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2017 Registration Now Open

Program with Session Descriptions now available.

Preliminary 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 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. 

Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation is planned with practitioners, students and educators as the primary focus for the programs presented on Therapeutic Recreation.  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 techniques, programs, assessments and evaluations.
  • To meet other students, practitioners, researchers and educators in Therapeutic Recreation.
  • To be able to hear about the latest legislative, certification, programming and funding issues related to Therapeutic Recreation.
  • To gain 2.0 Continuing Education Units towards professional certification in Therapeutic Recreation.

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).

  • $215 Member Fee (NTRS, ATRA, State TR Association)
  • $215 Member Fee (Other Health Related Professional Association – association name required on form)
  • $230 Non-member Fee
  • $185 Student Fee (currently enrolled undergraduates – photo student ID is required)
  • $145 Single Day Fee (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
  • $100 Student Room Host Fee (limited to the first 30 registrations; prior approval required:  send form, photo ID and letter from advisor)

Pre-Registration and payment deadline is April 10, 2017.  Registrations postmarked after this date will incur a $25 late fee. 

How to Register:

  1. Register online by clicking below (credit card or purchase order).
    If you choose the purchase order payment option please fax your purchase order within five business days to (573) 882-1953 attention Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation.

    Online Registration

  2. Mail in completed form, (Make check or money order payable to University of Missouri, include credit card number or purchase order). 

    Click below for a printable registration form and mail to:

    Paper Registration Form (PDF)
    • Open the online registration form PDF (link above)
    • Save the blank registration form to your computer
    • Open the registration form on your computer and fill out the form
    • Re-save as completed to your computer
    • Return completed registration form with payment as directed on the form.

      NOTE: For security reasons, emailed registration forms containing credit card information WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Please fax (573) 882-1953 or mail forms with credit card information.

      Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation 
      MU Conference Office 
      344 Hearnes Center 
      Columbia, Missouri, USA 65211
  3. Register by phone with a credit card at the MU Conference Office at 573-882-9554 or 1-866-682-6663

  4. Fax completed form with accepted credit card information or purchase order to: (573) 882-1953 attention Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation.

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) 882-4349, Fax: (573) 882-1953.

Conference Location/Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri in Westport Plaza.  Restaurants and shops are conveniently located within walking distance in Westport Plaza.  Visit www.sheratonWestport.com to see hotel and area features and amenities. 
The hotel is located 8 minutes from Lambert International Airport and 10 minutes from historic St. Charles, MO.  For more information about St. Louis, MO visit  http://www.explorestlouis.com/. For more information about St. Charles, MO visit http://www.historicstcharles.com/.

Lodging Information

Participants will receive the special Symposium room rate of $117 + tax for single/double occupancy per night.  The block of rooms will be held until March 31, 2017 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 (314) 434-5010 or 1-800-822-3535.  You can also reserve a room through the conference lodging website here or copy and paste https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/Midwest

The Lakeside Chalet offers complimentary parking in the Clocktower garage (ask for ticket validation at front desk) and surface lot in front of the hotel.  (Please check-in directly at the Lakeside Chalet and not the Sheraton Plaza Tower).

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

Student Room Host positions are now full.

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 10, 2017 and if possible, exhibitors are requested to provide a door prize for the closing brunch.

Exhibit Schedule

  • April 19, 2017
    8:00 – 9:30 am - exhibit set-up
    9:30 am – 7:00 pm exhibit area open

  • April 20, 2017
    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)

Click below to register as an Exhibitor.

Paper Exhibitor Registration Form (PDF)

To use the fillable features of the PDF registration form:

    • Open the online registration form PDF (link below)
    • Save the blank registration form to your computer
    • Open the registration form on your computer and fill out the form
    • Re-save as completed to your computer
    • Return completed registration form with payment as directed on the form.
    • NOTE: Credit Card payments will NOT be accepted by e-mail.

      Filling out the information while in the browser does NOT retain your information.

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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
School of Health Science and Wellness

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the MU Conference Office

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