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Recreation Therapy Institute - Virtual!

Friday, March 25, 2022

Prices:
$149 CPRS Members
$199 Non-Members
$25 Full-Time Students*

Register Here!

This Recreation Therapy Institute will give you an opportunity to attend 6 hours worth of live CEU's on March 25th via Zoom. These sessions will also be recorded and available for you to watch for up to 30 days after the conference. In addition to these 3 live/recorded Zoom sessions, there will also be up to 11 more hours of recorded sessions available for you, for a total of up to 17 hours worth of CEU's available. Please note, CEU's will be issued pending completed evaluations. Student's are not eligible for CEU's.

RECORDED SESSIONS 

Is Your Ankle Bone Connected to Your Head Bone?
Margaret McClearn, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer, Nia Blue Beltand
Karen Haseley, CTRS, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Changing Your Aging Brain Can Be as Simple as Child's Play! 
Margaret McClearn, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer, Nia Blue Beltand
Karen Haseley, CTRS, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

PTSD, Post Pandemic
Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC- PTSD

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Students and Faculty Serving and Learning in our Community at the American Gold Star Manor
Terry Robertson, Ph.D.; Heewon Yang, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT; Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC; and Chungsup Lee, Ph.D., CTRS

1 hour (.1 CEUs)

Enhancing Client Quality of Life through Virtual Creative Connections
Kari Rogenski, LMFT

 1 hour (.1 CEUs)

Mental health is mental wealth! How to facilitate Recreation Therapy interventions where your clients can cash in on the exponential health benefits. Grow that mental cash flow!
Jamie Hoffman, Ph.D., CTRS 

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Positive Psychology 
Suzy Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Crisis, Change, and Re-Invention Amidst Pandemic Conditions 
Suzy Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Live Virtual Sessions on March 25th- Now Available as Recorded Sessions!

9:00 am-10:30 am- Attention Affect and Action: Drama Therapy and Social Games for Diverse Populations
Stephen Breithaupt, MS, RDT, BCT

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

 

10:45 am- 12:15 pm- Movement & Embodiment Gathering
Jacquie VanHorne, R-DMT

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

 

12:20pm- 12:55pm -CPRS, Recreation Therapy Section

 General Meeting/Awards and Networking- No CEUs

 

1:00 pm-4:00 pm- The Intersections of Burnout, Self-Care, and Social Justice in Recreation Therapy
Ami Kunimura, MT-BC

3 hours (.3 CEUs)

TOTAL CEUs= 1.7 (17 hours of content)

(All sessions will be available one month after the conference to provide participants with time to attain their CEUs). 

*Schedule subject to change

Detailed Session Descriptions

Recreation Therapy Sessions 2022

RECORDED SESSIONS

Karen Haseley, CTRS, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer, Nia Blue Belt

and

Marghi McClearn, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer, Nia Blue Belt

Is Your Ankle Bone Connected to Your Head Bone?

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

Did you know your ankle bone is connected to your head bone through neurological connections? These connections assist our body’s ability to remain mobile, stable, and balanced. This brain-activating and body-energizing interactive session will have you laughing and moving (in your chair) in new ways to spark your creativity, imagination, and adventurous spirit.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how imagining an activity and physically doing it are intertwined.
  • Explain what physical activity does to the brain and how it enhances learning abilities.
  • Implement movement, music, creativity, and fun adds a new twist to recreation therapy programs.

Presenters:

Marghi McClearn, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator and Trainer. After 31 years of teaching music in elementary schools, Marghi retired to pursue her passion for improving quality of life through music and movement. Marghi is a Certified Ageless Grace® Educator and Trainer, holds White, Green, and Blue Belt certifications in Nia, and holds certifications in Brain Gym® 101 and Optimal Brain Organization®. Marghi works with a Memory Disorder Clinic, the Alzheimer’s Community, and Parkinson’s Association. Her immediate goal is to inspire others to move more, laugh more and make the most of life regardless of their circumstances.

Karen Haseley, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), retired from the City of Greenbelt, MD, has worked with individuals of all ages and abilities. She planned and implemented the senior citizen programs for Greenbelt and provided all necessary accommodations for those with disabilities so they could participate in the City’s recreation programs. She became an Ageless Grace® Educator in 2013 and a trainer in 2015. She is a graduate of the Neuroscience Academy with Dr. Sarah McKay. She has presented with Ageless Grace® creator Denise Medved at the National Recreation and Parks Association annual conference in 2017 and has presented at numerous state and local conferences. She continues to teach Ageless Grace virtually for the City of Greenbelt.

Karen Haseley, CTRS, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer, Nia Blue Belt

and

Marghi McClearn, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator & Trainer, Nia Blue Belt

Changing Your Aging Brain Can Be as Simple as Child's Play! 

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

Join us as we share easy-to-learn tools that benefit our brains and bodies. These tools spark creativity and playfulness through physical movements that can change your brain regardless of your age. Yes, maintaining healthy neural pathways can be as simple as child’s play! Based on the concept of neuroplasticity, Ageless Grace® is a playful practice that takes only ten minutes a day to exercise all five functions of your brain and all 21 physical skills to stay optimally fit. It is developmental for children, preventative for adults, and restorative for baby boomers and beyond, and it’s FUN!

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and explain neuroplasticity.
  • List and describe the five functions of the brain.
  • Describe the importance of music and its effect on the brain for recreation therapy clients.

Presenters:

Karen Haseley, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), retired from the City of Greenbelt, MD, has worked with individuals of all ages and abilities. She planned and implemented the senior citizen programs for Greenbelt and provided all necessary accommodations for those with disabilities so they could participate in the City’s recreation programs. She became an Ageless Grace® Educator in 2013 and a trainer in 2015. She is a graduate of the Neuroscience Academy with Dr. Sarah McKay. She has presented with Ageless Grace® creator Denise Medved at the National Recreation and Parks Association annual conference in 2017 and has presented at numerous state and local conferences. She continues to teach Ageless Grace virtually for the City of Greenbelt.

Marghi McClearn, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator and Trainer. After 31 years of teaching music in elementary schools, Marghi retired to pursue her passion for improving quality of life through music and movement. Marghi is a Certified Ageless Grace® Educator and Trainer, holds White, Green, and Blue Belt certifications in Nia, and holds certifications in Brain Gym® 101 and Optimal Brain Organization®. Marghi works with a Memory Disorder Clinic, the Alzheimer’s Community, and Parkinson’s Association. Her immediate goal is to inspire others to move more, laugh more and make the most of life regardless of their circumstances.

Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC- PTSD

Post Pandemic

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

This session will provide an overview of the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and PTSD concerns.  Experts now know there will be an increased need for mental health services as well as lingering effects of pandemic restrictions and lifestyle adaptations that occurred during this time.  The session will highlight the need for self-care and utilization of daily strategies to maintain positive well-being as we transition to the "new normal.”

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify at least three mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Upon completion, participants will have increased awareness through group discussion of the lingering effects of pandemic restrictions and lifestyle adaptations.
  • Upon completion, participants will identify at least three self-care strategies to maintain positive well-being during the post-pandemic transition.

Presenter:

Patti currently holds the position of Lecturer at California State University Long Beach with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in the College of Health and Human Services.  Prior to this position, Patti was the Mental Health Coordinator with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from CSULB and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Patti has worked in Mental Health for over 30 years and has been recognized for her work with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Park and Recreation Society, Recreation Therapy Section, Mental Health America, Long Beach Police Department, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.   In addition, she has done numerous presentations for CPRS, City or Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach City College, and other special interest groups in the greater Long Beach area.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America and Alternative 4 Vets and is a community volunteer for various non-profit and advocacy organizations.

Terry Robertson, Ph.D.; Heewon Yang, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT; Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC; and Chungsup Lee, Ph.D., CTRS

Students and Faculty Serving and Learning in our Community at the American Gold Star Manor

1 hour (.1 CEUs)

Session Description:

This session will provide an overview of a new collaborative, 3-year service-learning partnership. The department of RLS has partnered with a community senior housing organization (AGSM) to assist them in developing recreation therapy programs and services for residents.  The RLS department provides resident assessments, program, and service recommendations, as well as students for fieldwork and internship placements to assist in the delivery of the therapeutic recreation process.  Partnership background, development of instrumentation, needs assessment, and evaluation of both program and service-learning efficacy will be discussed, as well as suggestions for activity and/or service modifications as a part of this effort. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions, take the associated assessment, and provide program and other service ideas/feedback in support of our local professional learning community (PLC). 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify at least three benefits of creating service-learning partnerships between local universities and community service providers.
  • Upon taking the assessment tool, participants will have the opportunity to provide immediate feedback as to the reliability, validity, and usability of the assessment instrument in recreation therapy.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify at least three ways to develop recreation therapy community-based service-learning projects and applied to other communities.

Presenters:

Terry Robertson Ph.D. is an experienced educator, academic leader, and practitioner. Over the past 20 plus years, Dr. Robertson has served as a faculty member, a program director, a department chair (3 different departments), an Associate Dean. He has also served in a variety of other administrative roles. Before working in Higher education, Dr. Robertson worked professionally in various settings (mental health, substance abuse, senior services, and community-based special recreation programs and services). Dr. Robertson has served on many local, state, national, and international boards and commissions. He also served eight years as a publicly elected member (chair) of a county health board. Dr. Robertson has published numerous articles, a textbook, multiple book chapters, research monographs, technical reports, and training program materials. Dr. Robertson has also successfully written (and received) significant external funding from federal, state, and local public agencies and private foundations and industry partners via grants/contracts. Dr. Robertson has also provided significant service. He served as co-editor of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, as an Associate Editor of the ATRA Annual, and on editorial boards of other publications.

Dr. Chungsup Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the California State University Long Beach. His research centers upon leisure, disability, older adults, and health and well-being. Further, he is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and facilitates recreation therapy services for individuals of all abilities.

Patti currently holds the position of Lecturer at California State University Long Beach with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in the College of Health and Human Services.  Before this position, Patti was the Mental Health Coordinator with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from CSULB and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Patti has worked in Mental Health for over 30 years and has been recognized for her work with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Park and Recreation Society, Recreation Therapy Section, Mental Health America, Long Beach Police Department, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.   In addition, she has done numerous presentations for CPRS, City or Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach City College, and other special interest groups in the greater Long Beach area.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America and Alternative 4 Vets and is a community volunteer for various non-profit and advocacy organizations.

Dr. Heewon Yang is a Professor of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, California State University Long Beach.  He currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in recreation and recreation therapy. Within the dept. Dr. Yang serves as a Recreation Therapy program coordinator, graduate program director, and recreation therapy internship coordinator. His primary research interest is in the effects of therapeutic recreation programs for adolescents with behavioral problems (i.e., aggressive behaviors) and older adults with physical disabilities (i.e., arthritis).  Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. from Indiana University (2002).  

Kari Rogenski, LMFT

Enhancing Client Quality of Life through Virtual Creative Connections -1 hour (.1 CEUs)

Session Description:

Join this inspiring presentation on using technology to enhance quality of life! Learn about seven holistic quality of life domains and use technology to connect with clients. Leave inspired and with a list of resources to use in practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify and define seven holistic quality of life domains.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify how technology can be used as a tool to enhance their quality of life.
  • Upon completion, participants will be familiar with the concepts of meeting recreation therapy clients where they are at through a strength-based approach to aging services.

Presenter:

Kari is a licensed marriage and family therapist and creative arts therapist. She has been Director of The Hummingbird Project for over eight years, and she is Co-Creator of Joyful Moments: Meaningful Activities to Engage Older Adults. Kari is a doctoral student at Saybrook University, where she is studying psychology, creativity, and gerontology.  

Jamie Hoffman, Ph.D., CTRS; Lindsay Dao, MS, CTRS 

Mental health is mental wealth! How to facilitate Recreation Therapy interventions where your clients can cash in on the exponential health benefits. Grow that mental cash flow! -1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

Mental health includes psychological health, spiritual health, social well-being, and identity. During the pandemic, some people struggle with navigating the complicated world of human emotion and the ability to express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy way. Disruptions in the ability to regulate our emotions and tolerate distress are connected to poor mental health for individuals experiencing depression and anxiety. This session will explore mental wellness interventions and facilitation techniques with active participation to promote diversity, engagement, and inclusion for all abilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore and analyze the uncertainty of the pandemic and its toll on the mental health of individuals struggling with depression and anxiety
  • Define Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and explore the theory and history of DBT
  • Examine knowledge of DBT skills in the pillars of Emotion Regulation and Mindfulness to promote and build mental health and wellness 

Presenters:

Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS, is an Associate Professor at California State University, Sacramento.  Her area of research includes: international perspectives of disability and how that influences recreation and sports participation, outcomes of Veterans participation in adaptive sports, Temple Stays, and quality of life based on adaptive sports and recreation participation.  Her work as a recreational therapist includes: veterans affairs, non-profit adaptive sports and recreation, in-home healthcare, acute rehab, campus recreation, and municipal parks and recreation and inclusion. 

Lindsay Thuy Dao has been a lecturer at CSUS for over eight years in the Recreation Therapy program. Her expertise is in leadership, mental health, health care administration, and recovery-oriented care. As a therapist and as a Supervisor at Sutter Center for psychiatry for over 14 years, her pedagogy to providing treatment incorporates the Nurtured Heart approach with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Lindsay received her BA in Therapeutic Recreation from San Jose State University and her MHA in Healthcare Administration from Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota. She is currently completing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at CSUS with a Dissertation emphasis on Ethnic-Racial Identity and Career Identity Integration: Socio-emotional health and psychological well-being of Asian American women.

Suzy Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC

Positive Psychology -1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

Positive psychology has built significant evidence-based information, concepts, and activities that can improve mood, behavior, and quality of life. This session will review key concepts and walk you through a handful of fun, meaningful exercises. Most importantly, we will experience several activities that will not only improve your client’s health but yours as well. This session is as much about self-care as it is about client care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify one way the Leisure and Well-Being Model and the Flourishing through Leisure Model reflect positive psychology. Describe in one to two sentences how you will meet Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a 10-minute lecture about both models and then participate in a small and large group sharing about the ways the model relates to their lives/their clients' lives.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify one group of strengths/resources that their clients most need/require. Describe in one to two sentences how you will meet Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a 10-minute lecture about the strengths/resources and then participate in a small and large group sharing about how the information relates to the needs of their clients and themselves.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify three positive psychology techniques that they plan to integrate into practice. Describe in one to two sentences how you will meet Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a 5-minute lecture for each of 5 positive psychology techniques followed by a 5–8-minute experiential engagement and debrief of each.

Presenter:

Susan Ross is an Assistant Professor of Recreation Therapy in the Department of Public Health and Recreation at San José State University. Her primary research examines personal transformation from transdisciplinary perspectives and is the subject of her book, The Map to Wholeness: 13-phases of Transformation. Her research resulted in a theory and model that indicates transformation is comprised of 13-phases transpiring through transformative and integrative cycles.  As a recreation therapist, she specializes in the treatment of women survivors of sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, and adventure therapy.

Suzy Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC

Crisis, Change, and Re-Invention Amidst Pandemic Conditions

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

Has the continued pandemic left you feeling out of sorts, unsettled, or even depressed? COVID-19 has radically and permanently changed our world and ourselves, triggering a worldwide transformation that will unfold for years to come. This session introduces research that produced 13-phases of a Complete Transformation that, when applied to the pandemic, clarifies why others and you might be struggling emotionally. This session identifies the phases of transformation occurring from 2020 to 2021, details about the phases unfolding currently, and three specific clinical applications you can facilitate in recreational therapy practice to help your clients and you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize two cycles of transformation. Describe in one to two sentences how you will meet Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a 10-minute lecture about transformation phases and then participate in small group discussions on their experiences of these phases. Delivery/Teaching Method for Learning Outcome: Lecture, Small Group Discussion, Large Group Discussion, Video
  • Describe 7 phases of transformation unfolding in 2020-2022. Describe in one to two sentences how you will meet Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a 20-minute lecture about transformation phases and then participate in small group discussions on their experiences of these phases. Delivery/Teaching Method for Learning Outcome: Lecture, Small Group Discussion, Large Group Discussion, Video
  • Recognize x3 specific recreational therapy interventions to mitigate challenges and improve health during transformation Describe in one to two sentences how you will meet Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a 10-minute lecture about recreational therapy interventions and then participate in small group discussions about adapting or applying these ideas. Delivery/Teaching Method for Learning Outcome: Lecture, Small Group Discussion, Large Group Discussion, Video

Presenter:

Susan Ross is an Assistant Professor of Recreation Therapy in the Department of Public Health and Recreation at San José State University. Her primary research examines personal transformation from transdisciplinary perspectives and is the subject of her book, The Map to Wholeness: 13-phases of Transformation. Her research resulted in a theory and model that indicates transformation is comprised of 13-phases transpiring through transformative and integrative cycles.  As a recreation therapist, she specializes in the treatment of women survivors of sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, and adventure therapy.

Live Virtual Sessions on March 25th

(These sessions will be recorded and placed on the online platform five days after the conference).

9:00 am-10:30 am- Stephen Breithaupt, MS, RDT, BCT

Attention Affect and Action: Drama Therapy and Social Games for Diverse Populations

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

This session will introduce the theory behind mentalizing and understanding how individuals with developmental disabilities, including spectrum disorders, might view the world. Next, there will be a brief introduction to drama therapy leading to games and interventions developed by the facilitator to further social skills, compassion, and the understanding of the community at large. These groups are designed to inspire participants to expand their knowledge about their clients, develop and plan their customized activities, and engage and lead their clients in virtually any clinical setting. To that end, types of games are separated into three sections: Attention highlights games that grab the participants' initial attention. They are oriented toward basic social behaviors, such as eye contact and interpersonal communication. Affect challenges game participants to recognize and respond to emotions, helping to clarify certain emotions that might be unexpected and perhaps even unwanted. Action helps participants demonstrate what was practiced in the previous two game types while giving game participants a framework for improvising social scenes and practicing acceptable social behaviors. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experience social games in all three areas and practice developing their own games for use with their clients. This is an effective way of working with individuals with developmental disabilities and clients from all populations who wish to learn how to connect more effectively with the world around them. This session is appropriate for educators as well as mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define mentalizing in diverse populations to better understand how individuals with developmental disabilities view the world.
  • Plan social interventions for students using basic drama therapy games.
  • Implement drama therapy in social games for diverse populations that relate to recreation therapy.

Presenter:

Stephen Breithaupt, MS, RDT, BCT is a drama therapist and the Director of Rehabilitation at Telecare Morton Bakar Center. He has developed multiple programs and created Theradrama, Inc., which teaches social skills and acting to diverse populations. Stephen utilized drama therapy with several community populations, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and people with developmental disabilities. He also appeared on Broadway and in many network TV series, directed in various venues, and taught musical theater and voiceovers. Stephen has traveled the US and the world, speaking to diverse groups on such topics as autism, family communication, drama therapy, and the origins of consciousness.

10:45 am- 12:15 pm- Jacquie VanHorne, R-DMT

Movement & Embodiment Gathering

1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)

Session Description:

Movement therapeutic activities invite for a deeper connection to one's own body, somatic cues, & body in relation to surrounding space. Embodiment activities invite opportunities for mindfulness, regulating the nervous system, and tuning into the gut-brain and wisdom of the body.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion of Movement and Embodiment, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their own somatic cues and tune in to their own body wisdom.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to attune to themselves so they can honor their own somatic & emotional needs even while functioning in therapeutic groups.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to quiet the mind & tend to their own somatic-informed health & wellness needs.

Presenter:

Jacquie Van Horne MA, R-DMT, is the creator of A Rhythmed Life: metaphysical-based coaching, consultation & guidance. Jacquie has led larger groups for 14 years, starting with parents and their children. Jacquie has led movement embodiment women’s groups & has been a dance teacher since 2008. Jacquie is currently working on her Ph.D. in Mind-Body medicine specializing in Integrative wellness coaching through Saybrook University. She has been a teacher's assistant for three semesters for movement & wellness-based graduate courses. Jacquie has her own coaching practice where she offers 1:1 somatic-informed coaching & spiritual-based guidance & leading group workshops using dance, movement & movement as meditation. Jacquie loves to create a healing space where people can tune back into one's own rhythm & authenticity. She believes that when people learn to live & honor their own rhythm to life, it will help create healthier people from the inside out, thus allowing people to play the roles they need & desire to play with ease & inner peace.

12:20pm- 12:55pm -CPRS, Recreation Therapy Section

 General Meeting/Awards and Networking- No CEUs

1:00 pm-4:00 pm- Ami Kunimura, MT-BC

The Intersections of Burnout, Self-Care, and Social Justice in Recreation Therapy

3 hours (.3 CEUs)

Session Description:
Burnout, self-care, and social justice are multidimensional and dynamic topics that have multiple intersections and implications for recreation therapists. This presentation will first provide educational material and current research on two types of burnout: occupational burnout and activist burnout. Both types of burnout relate to social justice issues that can impact recreation therapists, the clients served, and the profession as a whole. Self-care is needed to navigate burnout, and in this presentation, we will explore self-care in relation to burnout and social justice. New perspectives will be offered on approaching self-care as an ethical responsibility and an inherent human right. This presentation will also include experiential self-care practices and personal reflection practices to support participants’ exploration of these complex topics with compassion and resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify three ways that social issues impact occupation burnout.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the symptoms and causes of activist burnout.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to demonstrate three self-care practices that can be used to support self-compassion, professional resiliency, and personal resiliency in recreation therapy.

Presenter:

Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC is the founder of The Self-Care Institute and provides therapeutic support for professionals worldwide who are experiencing burnout. Ami is the creator and facilitator of Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Program, an in-depth online program that guides professionals out of burnout and stress cycles through research-based self-care practices. Ami has presented on self-care and professional burnout at international events and conferences. Ami has been a board-certified music therapist since 2006, specializing in mental health, trauma, and addictions treatment. Ami has also taught as a lecturer at UCLA and adjunct graduate faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Ami received her BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her MA in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.

TOTAL CEUs= 1.7 (17 hours of content)

(All sessions will be available one month after the conference to provide participants with time to attain their CEUs). Live sessions may not be available until April 2, 2022, as it takes time to upload them.