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Presidents Message

It’s hard to believe that we are already 3 years into the COVID 19 Pandemic. As we reflect back through these past 3 years we can all agree it has been the most challenging time for activity professionals. However, by choosing the positive pathway we endured and conquered these challenges and came through this providing the best quality activities to those we serve. We have also learned an essential element that was needed to be effective was to exercise self-care.

SCAAP’s mission is to be there right by your side to provide guidance, resources, and education for you to continue to be successful in providing life enriching activities and promoting your own professional growth with your knowledge and skills.

Our board members are passionate about your success. We are dedicated to support you, the members, in education, networking, and professional development to ensure you receive what you need to continue helping yourself and those your serve have the best experiences.

We are working hard on continuing to update our website,, to include easy to use features that will be useful for your program and professional. Thanks to our Webmaster, Rhonda Hernandez. We are also continuing to provide Lunch and Learn Webinars that are FREE to our members.

We want you to encourage you to join and/or renew your SCAAP membership this year. We count on these memberships to build strength in our association.

We are excited to announce the date for our “Live” Fall Symposium. It is Friday, October 13, 2023. Please let us know if you have any speakers or vendors you can refer.

Feel free to contact me anytime.

Laurie Kjar-Reiss, CTRS
SCAAP President


2023 SCAAP

Speakers and Topics are posted on our Education Page

Please contact Kregg Kjar, Director of Professional Development, if you are interested in speaking or have a speaker or topic recommendation at

we would like to announce the winner of the 2023 scaap contest for national activity professional week

KAY RICHMOND, Recreational Therapist, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA

I am submitting an Out of the Box submission. I am a SCAAP member, a Recreation Therapist, working with physical rehabilitation patients and former patients. 

I created an instructional, fun YouTube video to teach participants how to Create a Sand Terrarium. 

Participants signed up, received a zoom link and written instructions ahead of time.

The workshop included time to meet. Everyone watched the video and I was on the zoom call to interact and answer questions.

The video/zoom format has been well received. 


Enjoy this video on How to Create a Sand Terrarium



Feel Free to reach out to her for hand-written instructions or any further information:


Sponsored by: SCAAP


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