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Conference Information

The Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation is a professional development and networking opportunity for those working in recreational therapy and related fields.  This annual  event began in 1975 and rotates throughout the Midwest each year. In 2018 Northwest Missouri State University began coordinating the conference and hosted it in the Kansas City Metro Area for two years. In 2021, the Symposium will rotate back to the St. Louis Metro Area, specifically at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. The Symposium typically takes place over three days with keynote speakers during the luncheon plenary sessions and/or the kick-off welcoming session.

One Credit Hour Offered!

If you’d like to receive one hour of college credit for your participation at the Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, please review the syllabus View PDF and complete the application View PDF. The university will then bill you $75 for the credit hour. This is not part of the conference registration and is completely optional. Additional assignments as well as 100% attendance during all three days of the Symposium are required to receive the credit hour. You may choose for the credit hour to apply as either undergraduate credit or graduate credit. The different assignments for undergraduate vs graduate credit are explained in the syllabus.

Student Posters

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit posters for the Student Poster Exhibit. The poster can be from one individual or a group or team of students who have completed a project or research in a field related to therapeutic recreation.

Professionals who stop and listen to the students' poster presentations will be given a discount code toward an Unlimited CEUs Membership from Smart CEUs Hub! Thank you Smart CEUs Hub.

Code of Conduct

The Midwest Symposium has a reputation of creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere that is open to diverse perspectives. We expect conference participants to be respectful and embrace the learning experience. If at any time, you encounter a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome please report the incident to conference staff. Conference attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave at the discretion of the conference organizers.


Full refunds (100%) are available for any reason prior to January 31, 2021. Due to contractual obligations with third parties, refunds after January 31, will only be issued under special circumstances as deemed appropriate by the conference organizer. Contact Rebecca Lobina if you need a refund at 816.364.4105 or