American Therapeutic Recreation Association Call for Submissions for 2019 Conference

 

2019 Annual Conference Presentations and Research Institute

Presentations and Posters

 

Submission Proposal Deadline: 11:59pm EST March 30, 2019 

 

 

ATRA will host the 2019 ATRA Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada at the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino, September 14 - 17, 2019. The conference theme is "Energize and Innovate in Recreational Therapy." The conference is an excellent opportunity for recreational therapists, students, educators, and allied health care professionals to promote the advancement of the practice of recreational therapy. All proposals are due on March 30, 2019 at 11:59p. Speakers will be notified mid-May.

 

 

Presentations (Concurrent and Pre-Conference Educational Sessions)

To submit an educational presentation, click here:

 

SUBMIT

 

Important Topics for Individual Sessions:  

 

For all practice areas:

For all Practice areas change to: mind-body interventions such as yoga, tai chi, mindfulness; motivational interviewing; group dynamics; reflective and/or empathetic listening; social network building and social support; non-verbal community; environmental modification and design; non-verbal communication; coping skills and strategies; resiliency; healthy lifestyle maintenance/development (such as nutrition and healthy habits); alternative activities; assessment tools and techniques for all settings and domains; practice theories; evidence-based practices

 

For specific practice areas:

  • Behavioral Health: cognitive behavioral interventions, behavior modifications; activity processing; feedback; therapeutic use of humor; family support; support groups/peer connections; diagnosis/symptom education and training; anxiety management, resiliency; mindfulness; self-management; trust, team building

  • Child and Adolescent: applied behavior analysis, differential reinforcement, behavioral activation techniques; family training/education; anxiety management; resiliency; social skills

  • Community: activity processing and debriefing; peer support and instruction; community resources; community integration; family training/education; empowerment; social skills

  • Management: therapeutic use of self (purposeful use of verbal tone, body positioning, listening/question discussion style); establishing reimbursement rates; consulting/private practice issues

  • Older Adult: pain management; therapeutic touch and stimulation; family training/education; falls and balance; fatigue; body mechanics; family support; anxiety management; quality of life issues

  • Physical Rehab and Medicine: visual neglect techniques; peer meditated instruction or support; community integration; pain management; family support; support groups/peer connections; diagnosis/symptom education and training; fatigue management; body mechanics; self-management; empowerment

  • Schools: feedback; behavior modifications; cognitive behavioral interventions; team building; social skills

  • Veterans: support groups/peer connections; family training/education; diagnosis/symptom education and training; trust; team building; self-management; empowerment; quality of life

  • Higher Education: new pedagogical approaches; facilitating student research

 

Educational sessions are presented in individual concurrent time slots, selected from proposals submitted in response to this Call for Presentations by a blind peer review (anonymous author). Session time slots are typically 90 minutes, with occasional 180 minute sessions available. Full (6 hours) or half day (3 hour) pre-conference intensives are also accepted.

 

Speakers who are accepted for presentation will be offered a partial waiver of conference registration. Waivers are awarded on the basis of session length and the number of presenters for each session. A signed speaker agreement and Form W9 are required in order to receive a waiver. ATRA is not required to issue a 1099 to anyone who does not receive at least $600 in services, products or benefits in a calendar year. Speakers may choose not to use the waiver in which case no Form W9 is needed. Speakers will pay for their own meals, lodging, transportation, CEUs, handouts and registration fees (minus the waiver).

 

Questions about conference sessions should be directed to: info@atra-online.com

 

 

Research Institute: Research Presentations

and Posters

 

 

Research Institute: Research Presentations and Posters

 

To submit a presentation or poster for the Research Institute, click here:https://proposalspace.com/calls/d/986

 

Practitioners, students, and educations are also invited to submit research abstracts and posters for the 2019 Research Institute, held during the ATRA conference. Proposals and cover letters for the Research Institute are due March 30, 2019 at 11:59p.

 

Proposals for Oral Presentations should represent completed research projects, or research with enough waves of analyzed data to confidently present current significance of findings and anticipated trajectories.

 

Proposals for the Poster Sessions can be submitted in one of three categories: (1) Research; (2) Research to Practice; or (3) Practice.

 

Please Note the Following:

 

  • Content of all proposals must be applicable to recreational therapy practice. All proposals should include a section header dedicated to implications for recreational therapy practice.

  • Speaker discounts will be awarded to first authors of all proposals accepted to the Research Institute.

  • All proposals must be submitted through Proposal Space at the following link: https://proposalspace.com/calls/d/986.

  • If you are submitting multiple proposals (in the same or separate categories), please be sure that the findings are distinct enough to warrant separate submissions.

  • You must complete a new submission through Proposal Space for each presentation and/or poster you would like to be reviewed.

  • You may not submit the same proposal to be considered as a presentation and a poster.

  • You should only submit a proposal if you, or one of the authors, is planning to attend the ATRA conference to present your findings.

  • Late submissions will not be accepted unless ATRA extends the deadline for everyone.

  • Proposals that do not include a cover page and/or are not formatted correctly (see requirements below and on submission cover page) will not be reviewed.

 

Formatting Requirements

 

  • Oral Presentation and Poster Proposals may not exceed one-page of text (Times New Roman, 12 pt font, single spaced, 1” margins), excluding Tables and References. Tables and Figures may not exceed one-page in length.

  • A title (left justified and bold) should appear at the top of the page. Author name(s), credentials, and affiliations should appear on a single line, immediately following the title.

  • Oral presentation proposals must use standard abstract headers (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results). Poster proposals must use abstract headers reflective of the criteria required of the poster category you are submitting to (e.g., Intro, Methods, Results should be used for Research posters; Program overview, Program goals, Assessment should be used for Practice posters).

  • Note: A cover page will be required and should be submitted with your proposal. Please log in to Proposal Space for more information about what this involves. APA (6th ed.) format is required of all proposals, including citations, references, tables and figures. Proposals that do not include a cover page and/or are not formatted correctly will not be reviewed.

 

Questions about the Research Institute should be directed to:researchinstitute@atra-online.com .

NCTRC Seeking Item Writers

NCTRC Seeking Item Writers

The item writing process requires the involvement of knowledgeable Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who represent the diversity of service settings and populations served by the CTRS. NCTRC is seeking individuals who are willing to share their knowledge by writing items representing the entry-level knowledge needed by recreational therapists for competent practice. Prior experience/expertise with writing exam questions is not needed as training will be provided to all individuals who are selected to participate in this process. Individuals who are selected for involvement in the item writing process will be able to earn up to 10 hours of continuing education credit (1 hour for each approved item) for their work. The selection criteria for the 2019 Item Writing Committee are as follows:

·         Minimum of (3) three years employment providing RT/TR Services

·         Possess a valid email address and access to email

·         Actively certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

If you are interested in participating in the item writing process, please fill out the Item Writing Application and email to nmolloy@nctrc.org. Applications should be submitted to NCTRC no later than February 22, 2019. 

Item writers will be notified via email if they have been selected for inclusion in this project.
 
A mandatory Item writing training will take place via conference call on March 1, 2019 from 12pm–2pm EST, with the item writing to be completed and submitted no later than April 5, 2019. Each of the selected item writers will be required to submit a minimum of 10 items related to assigned exam content areas.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Noelle Molloy at nmolloy@nctrc.org.

SMART CEUs Hub approved by NCTRC

Success Makers Are Recreation Therapists

For individuals collecting CEUS, SMART CEUs Hub offers 100% access to the entire course library which includes any new additions throughout the year. Membership to SMART CEUsHub is all inclusive, which means no additional costs or fees or additional requirements are needed.

Cost for a 1-year membership is $99

For more information check out the website: https://learning.smartceushub.com/bundles/unlimited-nctrc-pre-approved-ceus-membership

Our Mission:

"To provide quality, affordable, and relevant continuing education courses that will equip Recreational Therapists in the workplace."

Our Vision:

"To provide a venue for Recreational Therapists to teach other Recreational Therapists while earning extra cash on the side. This is done through our 'SMART Instructor' program."

Changes to NCTRC Standards

The NCTRC Standards are continuously reviewed and updated to facilitate the credentialing process and to remain current. NCTRC routinely notifies all CTRSs and educators regarding specific changes to the NCTRC Standards through email announcements and newsletter postings. The following changes to the NCTRC Certification Standards have been approved by the Board of Directors for entry level professional eligibility. 2022 CONTENT COURSE CHANGE – INCREASE IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION CONTENT COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Effective January 1, 2022, the standard pertaining to the required number of therapeutic recreation content courses will read as follows: Academic Path “A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter credit hours of RT/TR content coursework. A minimum of six (6) courses in RT/TR is required and each course must be a minimum of three (3) credit hours. Two (2) of the required RT/TR courses may be taught by the applicant as a full-time educator. Content specific RT/TR coursework is recommended as part of the NCTRC professional eligibility requirements. Specific course content in the following areas: a) Assessment; b) TR Process; and c) Advancement of the Profession is highly recommended but not required for eligibility.” Equivalency Path A & B “A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter credit hours of RT/TR content coursework. A minimum of six (6) courses in RT/TR is required and each course must be a minimum of three (3) credit hours. Two (2) of the required RT/TR courses may be taught by the applicant as a full-time educator. Content specific RT/TR coursework is recommended as part of the NCTRC professional eligibility requirements. Specific course content in the following areas: a) Assessment; b) TR Process; and c) Advancement of the Profession is highly recommended but not required for eligibility.”

For more information go to www.nctrc.org

Effects of therapeutic recreation on adults with Asd and id: a preliminary randomized control trial

D. Garcia-Villamisar, J. Dattilo & C. Muela

Abstract
Background The purpose of this research was to examine effects of a therapeutic recreation (TR) program designed to increase executive function (EF), social skills, adaptive behaviours and well-being of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). Method A preliminary pre-test, post-test randomized control group experimental design was used to measure effects of a 40-week TR program designed to increase EF (TR-EF). The TR-EF used instructional electronically based games delivered during 200 1-h sessions (5/week). Results Participants (experimental group, n=19; wait-list group, n=18) were evaluated at baseline and 10months later. There was a positive and direct impact of the program on several EF and indirect effect on social skills, adaptive behaviour and personal well-being. Conclusions Findings provide support for inclusion of EF enrichment as a way to enhance effects of TR interventions for adults with ASD and ID. Preliminary results of this study can be considered in planning TR services in the future. In addition to TREF program primary effects on EF, there were indirect benefits on adaptive behaviours, personal well-being and social skills.
 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jir.12320