Recreation Therapy Institute - 
Inspiring Excellence and Engagement 

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 7:00am)
Sacramento Convention Center
Up to 0.8 CEUs available, register early to get lunch

Pre-registration preferred, drop-in permitted without lunch

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Registration Fees*:

$180 CPRS member/$225 non-member by January 23, 2019

$230 CPRS member/$280 non-member after January 23, 2019 or onsite

$55 CPRS Student Member (Must include proof of full-time status-- no discount for part-time students) by January 23, 2019

$70 Student (Must include proof of full-time status-- no discount for part-time students) after January 23, 2019 or onsite

Non-member student pays the regular non-member rate

Important:  Non-member Students can become members using our paper registration form to get the student discount. 

Click here to register online

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*CEUs included in pricing for registrants except for students and volunteers.



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.




This institute coordinates between 11-15 different sessions.  We’ll have several breakout sessions targeted at staff serving differing target populations.  You’ll choose one breakout each time slot plus attend two plenary sessions.

Plenary sessions: 

Opening Session:  All Play – Gender Spectrum Inclusion in Recreation, Becky Herz, Senior Recreation Manager, Sunrise Recreation & Park District and Magdalena Mustafa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Child Mental Health &Wellness Department, Kaiser Permanente

Closing Session:  Weaving a Tapestry of Health: Many Threads One Purpose, Jo Burns, MS, CTRS, Chief Connection & Collaboration Officer, Burns Consulting


 Epictetus Club: Lessons from Behind the (Prison) Walls

~Alivia Gok, CTRS, Recreation Therapist, The WELL at CA State University, Sacramento and Jerry Topping, CTRS, Recreation Therapist, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

 Essential Services: Inclusive Practices & the ADA for Aging Adults

~Jessica Reaber, CTRS, RTC, Recreation Coordinator, City of San Ramon

 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Recreation Therapy

~Marti Winterhalter, CTRS, Villa Fairmont Mental Health Center Department of Rehabilitation

Fundraising to Achieve Your Recreation Therapy Mission

~Arlene Krause, CTRS, MS, Lecturer, CA State University, Sacramento

Moving and Differentiating Neuromovement® as a Learning Based Approached to Health and Vitality

~Christoph Gumb, Owner, My Beautiful Plastic Brain

Nature Engagement: A Programming Goal for Health & Wellness Promotion

~Erik Luvaas, CTRS, Assistant Professor, Recreation Therapy, CA State University

NCTRC Overview

~Susan Kaufer, CTRS,  Credentialing Specialist II, National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Recreational Therapy Interventions for Persons with Severe Mental Illness at Oregon State Hospital

~Shelly Severson, CTRS, Recreational Therapy Director

How to Obtain Recreation Therapy Licensure

~Dr. Laura McLachlin, CTRS, RTC, Professor, CA State University Chico, Erick Kong, CTRS, Assistant Professor, CA State University, East Bay and Kevin McCann, CTRS, RTC, Rehabilitation Therapist, Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program, Keelin Jardin, CTRS, Baywood Retirement Community, Lecturer/Internship Supervisor, CA State University, East Bay, Alivia Gok, CTRS, RTC, Lecturer, California State University, Sacramento

The Business of Inclusion: Putting Theory Into Practice

~Allison Everett, Accessibility Issues Coordinator, City of Pasadena

Webster: Increasing your Professional Writing and Vocabulary

~Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS, Associate Professor, CA State University, Sacramento and Erik Luvaas, CTRS, and Assistant Professor, Recreation Therapy, CA State University



Day at a Glance:

7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. 

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
CPRS Recreation Therapy Section General Membership Meeting & Awards Presentation

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Keynote Session

Concurrent Sessions All Day (Early registration includes lunch)

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Session

Please note to receive CEUs you need to be in the session within ten minutes of start time and stay in the session.



Approved Volunteer:

Please register using the paper form (pre-approval required, please contact Daniela Martinez,; maximum in effect, first come, first serve)


Contact Intensive Coordinator Amanda Ho de Castro, CTRS, RTC, Recreation Therapist, California Men’s Colony,