9:00am-10:30am

Key Note

Title of Session: Comprehensive Evaluation of Obese Clients: Assessing Different Domains

Presenter: Janet (Funderburk) Albers, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS

Session Description: This session will explore the current status of the state of obesity as an epidemic and how the role of the CTRS as a health care professional can assist with this complex issue.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion, & experiential

Learning Outcomes:

  • State a min of 3 client populations a CTRS would work with that are obese
  • Identify a min of 5 co-morbidities and 5 bodily systems associated with morbid obesity 
  • Verbalize 3-5 domain areas related to obesity that can be measured/assessed
  • Identify & perform the process to create ICF based documentation for obesity comprehensive core set

Session Outline:

  • Intro of speaker/background on subject and session objectives (5 minutes)
  • Define terms related to obesity (10 minutes)
  • Learn how to calculate BMI for adults & children and identify what the ranges of the scores mean (5 minutes)
  • Discussion of the magnitude of the obesity epidemic both nationally & internationally (10 minutes)
  • Identification of client populations CTRS work with that are obese (small group discussion then large group summary (10 minutes)
  • Identification of co-morbidities and bodily systems affected (review handout on ICF Core Sets for Obesity) (10 minutes)
  • Discussion on how obesity can be measured and examples of each domain areas (10 minutes)
  • Discussion on the ICF and how RT is related (10 minutes)
  • Review handout on ICF Core Sets for Obesity (5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate how to create the IDF Based Documentation Form for ICF Core Set: Obesity (10 minutes)
  • Wrap Up & Evaluation/Questions (5 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Foundational Knowledge & Assessment Process



10:45am-12:15pm

Session 2A

Title of Session: (Concurrent Session after Keynote) Recreational Therapy Treatment for Individuals with Obesity: Assessment, Treatment Interventions, & Utilization of ICF Codes

Presenter: Janet (Funderburk) Albers, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS

Session Description: This session will explore current information related to the diagnosis, assessment, recreational therapy treatment interventions, and application of ICF codes for obese clients.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion, & interactive & experiential

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Score and interpret 2 standardized assessments related to obesity
  • Identify a minimum of 2 recreational therapy treatment goals for individuals with obesity based on assessment outcomes
  • Apply case study content to assessment and treatment plan
  • Identify at least 2 recreational therapy interventions and related ICF codes for clients with obesity

Session Outline:

  • Intro of speaker/background on subject and session objectives (5 minutes)
  • Discuss various assessment and evaluation measures for obesity (10 minutes)
  • Go over case study (5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate how to score and analyze 1st assessment tool- participants score it on own & discuss findings as a group (15 minutes)
  • Demonstrate how to score and analyze 2nd assessment tool- participants score it on own & discuss findings as a group (15 minutes)
  • Go over client goal areas and possible interventions for individuals with obesity (10 minutes)
  • -In small groups participants will develop a treatment plan then discuss all together (10 minutes)
  • In small groups participants will identify possible appropriate interventions to meet goals and complete ICF coding activity then discuss all together (15 minutes)
  • Wrap Up & Evaluation/Questions (5 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Assessment & Implementation          


Session 2B

Title of Session: Living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder from a Patient Perspective

Presenter: Madison Berridge, CTRS

Session Description: This session will take the time to view the psychiatric diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) from a patient’s perspective. Participants will learn about the hallmarks of GAD, engage in discussion about anxiety, discuss how we can use evidence based practices to enhance our skill in working with people with anxiety, learn ways to deescalate those in a panic crisis, and have the opportunity to engage in a simulation of how it feels to have a running negative feedback loop running through your head. As CTRS’ we will work with people suffering from anxiety no matter what sector we choose to work in. I believe the more compassion, understanding and knowledge our profession holds the better we can help those suffering with anxiety.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion, experiential, interactive.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify at least five characteristics of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Identify three strategies to deescalate a person in a panic crisis.
  • Provide an example of a way to use evidence based practices to enhance skills in working with GAD.
  • Identify a minimum of two reasons why anxiety is a disorder that is increasing in occurrence.

Session Outline:

  • Introduction to the speaker (10 minutes)
  • Anxiety Evaluation (5 minutes)
  • What is anxiety large group discussion (10 minutes)
  • Introduction to Generalized Anxiety Disorders (15 minutes)
  • How does it feel small group simulation (10 minutes)
  • Using evidence based practices to enhance skill in care pertaining to Anxiety (10 minutes)
  • De-escalation Techniques (15 minutes)
  • Viewing clients/patients/resident’s perspectives (10 minutes)
  • Wrap up (5 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Foundational Knowledge



1:15pm-2:45pm

Session 3A

Title of Session: High on Life: Rec Therapies role in the opioid epidemic and substance abuse world.

Presenter:Danielle Martin, CTRS

Session Description: Participants will learn the basics of how we got into the opioid epidemic. Starting with Purdue pharma and the oxytocin myth. Participants will then learn where we are now by the numbers and what is being done to let get us out of this epidemic. The basics of MAT (medication assistance treatment) and harm reduction programs will be discussed, as well as the legal repercussions of Purdue pharma. Three different activities used during inpatient treatment will be shared to help participants gain knowledge of what discussions, actives, and debriefing look like in this setting. The session will end with barriers that are specific to the substance abuse population and how to address these and improve leisure outcomes in the future.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion, and interactive activities

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Understand how the opioid epidemic started, where are we now, and what is being done to correct this issue both legally and medically.
  • Learn about MAT (medication assistance treatment) and harm reduction programs.
  • Go over and learn activities this group relates to such as relapse prevention, stages of change, and the swiss cheese model.
  • Identify what are some of the barriers that come up with this population when it comes to leisure.

Session Outline:

  • Intro (5 minutes)
  • Background of Purdue pharma and the start of the opioid epidemic (10 minutes)
  • Where are we now: Stats, changes, and legal issues (10minutes)
  • MAT (medication assistance treatment) and harm reduction programs (15minutes)
  • Activities: Autobiography in 5 short chapters, Stages of change, Swiss cheese model (35 minutes)
  • Barriers to treatment (10 minutes)
  • Questions (5 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Foundational Knowledge & Implementation


Session 3B

Title of Session: Searching for a Life of Purpose: Results of a Qualitative Study

Presenter:Susan Sunden, Ed.D., CTRS

Assistant Professor, GVSU, RT Department

Session Description: This session describes the results of a 2-year qualitative study examining the stories and lives of 11 college students as they moved through the transitional and formative years of university life. All eleven college students will be described. Their stories and exact words, ideas and experiences will be analyzed in order to identify specific and common perspectives about happiness and quality of life. The final results of the study are examined. Applications for mentorship, professional development, and internship supervision will be discussed.

Instructional Methods: Lecture/Discussion

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Participants will identify one-way spirituality influences perceptions of quality of life.
  • Participants will identify 2 components of stress and coping, and how those influence ideas of life
  • satisfaction.
  • Participants will identify one pro and one con of technological influence and how that helps/hinders
  • experiences in life satisfaction.
  • Participants will examine at least 3 different types of social relationships and understand how these
  • support quality of life experiences overall.

Session Outline:

  • Introduction 5 min
  • Discussion (small group): What is Quality of Life? 10 min
  • Lecture: Introduction to Research Study/Stories of Participants: 15 minutes
  • Lecture: Understanding the perceptions, motivations and stories of the participants: 20 min
  • Lecture: Research Results: 20 min
  • Lecture/Discussion: Application for practice: 10 min
  • Conclusion and Questions: 10 min

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Foundational Knowledge & Advancement of the Profession



3:00pm-4:30pm

Session 4A

     ***If attending this session, you are highly encouraged to bring a yoga mat, as this session will incorporate a variety of hands-on participation***

Title of Session: Innovative Self-Care: Utilizing yoga nidra, essential oils and vibrational sound therapy to support a diverse relaxation routine

Presenters: Andrea Bevolden, CTRS & Alex Bodenberg, CTRS

Session Description: This experiential session best correlates to the implementation portion of the NCTRC Job Analysis Chart. Those in attendance will gain a better understanding of the efficacy behind utilizing vibrational sound therapy, essential oils and yoga nidra as mental health support practices.  Discussion on evidence-based research will support interventions to increase attendee’s understanding of therapeutic modalities and its impact on mental health. In addition, each intervention will include a demonstration to increase attendee’s knowledge of implementation and practice.

Instructional Methods: This session will be presented with in a lecture format with a PowerPoint presentation and an experiential portion for all three therapies. Attendees will be invited to participate in an immersive experience to include yoga nidra, essential oils, and vibrational sound therapy. If able, attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify at least four evidence based studies supporting the efficacy of essential oils to support mental health
  • Identify at least two hands on interventions to utilize essential oils in a mental health setting
  • Identify an understanding of "entrainment" and how it applies to vibrational sound therapy and it's effects on one's mental state
  • Identify the importance of proper training when utilizing vibrational sound therapy in an inpatient setting
  • Identify at least one intervention based around vibrational sound therapy and mindfulness
  • Identify three studies related to trauma-sensitive yoga and yoga nidra, its effects on improving one’s mental health and overall quality of sleep
  • Identify at least six yoga poses with body movement and breath connection for mindful yoga routine.
  • Identify three approaches to create a trauma-sensitive yoga practice

Session Outline:

  • Introductions (5 minutes) 
    - Andrea Bevolden background/relevant experience with essential oils + vibrational sound therapy
    - Alex Bodenberg background/relevant experience with trauma-informed yoga and yoga nidra
  • Andrea: What are essential oils, history, evidence based studies, implementation ideas (15 minutes)
  • Andrea: What is vibrational sound therapy, history, evidence based studies/case studies, implementation idea s (15 minutes)
  • Alex: Define yoga nidra, application and creating trauma-informed of yoga in a mental health setting, evidence based studies/case studies, implementation ideas (20 minutes)
  • Andrea/Alex: Immersive experience- yoga nidra, essential oils and vibrational sound therapy (30 minutes)
  • Debrief /Questions (5 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Implementation


Session 4B

Title of Session: Calling all Recreational Therapists: Seeing and Meeting the Challenges of Gen Z in a Mental Health Setting

Presenters: Ashley Robb, CTRS, Annaka Vaandrager, CTRS & Nina Barcheski, CTRS

Session Description: Interactive and educational session focused on identifying mental and behavioral health challenges children and adolescents face today. Introducing innovative interventions to support rec therapists in promoting holistic care, towards improving patient/client psychological, emotional and social well-being.

Instructional Methods: Lecture, discussion, interactive, experiential, power point

Learning Outcomes: 

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

  • Identify a minimum of three challenges in treating children and adolescents today.
  • Identify a minimum of three mental/behavioral health challenges children and adolescents face
  • Identify a minimum of three interventions to implement with children and adolescents struggling with mental health diagnoses.
  • Identify one intervention that can be implemented within your facility
  • Engage in one 15 minute hands on intervention

Session Outline:

  • Introduction of presenters and background of Pine Rest. (5 minutes)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Care-Our role as Recreational Therapists (5 minutes)
  • Criteria, Overcoming challenges and statistics with children and adolescents in mental health (15 minutes)
  • Programming for children (20 minutes)
  • Interactive intervention/Process (5 minutes)
  • Programming for Adolescents (20 minutes)
  • Hands on Intervention/Process (10 minutes)
  • Step down- Partial Hospitalization (5 minutes)
  • Wrap up, questions, evaluation (5 minutes)

NCTRC Job Analysis Areas: Foundational Knowledge & Implementation


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