PTRS Spring Workshops - Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

PA Recreation & Park Society
Recreation Society present
and the
PA Therapeutic
PTRS Spring Workshops
March 27, 2015
Fort Robordeau
April 30, 2015
Masonic Village
April 8, 2015
York College of PA
May 11, 2015
Elkins Park
April 10, 2015
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society
2131 Sandy Drive
State College, PA 16803
Non-profit organization
U.S. Postage
Permit 99
State College, PA 16801
PTRS Spring Workshops
General Information
Register online at or call the PRPS
office at 814-234-4272.
The registration deadline is one week before the
date of each workshop. If the workshop has less than
15 participants, it may be cancelled or rescheduled.
Please register early.
Continuing Education Units are included in the fees.
Cancellation Policy
Registration fee less a $20 service charge per person
will be refunded if cancellation is made in writing
five days prior to the course date. After the deadline
a “Credit Certificate” will be issued upon request
redeemable as registration fee toward a future PRPS
workshop. No shows will be charged the full rate.
In the unlikely event of the cancellation of this
workshop, PRPS’s liability is limited to 100 percent
refund of registration fees and does not include
penalty fees on transportation, deposits for hotel
accommodations, or other incurred expenses.
Who Should Attend?
Recreation Therapists
Recreation Directors
Recreation Staff
Activity Directors
Activity Assistants
Nursing Assistants
Allied Healthcare Professionals
Senior Center Directors
Senior Center Support Staff
Contact the PRPS office at 814-234-4272 or email
[email protected]
Creating a Therapeutic Activity: Adapt and
Analyze (.6 CEUs)
March 27, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Bring your own lunch and drink. Hour lunch will
include a tour of the Fort.
Registration Fees:
PRPS/PTRS Member Non-member
Fort Roberdeau
White Oak Hall
383 Fort Roberdeau Road
Altoona, PA 16601
Speaker: BJ Crownover CTRS/CPRP, BJ has been a CTRS
since 1983 and a member of PTRS for 36 years
She has served on the PTRS Board of Directors, has
co-chaired multiple Therapeutic Recreation Institutes and
conducted various workshops.
Do you often wonder if the activity you have planned
and implemented is a benefit? We will explore what
an activity is and how to make it therapeutic as well as
beneficial to your resident. You will have the opportunity
to explore various pieces of adaptive equipment that can
be used for all activities.
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how to make an activity therapeutic and
2. Understand activity analysis
3. Explore and create adaptations to activities
PTRS Spring Workshops
PTRS Day at York College (.6 CEUs)
April 8, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Lunch is included
Registration Fees:
PRPS/PTRS Member Non-member
York College of Pennsylvania
West Campus Community Center
Richland Avenue
York, PA
9:00 – 10:15 am
Session #1
Overview of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine
Assisted Learning (utilizing the Horse Boy Method)
Speaker: Ellie Williams, MS,NCC, LPC, BCPC.
Executive Director, EquiTeam Support Services
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)? A
therapeutic intervention so often confused with other
equine therapies. The presentation will give a detailed
overview of EAP and discuss why horses are an effective
addition to mental health therapy. Session will include
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy work, makeup of the
treatment team, the clientele, and how to establish goals
with each client.
Discussion will move to Equine Assisted Learning Utilizing
the Horse Boy Method. Rupert Isaacson, author of the
Horse Boy and director of the film by the same name
created this unique method to assist children on the
Autism spectrum. The six stage method includes a safe
and healthy environment, sensory work, back riding,
perspective taking, academics and self advocacy. The
presentation will discuss how to obtain a detailed
history regarding persons with Autism likes and dislikes
is obtained as well as ensuring involvement of the entire
Learning Objectives:
1. Differentiate between EAP and other equine
2. Explore the effectiveness of utilizing horses in
3. Be able to recognize the roles within the therapy
4. Identify the six stages of the Horse Boy Method
10:30 – 11:45 am
Session #2
Do You Know Who is at Your Community Center’s or Long
Term Living Front Door?
Speaker: Kirk Rakos, M.Ed/CTRS, Supervisor Therapeutic
Recreation Services, Masonic Villages Elizabethtown, PA
The session will assist you to examine the leisure pursuits of
the “new” aging population. Learn how your TR/Recreation
plan will need to be person first to meet the changes that
the “Now” or “Leading Edge” Generation brings to your
Community Center or Long Term Living Community. Are
you prepared for the physical and cognitive deficits that
are part of your new aging customer? The most important
words for this session are WHY and a small four letter word
(a mystery till you attend the session).
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the importance of the approach known as
“person first” to enhance customer service.
2. Learn how to utilize an individual’s strengths to address
their deficits and barrier to leisure involvement
3. Learn to ask the question “Why” a person engages in a
leisure pursuit when creating a leisure plan.
4. Realize the important role you have in extending a
person’s life
1:00 – 4:15 pm
Session #3
Vision Therapy: More than just a New Pair of Glasses
Speakers: Megan Dean, MS, OTR/L; Lauren Ruth, MS,
CCC-SLP; Gina Gallagher, MS, OTR/L; Haley Smith, CTRS,
Wellspan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, York, PA
Vision impacts all aspects of our daily life and can greatly
impact one’s ability to perform valued occupations and
leisure activities. This two part presentation will focus on
a multi-disciplinary approach to treating vision deficits and
vision therapy exercises to incorporate into treatment.
Session one will be a lecture style and Session two will be
hands on and interactive to get a first-hand feel for what
our patients are experiencing.
Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will be able to identify three vision deficits
and how they affect a person’s visual perception.
2. Attendees will be able to demonstrate how to perform
two new vision exercises and provide and example of
how they benefit the patient.
3. Attendees will be able to identify one way in which
they can incorporate vision therapy into their current
PTRS Spring Workshops
Creating a Vision for Positive Leadership
(Two dates and locations!) (.6 CEUs)
No Health Without Mental Health
(.6 CEUs)
April 10, 2015
May 11, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Lunch is included
Registration Fees:
PRPS/PTRS Member Non-member
Location: $90
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
Raker Center
601 Saint John Street
Allentown, PA 18103
April 30, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Lunch on own - on-site grill cafe
Registration Fees:
PRPS/PTRS Member Non-member
Masonic Villages
1000 Masonic Drive
Sewickley, PA 15143
Speakers: Karen Hammond, Recreation Director and
Concierge, Masonic Villages @ Sewickley, PA; Kirk S.
Rakos, M.Ed/CTRS, Supervisor Therapeutic Recreation
Services, Masonic Villages @ Elizabethtown, PA
Our ever changing work environment presents daily
challenges to our leaders and future leaders. An effective
leader needs to create a positive workplace for their
employees. The workshop will provide both leaders
and future leaders the knowledge and skills required to
challenge motivate and grow their employee’s careers.
The tools explored for career coaching include the Seven
Career Coaching Questions, performance reviews and
Learning Objectives
1. Learn the steps to motivate an individual employee to
go beyond being a solid performer.
2. Understand the value of offering career coaching
sessions for professional development.
3. Learn the steps to start and implement career
planning discussions with an employee.
4. Learn how to conduct an effective performance
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Lunch on own on- site full service cafeteria
Registration Fees:
PRPS/PTRS Member Non-member
Moss Rehab Einstein Healthcare
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Speaker: Qiana Mason, CTRS, M.Ed, ADA SEPTA Functional
Testing Therapist, Moss Rehab Einstein Healthcare
When patients/residents/clients/consumers arrive in the
hospital/rehabilitation center/nursing home etc. the main
goal tends to be their physical health. Behavioral/mental
health challenges not only increase the length of stays
but often hinder the patient’s ability to focus, learn and
successfully participate in therapy sessions. This session
will explore the daily challenges of engaging those with
behavioral/mental health symptoms. This session will
focus on how to incorporate strategies into therapy
sessions, one to one treatment sessions, and group
interventions to help individuals experiencing symptoms
of behavioral/mental health achieve optimal success.
Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the signs and symptoms of adults with
behavioral/mental health symptoms.
2. Achieve an understanding of how behavior/mental
health symptoms effect every domain of a person’s
3. Learn about barriers to a healthy leisure lifestyle
when an individual has behavioral health/mental
4. Learn strategies to engage the individuals
experiencing symptoms of mental illness/behavioral
health and how to incorporate them into therapy
sessions/one-on-one treatment and group treatment.