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2019 Annual Conference Presentation Abstracts

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

ATRA will be hosting 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. Proposals are due on March 30, 2019, with speakers notified mid-May.

mportant topics for individual sessions:  

For all practice areas:

New treatment interventions and programs, RT services across the continuum (community to residential based) and evidence-based practice are always important and valued topics at an ATRA conference.

 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.

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