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Become more involved with ATRA and the profession by volunteering to be part of one of the committees listed below. To get involved, contact the committee chair.
Promote, plan and host a successful 2018 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI
Brianna Alne and Ali Serson
Promote, plan and host a successful 2018 Awards presentation at the Annual Conference.
Promote awards widely in various media.Develop committee of 3 – 5 members. Solicit and review nominations. Submit recommendations for winners to BOD for approval. Coordinate with the Foundation for the Frank Brasille Award.
Mary Lou Schilling and Kathryn Kowalski
Advocate for the profession to the CARF Board and International Advisory Council and educate members about CARF.
Develop and implement a process to incorporate treatment networks in standards review as necessary and continue to educate members about CARF standards as they relate to practice. Broadcast the benefits our members receive as a result of ATRA’s CARF involvement. Promote RT within CARF standards.
Seeking Co-Chair: Please contact ATRA if you are interested in this position.
Collaborate with ATRA committees and members on issues regarding coverage and reimbursement of services.
Develop a plan for regulatory initiatives. Work collaboratively with appropriate teams affecting reimbursement, federal and state legislative teams and sections. Assure that ATRA members have access to up-to-date coverage information via website, conference presentations and newsletter articles. Explore alternate structure for this committee. Identify succession plan or recruit.
Create an atmosphere that encourages diversity in ATRA membership.
Recruit new committee members. Provide a newsletter article and a presentation at annual conference to educate members about diversity issues. Facilitate posting recently reviewed Diversity statement on website. Explore ways to connect minority ATRA members.
Educate ATRA membership and the public about ethical standards and conduct.
Complete ethics publication, to Publication Committee for review. Board to identify two to three people for committee to develop international code of ethics.
Stephen Lewis, PhD, CTRS
Provide leadership in creating and promoting evidence-based practice (EBP).
Position ATRA to influence federal legislation and regulation to positively impact consumers and the practice of RT.
Monitor federal regulations and legislation impacting consumers of recreational therapy. Position the association to proactively influence federal legislation and regulation. Provide the membership with regular updates on federal public policy issues via presentations, website, newsletter, blogs, etc. Identify representatives to serve on coalitions. BOD and FPP to develop strategic plan for federal public policy. Explore alternative lobbying options and make recommendations. Explore plan for Public Policy Summit proposed in 2017. Recruit practice/section experts to be members of PP according to new structure. Develop plan for inclusion of state representatives from chapters into PP committee
Encourage educator engagement and membership in ATRA.
Develop Higher Education Institute for Annual Conference. Create a task force to address strategic plan for higher education to include recommendation on Entry Level degree(chair and committee to be determined). Explore interprofessional competencies for RT.
Advocate the inclusion of the ICF for practice, research, and professional preparation.
Position ATRA to a proactive leadership role in global ICF implementation efforts through increased collaboration with key organizations representing the disability community. Provide information and training for ATRA members and the profession regarding the ICF.
Pei-Chun Hsieh, Ph.D., CTRS
To facilitate an exchange between international professionals to enhance practice, education and research.
Share information on global RT practice through presentations and newsletter articles. Organize International Institute for Annual Conference with at least 3 sessions. Work with ATRA Board on International collaborations/ partnerships (potentially with Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa).
Influence standards development for continued inclusion of RT.
Develop and implement a process to incorporate the sections and standards review process including the sections. Arrange speaker at the 2016 Annual Conference in Lombard.
Promote licensure of qualified recreational therapists throughout the United States
Identify future leader for succession planning. Advocate for licensure of RT’s in all states.
Dawn De Vries
Robert D. Broadhead, Jr. and Harper Bruens
Develop, implement and evaluate strategies to increase membership and retain members
Exit survey Benefits of ATRA presentation Member recognition Lifetime memberships
Establish a slate of candidates to recommend to the ATRA Board for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and ensure an ethical election.
Recruit individuals to run for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors using various media. Assemble and chair a committee to review nominees. Recommend slate of candidates to the Board. Policy
Marieke Van Puymbroeck
Administer scholarship program to recognize outstanding students.
Promote Peg Connolly Scholarship program. Solicit and review nominations. Organize and oversee committee to review applications. Notify recipients. Conduct training for recipients. Serve as resource during conference. Be a representative on the PCS Task Force to evaluate the purpose of the program.
Provide excellent and high quality distance learning opportunities for recreational therapists.
Develop six webinar series for 2016 and 2017. Evaluate NCTRC Preapproval Virtual speaker’s bureau Certification based series.
Coordinate and manage ATRA’s publications.
Identify 3-5 publications needed within the profession. Identify possible authors for publications. Develop plan for publications. Review publications and make recommendations for which publications should be available as E-books in the future.
Angela Wozencroft - Seeking Co-Chair
Promote and support dissemination of quality research.
Propose an ATRA research agenda. Review all proposed surveys prior to distribution to insure credibility, usability, and avoid redundancy; make recommendations for improvement as appropriate. Serve as a resource to ATRA members interested in research.
Victoria DeFazio and Marc Zaremski
Coordinators for Research Institute
Stephen Lewis, PhD, CTRS
Jasmine Townsend, PhD, CTRS
Coordinators for Poster Session
Direction Statement from the Board of Directors
Facilitate the dissemination of RT research abstracts at ATRA Conference
Host research institute with at least three sessions at the 2017 conference. Host a combined research and practice poster presentations with at least 15 posters (50:50). Publish electronic version of research abstracts within Annual in TR.
Provide ATRA members with tools to promote RT month in February.
Identify 2018 3-5 promotional items all tagged with ATRA to sell for RT Month by July 2017. Identify 2018 theme for RT Month all tagged with ATRA by July 2017. Identify 2017 3-5 promotional items to sell for RT month by November 2016. Promote RT month through various media, newsletters and ATRA Updates, working with the ATRA Office and Social Media Coordinator. Communicate with International Committee chair and Canadian TRA to create joint International RT Month.
Educate ATRA membership and the public about the Standards of Practice.
Explore development of SOP. Training for online CEU’s. Develop Educators training – how to integrate SOP into your classes/curriculum.
Advocate for inclusion of RT in state legislation and related activities.
Explore need for state public policy committee in light of licensure joint task force and new Public Policy structure.
Dawn De Vries
Encourage student membership and engagement in ATRA.
Plan and coordinate activities at the Annual Conference for Students. Develop plan for recruiting and retaining student members. Assist in developing a Student section/page on the website (may work with Workforce Development, website Board liaison and ATRA office).
Educate the high school student, counselors and the public about RT as a viable employment option.
Develop an outcome measure to assess ATRA’s ROI at HOSA. Develop a resource list of publications/websites that target high school students, showcase professionals in alternative careers in newsletter article. Assist in developing content for website to target or educate future students about the field.