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

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 Out Now! Research Institute Presentations Due April 1st. 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.