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2021 Call for Presenters

It’s that time of year again. Conference is right around the corner and your opportunity to be a part of a historic occasion! Not only are we celebrating the 40th anniversary of URTA in 2021, we will be hosting our first fully virtual conference!

We are looking for presenters to help facilitate educational and uplifting experiences focused around Therapeutic Recreation as we move into the future with our profession.

Due to the virtual nature of conference, presentations will be prerecorded with you, slides, and any props you may be utilizing. If needed, we will help you record either remotely or in person by appointment. You will still be expected to virtually attend your session to provide live Q&A wherever you see fit. Check the Call for Presenters form on our website for more information.

As always and especially this year, we appreciate your quick submission of your presentation(s) and handouts as early as you can. This gives us time to review your recording, presentation, and/or handouts, then input them into the Virtual Venue. Overall, it helps us plan an effective conference that contains useful information for URTA Members and the profession. The conference committee will notify if the presentation submission has been approved.

Questions? Email or message us! #utahrectherapy

2021 Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration for our 2021 Annual Conference is now open! Take advantage of the lowest price of only $150 starting 10/1/2020 and ending 11/20/2020.

Virtual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 4th-5th, 2021. Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of URTA! Visit our website to register today. #utahrectherapy

An Intern and her Supervisor

Clinical supervision and bonding happening on the #UNIROPES Course. Completely unstaged. Total awesomeness. Our members never cease to amaze us as they carry the profession forward.


Discovery Academy Internships

Discovery Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located in Provo, Utah. Situated in between the spectacular Wasatch Mountains to the east and Utah Lake to the west, a variety of outdoor educational and recreational opportunities are literally at our doorstep. Discovery Academy boarding school serves students ages 13-17. We offer the best of both worlds - separate programs for boys and girls with opportunities for appropriate co-ed interaction. Our student body is limited to just 32 girls and 50 boys. Our small boarding school environment lets us create an atmosphere where every student is known and every need is addressed. At Discovery Academy, academics, residential living, and therapeutics are all built on an experiential foundation. In each area, our students learn by doing. We focus on building relationships, respect, and responsibility. Using this boarding school model, we help students discover their true potential, rekindle their love for learning and prepare for post-high school educational opportunities.

The Therapeutic Recreation program at Discovery Academy is brand new and is being launched in October of 2020. Discovery Academy saw the value that an evidence-based Therapeutic Recreation program could add to their already industry-leading programming. The recreation therapy program at Discovery Academy is adventure-based utilizing activities such as rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and canyoneering to teach therapeutic skills and help students generalize those skills to all aspects of their life. The department offers groups and individual sessions to students, experiential training for front-line staff, and groups for families during quarterly parent workshops. Recreation therapists at Discovery Academy work closely as part of the clinical team, serve on interdisciplinary treatment teams, and work with the residential and academic departments to enhance programming offered to students. Other programming includes day-long mastery trips, camping trips, drama productions for parent workshops, intramural sports, and weekend activities.

Due to how new the recreation therapy program is at Discovery Academy, you will gain firsthand experience developing an evidence-based, theory-backed program from the ground up. This will include in-depth exposure with every aspect of the APIED process under the supervision of expert clinicians. Interns will also receive facilitation skills with whichever adventure programming is being offered seasonally, free meals while working, and access to pro deals from many outdoor brands.

Company / Organization Name

Internships - Fall, Spring, Summer


Full Time

Position Title


Minimum Requirements

Therapeutic Recreation Major from an accredited program with the majority of their senior course work completed. Individuals with experience working with at-risk youth and/or experience with doc climbing, skiing, canyoneering, or other vertical adventure sports are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

2 months prior to internship start.

Contact Name:

Jason Silva,

Application Instructions

Use the linked form to send us your information. Jason will reach out to with further application instructions. Be prepared to fill out an online application and provide a resume and cover letter.


Provo, Utah

Utah Department of Corrections Internships

Under the supervision and guidance of a seasoned CTRS, students will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of Recreation Therapy at Utah Department of Corrections Forensic mental health facility. Students become part of the multidisciplinary treatment team, develop programming, complete assessments, gain experience with an electronic patient medical record, facilitate groups and gain valuable experience in a mental heath setting. Interns will be prepared to be entry-level practitioners at the completion of the 14 week experience.

Company / Organization Name:

Utah Department of Corrections


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

*Completed educational requirements which meet NCTRC standards for certification.

*Must pass background check.

*Be willing to complete 14 consecutive weeks of training.

Contact Name:

Katie Atencio TRS, CTRS

Application Instructions

Email cover letter and resume at


Draper, Utah

2020 Internship Fair Student Registration

The 2020 Internship Fair Student Registration is now open! Join us virtually on Tuesday October 27th from 10am-12pm to explore facilities working with various populations in order to find the best internship placement opportunities. Check out our Virtual Venue to register today!

2020 Call for Facilities!

Facility representatives will have unique ways to connect with students this year. Registration fees are waived because there is no CEU opportunity. Internship information will be copied from and updated with any information/pictures/forms/video links you provide us on your registration form. Unless you have your own virtual meeting link to share with us, we will embed Google Meet rooms to allow students to connect with you live from 10am-12pm.

Internship 'booths' in our Virtual Venue will be uploaded in the order we receive your registration, so act fast to be closer to the top!