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  • 21 Sep 2016 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2017 Therapeutic Recreation Interventions Conference

    Call for Papers

    Sponsored By:

    Virginia State TR Association (VASTRA) & Longwood University’s Therapeutic Recreation Alumni Practitioner Advisory Council

    May 22-23, 2017

    Longwood University

    Farmville, VA

    Speaker’s Name & Credentials _________________________________________________

    Speaker’s Job Title:  _________________________________________________________

    Agency Name:______________________________________________________________

    Mailing Address:  ___________________________________________________________

                    __________________________________________________________________

    Phone:  (    )____________________________                     Fax:  (    ) ____________________

    E-mail:  ___________________________________________________________________

    Speaker’s Name & Credentials ________________________________________________

    Speaker’s Job Title:  _________________________________________________________

    Agency Name:______________________________________________________________

    Mailing Address:  ___________________________________________________________

                    __________________________________________________________________

    Phone:  (    )____________________________                     Fax:  (    ) ____________________

    E-mail:  ___________________________________________________________________

    Title of Session (must be 20 words or less and related to NCTRC Job Analysis):

    Description of Session (must be 150 words or less):


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    Learning Outcomes (Provide 3 measureable learning outcomes for the session – they must be related to NCTRC Job Analysis)

    Measureable outcomes for your session are:

    Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

    1.

     

     

    2.

     

     

    3.

     

     

     


    Session Outline (provide a detailed session outline of content and learning outcome to be achieved)

    Topic

    Learning Outcome to be Achieved

    Time Used

    Identify the Instructional Methods to be used to achieve Learning Outcomes: (Example: Lecture, discussion, interactive debate, panel, etc.)

     

     


    NCTRC Job Analysis Areas (check 1 or 2 of the prominent areas of content of this session)

    ð         Foundational Knowledge

    ð         Practice of TR/RT

    ð         Organization of TR/RT

    ð         Advancement of  the Profession

    ð         Background

    ð         Strategies and Guidelines

    ð         TR Service Delivery

    ð         Diagnostic Groupings

    ð         Assessment

    ð         Administrative Tasks

    ð         Theories and Concepts

    ð         Documentation

    ð         Implementation

    Session Length:

                            _____ 60 minutes                    _____120 minutes

    Each location for presentations will have a computer station with Wi-Fi, screen, projector, and microphone available for your use. You are welcome to bring your laptop but it is not necessary. You only need to bring a flash drive with your presentation.

    To help us best meet the needs of your session, please provide the following information:

    Will you be playing an audio or video recordings during your presentation?  ____ Yes ____ No

    Will your session include active components such as games, music, or group work? ___Yes ___No

    Room Set Up:

    ______  Auditorium/Classroom Style

    ______  Other- Describe: _______________________________________________________________

    Speaker’s Qualifications:

    Each speaker must submit the following:

    1. Call for Papers form
    2. Professional resume for each speaker ( please no more than 2 pages)

    Submission Instructions:

    1. Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2017
    1. Please submit your Call for Papers as an email attachment to Ann Bailey, baileyaf@longwood.edu.

    Ann Bailey, M.S, CTRS

    Longwood University

    Department of Health, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, and Recreation

    201 High Street

    Farmville, VA 23909

    E-mail:  baileyaf@longwood.edu

    Office:  (434) 395-2544

    Fax:  (434) 395-2472 


  • 21 Sep 2016 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are honored to be the Co-Presidents of VASTRA and would like to thank the founding members, the first executive board, the membership, and all who have preceded us.  Thanks to each for maintaining the vision and commitment to excellence as an organization. VASTRA is a member-driven organization with an all-volunteer board of directors who collectively endeavor to promote excellence across all areas of TR Service delivery. 

    VASTRA continues to seek out the latest in educational opportunities. The organization has held many successful workshops including the first VASTRA Conference in 2015. Approximately 135 people attended! Moving forward, we will continue to focus on providing exceptional training opportunities for CTRS’s throughout Virginia and the region to earn CEU’s, networking opportunities, and continuing to provide new training ideas to help serve your clients, resident, or participants.

    Over the next two years, VASTRA leadership will focus on three main goals:

    • 1.       Offering workshops and an annual conference at a low cost. These educational opportunities will hopefully provide the information you need to practice in your setting.
    • 2.       Increasing our professional and student membership of VASTRA.  It is very important for us to continue to look into licensure for our state but we can’t complete this endeavor without a strong voice. Currently, our membership is 1/10 of the practicing CTRS’s in the state. Also, by increasing our membership, VASTRA will be able to understand more of the needs of CTRS’s throughout the state.  VASTRA will be offering incentives to current members who refer others to join. 
    • 3.       Offering socials throughout Virginia to help other CTRS’s meet and get to know each other better. Our very first socials were in Richmond and Fishersville with other socials slated for Hampton Roads, Fairfax and Roanoke.  Please check our Facebook and Website pages for that information.  

    If there is anything we can do as the VASTRA Co-Presidents to make your membership better, please let us know! You can always contact us by email at kdecker@roanokecountyva.gov or lynchse@longwood.edu . Thank you for letting us serve you and we look forward to working with you!

    Sincerely,

    Kari Decker, MS, CTRS

    Susan E. Lynch, Ph.D., CTRS


  • 29 Oct 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chip Shefelton, CTRS

    PRESIDENT OF VASTRA

                    I would like to take this time to update all of you on the happenings of VASTRA.  As many of you know VASTRA was incorporated in June 2012.  Since that time we have had 2 very successful conferences and are planning our third May 17-19, 2015 at Longwood University.  We continue to have board meetings every quarter, either face to face or by conference calls.  Anyone Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend them.  Some of the topics that we discuss are licensure for the state of Virginia, conferences and how to increase our membership so we can have a stronger voice in the state.    Without your membership and your involvement in VASTRA, Recreation Therapy cannot have a strong voice in what happens in our state.  We are still looking for a president elect, a treasurer, secretary and four members at large.  These people will begin their two year term starting in May of 2015.   Please consider accepting one of these positions.   If you cannot accept a position, at least join become a member and get involved in some way.  We have waited a long time to get a Recreation Therapy organization going again in the state and thanks to a great deal of hard work we have one up and running.  Let’s not drop the ball and together make VASTRA strong and (working for the good of Recreation Therapy).  Remember, without you being part of VASTRA, there is no VASTRA and no voice for Recreation Therapy.

    Thank you,

    Chip Shefelton

  • 03 Sep 2014 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please consider presenting at the May 2015 conference.  Visit the official website here:

    Interventions 2015

  • 26 Jun 2014 8:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Interventions Conference at Longwood University

    May 17-19, 2015

    Check back often as this joint venture between VASTRA and the Longwood Therapeutic Recreation Alumni Association develops to offer an inexpensive and informative opportunity for TR professionals.

    More information will be posted soon!

  • 11 Mar 2014 7:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Betsy Kennedy shared her slides from the afternoon session of the VASTRA Spring Workshop.  Please click below to obtain your copy.

    Recreational Therapy State Licensure in Virginia (2).pptx

     

  • 26 Jan 2014 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    VASTRA continues to look for motivated individuals to be part of our Public Policy Steering Committee.  This group recently started exploring legislative options in the Commonwealth to move TR closer to licensure.  To be part of VASTRA's Public Policy Steering Committee please contact Susan Lynch at:lynchse@longwood.edu
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