Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters for Pacific Northwest ATRA Annual Conference

Friday, January 18, 2013
Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Oregon
Greetings! The Board of Directors for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Therapeutic 
Recreation Association invites submissions to present at our upcoming annual conference Friday, 
January 18, 2013 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. 
Conference Theme: “Future of Recreational Therapy”

Presentation Topic Suggestions: Accreditation in Higher Education, RT Licensure, Future 
Populations in RT, Co-treating with Allied Health Professionals, Future of Management in RT, 
Practitioner Contribution to Evidence-based Practice.
Presentation Submission Deadline: November 16, 2012
Proposal Requirements:
• Presenter biography and contact information including address, phone, and email.
• Presentation description including three measurable learning objectives and 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 Jason Ryther, PNWATRA President at



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!