Upcoming Events

    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    ASTRA would like to invite you to the next...

    TRAIAL(Therapeutic Recreation Advocacy IArizona & Legislation) Committee Meeting

    Where: Carly's Bistro   

    128 E Roosevelt St

    Phoenix, AZ 85004 

    When: 3/26/18

    From: 4PM-5PM

    Why: Come support the TRAIAL movement to  contribute to therapeutic recreation consumer advocacy efforts in the state of Arizona, as well as, further legislative efforts! 


    • Friday, April 06, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • 4:15 PM
    • Ability 360 Center, 5025 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    The Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association presents:

    2018 ASTRA Two-Day Conference in Phoenix, Arizona: 

    "Shining the Light on Recreation Therapy"

    Registration is OPEN!

    To register and for more information, click here: 


    ASTRA Two-Day Conference 2018: 

    "Shining the Light on Recreation Therapy"

    Dates:  Friday, April 6th & Saturday, April 7th, 2018


    Friday:  7:45-8:45 AM Check In

                 9:00 AM-3:45 PM Friday Sessions

                  12:00 PM Lunch Onsite

          Student Q&A

          ATRA Focus Group*

    *Interested in participating in the ATRA Focus Group? Our local ATRA representatives will be onsite to facilitate this study during Friday's lunch to gather input on higher education and entry-level requirements for recreational therapists. Find out more info here.

                   4:00 PM Fri Social @ "The Park" downtown

    Saturday:  7:00 AM - 7:45 AM Check In

       8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Saturday Sessions

       11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ASTRA Annual Meeting

       12:15 PM Lunch Onsite by "Happy Tamales"

    Location: Ability 360 Center

    Address:  5025 East Washington Street

                     Phoenix, AZ 85034

    CEU's Offered: Total 1.05 CEU's 

       (.5 CEU's Friday, .55 CEU's Saturday)

    All CEU's have been pre-approved by ATRA and NCTRC.


    ASTRA 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 President Elect & Conference Chair, Trudy Gomez in advance.

    We have two incredible days of learning and networking to offer!

    Schedule At-A-Glance:

    Schedule details are subject to change.

      FRIDAY April 6th
     Time  Session
     Registration Check-In

    Session 1

    Connecting Around the Campfire: Designing an Outdoor Therapeutic Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) (0.15) 

    Virginia A. Coco, MAT, PhD Candidate

     10:30AM  Break

    Session 2

    Recreational Therapists Can Prepare Veterans for Compensated Work Therapy/Supported Employment (0.1)

    Sergio Morning, MSL

     11:45AM  Break
    • Lunch 

    • Student/CTRS Q&A Panel

    • ATRA Focus Group


    Session 3

    Recreation Therapy: Serving Formerly Homeless Veterans in the Community/VA (0.1)

    Barbara Tennis, CTRS and Caily O'Connor, CTRS

     2:00PM Break

    Session 4

    The Most Human We Can Be: Poetry as a Recreational Therapy Healing Intervention (0.15)       

    Megan Atencia, CAPF Candidate

     3:45PM  Leave for Mixer
     4:00PM  Meet us at "The Park" for Mixer
    Complimentary appetizers, soft drinks, and FUN!
    3 S 2nd St. #114
    Phoenix, AZ 85003

    Click here for more info about "The Park" in downtown Phoenix

      SATURDAY April 7th
     Time  Session
     Registration Check-In

    Session 5

    Recreational Therapy's Role in the Treatment of Male Sex Offenders (0.1) 

    Jennifer Hoffman, CTRS, & Savanna J. Haugse, CTRS

     9:30AM  Break

    Session 6

    School-Based Recreational Therapy / TREK - Therapeutic Recreation Empowering Kids (0.15)

    Jessica Amato, CTRS/L

     11:15AM  Break
    11:30AM  Annual ASTRA Membership Meeting 
    12:00PM  "Happy Tamales" Presentation
     12:15PM Lunch by "Happy Tamales"

    Session 7

    Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) (0.15)

    Beth A. Dietrich, Ed.D, CTRS

     2:30PM Break

    Session 8

    Integrating Reminiscing Therapy into Recreational Therapy Programs (0.15)     

    Scott M. Alberts, CTRS

     4:15PM End of Conference - Thank you for joining us!

    • Friday, April 06, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Park, 3 S 2nd St #114, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Join us at "The Park Street Food Bar" in downtown Phoenix after the first conference day on Friday, April 6th for a fun mixer!  

    The Park

    Complimentary appetizers and soft drinks will be provided. 

    You can take the light rail to and from the conference venue and The Park if you wish.

    Come prepared for fun because The Park is full of games!

    Oh yeah, it's a great chance to network and catch up with other RT friends. Remember to bring your business/contact cards, and make some now if you don't have any!

    Check out The Park website:



    Description from The Park website:

    Defined as “an area devoted to a specific purpose”, The Park cultivates a sense of community. The Park is a indoor beer garden with a well-curated list of hyperlocal hops, and live music venue. Covering 11,000 square feet is an outdoor-turned-indoor community concept with elements of a park such as nature inspired dining space with communal tables and high-end lounge seating, green foliage, tree-canopied garden and a nightlife playground. On a rotating basis, the menu will represent some of the best street food flavors from all over the world! Phoenix locals and visitors can savor a different culinary experience during each visit. The coveted craft beer garden will be an urban commonplace for social gatherings with a selection of craft drafts and specialty cocktails.

Past events

Monday, October 30, 2017 TRAIAL Committee Meeting
Friday, August 25, 2017 "Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Recreational Therapy"
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 TRAIAL Committee Meeting
Saturday, April 22, 2017 ASTRA 2017 Conference "Recreation Therapy: Stimulating Mind, Body, & Spirit"
Thursday, February 09, 2017 TRAIAL Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 2016 December ASTRA BOD Meeting
Friday, October 28, 2016 AZ Advocacy & Legislative Meeting 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016 2016 ASTRA Spring Conference: Innovation in Recreation Therapy
Friday, April 29, 2016 "Innovation Station" Expo at 2016 ASTRA Spring Conference
Monday, March 21, 2016 Tentative - 2016 March ASTRA Meeting
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 2016 February ASTRA Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 2016 2016 January ASTRA Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 2015 December ASTRA Meeting
Monday, August 10, 2015 2015 ASTRA Partnership with APRA: Annual Conference & Expo
Friday, May 01, 2015 2015 ASTRA Spring Conference
Friday, March 06, 2015 ASTRA 2015 Brown Bag Educational Session: Inspire, Motivate & Engage Volunteers
Friday, October 10, 2014 2014 ASTRA Conference: Healthy Leisure Lifestyles through Integrated Services
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 ASTRA Conference Planning Meeting
Friday, February 21, 2014 ASTRA Social Aunt Chilada's style!
Friday, November 15, 2013 Save the Date! - 2013 ASTRA Fall Conference
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ASTRA Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, October 14, 2013 ASTRA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 ASTRA Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, April 19, 2013 Dive into the Sound of Knowledge ASTRA Conference!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 State of Arizona: Include Recreational Therapy in the Essential Health Benefits Package
Thursday, April 04, 2013 ASTRA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 ASTRA: TR Month Extravaganza!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 ASTRA Board of Directors' Meeting
Sunday, December 16, 2012 Kickball Tournament Fundraiser - KEEN Phoenix
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Meeting
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 NCTRC Board Election! (Vote for Kelly Ramella)
Thursday, November 01, 2012 ASTRA Board of Director's Meeting
Sunday, October 14, 2012 ASTRA Social and Annual Membership Meeting
Friday, October 12, 2012 2012 Annual ATRA Conference
Friday, February 10, 2012 2012 TR Month Mini-Conference and Celebration
Saturday, October 15, 2011 ASTRA Fall Conference
Sunday, September 11, 2011 2011 ATRA Annual Conference
Sunday, July 10, 2011 2011 TR Week
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
Saturday, April 30, 2011 LifeWater Scuba Workshop
Friday, April 29, 2011 Adapt, Explore, and Prepare for Change
Thursday, April 29, 2010 2010 ASTRA Mid-Year Conference
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