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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Finding and Implementing Successful Internship Experiences

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM CST
Blanco (classroom 40)
Session Description

The culmination of a student's academic experience in Recreational Therapy is the internship. The purpose of this session is to examine factors that influence the internship experience in Recreational Therapy. Methods/requirements used by universities and field sites to train and prepare recreation therapists and meet NCTRC guidelines will be explored. The session will specifically discuss the site selection process, clinical supervision and student evaluation. Case studies will be discussed. This session is part of the work of the ATRA Higher Education Committee.

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

1. Identify 3 factors that influence a successful internship

2. Explain the conditions influencing student placement

3. Discussion components of meaningful student supervision

4. Compare and contrast criteria for student evaluation from NCTRC, University and field site perspective

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

1. Introduction  -  Learning about the composition of our audience - 5 minutes

2. Site Selection - Nctrc requirements,  local versus long distance field placement, state authorization requirements/legislation, site and student characteristics - 30 minutes

3. Clinical Supervision - responsibilities of agency supervisor and academic/faculty supervisor,  orientation and training of agency supervisors, student evaluation, university/agency student communication, nctrc compentencies/JA Tasks - 30 minutes

4. Case Study discussion related to items 1 and 2 - 20 minutes

5. Conclusion/Summary - 5 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
Seasoned Professionals


Dr. Jo Ellen Ross, PH.D., Temple University