Virtual Spring Seminar

Virtual Spring Seminar Information R


Friday, March 12, 2021

Sign In prior to 9:00 am

Program 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3Clock Hours will be awarded

On line platform via ZOOM


Our Speaker, Cathy Allen, will present a PowerPoint program with handouts, polling questions and open-ended questions through the Chat Function to effectively cover all material for the educational sessions. 

Copies of the handouts, resources to create non-traditional programs, articles related to COVID-19 and Activities featured in Creative Forecasting: August 2020, September 2020, October 2020, and November 2020 issues written by our speaker and a list of apps to implement within the facility will be provided for the educational sessions, our evaluation form and the log-in information will be provided by CATRD via email to the registrants.


Upon conclusion of the program participant must complete the evaluation. Once the evaluation has been received your Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to you.


Who should participate?

Anyone working with people at skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes, rehabilitation facilities, adult day care centers, home care agencies, etc., including but not limited to: TRD’s, CNAs, home health aides, social workers, nurses, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, memory or dementia unit managers / supervisors. Clock hours earned can be used toward hours for your National Certification(s).



Activities MUST Go On …. Programming During COVID-19 (2 hrs.)

This session will provide activity professionals with creative activities & programs which stimulate and enhance the resident’s quality of life through cognitive, social, physical and sensory stimulation.



  1. Discuss the importance of meeting the resident’s social, emotional and physical needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  2. Identify creative ideas to implement during COVID-19.
  3. Identify Hallway Programs, Small Group & Patio Programs and Creative Carts with their residents.


iPad Engagement (1 hr.)

As technology is increasing and baby boomers are entering our facilities activity professionals need to expand their calendars and look at utilizing iPads.  This session will focus on ways to incorporate iPads into the Activity Department and discuss the benefits of non-pharmaceutical engagement to reduce pain and anxiety.



  1. Identify benefits of using iPads with the residents.
  2. Describe how to teach iPad fundamentals to the residents.
  3. Describe the benefits of incorporating iPads to increase opportunities for the residents to connect with family and friends through Face Time, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and e-mails.
  4. Identify APPs for independent engagement; Ted Talks, YouTube, Netflix, etc.



Cathy A. Allen


Program Manager, Educator /Trainer

Cathy Allen has more than 25 years of industry experience and has served over 5,000 seniors in Adult Day Health Care, Memory Care, Assisted Living, Independent Living and Skilled Nursing communities.

She is passionate in leading and developing a work force that takes pride in providing quality service that has a lasting impact on the lives of seniors and their families.

For more than 22 years Cathy has been a speaker for state and national activity and recreation organizations.

Cathy earned two bachelor’s degrees from California State University Northridge: one in Child Development and the other in Therapeutic Recreation.  She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and holds a Certified Director of Assisted Living Certificate (CDAL).

Over the course of her career, Cathy has held numerous leadership roles and has taken an active role within the senior industry.  Since 2007 she has been a writer for Creative Forecasting Activity Publication and has written and published several books related to activities, programming and Memory Impairment.

Cathy provides activity consultation for long term care & assisted living communities and is an instructor for the California Certified 36 hour Activity Leader Course.Additionally, she is a vendor for the California Department of Social Services and has written and instructs over fourteen continuing education courses.

Currently Cathy works as a Program Manager for an Outpatient Hospitalization Program.





DEADLINE: March 5, 2021





CATRD MEMBERS: Click Here to register & Pay Online

CATRD NON-MEMBERS: Click Here to register & Pay Online


 MEMBERSHIP can be done on line as well.  Membership fees and descriptions:

  • Professional Member ~ $ 40.00

Professional members are individuals who are principally engaged in providing Therapeutic Recreation for the elderly. They shall be entitled to voting privileges and may hold an office within the Association.

  • Associate Member ~ $35.00

Associate members are individuals who do not meet the criteria for professional membership but are interested in the profession and share the objectives of the corporation. This category includes students, retired persons and interested individuals. They have no voting rights and may not hold an office.