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 26, 2012

ATRA Educators Call for Posters

From Jen Piatt, Ph.D., CTRS, via the ATRAnet Listserv:

American Therapeutic Recreation Association
2012 Effective Teaching Techniques: Meeting the Needs of the New Millennial Student
Call for Sessions: Innovative Teaching Strategies
Held in conjunction with the ATRA 2011 Annual Conference October 12-15, 2012 Phoenix, AZ

The ATRA 2012 Innovative Teaching Strategies poster session will be held during the Annual Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. The proposed day and time is Saturday, October 13th from 10:30 to 12 noon. The purpose of this session is to advance the field of Recreational Therapy through the sharing of innovative teaching ideas relevant to the New Millennial Student. This session also provides an opportunity for educators, practitioners, and students to engage in discussions on the challenges presented by the millennial students.

Submission Deadline:
Completed session proposals must be received no later than July 27, 2012. 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

Participants will be able to cite the overall learning styles of millennial students (versus students of their own generation) which emphasize that millennial students are:

* Interactive and Cooperative
* Project-Centered
* Active (especially within civic engagement and volunteerism)
* Creative
* Multi-tasking
* Challenging
(Silvers, 2011)

These are based on the facts that millennial students feel (in comparison to other generations):

* Protected and "special"
* More trusting and in general more optimistic
* More pressured and have greater desires to achieve
(DiPietro, in press)

Please Note:
Up to 15 posters will be accepted based on space accommodations at the conference venue. Posters will be screened by the speakers based on the criteria posted in the session objectives. The presenters must agree to be present at the poster session to present their material. All attendees must be present at the entire session to receive CEUs.

At the end of the session all attendees and presenters will be convened for a 10 minute overall question and answer session with Jennifer Hinton moderating.

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.
Poster Logistics:
If the poster is accepted presenters will be required to adhere to poster guidelines, including size and format.
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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