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The Role of Recreation Therapy In Addiction And Recovery


ATRA Webinar: The Role of Recreation Therapy In Addiction And Recovery


SPEAKER: Holly Eichner, CTRS

  1. Participants will be able to identify three benefits of including a CTRS on the interdisciplinary treatment team in addiction treatment.
  2. Participants will be able to identify three outcomes of mindfulness and relaxation intervention in RT addiction treatment.
  3. Participants will be able to identify three outcomes of leisure education interventions in RT addiction treatment.

OVERVIEW: This session will review current research and best practices related to Addiction and Recovery Treatment and Recreation Therapy Practice. We will explore RT interventions, evidence-based practice and therapeutic outcomes. Specific interventions related to mindfulness, relaxation, and leisure education will be discussed to increase participant’s clinical knowledge for RT practice and increase knowledge of development of programming that promotes addiction recovery.


Expires: 11/2/2023

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Breaking Down the Triple Threat Barrier


ATRA Webinar: Breaking Down the Triple Threat Barrier: The Effect of Identity Development And The Socialization Process Of Female Veterans With Disabilities In Adaptive Sports


SPEAKER: Lauren Lessard, CTRS, M.Ed

Rachel Keyworth, CTRS


  1. Students/Professionals will identify the stigmatization of female veterans with disabilities living in an able-bodyist culture
  2. In what ways do female veterans with disabilities view or cope with their disabilities?
  3. Students/Professionals will understand how the development of positive and negative self-identity influences the participation of female veterans in adaptive sports
  4. Students/Professionals will acknowledge the support of socializing agents and agencies of the female veteran as they impact the athlete’s interpretation of disability and involvement in sport
  5. Students/Professionals will gain a better understanding of the Leisure Ability, Flourishing
  6. Through Leisure, and Health Promotion Models as it relates to the topic

OVERVIEW: The session will focus on the self-identity and social theories associated with the triple threat phenomenon. The triple threat phenomenon highlights the barriers appointed to female veterans with disabilities participating in adaptive sports. “Breaking Down the Triple Threat Barrier” will explore the following: why veteran females with disabilities struggle to find adaptive sport opportunities and continue to face challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated society as well as provide a closer look into a disability in an able-bodied culture. The session will identify the roles in which agents and agencies play in the development of the female veteran. As well as the values, morals, norms, and perceptions in which female veterans with disabilities attach to self-identity and social structure. An explanation of the Leisure Ability, Flourishing Through

Leisure and the Health Promotion Models will be used to explore theories to gain a better understanding of the foundational knowledge and resources for female veterans with a disability.

Expires: 10/4/2023

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Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy For Recreation Therapists


ATRA Webinar: Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy for Recreation Therapists: An Introduction For Successful Collaborations And Outcomes


SPEAKER: Blair McKissock, CTRS


1. Gain foundational knowledge for the practice of EALT

2. Recognize a qualified community partner to offer EALT to your clients

3. Understand the scope of EALT in recreation therapy, benefits and contraindications


OVERVIEW: Equine assisted learning and therapy (EALT) has been growing in popularity over the last few years to address treatment goals including rehab and mental health. For a recreation therapist, it presents an opportunity to offer new interventions for clients, especially those who are not progressing in traditional interventions. Recently the VA offered grant awards to recreation therapists for collaborative EALT programs for veterans. This grant was expanded this year congress announced 5 million dollars in funding specifically for equine assisted interventions for veterans. For RT’s it can be challenging to weed your way through what is out there and separating fact from fiction. In this session we will cover:

  • The basic theoretical framework of EALT
  • The benefits of this type of intervention
  • Appropriate clients and populations
  • Contraindications and guidelines for practice
  • The differences between the types of EALT interventions
  • How to select a qualified EALT community partner
  • Professional competencies and training

Expires: 8/3/2023

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FTag Revision In LTC


ATRA Webinar: FTag Revision In LTC: What Are the Implications for Recreational Therapy Practice With Older Adults?


SPEAKER: Martha “Betsy” Kemeny, PhD, CTRS

Jodi Douglas, CTRS


  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 significant changes to the federal regulations.
  2. Participants will be able to explain at least 3 implications for RT practice.
  3. Participants will be able to list at least 2 possible changes that they plan to make in their facilities in light of the revised FTags.


OVERVIEW: This session will describe the revisions to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regulations for long-term care. Substantial revisions were made to F248 and F249 as well as other federal regulations. In addition, the implications for recreational therapists practicing in long term care will be explained and discussed.


Expires: 08/13/2023


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Guidelines for The Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy: A Training Manual


ATRA Webinar: Guidelines for The Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy: A Training Manual


SPEAKER: Wayne Pollock, PhD


  1. Verbally identify the structure, process and outcome criteria for at least one ethical Principle
  2. Verbally identify the steps a CTRS should take when implementing an ethical decision-making model
  3. Verbally state how Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy would be beneficial in their practice or to others related to the field of recreational therapy


OVERVIEW: This session will briefly highlight the historical journey of ethics within our profession, followed by an introduction and in-depth examination of the contents of Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy. Foundational knowledge of the ATRA Code of Ethics will be reviewed and one Principle will be featured, showing how each Principle is described in the text in terms of its structure, process and outcome criteria. Ethical decision-making models will be illustrated and a description of how this text may be used by students, educators, practitioners and administrators as well as useful appendices will be shown and discussed. Emphasis throughout will focus on professional behaviors and attitudes as related to the advancement of our profession.


Expires: 08/21/2023


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Inclusion Success: Positive Behavior Support


ATRA Webinar: Guidelines for The Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy: A Training Manual


SPEAKER: Taylor Singleton, CTRS


1. Participants will be able to list a strategy for each of the 4 types of behavior.

2. Participants will be able to complete and ABC behavior observation form.

3. Participants will be able to assess direct threat of aggressive behavior.


OVERVIEW: Positive behavior support is a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual's challenging behavior. Children’s inappropriate behaviors are difficult to change because they are functional; they serve a purpose for them. Understanding the purpose of inappropriate or aggressive behaviors is important to supporting positive behavior and successful inclusion. This session applies to Recreation Therapy by providing additional information in order to give insight into assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the proper and most effective positive behavior support strategies.


Expires: 11/27/2023


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Legislation and Public Policy for The Recreational Therapist

ATRA Webinar: Legislation and Public Policy for The Recreational Therapist: What Should You Know and What You Can Do




1. Participants will be able to describe basic public policy processes such as how a bill becomes a law, and how federal agencies solicit input from the public.

2. Participants will be about to identify 3 public policy issues of importance to recreational therapists.

3. Participants will be able to explain one action to take to advocate for recreational therapy in the public policy arena.


OVERVIEW: In this session, participants will increase their understanding of federal public policy and the legislative process relevant to recreational therapists. Information about ATRA’s public policy and lobbying efforts, coalition involvement, and committee work will be shared. Recreational therapists will learn how they can be involved as an ATRA Advocate at the local, state and federal level. This is an introduction to ATRA’s Federal Public Policy and advocacy work.


Expires: 8/6/2023


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ATRA Section Leadership: Who, Why, What, and How

ATRA Webinar: ATRA Section Leadership: Who, Why, What, and How


SPEAKER: Thea Kavanaugh, MPH, CTRS


  1.  Discuss 3 effective means for promoting ATRA, RT services, and the profession through marketing, public relations, and membership outreach.
  2. Identify a minimum of 5 ways that Section Leaders enhance professional competence through contributions to ATRA and the TR field.
  3. Identify how to submit an application for a Section leadership position


OVERVIEW: This session is geared towards ATRA Section Leaders and those interested in taking on a leadership role in an ATRA Section. ATRA's Section Chairs empower and strengthen ATRA members using evidence-based practice, public policy, and competency development within their specialty settings. This session will explain the Who – the requirements on who is eligible to become a Section Leader, the What – the roles and responsibilities of the Section Leaders including successful examples on membership outreach, the Why – the personal and professional benefits of being a Section Leader and the benefits of Sections to ATRA members, and the How – the process of submitting and the Board reviewing your application to become a Section Leader.


Expires: 7/31/2023

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Risk Factors and Evidence-Based Responses to Suicide

ATRA Webinar: Risk Factors and Evidence-Based Responses to Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Veterans


SPEAKER: Deborah A. Tysor, MS, TRS, CTRS


  1. Identify at least two risk factors for suicide in the veteran population
  2. Define non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and distinguish between NSSI and suicidal behavior
  3. Identify the four primary functions of NSSI and identify at least one evidence-based RT intervention that addresses the primary functions of NSSI


OVERVIEW: This webinar will discuss suicide risk factors among veterans, explain the difference between suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and discuss evidence-based ways to understand and effectively respond to NSSI. First, NSSI will be defined and distinguished from suicidal behaviors. Recommendations will be made regarding recreational therapists’ use of language and how to provide evidence-based responses to suicidal behavior in clinical settings. Next, a review of suicide risk factors that are specific to the veteran population will be provided. An emphasis will be placed on common mental health conditions and diagnostic comorbidities that increase vulnerability. Finally, the presenter will discuss the motivating factors behind NSSI and provide suggestions for how to offer evidence-based interventions to effectively address NSSI in recreational therapy settings.


Expires: 8/13/2023

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Development of Standard Operating Procedures, Policies, and Instructions for Recreational Therapists


ATRA Webinar: Development of Standard Operating Procedures, Policies, and Instructions for Recreational Therapists


SPEAKER: Sean Gartland, CTRS, M.Div., M.Ed., EMT


1. Creation of SOPs – Standard Operating Procedures

2. Creation of SOWs – Statement of Work

3. Creation of JPIs – Joint Policy Instruction

OVERVIEW: This session will use a case study of the use of outings as a therapeutic modality. The importance of the development of SOPs, Competencies, and Policies will be explored using the case study as the presenter walks you through how he implemented each of these in his facility.


Expires: 10/1/2023


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2019 ATRA Webinar: The SCI Female: What We Should Have Been Told About Sex


SPEAKER: Jennifer Piatt, PhD, CTRS


  1. Understand the importance of including sexual health in the spinal cord injury rehabilitation process.
  2. Articulate the role of Recreational Therapists in providing sexual health education during spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
  3. Facilitate an educational session on adaptive sexual health with individuals with a spinal cord injury.

OVERVIEW: Sexual health information for females living with a SCI is narrow and limited. Current literature focuses on the physical sexual response, orgasm, and reproductive health for females with a SCI. Females who are living with SCI have expressed that they now view sexual health very different than prior to the injury. Females have identified a need for a heightened psychosocial connection with their partner to achieve both interpersonal intimacy and physical orgasm. Data revealed information on sexual health during rehabilitation is untimely with little to no follow-up. Females stated that there is a need for educational materials with a focus on sexual health.


Expires: 1/28/2024



The Future of RT Entry-Level Education: Process, Results, and Recommendations of the ATRA Higher Education Task Force


2019 ATRA Webinar: The Future of RT Entry-Level Education: Process, Results, and Recommendations of the ATRA Higher Education Task Force

SPEAKER: Brent Hawkins, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS


  1.  Identify five means the task force utilized to investigate the entry-level degree for RT professionals
  2. Explain the process the task force went through to develop their recommendation to the ATRA Board of Directors
  3. Discuss the significance of the work the task force completed

OVERVIEW: In 2016, ATRA's Board of Directors approved the development of a Task Force within the ATRA Higher Education Committee charged with systematically examining education requirements for entry-level practice and make recommendations to the ATRA Board of Directors. This presentation will summarize the Task Force’s study, findings, and recommendations associated with RT/TR education and professional preparation.

Expires: 2/11/2024

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2019 ATRA Webinar: Conceptual Models: Where RT Gets Theory to Guide Practice

SPEAKER: David R. Austin, Ph.D., FDRT, FALS


  1. List two or more specific ways that conceptual models are useful to the profession.
  2.  Name two of more conceptual models for RT/TR.
  3. Explain why theory is necessary to support and guide practice.
  4. Describe conceptual models.
  5. Describe how philosophy, theory, and practice relate to one another.
  6. Compare and contrast the Health Protection/Health Promotion Model with the Leisure Ability Model.
  7. Name elements to consider when evaluating a model.

OVERVIEW: There are any number of ways in which conceptual models (aka practice models) are useful to practitioners, including providing theory-base for practice, as well as clarifying the nature of the profession and its purpose. It is critical that recreational therapists are reflective practitioners who examine what they are doing and why they are doing it. This keeps them from doing things simply because "that’s the way we’ve always done it," which is a trap the unthinking recreational therapist can fall into. The best recreational therapists are thoughtful, not habitual, in their practice.


Expires: 2/11/2024

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2019 ATRA Research Institute: How, When, and Why You Should Submit a Proposal


2019 ATRA Webinar: Research Institute 



 Jasmine Townsend PhD, CTRS

Cari Autry PhD, CTRS
Megan Janke PhD, LRT/CTRS, 

Brandi Crowe, PhD, LRT/CTRS



  1. To increase attendees understanding of the four Research Institute categories for which a proposal can be submitted.

  2. To increase attendees understanding of the Research Institute’s proposal submission and review process.

  3. To assist attendees in identifying which of the four submission categories their work best fits.

  4. To increase attendees’ knowledge and skill necessary for submitting a high-quality Research Institute proposal.

  5. To increase attendee’s knowledge and skill necessary for preparing a high-quality Research Institute presentation.

OVERVIEW: In follow-up to the recent Call for Research Institute proposals, the Research Institute Co-Chairs would like to provide individuals interested in submitting a proposal an overview of the four categories for which they can submit. Recreational Therapy practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty are welcome to submit proposals to the 2019 Research Institute, and are encouraged to attend the Zoominar to gain valuable information about the submission process. In addition to explaining the Research Institute’s submission and review process for each of the four categories, the Co-Chairs would like to review with attendees the content and formatting that would make for a strong proposal, in comparison to the content and formatting that would make for a weak proposal. Information about how to write an abstract, and how to prepare an oral and poster presentation will be addressed.


Expires: 2/11/2024



A Dynamic Duo Recreational Therapy and Child Life

2019 ATRA Webinar:A Dynamic Duo Recreational Therapy and Child Life


Speaker: Jenny Dilaura, CTRS


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Professional relationships and responsibilities: Participant will gain increased knowledge of Child Life

  2. Awareness and advocacy: Participants will gain knowledge in the major differences between Child Life and Recreational Therapy how to advocate for Recreation Therapy services and to increase knowledge of Recreation Therapy in their organization.

  3. Implement and evaluate programs done in conjunction with a Child Life Specialist. Participants will gain knowledge in co treating with a CCLS and how roles are defined for the co treatment session/program.


Overview: This session will cover major roles of a Child Life Specialist and how these roles differ from Recreational Therapy, along with covering how to effectively work as a team vs seeing them as competition. In this session we will also cover areas of recreational therapy that Child Life can not provide and how to advocate for a Recreational Therapist.  


Expires 3/15/2024


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