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Schedule of Events

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

8:30-9:00am Presidential Welcome



     Key Note                                     

Title of Session: Why Research in the Field of Recreation Therapy is Something We Should and Can All Do

Presenter: Jason Page, M.S. CTRS, CASAC II

Session Description: This session will discuss some of the barriers to conducting research when practicing RT in the field. It will ask participants to share their thoughts on research and potential barriers to conducting as part of their daily practice. The presentation will then discuss strategies for implementing basic research elements in practice and discuss the importance of research in advancing our professional interests.

Instructional Methods: Lecture& interactive

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

Identify at least two strategies for overcoming institutional barriers to research in practice

Explain how research is a core component of RT practice

Identify the benefits research can bring to their practice and patient care

Plan a simple research project for their own department 

Session Outline:


Self-assessment activity 

Group discussion 

Why research and where does it fit into practice? 

How could you incorporate research into your practice 

Developing a simple evidence-based practice and using research to monitor outcomes 

Conclusion and final questions 

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

Administration of TR/RT Service

Advancement of the Profession

10:30 - 10:45am BREAK

10:45 - 12:15pm


     Concurrent Session 2.A                                                                                  

Title of Session: Understanding your new hire or intern: What drives happiness, success and quality of life perceptions among college aged students

Presenters: Susan D. Sunden, M.Ed., CTRS

Session Description: Are you an internship supervisor or college faculty? Have you noticed changes in your students over the years? Are college students really changing that much, or are they merely more verbal about how they feel and what they think?  Part of the answer to these questions revolve around how university students perceive their own quality of life as they move through some of the most stressful, transitional and transformative years they have experienced. In this session, a review of the ideas surrounding quality of life, per the WHO (World Health Organization) definitions, and specific issues related to college-aged students will be reviewed. Information may be useful for student agency and academic internship supervisors, as much of the information describes changes in the demographic from a generational, life satisfaction, and motivational viewpoint. Perceptions, motivations and priorities, related to life and academic success will be analyzed. Finally, a preliminary overview of a research project related to these ideas will be described.  

Instructional Methods: Lecture/ & discussion

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

Identify 4 main components of a Quality of life as described by WHO.

Contrast at least 5 issues related to QoL that college aged students identify as impacting academic success.

Identify student’s unique perspectives regarding motivation, and factors/situations/ideas that are seen as priorities as they move through transitional university experiences.

Examine a proposed research study and preliminary results that describe this population.Analyze possible applications for student internship supervisors, faculty, and managers seeking to hire from the new generation.

Session Outline:


Discussion: What is quality of life 

Discussion about small group ideas

The College Student

Quality of Life and College Students

Understanding the perceptions, motivations, and priorities of college student

Overview of Research Study

Preliminary Results

Application for TR profession



NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

Foundational Knowledge & Adv of the Profession



     Concurrent Session 2.B                                                              

Title of Session: Adventure Therapy: A Clinical Practice Intervention for Recreational Therapy

Presenter: Shay Dawson PhD, CTRS

Session Description: This session focuses on adventure therapy as a clinical intervention that can be utilized as a psychosocial treatment approach within a variety of settings. This includes inpatient, outpatient, and residential behavioral health services, military and family-based interventions, as well as pediatric chronic pain programming. Those attending will explore common research outcomes for adventure therapy as a stand-alone intervention in addition to use as a modality within broader evidence-based recreational therapy programs. Those attending will review historical definitions of adventure therapy in contrast to new ways of offering this intervention in more clinically based settings. Specific experiential therapeutic approaches will be reviewed in relation to addressing client treatment goals.

Instructional Methods: Lecture & experiential

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

Improve knowledge of adventure therapy as a clinical intervention

Demonstrate improved knowledge of adventure therapy as a treatment intervention to address therapeutic goals and objectives

Identify at least three adventure therapy interventions that can be used in clinical practice

Identify ways of including adventure therapy interventions in broader evidence-based therapeutic programs

Session Outline:

Introduction to Adventure Therapy 

Review research outcomes for AT 

Review portable indoor element options 

Explore various AT interventions

Review therapeutic processing techniques for AT 

Experiential AT Intervention 

AT Interventions within Therapeutic Evidence Based Programs 

Closing & Questions 

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:


12:15-1:15pm LUNCH BREAK

1:15 - 2:45pm


NCTRC APPROVED; related to Pediatric area of specialization

     Concurrent Session 3.A                                                                                    

Title of Session: Good Clean Fun. How Rec Therapy fits in with the immune-compromised community.

Presenter: Janna Sikma CTRS & Cheryl Raguse CTRS

Session Description: Learn about a first-of-it’s-kind Recreation Center for children with weak-immune

systems and their families and how Recreational Therapy can help create a fun and welcoming space for this special community.

Instructional Methods:Lecture

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

Identify and discuss the 2 main impacts Rec Therapy should focus on with immune-compromised families

     1. Promoting physical, mental and social well-being

     2. Decrease costs associated with compromising conditions

Identify 3 Activity areas to address the needs of immune-compromised community


     2. Physical activities

     3. Learning activities and the projected outcomes of each activity

Session Outline:

Introduction of Presenter and concept behind the Children’s Healing Center 

The Children’s Healing Center, how we stay so clean, our programs and the population we serve. Power point slides and short video 

Research study – Loneliness and Isolation within the immune-compromised community. Power point slides, quotes from members, survey results 

How the Center and Rec Therapy can meet the needs within the immune-compromised community and incorporating the whole family into the healing process. Long term goals and study outcomes 

Self Reflection – ask a ‘homework’ question to help listeners identify ways to be more welcoming & inclusive within their own organization and client population 

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

Assessment Process & Implementation



NCTRC APPROVED; related to Behavioral Health area of specialization

     Concurrent Session 3.B 

Title of Session: Recreation’s Role in Developing a Recovery-Oriented Identity for People with Substance Use Disorders

Presenter: Jason Page, M.S. CTRS, CASAC II

Session Description: Sports and recreation have long been associated with positive identity development. This presentation will explore how recreation therapy (RT) can help develop recovery-oriented identities for people with SUD. The presentation will then review how RT services can provide ongoing support for people in recovery beyond traditional treatment settings.

Instructional Methods: Lecture & discussion

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

Define identity and explain how it is affected by substance use and recovery

Identify the stages of the leisure ability model as they relate to SUD treatment

Explain how social capital can impact an individual’s recovery from SUD

Identify two strategies that can be used to increase RT connections with recreation services post treatment

Session Outline:

Introduction – background and RT work with people with SUDs 

Identity defined 

The Leisure Ability Model 

Pathways through SUD 

Social Capital 

Recreation based recovery 

Making connections


NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:


2:45 - 3:00pm SNACK BREAK

3:00 - 4:30pm


NCTRC APPROVED; related to Community Inclusion Services area of specialization

     Concurrent Session 4.A         

Title of Session: The Application of the Social Ecology Theory in Community Recreational Therapy

Presenter: Heather K. Silander, Ed,D, CTRS

Session Description: The ecological perspective, which assumes that we are interconnected with our environment and that as we interact with the environment, we influence each other. The Social Ecology Theory is considered a best practice in recreational therapy and supports strengths-based practice. The ecological perspective increases an organization’s ability to design processes for facilitating community therapeutic recreation for individuals with disabilities. This session will focus on how to apply the Social Ecology Theory in the community and other helpful tips based on best practices

Instructional Methods: Lecture & discussion

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

Identify three ways APIED impacts inclusive recreation service delivery

Identify two other best practices to use in inclusive programming

Identify at least two ways provide inclusive recreation while applying the ecological perspective

Identify at least two benefits of applying an ecological perspective when providing inclusive programming

Identify at least two recommendations for using APIE in inclusive programming

Session Outline:


Overview of Inclusive Recreation

4 corners facilitated discussion on inclusion 

Common Barriers Families & Agencies/Professionals

Best Practices & and how to apply them (APIED, Ecological Perspective) 

Ecological Perspective Activity

Problem Solving & Best practices

Case Study Activity

Q & A 

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:

Foundational Knowledge & Adv of the Profession



     Concurrent Session 4.B  

Title of Session: Creative Programing Ideas – Five ideas from me

Presenters: Ethan Hunter CTRS

Session Description: Looking for some original ideas? This session will feature 5 original ideas that you may not have thought of doing yourself. With many online resources out there, it is hard to be original or think outside the box of what is being done everywhere else. I have personally used these 5 interventions at the older adult’s community that I work at have been used with a geriatric population but could be used in any setting with minor adaptations. This presentation will go through the APIE process for all 5 interventions and the research and measurable outcomes.

Instructional Methods: Lecture & discussion

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

Implement one or more interventions in own RT/TR programming

Demonstrate how RT/TR concepts formed these interventions and how they are used with current population

Identify 5 outcomes of the interventions taught

Identify 3 reasons why one of the interventions would be beneficial to add in your programming

Generate 3 flexible options for adaption for own population

Be able to identify the APIE process in the interventions taught

Session Outline:

Introduction of presenter and concept

Background information

The A and the E of APIE in these interventions

Intervention 1: The Tea Party

Intervention 2: Youtube Influences on my calendar Part I

Intervention 3: Youtube influences part II 

Intervention 4: Gratitude activities 

Intervention 5: The Historical tour 

Wrap-up & Questions 

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas:



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