The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care

Mary Scott, who did a short presentation on The Best Friends Approach at the PNWATRA Conference in January, will be doing an all day training on The Best Friends Approach in Wilsonville, OR in partnership with Leading Age Oregon.


The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care

July 18, 2012

Sysco Food Services, Wilsonville, Or


Class Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m.

The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care:

 *Offers a comprehensive, person-centered, non medical model of care that is easy to learn and understand

*Transforms caregiving from a terrible burden to care that is manageable

*Describes the expereience of having dementia

*Teaches caregivers how to assess an individual's strenths and weaknesses

*Discusses th eimportnace of the person's life story

Introduces the "knack" of caregiving and a number of "do's and don'ts"


More Information and Registration can be found at:



ATRA Survey Regarding International Classification for Function, Disability, and Health

Please take this quick survey regarding Recreation Therapy and the Interbational Classification for Function, Disability, and Health.  ATRA is gathering information about how much Recreation Therapist use the ICF in their work and how much education they have received about it! 


Please note that your voluntary participation and completion of the survey indicates your consent to participate in this research. East Carolina University Institutional Research Board at (252-744-2914).  In addition, you may contact the survey team as follows:



Oregon State Hospital Annual TR Forum - May 11th, 2012

Download 2012 Registration Form


The TR Forum is being held at the following address:

Oregon Employment Building 


875 Union St 

Salem, Oregon 97301 



Anticipated Agenda (**schedule is subject to change**):

7:30 to 8:30:           Check-In/Registration/Welcome

8:30 to 9:45:           Virtue Ethics: Why Character Counts in Therapeutic Recreation

By Dr. Charles Sylvester, Western Washington University Professor

9:45 to 10:00:         Networking Break

10:00 to 11:30:       Promoting Physical Activity in the TR Setting

By Jennifer Taylor & Kerri Vanderbom- Doctoral Candidates at Oregon State University

11:30 to 12:45:        Lunch on Your Own

1:00 to 2:15:            Therapeutic Recreation and the International Classification of Functioning:

                                Making Room for Social Justice

By Dr. Charles Sylvester, Western Washington University Professor

2:15 to 2:30:            Networking Break

2:30 to 3:30:           Animal Assisted Therapy at Oregon State Hospital

By Mike Patton, CTRS & Selena Hess, Psychology Intern

3:30 to 3:45:           Networking Break

3:45 to 4:45:            Developing Life Stories-Helping Your Clients Share Their Legacy

                                By Linda Morgan, MA, ATR

4:45 to 5:00:           Closing Remarks/Evaluation


Thank you!

Thank you so much for joining us last week at our annual workshop!


PNWATRA Presents the 2012 Annual Workshop:

"Advancing the Profession"

(.6 CEUs)


Friday, January 20, 2012
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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


Sessions Include:


What is an ICF and Why Does a Recreational Therapist Care?

By Debbie Pate, MS, CTRS/R



Advancing the Profession through Social Capital and Role Modeling

By Kari Kensinger, PhD, CTRS



Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

By Mary Scott, CTRS