Recreation Therapy Institute - 
Inspiring Excellence and Engagement 

7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
0.8 CEUs

Sponsored by



Registration Fees (Separate from the Friday only fee)*:

$170 CPRS member/$213 non-member/$50 CPRS Student Member by January 26, 2018
$213 CPRS member/$266 non-member/$65 CPRS Student Member after January 26, 2018 or onsite*

(*we take registration at the office until Feb. 17, 2018, then move registration to the Long Beach Convention Center registration counters the day of the event)

Pre-registration preferred, drop-in permitted. 
Click here to register online
Click here to download the paper registration packet with Session Schedule

*CEUs included in pricing for registrants, except for students and volunteers. Please note: to receive CEUs, you need to be in the session within ten minutes of start time and stay in the session.



Day at a Glance

7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. -- Check-In
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Keynote Session
Concurrent Sessions All Day
(Early registration includes lunch)
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. -- Closing Sessions

 Thank you to our RT Trainers!


Who Should Attend?

Recreational therapists, educators and students of therapeutic recreation who provide interventions and techniques to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability.



Description & Schedule:

This institute coordinates an opening keynote and 10-14 breakout sessions targeted at staff serving differing target populations. You’ll choose one breakout each time slot plus attend one opening session.

7:00 a.m.-7:55 a.m. Check-In


8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (OPENING SESSION)  ATRA: Getting to Know Your Professional Organization, Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck, CTRS, FDRT


Morning Concurrent Sessions: 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

·         An Activity to Examine Leadership Behavior (Waldo’s Leadership Sherpa), Brian Pritchard

·         Interprofessional Education & Practice: Creating Collaborative Opportunities for Recreation Therapy, Dr. Darla Hagge, CCC-SLP

·         Corrections/Mental Health: Planning Effective Modalities with Limited Access to Equipment, Amanda Ho-de Castro, CTRS, RTC; Pamela Baxter, CTRS; Jerry Venner


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Lunch (for those who pre-register by February 17, 2018) and RT Section Meeting/Awards & Installation


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

·         Communication Partner Training for Persons with Aphasia, Dr. Darla Hagge, CCC-SLP

·         Chair for Yoga: Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga as a Recreational Therapy Intervention, Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck, CTRS

·         Use of Hand and Finger Movement as Recreation-Based Brain Fitness (RBBF), Dr. Heewon Yang, CTRS, Dr. June Kim

·         The Function of Recreation Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Rod Adnitt, CTRS


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2:45 p.m. - 4:15pm

·         Interfering Behaviors: How do I Minimize and Eliminate Them?, Kristin Cummings-Prater, BCBA, Behavioral Analyst

·         Certification… Why it is Right for Me?, JoAnne Jones CTRS, RTC; B.J. Grosvenor CTRS, RTC

·         Mindfulness & Meditation - Engaging All, Brian Pritchard


Closing Sessions 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 pm

·         Maintaining Boundary Wellness and Therapeutic Relationships, Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC

·         Social-Emotional Music Programming for Special Needs Inclusion & Recreation, John Fitzgerald; Helen Dolas

·         Support Groups: Building Effective Communities, Rene Van Hoorn

·         Integrating Evidence Based Practice into Recreation Therapy, Dr. Terry Long


6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Evaluations and Pick-Up CEU’s

Thank you to our generous trainers:

  Contact RT Institute Coordinator Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS, Associate Professor, CSU Sacramento,