NATA Regional Workshops

Regional Workshop: Master Preceptor III

Date: November 3, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Location: NATA National Office – 1620 Valwood Pkwy, Suite 115, Carrollton, TX 75006

CEUS: 5.5 

Member - $225
Non-Member - $525 
Lunch is NOT included; there will be a one-hour break for lunch. 

Due to limited capacity, advance registration is required to guarantee enrollment. On-site registration is available only if space permits.


Additional learning and CEUs can be earned by purchasing Master Preceptor I & II in the NATA Professional Development Center.

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Ashley Thrasher, EdD, LAT, ATC, CSCS & Eric Schwartz, DAT, LAT, ATC


  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Hands-On Simulations
  • Reflection


Workshop Description 

Clinical education experiences are vital to provide opportunities for athletic training students to gain authentic learning experiences, apply knowledge and skills, learn about the profession, and develop excitement for the profession. Preceptors facilitate clinical education by providing guidance, supervision, education, and evaluation; however, many preceptors are not formally trained as preceptors prior to assuming the role. While athletic training programs are responsible to provide preceptor development and training, the content and format is determined by individual programs. However, with the emergence of nationwide immersive clinical education sites, some preceptors may be precepting for multiple programs. As clinical education experiences evolve and the knowledge base expands, preceptors need continued development in fundamentals of serving as a preceptor. The recent Reshaping Athletic Training Education in the 21st Century document recommends support and preceptor development resources to enhance the clinical education experience. 

As a part of the Master Preceptor series hosted by the NATA Professional Education Committee, this workshop aims to affect health care delivery through enhancement of clinicians’ clinical skills. This workshop serves as the third installment of the Master Preceptor Development however there are no mandatory prerequisites for enrollment.  

Attendees will learn the skills and value of simulation to enhance their own practice as well as facilitate clinician and student learning. The focused areas of learning will be on simulation, quality improvement, challenging conversations, and various best practices of patient care.



  1. Develop strategies for conflict resolution and crucial conversations.
    • Recognize need for intervention
    • Implement appropriate intervention strategies
    • Identify effective communication strategies
    • Design an action plan to assist students in navigating conflict
  2. Develop standardized patient and simulation experiences
  3.  Assess effectiveness of simulation experience
  4. Collaborate with other preceptors
    • Develop relationships with other preceptors for professional collaboration, discussing job expectations, personal goals, and priorities, and discuss leadership styles and theories related to precepting. 





Welcome and Introductions


Crucial and Difficult Conversations


SP Experience with Crucial Conversation




Debrief from SP Experience


Developing Simulation/SP Cases


Break for Lunch


Assessing Simulations and SP Cases


Implementing SP/Simulation Experience with Students




Debrief on SP Experience


Providing Feedback and Using Debriefing to Develop Reflective Practice


Wrap Up and Peer-to-Peer Discussions


Clinical Bottom Line

Promoting preceptor development through simulation, collaboration, and quality improvement enhances student learning, transition to practice, and patient care.



Athletic trainers who serve as preceptors or are interested in serving as preceptors. 


Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you must cancel your Master Preceptor III registration, please email Refunds are credited back to the original payer via the method they were received after the workshop and cannot be done onsite.

Full Refund

Before November 3

50% Refund

November 3 - November 10

No Refund

After November 10

*Failure to have 20 registrants by April 21 will result in the cancellation of the Workshop. If the Workshop is cancelled, full refunds will be issued.


NATA Conduct and Non-Discrimination Statements

NATA’s official conduct and non-discrimination statements can be found here. Registrants must agree to comply with the statements during the registration process.



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