Thursday, November 5th

Thursday Playlist (non CEU)

CEU Approved Sessions

Sessions marked with * have CEUs available

From 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m:

WebEx Room 1 – Red Dragon Pride – Staying Connected through the Cortland College Alumni Association, John Silsby, Erin Boylan and Jim Longi

Every graduating senior from SUNY Cortland is a lifetime member of the Cortland College Alumni Association. This session will cover the benefits derived from being an active alumni and participating in events planned by the association such the Annual Reunion in July and Cortaca Jug in November. It will open the door for becoming a member of the association’s board.

WebEx Room 2 – *The Power Of Water, Andrea Velazquez

Understand the intrinsic nature of water and its impact in our daily lives, including the pool environment. How does it integrate into our physical and mental well being? How can it be incorporated to benefit Parks and Recreation employees? DPW? Special Populations? Aquatic participants? Get with the FLOW!

WebEx Room 3 – Sustaining Presence: How to be Present for Elders in TR Practice
During a Crisis, Andrea Canale

In nursing homes across the world, Therapeutic Recreation Specialists are taking
on the roles of mentors, connectors, and video-call facilitators for their elders. It is
imperative now more than ever to be present and stay positive for those residing
in skilled nursing facilities. How do we keep calm and present in a crisis?
Participants in this session are invited to tap into their inner light and learn easy
ways to stay calm and collected in TR practice among the chaos.

WebEx Room 4 – *Adaptive Dance with Jasmine’s Beat, Jasmine Mathew (Recorded)

This session describes the pros and cons of entrepreneurship combining personal passions with Therapeutic Recreation.  The owner, Jasmine Mathew, describes the therapeutic process of providing an individualized curriculum for adaptive dance classes for all ages and all abilities.  There may even be some choreography for adaptation! Come find out what it takes to have a community-based therapeutic dance organization run by a CTRS. (0.1 CEU)

From 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

WebEx Room 1 – Adventure Is In You! – Daniel Mackey

The basis of this program would be to educate the group on Adventure Education and recreation, how it can be utilized in campus activities/rec, res life, college classes, and more. Would give an overall description and rundown of all facets to our Adv program here at Keuka College (i.e. Ropes course, Athletic/Department Team Building programs, waterfront, Class work), run through some “Adventure” based team building exercises, provide examples of Adv programs almost all school can run, answer any questions people may have, and have some fun.

WebEx Room 2 – Tag you’re it! How Recreation Professionals Can Collaborate with Multi-Sector Partners to Build a Culture of Play: Lessons Learned from Rochester, NY – Jenn Beideman

This session discussion will share how communities and recreation professionals across the state can work with multi-sector partners to promote a culture of play in their municipalities. The presenter will focus on how coalitions, advocacy, policies, built environment projects, and programmatic changes can all support unstructured play in neighborhoods. Attendees will learn about local successes and lessons learned from Rochester New York.

WebEx Room 3 – Seize the Day Not Your Phone – Jeff Wozer

This presentation pulls back the curtain on what we’re up against in getting people off their screens and outdoors. This isn’t about tossing our electronic devices away. Far from it. For our smartphones are amazing devices. But rather to heighten awareness of how our phones and iPads are distracting, stealing time, creating sedentary lifestyles, making us reactive rather proactive and viewing rather than doing.

WebEx Room 4 – *Interprofessional Leisure Education: Leave No Trace for Individuals with ABI – Erik Luvaas (Recorded)

This interprofessional session will include recreational therapy and speech language pathology, in a joint virtual community based project involving interdisciplinary students and adults with acquired brain injury (ABI). A proposed curriculum will be presented to support nature-based engagement and Leave No Trace practices for adults with ABI resulting in aphasia. The program will conclude with opportunities to connect participants with associated environmental volunteering in the community. The presentation will include a plan for post-COVID-19 programming. (0.1 CEU)

From 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WebEx Room 1 – Stories from our Collective Ancestry – Cautionary Tales as we enter a new World – Dave Hall

Join Dave Hall, founder of Primitive Pursuits, author of Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive Survival Skills and all around skeptic of the modern world for stories from our collective ancestry.

WebEx Room 2 – None

WebEx Room 3 – Virtual Tours in Tales of Your Park – Jonathan Kruk

How to turn your park’s history and heritage into a virtual tour through storytelling. Get ways to make a story worthy of an online broadcast on Facebook or Youtube from your site’s origins.  Discover techniques for preparing and delivering a walking talking tour of your park.  Have an experienced professional storyteller serve as your guide.

WebEx Room 4 – *Inter-Connected Relationship Between TBI’s, Mental Health Issues, & Substance Use Disorders & TR As An Antidote – Daniel Schiavo (Recorded)

TBI’s are more common than once thought and often exacerbate or cause already existing mental health &/or substance use disorders.  In other words, these conditions often work hand-in-hand-in-hand.  At whatever stage of the rehabilitation & recovery process, TR/RT may be able to facilitate positive outcomes. (0.1 CEU)


From 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch! There are no sessions during this time. Take a break, get something to eat, get some fresh air, drink some water and do some stretches.

From 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WebEx Room 1 – *21 Ways to Connect Seniors with the Benefits of Nature – Nicole Bergman

This session highlights 21 practical strategies recreation professionals can use to connect seniors with nature, plants, animals and the environment, year round. The benefits of engaging with nature and its impact on seniors will be discussed in reference to Deci and Ryan’s three Basic Psychological Human Needs: competency, autonomy and relatedness. Examples of how to adapt and personalize the strategies and align them with personal or care related goals will also be shared. (0.1 CEU)

WebEx Room 2 – Outdoor and Adventure Education, Risk Management, and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Aaron Leonard

The presentation and workshop is designed as a collaborative session where the findings from an industry wide survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on the outdoor and adventure education fields are presented with discussion regarding how outdoor and adventure programs can adapt to operate under COVID-19 pandemic constraints. In this presentation the most widely discussed issues regarding COVID-19 safety and risk will be presented with discussion to expand our collective wisdom regarding effective risk mitigation.

WebEx Room 3 – To masters degree or not masters degree: a panel discussion for those considering an advanced degree – Ken Cohen

A panel of graduate students and faculty will present on the challenges and benefits of acquiring a master’s degree. A dialogue will be generated with participants to explore key concerns, questions, and observations.

WebEx Room 4 – Community Service and Sustainability: How to Engage Communities While Making Supporting Sustainable Communities – Ashley Lookenhouse (Recorded)

Everywhere you look there are discussions about sustainability – now more than ever, we have the responsibility to support climate action. But, how do we do that? In a time where we are fighting to find meaning, make a difference, and create the change we want to see in the world sustainability programs through National Service organizations are the catalysts we’re looking for.


From 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

WebEx Room 1 – Where Stewards are Made – Will Baker

This session explores how our experiences and connections with natural environments can help motivate us to protect and care for the planet. Using my research on antarctic tourism and my personal connections with place, I will break down a common path to stewardship and ambassadorship from outdoor recreation. I also hope to highlight the types of experiences which allow people to connect with nature.

WebEx Room 2 – *StaRTed from the bottom now we’re here – Abbey Jones

Advocacy, now more than ever, is an evident part of the recreation therapy profession. Especially during a pandemic, other disciplines are seeing first-hand the importance of Recreation Therapy. Advocating can be done through a number of ways, but specifically in this session we will discuss internal advocacy and professional advocacy. Keeping it simple, there are ways in our everyday lives, both at work and at home we can do to advocate for our profession. Through discussions with staff and families to social media to projects and interventions, anyone can advocate for the profession! (0.1 CEU)

WebEx Room 3 – *Better Together: Clinical & Community Partnerships – Robyn DePan

Learn how clinical recreational therapists collaborate on an interdisciplinary team as patients prepare to discharge into the community. Once discharged into the community, CTRS’s continue to work with community partners to bridge the gap and successfully aid patients in integrating back into life. Craig Hospital utilizes its adventure program to maximize partnerships and work on patient skills, confidence, and independence with regional and national partnerships. Hear about the experience of how a community organization, Oregon Adaptive Sports, formed a partnership with a clinical organization, Craig Hospital. (0.1 CEU)

WebEx Room 4 – STOP AND FLOW mindfulness and meditation – Kristin Onderdonk

STOP AND FLOW is a process that inspires groups and individuals to experience and enjoy the benefits of mindfulness, meditation and movement in a fun easy to follow guided way. It is an integrative body/mind/spirit approach that encourages the meditative flow state, for optimal health benefits. The process combines elements of open monitoring stillness meditation with moving meditation (largely borrowed from Tai Chi/ QiGong), as well as cognitive and energetic healing arts mindfulness strategies.  The combination has been profoundly impactful and helpful in substance use disorder recovery, PTSD, mental health, trauma recovery, etc.

From 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WebEx Room 1 – Longevity of the Brain – France McCloskey

New discoveries are being made daily of how the brain ages through the adult lifespan. Research has proven a person with meaningful stimulation will have a healthy brain that grows and learns well beyond their 80’s. This class discusses how to apply theory to practice for improving brain fitness and longevity  with engaging activities to improve thinking and explore memory strategies. 

WebEx Room 2 – Creating a Budget-Friendly Sensory Space – Amanda Hudson (Recorded)

Creating a calming sensory environment does not require a large space or budget. We will learn how to make a calming sensory space for a variety of room sizes and budgets, including several DIY options. 


WebEx Room 3 – Sustaining Connection Using Rhythm – Aaron Kierbel

An essential part of sustainable practice is connection, and rhythm is one of the most direct ways to build connection. In this session, participants will engage in interactive rhythm-making using the body, voice and found percussion instruments. Aaron K. will facilitate the creativity and rhythm that already exists within the group using a blend of humor, play and a hands-on, accessible approach. No experience with rhythm is necessary to participate!


WebEx Room 4 – *Inclusion Matters: Tools to Promote Inclusion during Turbulent Times – Lynn Anderson (Recorded)

Inclusion is more important than ever in these times of pandemic, isolation, and divisiveness. Bringing people together through play and recreation in a spirit of equity and inclusion enhances the well-being of individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and our society. This session will highlight the researched benefits of inclusion of people of all abilities in recreation and share a wealth of resources and tools the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center offers to help you promote inclusion in your corner of the world. (0.1 CEU)