American Therapeutic Recreation Association


Annual Conference


Conference Information 

With the Annual Conference around the corner - download our 2018 Budgeting Form.  A more conplete form will be available closer to the conference. 


Are you interested in being a conference exhibitor or sponsor? The ATRA Annual Conference allows you to do so and attracts over 600 Recreational Therapists and Students from nearly every
state in the nation and abroad who are looking for ways to improve their practice and their careers. 

Click here to view the brochure.

Hotel Information

The 2018 ATRA Conference will be held at the:

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe North W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Reservations are now open for the Annual Conference! Click here to book your room. 

Prefer to call? Contact Group Reservations at these numbers in order to make sure you are able to access special block rates and ensure they book within the block.

Reservations Toll Free: (800) 253-3590
Reservations Local Phone: (616) 776-6450

Important Announcement!!!

Beware of Hotel Piracy

Hotel piracy is rampant in the convention industry and while we don't anticipate this happening to us, we'd like everyone to be aware.

ATRA will not call you about making an urgent hotel reservation. If you receive such a call, please report it to us immediately.  There are currently companies that will call association members and past exhibitors claiming to represent a conference hotel or ATRA block and saying that the deadline to reserve is imminent. 

Beware of fraudulent phone calls and websites offering services linked to ATRA. These organizations are not linked to ATRA and would be using the ATRA name without authorization.  If you make a reservation with one of these companies, you may or may not end up with a room, and you will likely never see your money again.  The safe way to make your reservation is to click on the link provided or call the hotel directly. 

As we get closer to the meeting, ATRA will send marketing emails reminding you to make your reservation, especially as we near the cut-off date. These emails will always link directly to the ATRA or the hotel website.

Note that this has not happened to ATRA, but we want to warn you of the possibility!


Educational Sessions - Call for Proposals Out Now! Due February 28th!

Click here to submit your proposal for an educational session at the Annual Conference. The due date for all submissions is February 28, 2018.

Research Institute/Posters - Call for Proposals is Out! Research Institute Presentations Due April 8th. Posters Due May 1st.

The call for research institute papers and posters is now open! Click here to submit your proposal.

Have questions? See the FAQ Sheet here.

What are the differences between the different sessions? See our chart here.

New This Year for Posters!!!!

Exciting news! The Research Institute Poster Session committee is pleased to announce that awards will be presented to the “Best Overall Poster” in the following categories: (a) Best Overall Undergraduate Student poster, (b) Best Overall Graduate Student poster, (c) Best Overall Research poster, (d) Best Overall Research to Practice poster, and (e) Best Overall Practice poster.

Note: Posters eligible for receiving the “best” undergraduate/graduate student poster must have a student as first author.