Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

ATRA Call for Presentations: Innovative Teaching Strategies

From the ATRAnet Listserv comes this announcement:

ATRA 2011 Educator's Pre-ConferenceCall for Sessions: Innovative Teaching Strategies
Held in conjunction with the ATRA 2011 Annual Conference September 18-21, 2011 Indianapolis, Indiana

The ATRA 2011 Educator's Pre-Conference will be held Sunday, September 18 prior to the start of the Annual Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. The purpose of the ATRA Educator's Preconference is to advance the field of Recreational Therapy through the sharing of innovative teaching ideas relevant to Recreational Therapy. The Pre-Conference also provides an opportunity for educators, practitioners, and students to come together collectively to discuss current trends and issues within the field.

Submission Deadline:
Completed session proposals must be received no later than August 5, 2011. A confirmation of receipt will be sent via email. Once all session proposals have been reviewed you will receive notification. If you have questions regarding the proposal submission guidelines, please contact Jennifer Piatt at, or Jennifer Hinton at

Please Note: By submitting a proposal, you are making a commitment to present your session if accepted. Presenters will provide a 20 minute overview of the innovative teaching strategy to other educators. If your innovative teaching strategy is approved, the information you submit is assumed to be complete and correct, and will be published in conference materials and the ATRA website as it has been written. In addition, all handouts and information on the teaching technique must be submitted electronically to the pre-conference chairs by September 1st so that it can be distributed to attendees.

Session Proposal Instruction Sheet
Session Title:
List session title using no more than 6 words
Focus Area:
List applicable focus area(s) from previous page [Innovative Teaching Strategies]
Lead Speaker:
Name and Title
Agency Name & Address
Phone, Fax and E-mail
Session Description:
Describe your session in 25 words or less.
Session Learning Outcomes:
Write up to three specific, measurable outcomes, by priority, using measurable action phrases (define, communicate, evaluate, analyze...). A minimum of two outcomes are required.
Session Length:
20 minutes
Session Logistics:
List AV equipment needs in detail
List desired room set up (theatre, classroom, group tables of 8, activity space, display tables, etc.)
Additional Speakers:
Include a 2-page resume or vitae for each speaker. Each attachment must include previous experience with this topic, as well as title, agency/business address, phone, fax, certificates held. Proposals without this information will not be considered. A maximum of three speakers are permitted per session.


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