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2022 ATRA Annual Conference VIRTUAL and Research Institute Sessions

American Therapeutic Recreation Association

2022 ATRA Annual Conference - Experience Recreational Therapy: "Life is Worth Doing"

Location: Virtual platform via ATRA website

Dates: September 13 - October 13, 2022 Virtual Conference

Proposals are due by May 22, 2022 with speakers notified by the end of June.

This Call for Presentations is for all pre-recorded VIRTUAL 60 and 90 minute educational sessions, VIRTUAL Research Institute Oral Presentations and IN-PERSON Poster Presentations. Sessions will be 60 and 90 minute pre-recorded presentations. Research Institute Poster Presentations occur during exhibit hall hours. 

Session Options for this Call for Presentations:

  • Educational and Research Institute Oral Format: Pre-recorded sessions to be played via online learning platform/ATRA website; poster presentations are in-person in Birmingham AL
  • Poster Presentations Format: posters will be viewed in the Exhibit area during the conference in Alabama September 10 - 13.
  • Educational Session Length: 60 and 90 minutes
  • Research Oral Session Length: 20 minutes with time following for questions 

Presenters will be asked to select from the options noted above, as well as to submit a bio and headshot with their proposal. The speaker agreement, bio and headshot will be used if your presentation is accepted. Proposals will not be considered complete until all components are submitted. 

Important topics for individual sessions:  

For all practice areas:

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). 

Speaker Discount

The primary speaker for each presentation will be awarded a speaker discount. The primary speaker will be responsible to work out with their co-presenters an agreement on the speaker discount; unlike previous years, ATRA will only award one speaker discount towards conference registration, regardless of presentation duration or number of sessions. A submitted proposal includes your agreement with the speaker agreement. If presenting in-person, speakers will pay for their own meals, lodging, transportation, CEs, handouts and registration fees (minus the waiver).  

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