Conference

Monday, March 2nd – Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Venue: Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah.
Theme: 20/20 Vision

WiFi Password: dccguest

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Schedule at a Glance

*This is a tentative schedule and may change without notice. Find links in the Synopsis.

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H

TRT Track

8:00-8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30-10:00
(1.5 hrs)
Jared Stewart: Living with Autism—Seasons of Struggle, Seasons of Growth
10:15-11:15 Breakout
(1 hr)
Colleen Kuhn: Foundations for Working Across the Spectrum of Gender Will Lindsay: The Subtle Art of Processing Melissa Zahl, Christina J. Coleman, Nyia Hanseen, Clara Hawkes, Allison Qualls: Designing Interventions Incorporating Techniques of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Part 1 Warren Price: I Tie Flies in My Sleep: A Personal Account of How Recreational Therapy Saved a Veteran’s Life That Was Diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
11:30-12:30 Breakout
(1 hr)
TRT Track

Rhonda Nelson, Rebecca Westenskow: Incorporating Joy for All Companion Pets into RT Interventions for Older Adults

Ana Chavarri, Katie Balling, Lindsey Spencer, Michelle Freeland: Recreational Skiing as a Resiliency Intervention for Youth Diagnosed with Mental Disorders Melissa Zahl, Christina J. Coleman, Nyia Hanseen, Clara Hawkes, Allison Qualls: Designing Interventions Incorporating Techniques of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Part 2 Alyssa Stewart: Use It or Lose It
12:30-1:30 Business Meeting and Lunch
1:45-2:45 Breakout
(1 hr)
Nikki North: Effective Trauma Stewardship Part 1 Jillian Orr, Ana Chavarri: Identifying Needs from Negative Behaviors Haley Nuttall, Kacy Caddy, Alyssa Selander, Cassie McCann: Practical Implementation of Evidenced Based Exercise in RT for Mental Health TRT Track

Morgan Larsen: Self Efficacy: The “I Can” Theory

3:00-4:00 Breakout
(1 hr)
Nikki North: Effective Trauma Stewardship Part 2 Christina J. Coleman: Understanding International Volunteerism and How We Can Make an Impact Through Recreation Therapy TRT Track

Courtney Barnum, Melodi Bass, Ashley Bowen: Living up to your License: How to be an effective TRT

BreeAnna Fletcher: Designing Evidence-Based Protocols in Recreation Therapy
4:00-4:30 Yoga (Twilight 3&4) Networking and Vendors
4:30-5:30 Breakout
(1 hr)
Sharlene Evans: Creative Expression in the Outdoors: Evidence Based Intervention Designs and Implementation for RT Hope Walker: Trust Based Relational Intervention and Implications for Recreation Therapy Anne Richard, Susan Kaufer: NCTRC – The Future TRT Track

Lorielle Record: TR interventions in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities; More Than Bingo

6-10 Party and Dinner at The Rush Funplex

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H

TRT Track

7:30-8:15 Sandra Negley: The Recreational Therapy Internship – the Critical Link
8:00-8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30-9:30
(1 hr)
Steven Bell, Heather Brown, Jackie Daniels-Brown, Ruth Thomas-Miller, Michael Tragakis: Recreational Therapy and Suicide Prevention Part 1
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:45 Breakout
(1 hr)
Steven Bell, Heather Brown, Jackie Daniels-Brown, Ruth Thomas-Miller, Michael Tragakis: Recreational Therapy and Suicide Prevention Part 2
11:00-12:00 Breakout
(1 hr)
Melissa L Zahl, Erica Emery, Carleigh Ashnault, Alyssa Monson, Christina J. Coleman: Benefits of Endurance Based Adaptive Recreation for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Christine Forsdick, Abby Gibbs: Trauma Informed Yoga TRT Track

Adrienne White: Capturing Memories & Leaving Legacies: Using Technology with Older Adults

12:15-1:15 Awards Banquet and Lunch
1:30-2:30 Breakout
(1 hr)
Jamie Bennett, Rhonda Nelson, Megan Destromp: Listen up! Evidence supporting Podcast use in RT programming and Client Education Jesse P. Higgins: The Power of the Family: Making a Difference by Focusing on What Makes the Difference Maria Drummond: Building a Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Club into your Recreation Therapy Programming TRT Track

Katie Storrs, Nikki North: 5 Domains for TRT Programming – Not Just Activities Anymore!

2:45-3:15 Yoga (Twilight 3&4) Silent Auction Closes
3:15-4:45
(1.5 hrs)
Ian Acker: Safety & Connection
4:45-5:00 Conference Evaluation

Pick up your CEUs & Silent Auction items

 

Synopsis and Links

Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 8-10am

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
8:00-8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30-10:00
(1.5 hrs)
Jared Stewart: Living with Autism—Seasons of Struggle, Seasons of Growth

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Jared Stewart: Living with Autism—Seasons of Struggle, Seasons of Growth

Autism is a life-long condition; not something that is “outgrown”. But what is it like to go through life with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Although there are undeniable hardships for everyone involved— there are also immeasurable joys and tremendous potential for successes. Come spend an hour with Jared Stewart as he combines his personal and professional experiences with current research findings to provide an entertaining and educational window on the development, characteristics, challenges, and strengths of ASD throughout the lifespan. What is it like to be a child on the spectrum? A teen? An adult? What can be expected in old age? What is known about the common experiences of family members, siblings, and spouses? And how can we all best work together to maximize the possibilities for growth in every “season” of development?

 

A Special Thanks to Monica Dixon

Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 10:15-11:15am

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
10:15-11:15 Breakout
(1 hr)
Colleen Kuhn: Foundations for Working Across the Spectrum of Gender

Handout

Evaluation

Will Lindsay: The Subtle Art of Processing

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Melissa Zahl, Christina J. Coleman, Nyia Hanseen, Clara Hawkes, Allison Qualls: Designing Interventions Incorporating Techniques of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Part 1

Handout

Evaluation

TRT Track

Warren Price: I Tie Flies in My Sleep: A Personal Account of How Recreational Therapy Saved a Veteran’s Life That Was Diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Handout – Examination

Handout – Head

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Colleen Kuhn, PhD: Foundations for Working Across the Spectrum of Gender

This program is designed to introduce participants to the vast spectrum of gender. Increasing competency when working with gender diverse individuals begins with understanding foundational terminology. Included in this presentation will be an overview of language that limits or expands our ability to work within the gender spectrum, clinical approaches to use when providing care and treatment for gender diverse individuals, and the increase in risk factors that are specific to the gender diverse population.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to understand and accurately use at least three terms related to gender diversity (for example differentiate between sex and gender); understand the importance of conversational language and identify at least three ways in which they can be more inclusive in their language; immediately use at least three clinical applications of their understanding of language and terms when working with the gender diverse population.

 

Will Lindsay TRS CTRS: The Subtle Art of Processing

In this session participants will gain an understanding of group dynamics as they apply to therapeutic processing. General processing tactics will be covered as well as more “advanced” processing techniques. Participants will be able to see in real time how these tactics can be applied in a dynamic and engaging discussion.

 

Melissa L Zahl, PhD, MTRS, CTRS; Nyia Hanseen, Clara Hawkes, Allison Qualls: Designing Interventions Incorporating Techniques of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Part 1

In recent years there has been a strong movement to use non-pharmacological options to treat pain. One such option is mindfulness-based interventions. Literature supports the use of mindfulness interventions in reducing pain, but not all mindfulness interventions are the same. The focus of this particular two-part presentation is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-defined and systematic patient-centered educational approach which uses relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation as the core of a program to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives.” This two-part presentation will involve a description of MBSR and a potential curriculum to use in pain management.

Upon completion of this session, participants will understand what mindfulness is; develop knowledge about MBSR; demonstrate how to incorporate MBSR techniques into program design; and will practice MBSR techniques.

 

Warren Price: I Tie Flies in my Sleep: A Personal Account of how Recreational Therapy Saved a Veteran’s Life that was Diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

This will be an interactive lecture with time for question and answers where the speaker details his experience as a combat medic who returned from a year in Iraq (2004 to 2005). The speaker will discuss his subsequent diagnosis with PTSD and how his symptoms manifested in real life as well as the effect they had on his family. Through his experiences, the speaker was introduced to a fly-fishing program as a recreational therapy intervention. This started him on a path toward healing and eventually lead to his decision to pursue a career in therapeutic recreation.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify at least two significant elements of recreational therapy in regards to treating Veterans with PTSD; identify at least two philosophical foundations for building a recreational therapy program to offer individuals with PTSD; and identify at least three specific recreational therapy interventions to implement for individuals with PTSD.

 

A Special Thanks to Epic Recreation

Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
11:30-12:30 Breakout
(1 hr)
TRT Track

Rhonda Nelson, Rebecca Westenskow: Incorporating Joy for All Companion Pets into RT Interventions for Older Adults

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Ana Chavarri, Katie Balling, Lindsey Spencer, Michelle Freeland: Recreational Skiing as a Resiliency Intervention for Youth Diagnosed with Mental Disorders

Evaluation

Melissa Zahl, Christina J. Coleman, Nyia Hanseen, Clara Hawkes, Allison Qualls: Designing Interventions Incorporating Techniques of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Part 2

Handout

Evaluation

Alyssa Stewart: Use It or Lose It

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

12:30-1:30 Business Meeting and Lunch

Remote Attendance Feed

Rhonda Nelson, Ph.D., MTRS, CTRS. MT-BC, FDRT; Rebecca Westenskow: Incorporating Joy for All Companion Pets into RT Interventions for Older Adults

Robotic pets are rapidly gaining popularity as a new resource for use in recreational therapy (RT) practice. The Joy for All Companion Pets, an affordably priced option available in both cat and dog models, may be particularly well suited for yielding positive RT treatment outcomes in older adults. This session will introduce participants to the Joy For all Companion Pets and describe their unique features.  A specific robotic pet intervention protocol will be presented along with treatment outcomes documented as part of a research study in a long-term care setting. Case studies will give therapists ideas of how interventions may benefit clients they serve. Tips for establishing a robotic pet program will be discussed, and resources related to the purchase and maintenance of robotic pets in a health care setting will be provided.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify three possible benefits of using Joy for All Companion Pets with older adults; name five prompts and activities that can be used as part of an RT intervention protocol using Joy for All Companion Pets to promote engagement and social interaction in older adults; and describe two maintenance considerations when using Joy for All Companion Pets in a health care setting.

Ana Chavarri, TRS, CTRS; Katie Balling, TRS, CTRS; Lindsey Spencer, TRS, CTRS; Michelle Freeland, TRS, CTRS: Recreational Skiing as a Resiliency Intervention for  Youth Diagnosed with Mental Disorders

Recreational skiing programs are a great way to promote physical activity and help youth increase resiliency. This presentation will focus on the benefits of recreational skiing and its effects on resiliency. A study performed at Provo Canyon School will be presented along with evidence based practice protocols for the implementation of a ski program.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to create and implement a skiing program to fit the needs of their Recreation Therapy department.

 

Melissa L Zahl, PhD, MTRS, CTRS; Nyia Hanseen, Clara Hawkes, Allison Qualls: Designing Interventions Incorporating Techniques of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Part 2

In recent years there has been a strong movement to use non-pharmacological options to treat pain. One such option is mindfulness-based interventions. Literature supports the use of mindfulness interventions in reducing pain, but not all mindfulness interventions are the same. The focus of this particular two-part presentation is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-defined and systematic patient-centered educational approach which uses relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation as the core of a program to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives.” This two-part presentation will involve a description of MBSR and a potential curriculum to use in pain management.

Upon completion of this session, participants will understand what mindfulness is; develop knowledge about MBSR; demonstrate how to incorporate MBSR techniques into program design; and will practice MBSR techniques.

 

Alyssa Stewart, TRS, CTRS: Use It or Lose It

Keeping up your TRS and CTRS credentials can be fairly simple and straightforward if you are attending conferences and working the right amount of hours per year. But what happens when your situation changes? You might retire, become a stay-at-home parent, or begin work in another field. However your situation changes, this presentation will address the following questions: How do I stay involved in the field of Recreational Therapy when I am not a practicing Recreational Therapist? How do I keep up my license and certification and further my knowledge as a professional? Why is it important to keep up my license and certification?

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify the requirements for maintaining licensure and certification as defined in NCTRC  and DOPL in the Recreational Therapy Practice Act; identify at least 3 ways to stay involved with URTA; and identify at least 3 new ways to advance their professional knowledge and keep up their TRS/CTRS credentials that do not include full-time or part-time work in the field.

 

A Special Thanks to DoTerra and Perfect Collection

Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 1:45-2:45pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
1:45-2:45 Breakout
(1 hr)
Nikki North: Effective Trauma Stewardship Part 1

Evaluation

Jillian Orr, Ana Chavarri: Identifying Needs from Negative Behaviors

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Haley Nuttall, Kacy Caddy, Alyssa Selander, Cassie McCann: Practical Implementation of Evidenced Based Exercise in RT for Mental Health

Evaluation

TRT Track

Morgan Larsen: Self Efficacy: The “I Can” Theory

Handout – Self Efficacy

Handout – Assessment

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Nikki North, MS, MTRS, CTRS: Effective Trauma Stewardship Part 1

As someone who may work with individuals who have experienced trauma, you, as a “holder” (or steward) of their trauma, may also be suffering from secondary trauma.  This often times goes unnamed and can interfere with both our personal lives, and the way we work with our clients who have experienced trauma. Left untreated, this can compound and unnecessarily lead to early burnout. Come learn and discuss the ways your secondary trauma may present itself and how to combat it, as well as appropriate professional lines as the steward of another’s trauma – for your sake and your clients!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to define Trauma Stewardship and Secondary Trauma; name at least 2 ways secondary trauma manifests in one’s personal and professional lives; name 5 or more ways to combat buildup of secondary trauma.

 

Jillian Orr; Ana Chavarri, TRS CTRS: Identifying Needs from Negative Behaviors

Working with youth doesn’t come without its fair share of dealing with behavioral issues. By starting to see these behaviors with a different perspective, mentors can begin to identify the unmet needs of the youth they work with. As adults, we are responsible for helping them use healthier coping skills so they can succeed. Adjusting our thinking makes it so they can adjust their future. Join us to learn what the five basic human needs are, identify negative and positive ways we try to meet these needs, and understand how we can help fulfill these needs in a healthy way.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify seven needs of each human, how to identify them when they are presenting as negative behaviors, and how to fulfill them in a positive way.

 

Haley Nuttall, TRS, CTRS; Kacy Caddy, TRS, CTRS; Alyssa Selander, TRS, CTRS; Cassie McCann, TRS, CTRS: Practical Implementation of Evidenced Based Exercise in RT for Mental Health

This presentation is a follow up to the presentation from last year’s conference title, Evidenced Based Exercise in RT for Mental Health, regarding the book SPARK, by Dr. John Ratey. Using SPARK as a basis along with myriad other research regarding the mental health benefits of exercise, this presentation will show how we have incorporated exercise into our forensic recreational therapy program. We will go through how we have implemented this research since last conference, our exercise program and groups, how we track progress within those groups, and how our patients have responded to the changes we have made. We will also provide a fun demo of one of our exercise groups to share ideas of how to implement this research within any population.

Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to identify where to start when creating an exercise program, different ways to help motivate clients/patients and varying exercise options for all populations.

 

Morgan Larsen, TRS, CTRS: Self Efficacy: The “I Can” Theory

This session will introduce Self-Efficacy Theory and its components. Participants will gain the understanding of how this theory can guide their practice and will be given the opportunity to brainstorm how they can implement it at their facilities.

Upon completion of this session participants will identify the four components of Self-Efficacy Theory and identify three ways they can implement the theory into their practice.

 

A Special Thanks to Discovery Toys

Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 3:00-4:00pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
3:00-4:00 Breakout
(1 hr)
Nikki North: Effective Trauma Stewardship Part 2

Evaluation

Christina J. Coleman: Understanding International Volunteerism and How We Can Make an Impact Through Recreation Therapy

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

TRT Track

Courtney Barnum, Melodi Bass, Ashley Bowen: Living up to your License: How to be an effective TRT

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

BreeAnna Fletcher: Designing Evidence-Based Protocols in Recreation Therapy

Evaluation

4:00-4:30 Yoga (Twilight 3&4) Networking and Vendors

Nikki North, MS, MTRS, CTRS: Effective Trauma Stewardship Part 2

As someone who may work with individuals who have experienced trauma, you, as a “holder” (or steward) of their trauma, may also be suffering from secondary trauma.  This often times goes unnamed and can interfere with both our personal lives, and the way we work with our clients who have experienced trauma. Left untreated, this can compound and unnecessarily lead to early burnout. Come learn and discuss the ways your secondary trauma may present itself and how to combat it, as well as appropriate professional lines as the steward of another’s trauma – for your sake and your clients!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to define Trauma Stewardship and Secondary Trauma; name at least 2 ways secondary trauma manifests in one’s personal and professional lives; name 5 or more ways to combat buildup of secondary trauma.

 

Christina J. Coleman, MEd, MS, MTRS, CTRS: Understanding International Volunteerism and How We Can Make an Impact Through Recreation Therapy

For 2019, there are an estimated 7.7 billion people in the world, with approximately one billion people (15%) experiencing some form of disability. Moreover, about 110-190 million people live with a significant disability.  Disability in developing countries are further confounded by the higher rates of poverty, lower level of medical resources, poor health outcomes, and decreased educational resources available. Recreational Therapists have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide opportunities, as a volunteer, for individuals with disabilities, thus making a positive global impact. This session is designed to assist recreation therapists on how we may use our skills and abilities to make a positive change.

Upon completion of this session, participants will identify the benefits of international volunteering for Recreational Therapy; identify the potential roles we may take on as a volunteer and providing recreation therapy; identify areas of need in the World; choosing the right country for you; identify ways to best prepare for a trip and understanding the country you’re choosing to volunteer in; and identify resources and ways to prepare yourself or group to make the best intentions into the best impact.

 

Courtney Barnum, TRS, CTRS; Melodi Bass, TRS, CTRS; Ashley Bowen, MS, MTRS, CTRS: Living up to your License: How to be an effective TRT

This presentation is directed towards the TRT’s working in the state of Utah. We will review the cans and can nots of the TRT license, how to maintain your license, and how to be the most effective TRT for your patients that you can be. Those with a CTRS certification will in turn learn how to best support the TRT’s and how to be an effective recreational therapy team.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify at least one way to improve their professional relationships and responsibilities; administer assessments as a TRT;  implement and maintain programs, and advocate for themselves as a TRT to be the most effective TRT they can be.

 

BreeAnna Fletcher, TRS, CTRS: Designing Evidence-Based Protocols in Recreation Therapy

Evidence-based program protocols help professionals feel confident they provide the best quality services for their clients. This session will cover four steps to creating evidence-based protocols: identifying client need, researching evidence for best practice in client setting, creating the protocol and planning for client outcomes, and sharing the protocol with other professionals to advance the recreation therapy profession.  We will also discuss barriers to professionals finding and using evidence-based practice (such as time and resources) and discuss ways to overcome these barriers.

Upon completion of this session, participants will identify four steps to create and improve evidence-based protocols.

 

A Special Thanks to NCTRC

Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 4:30-5:30pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
4:30-5:30 Breakout
(1 hr)
Sharlene Evans: Creative Expression in the Outdoors: Evidence Based Intervention Designs and Implementation for RT

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Hope Walker: Trust Based Relational Intervention and Implications for Recreation Therapy

Evaluation

Anne Richard, Susan Kaufer: NCTRC – The Future

Evaluation

TRT Track

Lorielle Record: TR interventions in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities; More Than Bingo

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

6:00-10:00 Party and Dinner at The Rush Funplex

Sharlene Evans, TRS,CTRS Creative Expression in the Outdoors: Evidence Based Intervention Designs and Implementation for RT

Research has shown that incorporating creative arts into the day-to-day lives of our various populations has an impact on improving a person’s sense of happiness and social connection through creative engagement. Creative expression can be linked to reducing isolation and depression in older adults. Research shows that making art with others can counteract these negative impacts and instead promote increased self-esteem, motivation and social connection, leading to improved health and well-being. This treatment can be utilized and adapted for many different populations. Additionally there is an abundant amount of research that shows the connections between one’s overall health and well-being and the time that they are able to spend outdoors. Research shows that time in nature or the outdoors helps to relieve stress, improve concentration and short term memory, and increase problem solving skills and creativity. The research on this form of treatment is continually growing. This workshop will give attendees an idea of how to utilize creative expression interventions in combination with the outdoors as an effective therapeutic modality that would apply to their specific populations. Additionally, this workshop will discuss how to design and adapt creative and collaborative experiences to achieve functional outcomes.

Through participating in this presentation attendees will gain an understanding of how creative expression interventions in the outdoors can be applied to a variety of populations as a functional intervention. This will include research and theory that supports using nature based interventions as a modality to address the various needs of our population groups.

Attendees will also learn how to adapt experiences to introduce the therapeutic value of creative expression in an outdoor setting to intervention participants. The session will include an experiential component where attendees will learn the details of safely facilitating various interventions that can be utilized for their specific population.

The session will conclude with a processing portion that will allow attendees to experience methods of connecting the physical experience of participating in the interventions to the therapeutic concepts introduced in the early stages. Discussion of how to adapt these interventions according to the various needs of populations will also take place. As this modality has the possibility to overlap with other expressive therapies, it is important that scope of practice will also be discussed.

 

Hope Walker, CSW: Trust Based Relational Intervention and Implications for Recreation Therapy

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) was developed at Texas Christian University by Dr. Karyn Purvis. TBRI addresses how to connect with, empower, and correct children who have experienced trauma. TBRI gives concrete tools to caregivers and professionals on how to address problematic behaviors proactively and in the moment.

Upon completion of this session, participants will understand the core principles of TBRI (Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting) and how to utilize them in recreation therapy practice, and develop an understanding of what relational trauma is and how to recognize if a client has experienced it. 

 

Anne Richard, MS, LRT/CTRS; Susan Kaufer CTRS: NCTRC – The Future

This session will focus on various aspects of NCTRC including the future of credentialing. Present day updates and a look at the 2019 CTRS Profile Study and professional pride in the credential will be discussed.

Upon completion of session participants will explain the purpose of NCTRC in the Therapeutic Recreation profession; discuss at least three updates from the 2019 CTRS Profile Study; list three projects NCTRC is currently involved in to move into the future.

 

Lorielle Record, TRS, CTRS: TR interventions in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities; more than just Bingo

Nursing homes are not just for Bingo anymore. TR plays a huge role in helping our aging population maintain independence, find purpose, build meaningful relationships, and much more! Come learn how to maximize TR interventions with older individuals.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify 5 ways to more effectively implement TR interventions with individuals living in Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Facilities.

 

Party Information

  • At The Rush Funplex front desk, just tell them you are with URTA and they will give you a 2-hour pass and direct you to the banquet room. You do need to check in to have access to the activities.
  • Pizza, salad, soda, and cookies will be served from 6-7. You have a meal ticket for the party in your lanyard if you told us you would be attending the party and we will collect them in the banquet room. There will be a box next to the food.
  • Be aware that the 2 hour passes start counting down the time when you start your first activity, so we suggest you eat first and then play, or just know the clock is still running while you eat.
  • If you want to go to the party, but did not sign up to go, please come. We have some extra meal tickets you can pick up at registration while supplies last. If you don’t want to eat or the meal tickets are gone, just come play! At the front desk of Rush just tell them you are with URTA to get your 2-hour pass.

 

A Special Thanks to University of Utah

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2020, 7:30-10:45am

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
7:30-8:15 Sandra Negley: The Recreational Therapy Internship – the Critical Link

Evaluation

8:00-8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30-9:30
(1 hr)
Steven Bell, Heather Brown, Jackie Daniels-Brown, Ruth Thomas-Miller, Michael Tragakis: Recreational Therapy and Suicide Prevention Part 1

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:45 Breakout
(1 hr)
Steven Bell, Heather Brown, Jackie Daniels-Brown, Ruth Thomas-Miller, Michael Tragakis: Recreational Therapy and Suicide Prevention Part 2

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Sandra Negley, MTRS, CTRS, FDRT: The Recreational Therapy Internship – the Critical Link

This session is designed specifically for “YOU”, the recreational therapy student. The Recreational Therapy Internship is the critical link between school and practice. Choosing an internship site and supervisor takes research and careful selection. Creating the internship experience that highlights your skills and abilities as well as meets your interests for future practice is student-driven. Exploring how to create a student-driven internship will make the difference in the success of your internship experience and guide your future practice. Upon completion of this session, students will identify verbally/writing a minimum of three personal outcomes for their internship experience; identify verbally/writing a minimum of five person skills and abilities they will demonstrate during the internship experience; identify a minimum of three qualities they desire in an internship supervisor and develop interview techniques to determine those qualities; and design a student-driven framework for their internship experience.

 

Steven Bell, TRS, CTRS; Heather Brown, MTRS, CTRS; Jackie Daniels-Brown, TRS, CTRS; Ruth Thomas-Miller; Michael Tragakis: Recreational Therapy and Suicide Prevention

This General Session will provide each attendee current information on suicide and suicide prevention. Through lecture format, presenters will discuss the rising suicide crisis among different populations and sub-sets of the populations including veterans, adults, adolescents, and the aging population. A guided panel discussion will be conducted that includes recreation therapists who, as recreational therapists, provided intervention to an individual(s) with suicidal ideation. Attendees will receive the SAVE suicide prevention guidelines, techniques, and strategies for future use.

Upon completion of this session each attendee will be able to identify specific populations at risk for suicide attempts; discuss recreational therapy and the recreational therapist’s role in suicide prevention; list 5 of the 7 warning signs of suicidal thinking; identify specific behaviors of the individual that require immediate attention for suicide prevention; identify specific behaviors as a recreational therapist when talking with an individual at risk for suicide; and list and verbalize the SAVE suicide prevention technique.

 

A Special Thanks to Breezy Styles

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2020, 11:00am-12:00pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
11:00-12:00 Breakout
(1 hr)
Melissa L Zahl, Erica Emery, Carleigh Ashnault, Alyssa Monson, Christina J. Coleman: Benefits of Endurance Based Adaptive Recreation for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Handout

Evaluation

Christine Forsdick, Abby Gibbs: Trauma Informed Yoga

Handout

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

TRT Track

Adrienne White: Capturing Memories & Leaving Legacies: Using Technology with Older Adults

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

12:15-1:15 Awards Banquet and Lunch

URTA Bylaws Vote

Remote Attendance Feed

Melissa L Zahl, PhD, MTRS, CTRS; Erica Emery; Carleigh Ashnault; Alyssa Monson: Benefits of Endurance Based Adaptive Recreation for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

There is a long history of adaptive recreation participation for individuals with spinal cord injury. However, understanding the benefits of adaptive recreation as an intervention is not as well understood compared to not intervention based adaptive recreation programs. This session will highlight the benefits received by individuals with spinal cord injury upon completion of participation in adaptive recreation interventions.

Upon completion of this session, participants will identify the differences between adaptive recreation intervention studies and adaptive recreation non-intervention studies; identify three benefits of adaptive recreation interventions; and identify how to incorporate adaptive recreation as an intervention.

 

Christine Forsdick, TRS, CTRS; Abby Gibbs: Trauma Informed Yoga

Trauma is the single most source of suffering people endure as well as an important aspect of mental health. Helping trauma survivors to gain skills to take charge of their body and acknowledge the reality of their body through  yoga based interventions can help people learn to regulate their autonomic nervous system and build a sense of safety within oneself and other people in their lives.

Upon completion of this session, participants will learn to apply Trauma-Informed Yoga poses to help individuals learn skills to manage PTSD, Anxiety and Depression; and learn evidence-based yoga and breathing scripts to utilize in personal and professional settings.

 

Adrienne White, MS, TRS, CTRS: Capturing Memories & Leaving Legacies: Using Technology with Older Adults

In this session, you will learn how to dig deeper into how to use different types of technology you can start using to conduct legacy and reminiscence programs for older adults in assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities.  

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify three new programs they can start implementing in their communities to promote and preserve personal and family legacies.

 

A Special Thanks to VR Million

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2020, 1:30-3:15pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
1:30-2:30 Breakout
(1 hr)
Jamie Bennett, Rhonda Nelson, Megan Destromp: Listen up! Evidence supporting Podcast use in RT programming and Client Education

Handout

Evaluation

Jesse P. Higgins: The Power of the Family: Making a Difference by Focusing on What Makes the Difference

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

Maria Drummond, Anya Soper: Building a Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Club into your Recreation Therapy Programming

Handout – ACT Advisor Flexibility

Handout – Resource Guide

Handout – GSA Rules

Handout – Mission Statement

Handout – LGBTQ Operating Procedure

Handout – ACT Advisor Explanation

Evaluation

TRT Track

Katie Storrs, Nikki North: 5 Domains for TRT Programming – Not Just Activities Anymore!

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

2:45-3:15 Yoga (Twilight 3&4) Slient Auction Closes

Jamie Bennett, TRS, CTRS; Rhonda Nelson, Ph.D., MTRS, CTRS, MT-BC, FDRT; Megan Destromp: Listen up! Evidence supporting Podcast use in RT programming and Client Education

Podcasts represent an emergent technology commonly enjoyed as part of many individuals’ leisure lifestyle. Offering novelty, flexibility, and convenience, podcasts enable listeners to experience increased levels of user engagement and control when accessing educational content. 

However, little is known about efforts to incorporate podcasts into RT service delivery. Other health related disciplines have begun using podcasting for client education and findings from several research studies in these areas may be useful in identifying evidence-based practices that can be incorporated into RT programming.   

This presentation will review current literature and summarize findings that support podcast use in client education. Emphasis will be placed on factors that therapists should consider when exploring podcast use as an innovative RT intervention. 

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to describe current evidence that supports podcast use in client education; name 3 elements that might be considered when structuring podcast content for therapeutic purposes; give 3 examples of how podcasts can be used for client education in RT programming.

Jesse P. Higgins, MS, LMFT, CFLE: The Power of the Family: Making a Difference by Focusing on What Makes the Difference

Families can be challenging to engage, but are often essential to long-term treatment success when working with children and adolescents. Yet, through increasing our understanding of how families influence behavior, we can leverage family therapy principles and techniques to increase buy-in and improve outcomes. We will use live demonstrations to work through case examples to spark plenty of ideas to take back to your frustrating cases.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to relate to family members to provide insight into the family dynamics and perspectives that influence current behavior. This will be done by illustrating various techniques for gaining therapeutic buy-in from families.

 

Maria Drummond, TRS, CTRS; Anya Soper: Building a Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Club into your Recreation Therapy Programming

In a study of over 7,000 LGBT students, Kosciw and colleagues (2010) found that the presence of a GSA was associated with fewer homophobic comments from peers, less victimization related to sexual orientation and gender expression, greater school safety and school connectedness, and more instances of teacher intervention in homophobic harassment. Maria will walk you through the formation process of a GSA club, national resources available to sponsoring adults, and adaptations to the GSA club concept to accommodate a variety of populations, from adolescents to seniors. She will also demonstrate how a recreation therapist can apply the APIED process and resilience theory to the GSA club agenda so that the club meetings are recognizably recreation therapy in action. (Kosciw JG, Greytak EA, Diaz EM, Bartkiewicz MJ. The 2009 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN; 2010.)

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify at least 2 protective factors a GSA club can offer their clients; 2 organizations they can turn to for support in establishing a GSA club (or similar concept) at their facility; and 2 ways to ensure the APIED process is a part of their GSA club program delivery, insuring recreational therapy professional standards are being met.

 

Katie Storrs, TRS, CTRS; Nikki North, MTRS, CTRS; 5 Domains for TRT Programming – Not just activities anymore!

This session will provide a look at creating a well-rounded program that addresses all 5 domains of wellness. Elevate your program from “just activities” to a holistic, therapeutic recreation program.  Come get ideas and see examples of some fresh programming. Also use this premise and get some tips in advocating for the importance of Recreation Therapy at your facility. While beneficial for everyone, this session is mainly geared toward TRTs.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify the 5 domains of wellness; name at least 2 therapeutic programming activities under each of the 5 domains; and how to advocate for recreation therapy in their facilities.

 

A Special Thanks to UNI ROPES Challenge Course

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2020, 3:15-5pm

Time Twilight 1&2 Twilight 3&4 Meridian D Meridian H
3:15-4:45
(1.5 hrs)
Ian Acker: Safety & Connection

Remote Attendance Feed

Remote Attendance Quiz

Evaluation

4:45-5:00 Conference Evaluation

Pick up your CEUs & Silent Auction items

Ian Acker: Safety & Connection

Fit to Recover is a nonprofit gym that supports people in recovery through exercise, community service, nutrition and creative expression. It started with passion and a longing for identity. Its foundation was built on safety and connection and from that came a community of people saving each others lives.

Upon completion of this session; participants will have a better understanding of the importance of safety and connection in the recovery community; and develop a healthy relationship with self and the benefit of finding a sense of purpose.

 

2020 Rates

Super Early Bird
11/4/19 – 11/30/19
Early Bird
12/1/19 – 12/31/19
Regular
1/1/20 – 2/15/20
At the Door
3/2/20 – 3/3/20
Two-day Professional $285 $310 $330 $375
One-day Professional $205 $225 $245 $265
Two-day Student $125
One-day Student $105
Student Volunteer $90
Remote Attendance $175 $190 $205 $220

All tickets include 2020 URTA Membership, meals, suicide prevention training and networking.

Professional tickets include CEUs. Up to 13.25 contact hours/1.325 CEUs will be offered over the course of both days. The number of hours offered is subject to change.

Student tickets do not include CEUs.

There are only 50 Student Volunteer tickets available to the first fifty students who choose this option. There will be a wait list. Students who are on the wait list will register as Two-day Students and will have the difference refunded if they are selected to volunteer.

There are only 20 Remote Attendance tickets available.

Not going to conference? Renew your membership at utahrectherapy.org/membership

 

Disclaimers and Policies:

1. The Utah Recreation Therapy Association (URTA) will comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). We invite any participant with special needs to contact us at executivecommittee@utahrectherapy.org upon registration for special accommodations.
2. Professional dress is encouraged.
3. Conference practices a baby-in-arms policy. Please make advance arrangements and be respectful of other attendees’ experience by removing upset/disruptive infants during sessions.
4. Remote Attendance is primarily intended for nursing mothers or individuals with a compelling reason to not attend in-person. One reason is not living along the Wasatch Front or having extreme difficulty traveling to Conference. It is a convenient option but based on comments last year, remote attendees really miss out on the networking opportunities and physically being around other RTs. Please think hard about whether this option is for you or not.
5. Invoices will be fulfilled by their respective deadlines for their price tier, or the attendee will pay the next price tier.

 

Registration

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Call For Presenters

It’s that time of year again! Conference is around the corner, and we are looking for presenters to help facilitate an educational and uplifting experience focused around therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy. Please submit your presentations and handouts early enough so we can plan an effective conference.

Deadlines:

October 31st, 2019 for up to $100 off registration for presenter(s).
November 30th, 2019 for up to $75 off registration for presenter(s).
January 31st, 2020 for up to $50 off registration for presenter(s).

Acceptance:

Approved presentations will be notified by December 31st, 2019.

Disclaimers:

1. The Utah Recreation Therapy Association (URTA) will comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). We invite any participant with special needs to contact us at executivecommittee@utahrectherapy.org upon registration for special accommodations.
2. Discounts are limited to one presentation and the discount will be divided among the number of presenters. If the presenter submits several presentations, they will be eligible for the highest calculated discount of all their submissions. The maximum discount a presenter could receive is $100.
3. Please fill out the form completely before submitting.
4. Everyone is encouraged to present, but discounts are limited to those registering as professionals, not students.
5. TRTs must present with a TRS or MTRS and cannot present more than 50% of the time.
6. Allied professionals must relate their topic to TR/RT.
7. Do your best to include a references/resources slide/sheet to show that there was an attempt to be as academic as possible in your research and preparation.

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Nominations for Recognition at Conference

Know someone who is awesome and is passionate about recreation therapy? Nominate them for recognition and an award at the annual Utah Recreation Therapy Conference! Each year URTA Members and Friends are recognized for their hard work and dedication to the profession in the following categories: Outstanding Member, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Program, Community Service. Nominations are also submitted for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors, which oversees the Executive Committee.

Only current members of URTA can submit nominations. Please provide compelling reasons for each person you nominate. Also include valid contact information.

Submit all nominations by 1/31/2020

Outstanding Member: This award is for a member who has made a significant contribution during the past year by promoting the profession, practice, and philosophy of Recreation Therapy.

Distinguished Service: This award is for an individual who has helped the profession of Recreation Therapy grow through a lifetime of commitment and service.

Outstanding Program: This award is for an individual, group, or institution which has developed a TR program to improve the quality of life of the clients served. Criteria may include longevity, communication of ideas to others, professionalism and the education and enhancement of those involved.

Community Service: This award recognizes an individual who has helped and promoted Recreation Therapy although he or she is not a Recreation Therapist. This may have been done through volunteerism, legislative or policy support, offering programs, or other significant contribution.

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Sponsorship

The Utah Recreation Therapy Association (URTA) and Therapeutic Recreation Foundation (TRF), are non-profit organizations with the missions of promoting the professional development of recreation therapy in the State of Utah. The annual conference is March 2nd-3rd, 2020. It will be a two-day event for recreational therapists and other professionals to earn CEUs and network. URTA is currently looking for individuals and organizations that would be interested in sponsorship/advertisement opportunities. With an average of 400+ attendees, this conference is a great opportunity that offers good exposure for your business. There are many options you have for this event and any of them would benefit you by getting your name out there:

 

$1,500

Keynote session named after the donor and largest advertising for your organization. Organization logo and business information will be posted for all conference members to see. Complimentary exhibitor table will be provided.

 

$1,000

Breakout session named after the donor. Your organization logo will be posted in a breakout room and the organization will be mentioned before and after each session. Complimentary exhibitor table will be provided.

 

$500

Your organization name and logo will be featured in our annual URTA Conference Packet. Complimentary exhibitor table will be provided.

 

$250

Choose between your organization name being featured in our annual URTA Conference packet OR being provided an exhibitor booth.

 

Applicants will be contacted by January 31st, 2020 at the latest.

Apply for sponsorship below or click here to go directly to the form.

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