Utah Recreation Therapy Association

Promoting the development of recreation therapy in the state of Utah.

What is Recreational Therapy?

Learn more about URTA, Recreational Therapy, and the APIED Process

URTA Events

Check out upcoming events including webinars and our annual conference.


Read testimonials from clients and families or watch informative Recreational Therapy videos.

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COVID-19 Precautions at URTA Conference

As an Executive Committee, we felt it important to address the current COVID situation here in Utah. We want to assure you that we are very serious about your safety and are implementing safety measures to help lower risk where we can.

-The facility itself, the beautiful Provo City Center Marriott, has increased their cleaning and sanitation procedures and require all their employees to wear masks at all times.

-URTA will also be requiring that attendees properly wear face coverings when not actively eating or drinking.

-Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 72 hours) will be required for entry to the conference.

These are our current minimum standards, and we will be constantly evaluating to ensure that our response matches the current circumstances and guidelines of the moment. There may be additional safety measures put in place if COVID case numbers continue to be this high. Hopefully, things will be looking better very soon, as many are predicting! Please feel free to contact our committee with further questions and concerns.

URTA Swig Fundraiser

Tis the Season for Swig! Help URTA raise some funds by purchasing a Swig drink, cookie, or pretzel bites punch card. These are physical cards mailed directly to you after payment. The options and costs for you are below:

10 44oz drinks card $26

10 cookies card $19.50

8 pretzel bite cups and dip card $26

All proceeds go directly to URTA for legislative funds. These cards are good at any Swig location for any drink up to the size of 44oz. We will be collecting funds via Venmo. If interested or have questions email Jenna at Jenna.d.Spendlove@gmail.com with subject line “URTA Swig”. Please provide your name, email, phone number, and address with which card and how many 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!

Student Scholarships for the 2022 URTA Annual Conference Now Accepting Applications

This year students will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend conference. This scholarship is available to undergraduate recreational therapy students from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University- Idaho. The scholarship includes conference registration, one-year membership to URTA, two meals each day (continental breakfast, lunch, and a snack at the conference party), and opportunities for networking.

This is a “working scholarship”. Students will assist in implementing the Utah Recreation Therapy Association 2022 Conference on March 24-25, 2022. Responsibilities may include introducing speakers, punching CEU sheets, monitoring the silent auction, and assisting with registration. Students will be expected to assist with one full day of conference and can attend the second day without scholarship responsibilities.

DEADLINE: Student Scholarship Applications need to be emailed to utahrectherapy@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 with all attachments.

Click HERE for more information and application instructions.

Become a Sponsor for the 2022 Annual Conference

The Utah Recreation Therapy Association (URTA) and Therapeutic Recreation Foundation (TRF), are non-profit organizations with the missions of promoting the professional development of recreation therapy in the State of Utah. The annual Conference is March 24th-55th, 2022. It will be a two-day event for recreational therapists and other professionals to earn CEUs and network.

URTA is currently looking for individuals and organizations that would be interested in sponsorship/advertisement opportunities. With an average of 400+ attendees, this conference is a great opportunity that offers good exposure for your organization. There are many options you have for this event and any of them would benefit you by getting your name out there.

Applications and payment for Sponsorship are due by Sunday, January 30th, 2022. Materials from Sponsors are due by Friday, February 4th, 2022.

Applicants will be contacted by January 31st, 2022 at the latest.

Click HERE for sponsorship rates, details, and to apply.

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.

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:

St. Mark’s Hospital

Learn more and apply for their PRN 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.


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!