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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Caregiver Training as a Component of Recreation Therapy Community Reintegration Training

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM–2:30 PM CST
Trinity (30 Classroom)
Session Description

This educational and interactive session will describe the Shepherd Center's Recreation Therapy Caregiver Training Program. We will review both community based and resource components of the SCI and the ABI caregiver training intervention. The planning process for community based training will be reviewed to address potential risk management issues and program advocacy. Interactive group discussion will be included so participants will be able to identify potential barriers and solutions for implementing a program.

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

By the end of this session, participants will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of incorporating caregiver training for community reintegration as part of the rehabilitation process for inpatient SCI & ABI.

2. Be able to list the components of a caregiver training program that teaches community safety, problem solving, and advocacy.

3. Discuss a plan for integrating a recreation therapy caregiver training program at their facility, as part of the interdisciplinary treatment team.

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

I. Introduction of presenters (5 minutes)

II. Rationale for providing community based caregiver training (10 min)

    A. Review relevant research

III. Overview of Shepherd's Recreation Therapy Caregiver Training (20 min)

     A. Case Study of training for an SCI & ABI patient 

IV. Program planning for caregiver training (20 min)

     A. Asses the RT program need

     B. Plan for creating a caregiver training program

     C. Considerations for implementing intervention

     D. Evaluating program effectiveness

V. Small group discussion to brainstorm and problem solve implementing program at facility (20 min)

VI. Review findings from small group discussion (5 min)

VII. Wrap up & Evaluation (10 min)

NCTRC Job Analysis.

Implementation: Selection of programs, Modalities and/or interventions

Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals
Seasoned Professionals


Madalyn Weber, M.S., CTRS, Shepherd Center
Elizabeth Thrush, CTRS, Shepherd Center