Registration for Conference Now Open

Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association’s 2017 Annual Conference

Recreation Therapy: Making It Work For You (.5 CEUs)

DATE: Friday, February 3, 2017   TIME: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Portland Parks & Recreation - Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 

                   5340 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217


 7:30 – 8:00

Check In / On-site Registration / Refreshments

 8:00 – 8:15

Welcome by PNWTRA Board 

 8:15 – 9:30

Session 1: Cultural Literacy…It’s NOT in a Text Book

 Jaime Hoffman, Ph.D, CTRS

 9:35 – 9:45    Break

 9:45 – 11:00

Session 2: A Journey of Hope: A CTRS’s Journey Back to Health and The Lessons Learned that Helped Shape Her into a Better Therapist

Cheryl Kelley, CTRS

 11:00 – 11:15     Break

 11:15 – 12:30

Session 3: The Why and How of Internships in TR/RT

 Lynn Anderson, Ph.D, CTRS, CPRP Cheryl Kelley, CTRS, Jonathan Dennett, CTRS Shayle Wigger, CTRS

 12:30 – 1:30 Networking Lunch 

 1:30 – 2:00  

Chapter Update - Andy Fernandez, CTRS, CPRP – PNWTRA President

 2:00 – 3:30

Session 4: Increasing Self-Efficacy for Therapeutic Recreation Practitioners - Robert Brack

 3:30 – 3:45  Break

 3:45 – 5:00

Session 5: I Tie Flies in My Sleep: A Veteran’s Path from Patient to Practitioner

Warren Price, CTRS


Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association (PNWTRA) was founded in 1989, and has since provided the regional Therapeutic Recreation Professionals with affordable and quality continuing education. Our association continues this 28-year tradition by providing the opportunity to gain .5 CEUs at this year’s 2017 PNWTRA Annual Conference.

To learn more about PNWTRA, visit via or 

PNWTRA encourages persons with disabilities to attend our conferences and workshops. If you anticipate needing any accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please email in advance.

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A Message from the President


You may have noticed a change in our appearance - our new logo and name is officially here! The Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association (PNWTRA) is proud to continue to serve Recreation Therapists in the Pacific Northwest area.

 Please contact us at or

We look forward to continuing to serve you!

Andy Fernandez

Chapter President




2017 PNWTRA Conference Call for Presenters

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Call for Presenters

Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association

Annual Conference

Friday, February 3, 2017

Greetings! The Board of Directors for Pacific Northwest Therapuetic Recreation Association invites submissions to present at our upcoming annual conference Friday, February 3, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. This conference provides annual continuing education and networking opportunities for professionals and students in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and surrounding states.  

Conference Theme: Recreation Therapy: Making It Work For You”

Presentation Topic Suggestions:  Creative presentations that speak to the benefits of recreation therapy and adaptive recreation/sports for therapists and providers.  Suggested themes for development include: personal, innovation, fiscal, programs, professional, leadership, skills, clients, evidence based practice, and legislature.  Last year our theme addressed bridging gaps within the therapeutic recreation field.  This year we want to offer presentations that dig deeper into the internal benefits of what we “do” and impacts they have on us, our patrons and our field for the future.  

Presentation Submission Deadline: November 18, 2017

Proposal Requirements:

  • Submit PNWTRA Presenter Application (click here for application)

  • Submit requests for accommodations, travel, presentation support, or speaking stipends - keeping in mind PNWTRA is a small grass roots organizations with limited resources.

Special Considerations: Web-based presentations will be considered and are strongly encouraged.

Proposal Submission: For questions and proposal submissions, please send required proposal documents to Andy Fernandez, PNWTRA President at







Help Needed for Day at the Capitol!

PNWTRA needs volunteers to help coordinate a ‘Day at the Capitol’ in Salem next February during TR Month.
This event needs a team of 2 or 3 members to assist in the planning and implementation of a potential education session for members coupled with a legislative ‘meet and greet’ during the 2017 Legislative session.  The commitment most likely will be a series of 6 or so monthly conference call planning sessions and some homework in between. Interested parties should email



Oregon State Hospital's Recreation Therapy Forum 

Registration Now Open!!

When: June 24th 2016, 7:30AM - 5:00PM

Where: Oregon Employment Building/Auditorium, 875 Union Street Salem, Oregon 97301

What: Spanning the Horizons of Recreational Therapy


Professionals: $60

Day of price: $75

OSH Employees/Students/Emeritus: $35

Day of price: $50

Parking: $5 (located across the street)

7:30-8:00         Check In
8:00-8:15         Welcome
8:15-9:45         Sam Norgaard-Stroich & Kellie Nemke - Biking for All: Integrating adaptive biking into a bicycle education program
9:45-10:00       Networking Break
10:00-11:00     Sarah McMillan- Cultural Competency: What recreation therapists should know when working with LGBTQ+ clients
11:00-12:15     Lunch Break
12:30-2:00       Cheryl Kelley- A Journey of Hope: A CTRS’s journey back to health and the lessons learned that shaped her into a                            better therapist  
2:00-3:00         Tommy Means- Creating Innovative Interventions
3:00-3:15         Networking Break
3:15-4:45         Richard Mayuk- Four Winds: The significance of native spiritual practices in personal recovery, health and                                            well-being
4:45-5:00         Closing


Register online here.