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2022 Conference Registration is Now Open

Early Bird Registration for our 2022 URTA Annual Conference is now open! The theme this year is "Gear Up. Game On." Take advantage of the lowest price offered starting today 10/18/21 and ending 1/7/22 (that's a longer time for early bird savings).

In person conference will be held Thursday and Friday March 24th-25th, 2022 at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. There is no remote attendance or virtual options for this conference at this time.

Early Bird Conference Rates are as follows: (Student rates do not change)

2 Day Professional $325

1 Day Professional $250

2 Day Student $125

1 Day Student $75

All Registrations include 2022 URTA Membership, opportunity to attend 2 hour suicide prevention training if you need it, and networking.

Professional Registration includes CEUs. Student Registration does not include CEUs.

We are offering a TRT Track on Friday March 25th which includes the 2-hour Suicide Prevention Training required for licensure.


Click HERE to for more details and to submit Registration for Conference.

2022 Call for Presenters

It’s that time of year again. Conference is right around the corner and your opportunity to be a part of furthering Recreational Therapy in Utah is here!

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.

Conference is back to in person this year! Please review the Call for Presenters form for more information regarding room set up, equipment needed, etc.

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 the information into the conference packet. 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.

Click HERE to submit Call for Presenters.

Best Practice Internship Workshop

The University of Utah and URTA present the "Best Practice" Internship Workshop on Friday, November 19th, 2021 from 8:30am-4:30pm.This workshop will introduce the "Best Practice" program and teach the framework for the development of an internship program that provides "best practice."

This hands-on experience will assist recreational therapists in the initial development of their internship program. Participants are encouraged to bring all internship material, personal computers, and lots of enthusiasm.

Rates are $60 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Cost includes materials, parking, lunch and 7.5 CEU's.

Deadline to register is Friday Nov 5th, 2021.

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Introducing the URTA Merch Store!

URTA is excited to announce the opening of our Online Merch Store!

Create a custom shirt or bag with the graphic of your choosing and have it shipped directly to you.

The following items are now available to purchase:

  • Cotton-Gildan shirt

  • Poly/Cotton Blend Next Level shirt

  • Polyester/Spandex Sport shirt

  • Tote Bag

  • Zipper Pouch Bag (small or large)

  • Freeze Dried Skittles

  • Freeze Dried Taffy

Click HERE for more information, prices, and instructions on how to order!

All Merch Store purchases go directly to legislative funds. We appreciate your continued support in fundraising efforts for legislative purposes.

URTA Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Help URTA raise some “dough” by purchasing a “Virtual Dozen” with Krispy Kreme! Virtual Dozen is an electronic gift card that is sent right to your phone through text or email. The cost for you is $11 and all proceeds go directly to URTA for legislative funds. This gift card is good at any Krispy Kreme location for the value of a dozen glazed donuts (11.99) We will be collecting funds via Venmo. If interested or have questions email Jenna at jennadnielson@gmail.com with subject line “URTA Krispy Kreme”. Please provide your name, email, phone number and how you would like your gift card delivered (text, email or both) and how many gift cards you would like. We will send you the Venmo QR code and once payment is made, your gift card will be sent.

Thank you for your continued support!

Support for Utah Recreation Therapy comes from:

Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions

Learn more and apply for their PRN Recreation Therapist position here.

Support for Utah Recreation Therapy comes from:

Harrison Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

Learn more and apply for their PRN Recreation Therapist position here.

Support for Utah Recreation Therapy comes from:

St. Mark’s Hospital

Learn more and apply for their PRN Recreation Therapist position here.

Support for Utah Recreation Therapy comes from:

Brighton Recovery Center

Learn more and apply for their Recreation Therapist position here.

Important Licensure Letter

Dear URTA Members,

Hello! We hope you all are having a happy and healthy year. Please read the following information carefully for an important update pertaining to our state licenses.

At the beginning of this year, Governor Cox issued an Executive Order addressing occupational and professional licensing. He asked DOPL to review all licenses and either streamline them to reduce regulations or eliminate licenses that are not needed.

As the Governor moves forward with this initiative, we want to make sure we are not deregulated since we are essential workers working closely with vulnerable populations. We know how this would hurt our clients/patients. Since the beginning of our licensure, we have had sunset reviews where DOPL reviews our law and rules and makes necessary changes. This leaves us vulnerable to losing our license. We will be working with the RT DOPL board to be prepared to meet with DOPL in October with all of the evidence we can gather in order to plead our case of the importance of maintaining RT licensure.

We have two main goals at this time. First, we will thoroughly review our RT practice act and rule to make sure they fit the needs of our profession, focusing on providing the safest and highest quality services to our clients/patients. Second, aim to remove the sunset reviews for our license so we can avoid having to do this again in the future. In order to have the best chance to achieve these goals, we had to hire a lobbyist.

We have hired Zac Bramble, with SEGO Strategies and Consulting, to represent us with the state legislature. We have already seen the benefit to hiring Zac and his partners. They have the expertise and connections to give us the best chance to maintain RT licensure and help us reach our goals.

WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?

We will be contacting you all, our members, for assistance as we work with Zac to accomplish various tasks. A couple of items we need at this time are:

Help in our efforts to raise funds in order to pay the lobbyist. Lobbyist services were not allotted in our budget since this move towards deregulation was unexpected. If you have any great ideas in this realm, connections, or experience with fundraising, please contact us.

We need letters from our clients/patients stating how much RT services helps or has helped them. This will assist us in sharing important information about RT with legislators and will help them see the value of the services we provide. If clients can list specific ways RT has helped them, that would be best! Please mail these client/patient letters to: URTA 63 east 1400 South, Bountiful, UT 84010.

We will keep you all apprised of what is going on and we are grateful for your help and support!

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