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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

CARF International and Recreation Therapy Services

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM–3:00 PM CST
Blanco (classroom 40)
Session Description

This session will provide a review of CARF International standards of practice and the role recreation therapy can play in providing services that align with these standards. An overview of related standards in behavioral health, medical rehabilitation, aging, as well as child and youth services will be provided.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

1.            Participants will be able to identify CARF standards, related to recreation therapy practice, within medical rehabilitation, aging services, behavioral health,  and programs for child and youth services.

2.            Participants will describe strategies to advocate for recreation therapy services within CARF accredited agencies.

3.            Participants will be able to describe the value, purpose, and role of ATRA’s membership on the CARF International Advisory Council.

Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

  Introduction                                                                                                                   15 minutes

                CARF International                                                                                         

                Historical perspective                                                                                    

                The accreditation process

                ATRA’s membership on the CARF International Advisory Council                                                                              


Standards review – standards consistent with the services of the CTRS

                Medical rehabilitation                                                                                        15 minutes

                Behavioral health                                                                                             15 minutes         

                Aging services                                                                                                  15 minutes

                Child and youth services                                                                                    10 minutes


Advocacy for recreation therapy within CARF accredited programs                                            10 minutes


Advocacy needs & support by the ATRA CARF committee                                                       10 minutes         

NCTRC Job Analysis.

Advancement of the Profession: Professionalism, Credential maintenance/ professional competencies, PR/promotion/marketing

Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals


Mary Lou Schilling, Ph.D., CTRS, Central Michigan University