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ASTRA Two-Day Conference 2018: "Shining the Light on Recreation Therapy"

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


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For this two-day event, ASTRA Members get the special discounted member rate equivalent to our one-day conferences! This rate applies whether you are attending one day, both days, or partial days.
  • Students must be ASTRA members to attend conference. If you haven't joined yet, please join ASTRA and register as a student member.


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!

Map of Ability 360 Center | 5025 E Washington St Phoenix, AZ 85034

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