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CEUs are in the process of being pre-approved by ATRA and NCTRC

Schedule of Events

7:30-8:30am Check in & Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00am Presidential Welcome

9:00-10:30am 

      Key Note                                     

Title of Session: Creating Moments of Joy

Presenter: Jolene Brackey

Session Description: Share the vision. A vision that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other disabilities to focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. When the person has short-term memory loss their life is made up of moments. We cannot create a perfectly wonderful day, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment. When we go where the person is living in their mind, we will create smiles by triggering memories that are engrained in them. Focusing on the abilities they have left instead of their losses may have the possibility of reviving their spirit and ours. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.  As will the feeling the speaker leaves the audience as they laugh, cry and be inspired to create moments of joy.

Instructional Methods: lecture, discussion

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the losses that people with dementia experience as the brain dies and how we can assist in compensating for these losses.
  • Share many practical verbal and nonverbal communication skills which helps the person feel heard and supported.
  • Learn how to creatively and effectively turn challenging situations into moments of joy. 

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of presenter (5 minutes)
  • Understanding the person with Alzheimer’s (20 mins)
  • Powerful Tools that Create Positive Outcomes (30 mins)
  • What is their greatness?  (mom, career, hobbies) (15 mins)
  • “Creating Moments of Joy” in your own life first (20 mins)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Implementation

10:30 - 10:45am BREAK

10:45 - 12:15pm

Concurrent Session 2.A                                                                                  

Title of Session: Disabilities as an inspiration and Patient-Focused Care: How putting disabilities on a pedestal is hindering the idea of patient first culture

Presenters: Sophie LeFevre CTRS & Tiffany Vrabel CTRS

Session Description: This session looks at the increasingly common yet subtle views of "inspirational porn" and how it ultimately affects the Recreational Therapy profession as well as our cultivation for a patient-first culture.  The focus will be on common and seemingly harmless inspirational expressions and themes relating to disability and looking at their deeper meanings to shed light on the damaging ideas gained from them. This phenomenon will be discussed and explained using real-life examples to relate it to the TR profession. Participants will gain foundational knowledge on this subject in order to correctly combat it within their personal and professional lives.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, Discussion, Interactive & Experiential (Group activity at the end)

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of "Inspirational Porn" and how it negatively impacts our clients/patients.
  • Identify at least 3 ways to professionally combat "Inspirational Porn" in order to promote understanding and advance our profession
  • Demonstrate working knowledge on how "Inspirational Porn", in it's many forms, can affect our cultivation of a person-first culture of care.
  • Provide examples of the difference between acceptable praise and "Inspirational Porn" within their personal and professional lives

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of presenters (5 mins)
  • Slide show of common inspirational disability posters/expressions (10 mins)
  • Presenter-lead discussion on the deeper meaning behind these posters/expressions (Power Point) (15 mins)
  • Introduction to "Inspirational Porn" including Ted Talks video by Stella Young (20 mins)
  • Explanation of why "Inspirational Porn" devalues our profession's person-first culture (5 mins)
  • Relating "Inspirational Porn" to Recreational Therapy through real-life examples (10 mins)
  • Break into groups to discuss and change the "Inspirational Porn" posters/expressions (15 mins)
  • Wrap up and Evaluation (10 mins)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Foundational Knowledge & Adv of the Profession


       Concurrent Session 2.B                                                              

Title of Session: ”I’m Going to Pump… You Up!”: Implementing and Encouraging Exercise for Seniors in SNF and Community Settings.

Presenter: Nick Wahl CTRS

Session Description: Using data gathered from survey in local facilities and community centers, participants will analyze trends seen with senior fitness and as a group will discuss interventions, groups and classes run at Skilled Nursing Facilities. Participants will also explore community resources available to seniors and ways to implement in home and community settings to encourage senior participation in such settings. Participants will be encouraged to critically think of creative ways to implement and adapt fitness programs for their populations, and review evidence based literature to support benefits of physical activity.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, Discussion & Experiential

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 2 benefits of physical activity in Geriatrics from Evidence Based Literature.
  • Identify a current trend in fitness for seniors based on data from surveys conducted.
  • Identify at least 1 community resource to implement with seniors in community setting.
  • Provide an example of intervention to use for fitness in SNF

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of Presenter (5 mins)
  • Literature Review (10 mins)
  • Survey & Discussion: What do Seniors do/want? (10 mins)
  • Discussion of Exercise Group activities implemented w audience participation (20 mins)
  • Community Fitness Programs and Resources (20 mins)
  • Group Discussion on how to bridge community fitness with SNF programs (15 mins)
  • Wrap Up and Evaluation (10 mins)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Implementation

         12:15-1:15pm LUNCH BREAK

1:15 - 2:45pm

       Concurrent Session 3.A                                                                                    

Title of Session: The play environment: Exploring play features that support age-appropriate, needs-based objectives with young children with a variety of developmental needs.

Presenter: SUSAN D. SUNDEN, M.Ed., CTRS

Session Description: Infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young children all have different developmental needs. These needs and skills require a rich play environment filled with flexible potential in play. Children with different ability levels, impairments, illness and disabilities may require yet another level of accommodation within then play environment. Within this session an exploration of safe, developmentally appropriate, inclusive and interesting play environments will be explored. The adult role in the play environment will be assessed. Other issues include family inclusion, ADL accommodations, and toy materials selected for play.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, Discussion, Interactive

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 safety factors to be considered when developing a play environment.
  • Understand 5 developmental considerations when generating play environments for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Identify 3 reasons for family involvement in the play session.
  • Assess the quality of a play environment based in 5 dimensions of play.
  • Generate at least 3 flexible options for adaptation for children with different ability levels.

Session Outline:

  • Introduction (5 mins)
  • Group discussion (5 mins)
  • A Brief Primer: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool developmental play (10 mins)
  • A Safe and Healthy Play Environment (10 mins)
  • Family involvement in play (10 mins)
  • Flexible and inclusive play environments (15 mins)
  • Quality play environments (15 mins)
  • Group discussion/activity (15 mins)
  • Conclusion (5 mins)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Foundational Knowledge
  • Assessment Process
  • Implementation

                                   

       Concurrent Session 3.B 

Title of Session: Creating a Safe Haven

Presenter: Jolene Brackey

Session Description: Discover how to create a setting that enhances a sense of comfort. See for yourself how to make real, physical changes – paint colors, flooring, furniture and space planning - that will enable the person’s independence and actually decrease disorientation. By adding significant, familiar decorative pieces, we can create stimulating journeys down a hallway; create safe havens within their rooms; and make common areas look, feel and smell like a kitchen, a living room, or a dining room from their childhoods. This combination of elements helps people with Alzheimer’s feel greater peace in their surroundings. Come and learn just how to make it happen.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand that people with dementia only knows what they see right now. 
  • Apply ways in finding cues to increase independence. 
  • Learn how to create safe havens that offer comfort.

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of presenter (5 mins)
  • Understanding a person with Alzheimer’s Disease (20 mins)
    • As the disease progresses their age regresses
    • Figure out what age they are living
    • What is significant in their age at the age they are living
    • What is their greatness?
  • Safe haven in rooms (20 mins)
    • How to move & What to move
    • How to distinguish their doors
    • Individual treasure boxes
  • Common areas (25 mins)
    • Bathrooms
    •  White on white, mirrors, paint color, wayfinding cues
    • Bathing rooms
    • Creating warmth, smaller spaces, flooring
    • Living rooms
    • Create smaller spaces, variety of tables, dinnerware, pictures
    • Hallways
    • Create a purposeful journey
  • Exterior Spaces (20 mins)
    • Distinguishing doorways
    • Walking paths
    • Significant items to trigger memories

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Implementation

2:45 - 3:00pm SNACK BREAK

3:00 - 4:30pm

       Concurrent Session 4.A         

Title of Session: Granderfamilies: How TR can help grandparents raising grandchildren

Presenter: Juliana Barla CTRS & Dawn DeVries, DHA, CTRS 

Session Description: This session will define grandparent caregivers and discuss the avenues in which grandparents become caregivers to their grandchildren, the stressors they face as caregivers, and how the field of Recreational Therapy can work with this specific population. A six-week program will be discussed that was designed by myself that incorporates components such as leisure education and community resources, stress management, time management, technology training, social supports, and more. This program was developed for this population and is in the process of being implemented in the Grand Rapids area.

Instructional Methods: Lecture and interactive

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define grandparents as caregivers
  • Identify three benefits of RT with this population
  • Explain interventions that can be done with this population

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of speaker and topic (2 mins)
  • Audience Inquiry: what do you know about grandparent caregivers? (5 mins)
  • Grandparents as caregivers

a. Define group, characteristics, and needs

b. Potential of TR to work with this population

c. APIED process (15 mins)

  • Breakdown of Granderfamilies Program Goals, outcomes, and interventions of each week (45 mins)
    • Advertisement of program
    • Target population areas
    • Plan of implementation
  • Group Discussion and Activity
    • Audience will break into small groups to create their own grandparent caregiver interventions and then
    • Share ideas as a large group. (20 mins)
  • Wrap up and evaluation (3 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Implementation                              


       Concurrent Session 4.B  

Title of Session: Memory Enhanced Activities

Presenters: Jolene Brackey

Session Description: When trying to figure out what works and doesn’t work, their face is your teacher. Every person is unique so there can be no rules when, figuring out how to tap into the person’s identity. Avoid playing out in your head whether something will work or not. Try anything and everything, and the experience will teach you.  Remember they usually do not understand the words coming out of your mouth, but they are more likely to understand what they see, touch, smell and hear. So put “stuff” back in their hands and see if it triggers a response.  It’s not about the big things we do. You’ll see that it’s about the simple pleasures ie: a smile. Whenever anyone finds something that causes a positive reaction…tell everyone. So…we ALL can create a better day.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discover the treasures in each individual and how to incorporate these treasures into a memory enhanced program.
  • Figure out the person’s development level and understand what abilities the person has left, then simplify, simplify until there is success. 
  • Recognize when they do something that causes a positive reaction it is a treasure and spontaneous activities create a better day. 
  • Realize when the person with dementia gets a better day, they too, get a better day.

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of presenter (5 minutes)
  • Rediscovering their greatness (30 minutes)
    • Giving their “greatness” back by giving their “stuff” back
    • Making quality connections
    • Creating treasure boxes
  • Enhanced Programming (30 minutes)
    • Creating a quiet “place” away from distractions
    • Structure and routine
    • Development level
    • Habits of a lifetime
    • Staffs’ role
  • Demonstrate a variety of activities (25 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

  • Implementation

4:30pm DISMISSAL

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