

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 3
Session Description/Research Abstract

Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt played by using a GPSr (Global Positioning System receiver) or by using a smartphone app. In this session, attendees will receive an introduction to geocaching, an overview of the therapeutic benefits of geocaching, and ideas on how to utilize geocaching in recreational therapy practice. This session will be part presentation and part hands-on learning. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND ADDITIONAL FEE REQUIRED. PLEASE DRESS FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY. Limit to 40.

Primary Presenter

Susan (Susie) Montgomery, MS, CTRS, University of South Alabama
Credentials

CTRS, MS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Shelly Bates, University of South Alabama
Olivia "Livie" Puranen, University of South Alabama

Creative Curricula: Rethinking the Ways We Create Learning Experiences in Recreational Therapy

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 6
Session Description/Research Abstract

Educators – are you looking for ways to rethink a course? Would you like to have a hands-on opportunity to reimagine your class with other educators? Bring your laptop and at least one syllabus with assigned accreditation and/ or specific learning outcomes to this session. You will learn more about designing in natural spaces and how to construct modular level outcomes for a course using the six categories of significant learning from Fink’s taxonomy, which includes more descriptors for affective and applied learning than you will find in Bloom’s taxonomy. Additionally, you will be given the knowledge and skills to design a project-based learning plan to use in your course. Participants will choose a technique (natural spaces/ six categories of learning OR project-based learning) and actively construct course materials. This will be a hands-on session where you will move around, manipulate materials, and work in a visual and kinesthetic manner.

Primary Presenter

Jennifer Hinton, Western Carolina University
Credentials

Ph.D., LRT, CTRS, FDRT

Co-Presenter/panelists

Susan M Wilson, Ph.D., CTRS, SUNY Cortland

How to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Recreational Therapy: Grant Writing and Application

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 1
Session Description/Research Abstract

The aim of this workshop is to provide hands-on experience to enhance ability and skills in grant search and development. The presenters will review primary funding sources and provide tips in locating the right funding to support your research needs in promoting evidence-based practice. During the session, we will also discuss the key components in developing a grant proposal. Participants will start to work through the process of finding and writing grants to gain experience in this.

Primary Presenter

Gena Bell Vargas, Temple University
Credentials

Ph.D., CTRS

Co-Presenter/panelists

Pei-Chun Hsieh, Brock University
Aurora Verlin, MS, CTRS, Temple University

RT Coach 3

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 5

Primary Presenter

Co-Presenter/panelists

Utilizing Virtual Reality in a Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehab Setting

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 4
Session Description/Research Abstract

Have you have wondered how an organization can combine the work of therapeutic recreation and physical therapy? This session will discuss the results of a case study utilizing virtual reality and a Lokomat Gait Training Machine to increase endurance, multitasking, and correct ambulation of gait in a patient with cerebral palsy.

Primary Presenter

Christine Crayton, Children's Rehabilitation Institute Teleton USA
Credentials

PT, DPT, CPST

Co-Presenter/panelists

Natalie Klinsky, CTRS-MSRLS, Children's Rehabilitation Institute Teleton USA

Working to the TOP of your Scope in Recreational Therapy through EBP and Professionalism

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 1:30 PM–5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) add to calendar
TBD 2
Session Description/Research Abstract

CTRS do important work in every setting we work in but at times we fall short when helping others to understand our contributions. In this session will discuss and explore how we ensure that we as CTRS are working to their top of our scope through the use of EBP, assertive communication, networking, self-promotion, processing, psycho-social education, and outcome driven practices to ensure we are demonstrating our professionalism to our patients, co-workers, and the administration. In addition, we will discuss how to take the next steps to position yourself to move up the career ladder and to position yourself for success.

Primary Presenter

Ms. Holly A Eichner, University of Toledo - Toledo, OH
Credentials

PhD, CTRS-BH

Co-Presenter/panelists

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