Seminar and Conference Dates


Virtual Seminar

  • Friday March 25th, 2022

    Sign In prior to 9:00 am

    Program 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    3 Clock Hours will be awarded

    Online platform via ZOOM


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

    Copies of the handouts, 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).

    Program Outline:

    “Innovative Activities”

    1. Understand what makes an activity program innovative
    2. Identify three or more innovative activity programming ideas to take back with you
    3. Learn what is needed to implement three or more of these activity programs in your facility

    “Engaging Activities- Success through Adaptation”

    1. List common examples of adaptations for independent and group activities.
    2. Identify adaptations for a variety of skills and strengths.
    3. Practice designing activities complete with adaptations and modifications.

    “Gardening & Indoor Plants”

    1. Explain the benefits of indoor gardening.
    2. Identify indoor gardening activities for a variety of spaces.
    3. Learn what plants are best when designing an indoor gardening project.


    Colleen Knudson is the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Attic Angel Community in Middleton, WI. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Colleen has worked in Long Term Care for over 20 years in a variety of settings- Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Adult Day. Colleen served as the President of her state activity association (Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals) for six years and is currently serving as the International Development Director for the National Association of Activity Professionals. Colleen has co-authored several Activity Lesson Plan books and has experience speaking at the state, national, and international level. Colleen’s passion is using activities and recreational engagement to create purpose, connection, and wellness in everyday life. Her special interests include using nature, art and community to increase connection and belonging in long term care facilities.




    DEADLINE: March 21, 2022


    • CATRD MEMBER: $45.00
    • CATRD NON-MEMBER: $55.00

    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.