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 pnwatra@gmail.com



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.


Registration for 2016 Annual Conference Now Open!!

2016 Annual Conference

Bridging the Gap – Taking Recreation Therapy from the Clinic to the Community (.65 CEUs)

Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210


7:00 – 8:00                Check In / On-site Registration / Refreshments

8:00 – 8:30                Welcome & Chapter Update by Rachel Gorman, CTRS, PNWATRA President

8:30 – 9:30                KEY NOTE: A Leisure Education Service Delivery Model that Creates a Bridge         

                                    between Community and Clinical TR Context by John Dattilo, Ph.D

9:30 – 9:45                Networking Break

9:45 – 11:15              ATRA  - Moving Forward towards the Future By Dawn De Vries, DHA, MPA, CTRS

11:15 – 12:40            Lunch (on your own)

12:40 – 2:10              Use Sensitive Terminology When Delivering Therapeutic Recreation Services Across

                                    Clinical and Community Contexts By John Dattilo, Ph.D

2:10 – 2:20                Networking Break 

2:20– 3:50                 Using Role-playing Games (RPG) as an Invention Modality By W.A. Hawkes- Robinson

3:50 – 4:00                Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00                Healthy Aging through Leisure Engagement Across Community and Clinical TR

                                    Contexts By John Dattilo, Ph.D

Register via Online or Mail

Featured Speaker: John Dattilo, Ph.D

“Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at the Pennsylvania State University where he teaches about inclusive leisure services. The overarching purpose of his research is to examine effects of programs designed to empower individuals who are experiencing leisure constraints so that their lives become more meaningful and enjoyable.”  - Academy of Leisure Sciences


Parking at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital is now $60 a day. Legacy has provided 35 parking passes which are available at no cost via online registration, supplies are limited.  Carpooling and the use of Trimet is encouraged. Information about other parking and transportation options will be emailed to registrants at a later date.

Pre Conference Social

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:00pm  

McMenamin’s Tavern & Pool

1716 NW 23rd, Portland, OR 97210

Look for PNWATRA sign


Silver Cloud Inn – Northwest Portland

2426 NW Vaughn Street

Portland, OR 97210

503-242-2400 or 800-205-6939

See flyer for details

Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association (PNWATRA) was founded in 1989. Since then, PNWATRA has provided the Pacific Northwest’s Therapeutic Recreation Professionals with affordable and quality continuing education. Our association continues this 26-year tradition by providing the opportunity to gain .65 CEUs at this year’s 2016 PNWATRA Annual Conference.

PNWATRA encourages persons with disabilities to attend our conferences and workshops. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please email pnwatra@gmail.com in advance. 


Call for Presenters & Save the Date

Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference

Friday, January 29, 2016

Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Oregon

Greetings! The Board of Directors for the Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association invites submissions to present at our upcoming annual conference Friday, January 29, 2016 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. This conference provides annual continuing education and networking opportunities for CTRSs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

In addition to our full day of presentations, we are seeking an interactive ½ day pre-conference session.

Conference Theme: “Bridging the Gap – Taking Recreation Therapy from the Clinic to Community”

Presentation Topic Suggestions: Integrating community into healthcare settings, Best Practices for Inclusion, Rehabilitation Community Integration, Integrating Community & Healthcare teams, Innovative therapies, Community & Mental Health, Rx Leisure & Recreation Benefits, Benefits of Community Education

Presentation Submission Deadline: October 16th, 2015, presentations via web will be considered.

Proposal Requirements:      

* Presenter contact information including address, phone, and email.

* Presenter resume or vitae, two pages max

* Presentation description up to 150 words, including how the content is related to recreation therapy

* Three measurable learning objectives

* How the presentation fits the theme of the conference.

* Presentation outline including length of presentation.

* Audio/visual needs list

* Submit any requests for accommodations, travel, presentation support, or speaking stipends.

Proposal Submission: For questions and proposal submissions, please send required proposal documents to Rachel Gorman, PNWATRA President at pnwatra at gmail .com


TR Forum Tomorrow

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the TR Forum in Salem.  On site registration still available if you are interested in attending.

Worried about what to Bring? Check out our flyer of what we think you should bring.

What to Bring!


Worried about Directions?  We have done the work for you.

Directions from Portland

Directions from Eugene


See you all tomorrow!  And make sure to be prepared for a little rain!