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Letters for Sandy Deadline Extension

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

We are gathering letters and photos that will be compiled in a book. If you wish to contribute, please send your items by February 28th, 2021 to:

sandy.retires2020@gmail.com

Upcoming Member Meetup: Pre-Conference Tech Support

Not sure how to use Google Meet? Nervous about going to a virtual conference? Fear not, and let us support you!

Join us for our next Member Meetup on Thu 2/25/2021 at 12pm. Or come to the Party on Tuesday, 3/2/2021 at 7pm.

You can test out your setup for conference and get support. In the meanwhile, you can visit the Virtual Venue to get orientated with the layout.

Advocacy Survey

Hello fellow Recreation Therapists. BreeAnna Fletcher (Evidence-based chair) and Kami Houck (Advocacy chair) are working on gathering data to further educate and help our system of billing/advocating and furthering our evidence-based data for Recreation Therapy. Please take a few minutes and answer the following questions on the survey. Feel free to add more in the extra comments and ask any questions. Thank you for all you do especially in this time of flexibility and adaptability. Deadline to complete the survey is Sat, 2/20,2021.

2021 BOD Election

The 2021 Board of Directors Election is now live. Voting is open to current URTA Members who are also licensed professionals. The deadline to cast your vote is Fri, 2/19/2021. Thank you in advance!

Check your email inbox on Fri 2/12 and Wed 2/17 for the ballot.

Happy Presidents Day!

Thank you to all of our past and present URTA presidents who have advanced Recreational Therapy in Utah.


We Love Steve Bell!

"One of the characteristics of a 'good' recreational therapist is to be prepared to take risks. To risk being vulnerable before their clients, peers, colleagues, and most of all, to themselves. For it is our “selves” that determines who and what we are. To risk reaching out to others who are not like you; someone of a different race or ethnicity, cultural background, or biopsychosocial position. To get to know and understand them for who they are. It is the calling of a recreational therapist, to help make life worth living well, for all.” - Dr. Steven Bell

#utahrectherapy


Vote for our Meme!

Voting ends Fri 2/12/2021 for ATRA's Meme-a-palooza.

Vote here.

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Research Opportunity

The following opportunity is being published on behalf of the University of Toledo and is not officially affiliated with the Utah Recreation Therapy Association.

Help researchers better understand how resilience among trans* aging adults can be improved through recreation therapy practices.

Begin the screening process here.

Contact:
Claire Copa, MA, CTRS
Study Co-investigator
The University of Toledo
419-530-2950
claire.copa@utoledo.edu

DEADLINE Approaching for Call for Nominations for Recognition

URTA Members have until 1/31/2021 to submit nominations.

Come to the Party for a Dry Run on How to Access Conference.

Not sure how to use Google Meet? Nervous about going to a virtual conference? Fear not, and let the recreation therapist help you. Join us for our Party on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7pm to test out your setup for conference while engaging in our annual networking party. In the meanwhile, you can visit the Virtual Venue for the tentative schedule.

Please visit utahrectherapy.org/events/conference for registration and reach out if you have any questions! #utahrectherapy


Covid Chronicles Part 2

CEU Workshop Opportunity!!! Join us Wednesday February 3, 2021 from 4:00pm-6:00pm for The Covid Chronicles Part 2: Getting Out of Your Zoom Group Rut.

Registration is only $10 for URTA members and $15 nonmembers for 2 contact hours. Check under events and workshops on our website for details and to register! #utahrectherapy

Regular Conference Registration Deadline is Today, 1/15!

Don’t miss out on regular pricing for the 2021 URTA Virtual Conference! Friday, January 15th, is the last day before prices go up. Help spread the word and share this post. Please let us know if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you virtually in March! #utahrectherapy


Official Statement on Utah Challenge Course Regulation

Several representatives from URTA and other local challenge courses were able to listen to the Public Hearing for the proposed R920-60 Amusement Ride Safety Rules. We were able to address our concerns about the upcoming regulation as we have previously posted about. Thank you all for your efforts in advocating for challenge courses and aerial adventure courses. After discussion, we have been able to clarify that this law being addressed is not going to regulate challenge courses that are used for therapeutic and educational purposes, as is typical of the recreation therapy field in Utah. The state committee was able to hear the concerns of various stakeholders, and they will clarify their language surrounding definitions, permit requirements and acceptable standards for inspection that will align with this new regulation. There will be opportunities for future public comment. Thank you again for all that you do, and please continue to keep our clients safe by keeping your courses up to date on inspections and standards.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from URTA! We hope as you reflect on the last year and move forward to 2021, you can continue to grow in your professional and personal lives and make this year awesome. #utahrectherapy 🏔


Upcoming 2021 Conference Deadlines

Here are some important upcoming dates and info regarding the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference!

- Regular pricing for conference registration ends on Friday, January 15th. Take advantage of these awesome rates before the price goes up!

- Registrations made after the regular deadline on Jan 15th are not guaranteed shirt size or availability. (And we promise you’re going to want one!)

- Conference registration ends on February 28th. There will be no day-of registration!

Please contact us with any questions! #utahrectherapy


Call for Nominations for Recognition

We need nominations for recognition, especially in the Community Service and Outstanding Program categories!

Only current URTA Members can submit nominations. Please provide compelling reasons for each person you nominate. Also include valid contact information.

Submit all nominations by 1/31/2021.

Learn more about the different categories here.

New Resources for URTA Members

We've added two new folders to the URTA Members Drive for you to utilize.

In an effort for transparency and education, Executive Committee Meeting recordings will now be available for the membership to watch.

Our Evidence-Based Practice Committee has created two indices on theories and practice models for professionals to learn about and further legitimize recreation therapy!

Letters for Sandy

As you know, 2020 has been a year filled with altered traditions, and Sandy's retirement is no different.

We know she has impacted so many of you and wanted to provide an opportunity for you to share with her your thoughts, memories, lessons learned, and gratitude.

We are gathering letters and photos that will be compiled in a book. If you wish to contribute, please send your items by December 31st to:

sandy.retires2020@gmail.com

Virtual Interventions Workshop January 2021

We are hosting a CEU Workshop in January 2021 on virtual interventions. Please complete the short survey to help decide content of interest for this and any upcoming URTA Workshops.

2021 Call for Presenters

We are looking for presenters for our Virtual Conference 2021 to facilitate educational and uplifting experiences focused on Therapeutic Recreation as we move into the future with our profession!

URTA wants to make the presenting process simple and easy! Due to the virtual nature of conference, presentations will be prerecorded. Members of the executive committee are prepared to assist in efforts to record sessions. Prepare and record your presentation now, relax and watch at conference later! Plus all presenters will receive some awesome swag!

Learn more and register here.

Call for Sponsors

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 4th-5th, 2021. 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:

Titanium

$1500: Keynote session advertising providing the most visibility for your organization. You will receive a Virtual Exhibitor Table that will be hyperlinked from your organization name and logo as it will be featured above a keynote session (1 room on one day) and 2 breakout hours (2-3 rooms each day, around 4-6 rooms total) in our Virtual Venue. Within your Virtual Exhibitor Table, we will work with you to customize it with pictures, videos, live video chat, sign up forms and links to your website, services, social media, etc. Additionally, upon receipt of a 30 second promotional video, your organization's products/services description will be presented at the beginning and end of a keynote session.

Platinum

$1,000: You will receive a Virtual Exhibitor Table that will be hyperlinked from your organization name and logo as it will be featured above 2 breakout hours (2-3 rooms each day, around 4-6 rooms total) in our Virtual Venue. Within your Virtual Exhibitor Table, we will work with you to customize it with pictures, videos, live video chat, sign up forms and links to your website, services, social media, etc. Additionally, upon receipt of a 30 second promotional video, your organization's products/services description will be presented or read at the beginning and end of a breakout session.

Gold

$500: Your organization name and logo will be featured above one breakout hour in our Virtual Venue. Upon receipt of a 30 second promotional video, your organization's products/services description will be presented or read at the beginning and end of a breakout hour (2-3 rooms).

Silver

$250: Your organization products/services description will be read at the beginning and end of a breakout hour (2-3 rooms).

Bronze

$100 + Silent Auction Donation: Your organization's name and the item you donated will be mentioned at the beginning and end of a breakout hour (2-3 rooms).


Submit Sponsor Application here.

Early Bird Discount Ending Fri 11/20.

DON’T MISS OUT!!! Early Bird Registration for our Virtual URTA Annual Conference 2021 with the lowest price ENDS THIS FRIDAY 11/20! Check out the How-to guide to navigate the website to register.

Call for Nominations for Recognition

Know someone who is awesome and is passionate about recreation therapy? Nominate them for recognition and an award at the annual Utah Recreation Therapy Conference! Each year URTA Members and Friends are recognized for their hard work and dedication to the profession in the following categories: Outstanding Member, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Program, Community Service. Nominations are also submitted for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors, which oversees the Executive Committee.

Only current URTA Members can submit nominations. Please provide compelling reasons for each person you nominate. Also include valid contact information.

Submit all nominations by 1/31/2021.

Learn more about the different categories here.

Early Bird Discount Ending Fri 11/20.

HURRY!!! Early Bird Registration Pricing for our Virtual 2021 URTA Annual Conference is ending next Friday 11/20! Take advantage of the lowest price of only $150. Prices go up 11/21. Virtual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 4th-5th, 2021. 🏔

Register here.

Fri 11/13 Virtual Office Hours!

Virtual Office Hours on Fri 11/13 from 12-1pm.

URTA would like to continue being accessible to our membership. Additionally we want to make sure everyone is ready to access and navigate the conference platform with minimal difficulty as we move virtual!

We will be having office hours via Google Meet and help answer questions you may have that can’t be answered via email or phone/text (801-896-4482).

Happy Veterans Day!

Thank you Veterans for your service. We honor you, we thank you, and hope you feel the love and support for your service and sacrifice this Veterans Day and everyday.


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

Announcing Virtual Office Hours!

URTA would like to continue being accessible to our membership. Additionally we want to make sure everyone is ready to access and navigate the conference platform with minimal difficulty as we move virtual!

We will be having office hours via Google Meet and help answer questions you may have that can’t be answered via email or phone/text (801-896-4482).

Typical office hours will be Fridays around noon, but we will announce each session.

#FlyMeBackFriday ;-)

🚁 Is anyone still using their #aeroprops conference swag from 2014?! 🚁

If so, how? We want to hear from you. See you in the comments!

The 2020 Virtual Internship Fair was a hit!

THANK YOU to everyone including facility internship supervisors, students, and professionals who made the URTA 2020 Virtual Internship Fair successful! #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.

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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 utahrectherapy.org/jobs-internships 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!

The ABC's of Life


9/23/2020 Member Meetup

The upcoming Member Meetup on with be a Reading Club focused on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. We will meet via Google Meet on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 from 11am-12pm.

We believe this book is a great starting point on the anti-racism journey to understand how we inadvertently have racism within ourselves as well as how to combat that racism and other biases on a professional level.

September 2020 Member Meetup

The upcoming Member Meetup on with be a Reading Club focused on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. We will meet via Google Meet on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 from 11am-12pm.

We believe this book is a great starting point on the anti-racism journey to understand how we inadvertently have racism within ourselves as well as how to combat that racism and other biases on a professional level.

Find out more and sign up at utahrectherapy.org/events/membermeetups/september-2020-member-meetup

Call for Internship Supervisors

Please review your current internship listing at utahrectherapy.org/jobs-internships and use the form to update anything if needed!

#utahrectherapy


NCTRC Internship Webinar

NCTRC is hosting an Internship Webinar on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 5:00pm ET (3:00pm MT) to review “Internship interruptions due to COVID-19”. Please message us if you’d like the zoom meeting information!

Call for Internship Supervisors

COVID-19 has disrupted many facilities and students regarding internships. We want to update our website for students that are currently looking for internship placements!

Please visit utahrectherapy.org/jobs-internships to view your existing internship information and use the form to update anything if needed!

August 2020 Member Meetup

The upcoming Member Meetup on with be a Reading Club focused on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. We will meet via Google Meet on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 from 11am-12pm.

We believe this book is a great starting point on the anti-racism journey to understand how we inadvertently have racism within ourselves as well as how to combat that racism and other biases on a professional level.

Find out more and sign up at utahrectherapy.org/events/membermeetups/august-2020-member-meetup

2021 Conference Assessment

Help shape the 2021 Conference by completing our assessment. Remember, conference will be completely virtual.

Retirement of Sandra K. Negley

The Utah Recreation Therapy Association acknowledges, and celebrates Sandra K. Negley's contribution as an early URTA Member to the RT profession. Thank you Sandy!

It is with honor and gratitude that the University of Utah College of Health announces the retirement of Sandra K. Negley MS, MTRS, CTRS, FDRT Associate Professor and Program Director of Recreational Therapy (RT) in the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies.

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2021 Conference Going Virtual

The Utah Recreation Therapy Association wanted to inform you that the 2021 Annual Conference planned for will be now be entirely virtual. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to spend our time and efforts to provide an online conference. It will still be held in March 2021, the exact date to be determined. This is new to us so please be patient and look for new messages and updates as we figure things out. It will still be offering a minimum of 10 credit hours and have professional and informative sessions. There will be a survey coming out soon where you can help us know what you want to learn about and who you want to hear from, as well as if you have any suggestions or ideas to help us with this process.

Thank you for your understanding and help! Also, the price for this years conference will be less due to the online format. We are sad we won't be able to network and play with you in person this year, but excited to for all of us to further practice our adaption skills!

Anti-Racism Statement

The Utah Recreation Therapy Association believes in the values of diversity and inclusion. We affirm our commitment to recognizing and addressing all forms of racism and ethnic oppression. As an anti-racist organization we will purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race and color and the impacts they have on the organization, its systems, and its members.

Read our Anti-Racism Action Plan

Walk for Therapeutic Recreation

The following message is being provided as a courtesy post on behalf of the BYU-I TR Society and is not officially sponsored by URTA:


Walk for Therapeutic Recreation

“Every BODY matters”

Come join us on July 10, 2020 to participate in a walkathon to promote Therapeutic Recreation.

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

“Therapeutic Recreation is a holistic process that purposefully uses recreation and experiential interventions to bring about change either social, emotional, intellectual, physical, or spiritual-in an effort to maintain and improve health status, functional capacities, and quality of life.” (Carter, 2011)

If you are determined to make a difference we would love your contribution. Please sign up here. Write your pledge in the public comments to show how many miles you will walk for this cause. Because of social distancing, you may choose to walk where ever you would like.

We welcome donations! The money that will be received will go to the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Carriage Cove in Rexburg, ID.

For more information about Therapeutic Recreation visit nctrc.org

30 Things to do in Your Neighborhood

Check out these 30 things to do in your neighborhood! #utahrectherapy

A Friendly Reminder...

The Covid Chronicles Part 1 Workshop

Date

Tuesday June 16th, 2020 from 4-6pm.


Venue

Facilitated over Google Meet. Capacity is 30.


Rates

Special Pandemic Pricing
Members: $5 (membership verification required)
Nonmembers: $10
Invoice will be sent to you after your application is received and reviewed.


Continuing Education

0.2 CEUs / 2 Contact Hours will be awarded upon successful completion of the workshop.


Summary

Recreational therapists and other healthcare professionals serve a large and diverse variety of populations. All of these populations have very specific, individualized needs and goals. The designs of evidence based recreational therapy based interventions among these diverse populations are unique. However each healthcare professional and each recreational therapist does have one common issue that concerns the people they work with. That issue is COVID-19. Whatever setting recreational therapist work, there is this new common challenge that needs to be addressed, and new skills need to be created to adapt recreational therapy programs and be effective.

Read More and Register

Black Out Tuesday

Grounding Techniques

Memorial Day 2020

BYU-I TR Society Info Night

Mental Health Month

Self-Disclosure Strategies