MAPA Seminar Information


September 15, 2021
MAPA Virtual Session 

Educational Session Topics
8:00 AM- 9:00 AM: Education Session- 1 CEU
Topic: “Therapeutic Activities Post Pandemic Lessons Learned and Challenges for the Future”
Speaker: Pam Hayle
Description: When faced with a global pandemic in March of 2020, Activity professionals quickly responded with actions demonstrating creativity and new program modalities that were truly inspiring.  The challenges of this pandemic brought controversy, sometimes lack of resources and overwhelming weariness due to the duration and tragic results experienced by older adults, in care facilities, and senior living of all program types.

9:10 AM- 10:10 AM: Education Session- 1 CEU
Topic: “Exercise that Matters for Older Adults”
Speaker: Pam Hayle 
Description: Research has proven that exercise and wellness programs, can greatly improve the quality of life of older adults. The content and implementation of exercise programs varies greatly depending on the knowledge, comfort level and implementation methods used by the Activity Professional.  Learning core concepts of physical exercise for older adults with serious exercise programs that include strength training, wellness tips, disease and medication considerations for type, amount and duration of the exercise programs will be presented.

10:10 AM- 10:30 AM: Membership Meeting

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM: Education Session- 1 CEU
Topic: “Gardening Therapeutics”
Speaker: Christina Waters
Description:  Learn about the benefits of nature-based therapeutics and the wonderful things that are happening with Master Gardeners. 

1:00 PM- 2:00PM: Education Session- 1 CEU
Topic: “Start with Yes”
Speaker: Catherine Braxton
Description "Start with Yes" in which I walk the participants through the pivotal rule of improv:  "Yes, And...".  Again, this is highly interactive, humorous, a new perspective challenge on                               learning how to connect with others

2:10 PM- 3:10 PM: Education Session- 1 CEU
Topic: “You are the Key to Resident Self Advocacy”
Speaker: Tiffany Carlson Ombudsman
Description:  This session will focus on how to support the Resident Self Advocacy and what we can support them to develop a Resident Council. 

More Educational Opportunities:

October 14, 2021


One-day Virtual Conference

Topics include: 

volunteer programs

one to one programming

dance fever

hot topics in the activity profession

and a keynote speaker

Registration will open mid August. Go to MNSWAP website for more details. 


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April 05-08, 2022


National Association of Activity Professionals Conference is Coming to Minnesota!

Mall of America Bloomington, MN 
Theme: 10,000 Possibilities

Looking for continuing education hours for certification?  Check out NAAP's free live virtual webinars and archived sessions.

Go to NAAP's website for more information: