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.

Monday, June 10, 2013

ATRA Call for Posters

ATRA invites therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy professionals, educators, and students to submit abstracts for the 2013 ATRA Practice Poster Session. The primary purpose for practice poster presentations is to showcase intervention programs that produce client outcomes. This is an excellent opportunity to share recent successes and challenges with fellow professionals.

Session Format: Presenters create a poster that will be fastened to a freestanding display panel. Suggested size for posters is up to 36 by 48 inches. Design, coloration, etc., is up to the author, but the poster should look professional and be easy to read from four feet away. Further details will be communicated directly to poster presenters.

During the poster session, attendees will circulate among the displays, talking informally with presenters. The poster session is two hours long, although it is anticipated that the posters will be kept up for an entire day.

Benefits of Participation: Earn contact hours toward NCTRC collaboration efforts...provide service to the profession...receive feedback for professional promote the benefits of therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy among a diverse audience of ATRA delegates!

Proposal Format: Send your proposal to the ATRA National Office at: Please send a duplicate of your proposal to the Practice Poster Session chair:

All abstracts must include:
↘ Poster Title (10 word limit)
↘ Intervention program overview (300 word limit; brief synopsis of the program including the setting and population served)
↘ Client goals (minimum of three)
↘ Assessment tools/techniques (100 word limit; who is appropriate for the program)
↘ Staffing (50 word limit)
↘ Process (300 word limit; describe how the program is implemented including frequency and length of sessions)
↘ Evaluation (75 word limit; how the program is evaluated)
↘ Client outcomes (150 word limit)
↘ Suggestions for replication (100 word limit)
↘ Presenter(s) and contact information (Name as you want it printed in the final program, agency/facility/institution, address, phone, and email. Note: The first presenter listed will be considered the primary contact person.)
Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2013

For questions or clarifications please contact the ATRA Practice Poster Session Chair:
Sandra Klitzing, Illinois State University, 309-438-8396,


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