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2003 Illinois Recreational Therapy Association Annual Conference

Illinois Recreational Therapy Association 2003 CONFERENCE
“Beyond the Basics”

Monday November 3, 2003

7:30-8:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.
Key Note Address
“Jazzed or Jaded: Reflections on Change and Challenges”
Carol Ann Peterson, Ed.D.

9:15-10:45 a.m. (CEU: .15) Concurrent Sessions

JCAHO – Shared Visions New Pathways
Janet Sonnenberg RN, MS, JCAHO Surveyor

This session will outline the JCAHO survey process for organizations in the year 2004. The emphasis will be on acute, long term care,
and subacute programs.

Emotional Labor: Handling Emotions in the Work Place
Nancy Navar, Re.D., CTRS, Professor and Director of Recreation, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Therapeutic Recreation practitioners have many emotional demands placed upon them. This session addresses assumptions about our emotions, provides insights into the context of our emotions, looks at the functions and coping strategies for emotions. Are you satisfied with your strategies for handling your own emotional responses at work?

10:45-11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (CEU: .1) Concurrent Sessions

CARF: A Surveyor’s Perspective
Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, LCSW, MSW, Surveyor: CARF and JCAHO, Assistant Research Professor, Rutgers University

This session presents an overview of the CARF (Commission for Rehabilitation) process from a current JCAHO/CARF surveyor. Areas covered will include a brief discussion of the CARF standards, how they are developed, what a survey includes, and how a surveyor applies standards to evaluate programs. Questions and answers will be encouraged, as the session will explore how the role of the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist can assist an organization in the conformance to CARF standards.

Liability and Other Ethics Questions: Uneasy Answers
Judith Schleitwiler Wolicki, M. Div, J.D., Senior Ethics Fellow MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics, University of Chicago

“I understand the basics; so what do I do with them now?” Using a case-based approach, this session will offer an opportunity for participants to discuss the difficult questions and formulate some strategies for coming up with “answers” to the ethical dilemmas that arise in the professional TR practice. Topics will include questions raised in communication and culture, spirituality, mental health,
truth telling, and others.

12:00-1:15 p.m.
Lunch & Exhibits

1:15-2:15 p.m. (CEU: .1)

Lending a Paw: Morris Service Dog Program
Karl Krizka, Arts Coordinator, Ray Graham Association,
Lee Krizka, Service Animal Owner

Meet service dog “Taz” as he gives a live demonstration of his skills with his owner. Learn about service animals, their responsibilities and yours in society. Learn about how and who can obtain a service animal. We will have a question and answer forum at the end of the session.

2:15-3:15 p.m. (CEU: .1)

Out of the Comfort Zone: Scuba Diving, Adventure, and Rehabilitation
Kristen Johnson, MS, CTRS, Assistant Professor, Aurora University

This session will examine the therapeutic use of scuba diving in an adolescent rehabilitation setting using the adventure paradigm. Practical applications of how to begin and set up such a program will also be discussed.

1:15-3:15 p.m. (CEU .2)

Fishing…More Than Just a Rod and Reel!
Patricia Barrett Malik, PhD., CTRS, Malik Companies, Ltd.

What a challenge to be a therapeutic recreation professional in the constantly changing climate of health care and budgetary restrictions. Never has it been more important for therapeutic recreation professionals to be able to show their colleagues the uniqueness and importance of therapeutic recreation intervention in the lives of clients/consumers. Yes, what we do is serious business, BUT we shouldn’t be taking ourselves so seriously! This presentation will explore the FISH! Philosophy – 4 simple rules that will energize your work and your life. It is all based on the idea of having FUN anywhere. And in the process you may even improve your relationships with co-workers and provide better customer service to your clients/consumers. Come and see what you might CATCH!

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30-5:00 p.m. (CEU: .15) Concurrent Sessions

Outcomes 101: Introduction to Intervention and Outcomes
Norma Stumbo, PhD, CTRS, Professor, Therapeutic Recreation, Illinois State University

The measurement of client outcomes has its own language and jargon. What’s the difference between effectiveness and efficacy? What is evidence-based practice or practice-based outcomes? These questions and more will be discussed, and audience ideas for increasing our ability to produce client outcomes are encouraged.

Introducing Diveheart
Jim Elliott, President, Diveheart Foundation

Through scuba diving, snorkeling and related activities the Diveheart Foundation supports and facilitates programs that teach children and adults with disabilities to fly. This experiential session will be limited to the first 6 participants others will be allowed to observe on deck this exciting new realm of adventure. * Participants will need to fill out release forms in advance. Please call Karin at (708) 633-3534 for more information.

Tuesday November 4, 2003

7:30-8:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Carol Ann Peterson, Ed.D.

8:45-10:15 a.m. (CEU: .15) Concurrent Sessions

Becoming Culturally Competent: A Worthy Goal or an Impossible Task
Jennie Stoner, MS, CTRS, Assistant Professor Aurora University
Karen Hamilton, BS, Consultant, Global Care Consulting Services

This session draws from the professional fields of nursing, education, recreation and counseling to help the TR professionals understand their ethical responsibility related to cultural competence. Although practical strategies will be discussed this section is guaranteed to raise more questions than answers.

“I Am Unique”: A Journey Towards Self Discovery
Debbie Tiger, MS, CTRS, Special Therapies Coordinator, Cunningham Children’s Home
Kristen Campbell, CTRS, Special Therapies Therapist, Cunningham Children’s Home

This session will provide participants a program design focusing on self-discovery and awareness activities for youth with the ultimate goal of improving self-esteem. Small group participation will allow for hands on experiences with self-discovery activities. Resources and references will be given as part of the program design, also. Pre and post test self esteem scores will be shared and statistical significance found by the therapists/presenters. The statistical outcomes were computed after compiling information from groups of youth that participated in self-discovery classes over a particular time period. The self-esteem tool, which has been validity and reliability tested and used as part of the program design will also be discussed.

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (CEU: .1) Concurrent Sessions

Understanding the JCAHO: Survey Process as it Relates to Recreational Therapy
Jan Sonnenberg, RN, MS, JCAHO Surveyor

Recreational therapists will be able to understand and meet the survey requirements of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Stories From Your Past: A Legacy For the Future
Molly Hofer, MA, Family Life Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Family mobility, geographical distance, and hurried lifestyles provide limited opportunities for younger and older generations to engage in family storytelling, an activity that used to be a natural occurrence in the daily lives of most families. This session will teach facilitation
skills necessary for involving clients in this worthwhile activity.

12:00-1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibits

1:15-2:15 p.m. (CEU: .1) Concurrent Sessions

Recreational Therapy Reimbursement in Rehabilitation
Kathy Murphy, CTRS, Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
Sheila Bender, CTRS, PPS Coordinator, Ingalls Hospital/ Rehab

Reimbursement in rehabilitation continues to evolve since the implementation of the Prospective Payment System. The 3-hour rule has not changed. Come hear and discuss the latest issues with Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services.

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Options in Chicago
Larry Labiak, MA, Program Coordinator, Mayors Office for People with Disabilities

This is an overview of opportunities available to youth and adults with disabilities in the City of Chicago. Both competitive and purely recreational endeavors will be highlighted, from quad rugby to buddy baseball to enabling gardening. Your questions, personal perspective, and feedback are highly desirable elements of this informal presentation and discussion.

2:15-3:15 p.m. (CEU: .1) Concurrent Sessions

ADA Update: What is the Status of New and Revised Accessibility Standards?
Robin A. Jones, M.P.A., Director, Great Lakes ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center

This session will provide attendees an opportunity to learn the status of new and revised guidelines for accessibility in the recreation and outdoor developed areas including, but not limited to play areas and recreation facilities. Participants will be able to seek clarification
on key issues regarding the application of requirements under the ADA Accessibility Standards to existing facilities and for achieving
program access.

Moving MountainsÔ Brings Outdoor Adventure to SCI Rehabilitation
Eric Larson, BS, Program Director of Moving MountainsÔ and Larson Communications Group President
Chuck Bloom, MS, CTRS, Recreation Therapist, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit, Oak Forest Hospital

Moving Mountains is an outdoor adventure program for people with SCI and healthcare professionals that support them. Program co-founder and director, Eric Larson will present an overview of the program and discuss how attendees can utilize the existing program format and resources. Attendees will learn how people with SCI can benefit from new resources and innovative techniques to fully enjoy the outdoors, and how this process can create a positive impact on their lives after the program.

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30-5:00 p.m. (CEU: .15) Concurrent Sessions

Animal Assisted Therapy
Megan Behm, MS, CTRS
Katie Barbier, MS, CTRS, Victory Center

An informative presentation that will go beyond defining animal assisted therapy and its benefits. This session will illustrate and provide the necessary components for developing and implementing an animal assisted therapy program. A Delta Society representative will
be available to answer questions.

Developing a Quality Internship Program
Jennie Stoner, MS, CTRS, Assistant Professor Aurora University

This session focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of developing a quality internship program. Participants will gain information on how to put together an internship manual and insight into what makes an effective supervisor.

General Info

Conference Location

The Radisson Hotel Chicago/Alsip
5000 W. 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

Hotel Accommodations

The special ILRTA Conference room rate is $80.00 per room, per night. The block of rooms will be held for ILRTA attendees until October 15th. After that date the block of rooms will be open to the public and available on a first come basis. For hotel room reservations, please call the hotel reservation desk clerk directly at (708) 371-7300. Tell them that you are with the ILRTA Conference, to receive the special room rate. The Radisson Hotel Chicago/Alsip is accessible, but please indicate any specific needs you may have to the reservation clerk.

Continuing Education Units

CEU’s can be earned for sessions as indicated in the ILRTA Conference brochure. Actual credits awarded will be based on complete educational sessions attended. Each one full hour session = .1 CEU. You must attend the entire session to receive CEUs.

Continuing Education Units will be granted by Aurora University.

NCTRC does not pre-approve any continuing education. NCTRC has not reviewed or approved the content of this program, and does not endorse or sponsor any of the activities of the Illinois Recreational Therapeutic Association.

Conference Co-Sponsors

Aurora University
Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County

For Further Information

For questions or additional information about the ILRTA Conference please call (708) 633-3545

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