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Detailed Program and Session Descriptions

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Up to 2.0 Continuing Education Units available for full session attendance!

Session descriptions and registration information only available on this website.

For 40+ years the Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for the quality of the program content.  Our presenters are volunteers who are rich in experience and education. 

The Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity is planned with primary focus.  Most, but not all of our participants and speakers come from community recreation, mental health, mental retardation, physical rehabilitation elderly, and outdoor recreation facilities, as well as colleges and universities. 

We continue to respond to participant feedback and keep the Symposium affordable. Registration fees have not been increased.  In addition, Continuing Education Units for this conference are processed at no additional expense to paid participants and is included as part of your educational experience.

Why attend….

  • To assist your clients through the understanding and knowledge of new Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity techniques, programs, assessments and evaluations.
  • To meet other students, practitioners, researchers and educators in Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity
  • To be able to hear about the latest legislative, certification, programming and funding issues related to Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity.
  • To gain 2.0 Continuing Education Units towards professional certification in Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity.

Participant Registration

Registration includes access to sessions, exhibits and CEUs as well as the wine and cheese reception, refreshment breaks and closing brunch.  All attendees and presenters are required to register and pay the appropriate fee.  You will receive a confirmation letter once registration is processed.  If paying by Purchase Order, the PO form must accompany your registration (PO numbers are not accepted).

  • $205 Member Fee (NTRS, ATRA, State TR Association)
  • $205 Member Fee (Other Health Related Professional Association – association name required on form)
  • $220  Non-member Fee
  • $175  Student Fee (currently enrolled undergraduates – photo student ID is required)
  • $145  Single Day Fee (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)
  • $80 Student Room Host Fee (prior approval required:  send form, photo ID and letter from advisor)

Pre-Registration and payment deadline is April 7, 2014.  Registrations postmarked after this date will incur a $25 late fee. 

For further information or questions regarding the Symposium or if you have a disability and require special materials or services, please contact Debbi Haskamp or Erica Lovercamp at the MU Conference Office, 344 Hearnes Center, Columbia, MO 65211.  Email:   muconf1@missouri.edu; Phone:  (573) 882-4038, Fax:   (573) 882-1953.



Conference Location/Hotel Information

The conference will be held at Pheasant Run Resort nestled on a 250-acre setting in the scenic Fox River Valley, the Chicagoland hotel is easily accessible from both Chicago O’Hare International and Midway airports and is located near DuPage Airport. The 473-room resort’s accommodations range from spacious courtyard rooms with expansive views to lavish penthouse level suites and two-story whirlpool suites. The resort features a number of unique amenities, including Zanies Comedy Club, Spa Vargas Wellness, live theater productions by Fox Valley Repertory and five dining options, from casual to upscale, as well as more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Additionally, guests can enjoy 18 holes of golf on our beautiful golf course. Check out the hotel website at http://www.pheasantrun.com/.

Lodging Information
Participants will receive the special Symposium room rate of $109 + tax for single/double occupancy per night.  The Pheasant Run resort fee is waived for those in our room block. The block of rooms will be held until March 14, 2014 and after this date rooms will be open to the public and available on first come basis.  Be sure to note you are with the Midwest Symposium to secure the group rate and also indicate of you have any specific accessibility needs.  Contact the hotel directly at Tel: 630-584-6300 or Toll free: 800-4-PHEASANT (800-474-3272).  You can also reserve a room through the conference lodging website here.

Free parking is available.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs are determined by the length of the presentation.  Attendance at a 60 minute session will earn (.10 CEU), 90 minute sessions earn (.15 CEU), etc.  The total of all sessions attended will determine the CEU awarded to the participant and you will be required to sign in and out at each session.  CEU certificates will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the symposium to the home address provided on your registration form.  If you have questions during the symposium please stop by the registration desk.

Student Room Hosts

Room Hosts assist with the CEU process by serving as a “host” to each session and facilitate participant attendance processing.  Room Hosts must be available to work any and all sessions during the full conference, Monday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  On your registration form mark Room Host and include a current copy of your Student ID and letter from your advisor noting your year in school, major and institutional name.  Notification of your acceptance will be confirmed.

Exhibits and Resources

The exhibit area will be located near registration and session meeting rooms and refreshment breaks will be served in this location daily.  Exhibit / display size is 8’x10’ furnished with (1) 6’ draped table and 2 chairs.  Please indicate on registration form if electricity is required.  NOTE:  no security will be provided and is the responsibility of the exhibitor.  Deadline for registration is April 7, 2014 and if possible, exhibitors are requested to provide a door prize for the closing brunch.

Exhibit Schedule

  • April 14, 2014
    8:00 – 9:30 am - exhibit set-up
    9:30 am – 7:00 pm exhibit area open

  • April 15, 2014
    8:30 am – 7:30 pm Exhibit area open
    All exhibits should be removed at the close of the wine and cheese reception

Exhibit Fees and Registration

$320 - each booth includes (1) full registration, additional representatives are $75.  
$420 - for 2 booth spaces; $620 for 3 booth spaces
$160 - Not-For-Profit exhibitor booth space; $220 for 2 booth spaces (limit of 6 will be accepted).
$ 75 - for each additional representatives

How to Exhibit

Register online

Exhibitor Online Registration

Register by phone toll free 866-682-6663 or local 573-882-4349.

Register by mail or fax 
  Fill out and print typewritable exhibit registration form
Mail to the address below or fax to 573-882-1953.

Paper Exhibitor Registration Form

Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity
348 Hearnes Center
Columbia, MO 65211

Sponsored by:
University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
School of Natural Resources – Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Northwest Missouri State University - Maryville, Missouri
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

In cooperation with
the MU Conference Office and PALAESTRA Magazine