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Pre-registration is now closed. Registration is still open!
Please visit us at the conference registration desk onsite to register. Late fee will apply.

The registration desk is open Sunday, 4/17/16 from 5:00-7:00 pm; Monday, 4/18/16 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm; Tuesday, 4/19/16, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Wednesday, 4/20/16, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. The conference concludes at 12:30 pm on Wednesday the 20th.

Click below for a detailed program with session descriptions.

Midwest Detailed Program

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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. 

The Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation 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 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 (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)
  • $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 4, 2016.  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) 882-4349, Fax: (573) 882-1953.

How to Register

Pre-registration is now closed. Registration is still open!

Please visit us at the conference registration desk onsite to register. Late fee will apply.

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 $116 + tax for single/double occupancy per night.  The block of rooms will be held until March 31, 2016 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

The Lakeside Chalet offers complimentary parking in the Clocktower garage and surface lot in front of the hotel and will be validated at the front desk.  (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

The room hosts have been filled for this year.

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 4, 2016 and if possible, exhibitors are requested to provide a door prize for the closing brunch.

Exhibit Schedule

  • April 18, 2016
    8:00 – 9:30 am - Exhibit set-up
    9:30 am – 7:00 pm - Exhibit area open

  • April 19, 2016
    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).

How to Exhibit

Exhibitor register closed

The CARDINALS are in town!

MLB baseball - Cubs vs. Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals play home games versus the Chicago Cubs the evenings of Monday, 4/18/16 at 7:15 P.M. and Tuesday, 4/19/16 at 7:15 P.M. There is also an afternoon home game on Wednesday, 4/20/16 at 12:45pm.
We thought you would like to know about these baseball games as you make your plans to attend MWTR.

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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 - Maryville, Missouri
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services

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the MU Conference Office

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