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Live and Pre-Recorded Sessions Available

Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

With profound enthusiasm, we welcome you to the 2024 CTRA Virtual Conference. As we convene in this digital arena from across the globe, we propel the field of Recreation Therapy forward with power of technology and research.
This year’s conference, “Elevating Excellence Through the Standards of Practice,” is dedicated to illuminating the vital impact of our professional standards in fostering excellence. The Elevating Excellence Through the Standards of Practice” conference program features a wide array of thought-provoking presentations designed to enhance our understanding and application of best practices in Recreation Therapy.

The virtual nature of our gathering enhances access and provides varied opportunities for engagement—whether you prefer collaborative sessions or independent exploration. We wholeheartedly encourage every delegate to immerse themselves in live discussions and interact directly with speakers during Q&As.

Your presence signifies a shared commitment to excellence and innovation. It’s an opportunity to forge new partnerships and a clear indication of your dedication. We hope the 2024 CTRA Virtual Conference will spark new ideas, collaborations, and advancements as we collectively aim to exceed the highest standards of our practice.

We extend our heartfelt thanks for joining us on this important journey. May this conference inspire you, expand your professional network, and equip you with the knowledge and tools to continue elevating excellence in your work.

Warmest regards,
The 2024 CTRA Conference Planning Committee

Conference Program:

Conference Program Information – Click Here

Keynote Speaker:


Renowned Psychologist | Human Connection Expert | Bestselling Author

Dr. Jody Carrington is a powerhouse speaker and fearless champion for authentic human connection. She is highly sought after for her expertise, energy and genuine approach to helping people solve the most complex human-centred problems. Jody’s work focuses on the value of reconnection – the key to healthy relationships and productive teams. Her authentic, honest (and often hilarious) approach never fails to inspire and motivate audiences.

Dr. Carrington is the founder and principal psychologist at the Carrington Practice, where she uses her twenty-plus years of experience to empower the clients she connects with. Jody’s unique resume of clients – from kids to major institutions – provides her with the insights and depth of experience to present unmatched value to her audiences. Her core message resonates with everyone from the practice to the world stage: our power lies in our ability to acknowledge each other first.

She is the bestselling author of Kids These Days (2019), Teachers These Days (2021), and the emotionally charged and introspective chart-topping, Feeling Seen (HarperCollins, 2023).

Jody lives in small-town Olds, Alberta, with her husband and three children (she had three kids in 2 years to test her own resilience) and leads the amazing team at Carrington & Company.

CTRA Bonus Full Day Session:

All CTRA 2024 Conference Delegates will automatically be registered for this full day session and have access to the recording until July 29th!

July 10th, 2024 10am – 5pm EST

Navigating Uncertainty: Effective Strategies for Supporting Change and Building Resilience

Presented by: Dr. Colleen Hood & Dr. Lauren Cripps!
Renowned for their transformative insights and unparalleled expertise, we’re thrilled to announce a full-day session with the dynamic duo: Dr. Colleen Hood and Dr. Lauren Cripps!Providing invaluable strategies to elevate your practice, this full-day workshop is tailored for recreation therapists keen on driving meaningful change. It offers a platform to enhance skills and deepen understanding. Don’t miss the chance to empower your practice with Dr. Lauren Cripps and Dr. Colleen Hood!
Morning Session: “Challenges to Change” with Dr. Colleen Hood

Led by Dr. Hood and complemented by Dr. Cripps, your day begins with exploring the intricate dynamics of change within recreation therapy practice. Dr. Hood will guide you through the complexities of navigating change and share practical strategies to overcome challenges that may arise. In this session, you will gain invaluable insights into overcoming obstacles and motivating transformative shifts in your practice.

Afternoon Session: “Resilience in the Face of Challenge” with Dr. Lauren Cripps

Led by Dr. Cripps and complemented by Dr. Hood, your afternoon will unlock the transformative power of resilience for you and your clients. Dr. Cripps will empower you and your clients in the face of life’s challenges, guiding you through evidence-informed approaches tailored to foster resilience in your therapeutic journey.


Registration EXTENDED until May 31st at Midnight EST!

 Early Bird Deadline: May 4th at Midnight EST
*Please note registration fees include CEU processing fees*

Professional Member Early Bird Rate: $250.00

Professional Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $310.00

Student (Member and Non-Member) Early Bird Rate: $75.00

Professional Member Late Rate: $290.00

Professional Non-Member Late Rate: $350.00

Student (Member and Non-Member) Late Rate: $90.00

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