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2020 Annual Conference Presentation Abstracts

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

ATRA will be hosting the 2020 ATRA Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel from September 12-15, 2020.   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. Proposals are due on April 18, 2020, with speakers notified mid-June.

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 of national reviewers (anonymous author). 

NEW THIS YEAR: Session time slots will be 60-minutes and 90-minutes, with occasional 180-minute sessions available. 180-minute (3 hour) sessions will be considered for pre-conference intensives as well. 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:

Call Closed

This call is no longer accepting submissions. For a list of calls that are currently open in ProposalSpace, check out our active calls page.