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: 


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

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