Upcoming Conference:


Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 8am
Campbell Community Center
Orchard City Banquet Hall
1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Entrance off of Winchester Blvd

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Session Descriptions:

*Session #1:

“Treatment Modalities for Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury”

Presented by Pulitzer Prize – (winning journalist Eric Newhouse was an editor of the Great Falls, Mont.) Tribune, from 1988 until his retirement in 2010 . Eric served as news editor, editorial page editor and special projects editor respectively. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2000 for a 12 – part series of stories on the effects of alcoholism on Great Falls and on Montana. He also served as a juror for the 2007 and 2008 Pulitzer Prizes.


A discussion of PTSD will lead into a discussion of moral injury. Following a case study of moral injury and a group discussion, specific treatments will be explored. Concluding the session will be a segment on recreational therapy, including a slideshow on whitewater rafting on northern Idaho’s Lochsa River.


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

  1. Recognize PTSD.
  2. Recognize moral injury.
  3. Understand why recreation therapy is so effective a treatment for these injuries


*Session #2:

“Chair Chi: Seated Tai Chi for movement impaired populations – Improve strength, flexibility and cognitive awareness with this gentle program. ”

Presented by Pat Griffith, a certified Tai Chi Chuan instructor and founder of Chair Chi. He has been teaching at health clubs, senior and wellness centers and senior facilities since 1997. He has taught locally, state, national and international seminars and demonstrations since 2010.


This session will explain the Chair Chi program to show how these gentle exercises can improve strength, flexibility, range motion and cognitive awareness with the non – ambulatory population. After demonstrating some of the basic exercises, an explanation of the benefits. The participants will participate in a group session of Chair Chi so they can experience the overall effectiveness of the Chair Chi program. Then a group question and answer will explore how the Chair Chi program can be put into not just the non – ambulatory and senior populations and other facilities as well (psychiatric wards, prison systems, etc.).


  1. Demonstrate some of the warm up and cool down (Chi Gung) exercises, as well as, breathing and stretching techniques of Chair Chi.
  2. Know why these exercises are beneficial for the senior, non – ambulatory and cognitively disabled population.
  3. Demonstrate some of the Chair Chi form and know the health benefits as well.
  4. effective a treatment for these injuries.


*Session #3:

“Improving Outcomes Through Standardized Assessment Tools”

Presented by Dr. Susan L. Ross, PhD, CTRS, RTC, is an assistant professor and Director of Recreation Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Health Practices in the Health Science and Recreation Department at San Jose State University. Her primary research examines personal transformation and is the subject of her forthcoming book, The Map to Wholeness: Finding Yourself Through Crisis, Change and Reinvention. Her current work investigates mystical experiences and neurological effects of close encounters with charismatic animals. As a therapist, she specializes in treatment of women survivors of sexual trauma, posttraumatic stress, and adventure therapy. In partnership with indigenous elders, she leads study abroad to ancient sites to facilitate the recovery of indigenous wisdom through sacred play.


All of healthcare is moving to evidence based practice. Work in teams to explore several top standardized assessment tools and discover why, you cannot practice without an evidence-based assessment.


  1. Participants will be able to identify the x3 qualities of an excellent assessment tool.
  2. Participants will be able to describe at least x3 standardized assessment tools that he or she could implement into practice.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize x4 ways that a standardized assessment can improve the quality of treatment plans


*Session # 4: “Adapted Cycling”

Presented by Mr. Duprey, an outpatient Recreation Therapist with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Polytrauma Network Site (PNS), who works with a caseload of veterans as well as coordinating adapted kayaking, cycling, core fitness and horseback riding programs for the PNS. Mr. Duprey has also served on subacute, dementia special care units, extended care, and outpatient mental health within VAPAHCS, as well as working with people with severe developmental disabilities at the State Hospital.


This session will review the type of cycles available for people with disabilities and the specific uses and limitations of each type of cycle. The session will also allow the participants an opportunity to engage in safety awareness, trial cycling assessment and cycle fitting.


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

Complete safety pre – inspection of bike ABC – HQ:

  • Air – read min and max inflation on the sidewall and inflate to proper amount
  • Brakes – ensure brakes are working
  • Chain – ensure chain is clean and running freely
  • Helmet – fits and is adjusted properly
  • Quick release – ensure quick releases are tight and in the correct direction.

Discuss first aid commonly related to cycling.

Discuss the uses and limitation of each of the following:

  • Tandem Bicycle
  • Recumbent Trikes
  • Hand Cycles
  • Duet Bikes
  • Road Bikes
  • Mountain Bikes

Complete a cycle safety assessment

Demonstrate adjustments to cycles to fit individuals


0 .30 CEU approved by ATRA & NCTRC


For any questions/comments, contact Member at Large for Education, Teresa Boehm, at terebtt@hotmail.com .


Past Conferences:


Friday, April 28th, 2017
Marina Community Center
15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94579



  • How to Use Focused and Directed Writing as Therapy (Julie A. Davey, M.A.)
  • The Physiology of Stress, Mindfulness, and Breathing Practices to Improving Functioning (Dr. Suzy L. Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC)
  • Math Magic (Gloria Hoffner)
  • Going Places, Armchair Travel Programs (Gloria Hoffner)



Friday, November 4th 2016

Marina Community Center

15301 Wicks Blvd.

San Leandro, CA 94579


  • California Recreation Therapy Title Law (Anne Battise, MS, CTRS)
  • Improve Your Assessments, Treatment Plans, and Outcomes in One Step (Dr. Suzy Ross, Ph.D)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Marti Winterhalterk, MBA, CTRS, RTC)
  • Blind Population Strategies Within the Recreation Therapy Scope (Lindsay Conner, MS, CTRS & Rachel Smith, CTRS)



Friday, May 13th 2016

Marina Community Center

15301 Wicks Blvd.

San Leandro, CA 94579

Schedule of Events:

  • Addressing Spiritual Well-Being in Practice: Literature, Assessment Tools, & Practices (Kim Pham, MS, CTRS & Dr. Suzy Ross, CTRS, RTC)
  • Me? In Grad School? Why Would I Bother? (Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck, CTRS)
  • Infusing Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Into Your RT Practice (Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck, CTRS, FDRT) 


BATRA 2015 Winter Conference

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Location: San Jose State University

MLK Library Room 225

Conference Topics:

  • NCTRC Job Analysis & Profile Study (Dr. Jennifer Hinton & Eileen Andreassi)
  • HR 1906: Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2015 (Dr. Thomas K. Skalko and Richard Williams)
  • Integrative Session (Dr. Suzy Ross)