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Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits.

RT Opening at Montana State Hospital

From Beth Eastman, CTRS, Rehabilitation Department Manager, Montana State Hospital: We are losing an amazing CTRS and are now on the search for an adventurous soul to take up the post. I have attached below the job posting for a certified Recreation Therapist in the State of Montana. Interested persons may apply online at www.mt.gov Please direct questions to Beth Eastman. My information is at the end of this email. Position Title: Recreation Therapist - (15140739) Description : The recreation therapist helps patients build resiliency and life skills. Other responsibilities include: 1) Interviewing and observing patients to assess physical and mental status, capabilities, and interests, rehabilitation needs and plans appropriate interventions; 2) Designing and developing treatment programs and interventions addressing patients assessed needs; and 3) Developing treatment goals and evaluating patients progress toward goals and revises goals as needed. Qualifications : Required for the first day of work: • Knowledge of recreation therapy interventions and practices. • Knowledge of psychology, human behavior and development. • Knowledge of individual and group therapy principles. • Knowledge of recreational activities and related equipment. • Knowledge of mental illness, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities; medical and physical disabilities. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Ability to write reports and make oral presentations. • Ability to operate personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet, and other computer programs. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): • Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. • One year recreation therapist experience. • Completion of approved recreation therapist internships may substitute for the one year of required experience. • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification is required within one year of employment. Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire. Job : Healthcare Salary: $17.50 - 18.38 Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan Number of Openings : 1 Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-Time Shift : Day Job Travel : No Primary Location : Warm Springs Agency: Department of Public Health & Human Services Union: Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT) Bargaining Unit: 024 - MEA-MFT -MSH -Prof Open to: External - Public Posting Date : Apr 2, 2015, 8:45:02 AM Closing Date : May 1, 2015, 11:59:00 PM Additional Application Materials Required to Apply: Resume, Transcripts Contact Name: Todd Thun | Contact Email: tthun@mt.gov | Contact Phone: 406 693-7034 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications. Beth Eastman, CTRS Rehabilitation Department Manager Montana State Hospital PO Box 300 Warm Springs, MT 59756 406-693-7145 eeastman@mt.gov

Monday, March 30, 2015

UNCW Lecturer Position Open

The Recreation Therapy program at UNCW has an opening for a full-time lecturer beginning Aug. 10, 2015. Review of applications will begin April 26th. Applicants must hold at least a Master’s degree in Recreation Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation or Leisure Studies with an emphasis in recreation therapy/therapeutic recreation, or closely-related field with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework in recreation therapy/therapeutic recreation; National certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and eligible for licensure in NC as a Licensed Recreational Therapist (LRT). In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of successful teaching or potential for successful teaching, both face-to-face and on-line, and clinical supervision of undergraduate students. Applicants with multiple years of practice as a CTRS are especially encouraged to apply. The position announcement can be found at http://www.uncw.edu/hr/joblistings_epa/15F100.html If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Candace “Candy” Ashton-Forrester, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS | Professor and Coordinator | Recreation Therapy | School of Health and Applied Human Sciences | College of Health and Human Services | UNC Wilmington | 601 South College Road | 3010 McNeill Hall | Wilmington, NC 28403-5685 | Voice: 910-962-7794 Fax: 910-962-7503

Sunday, March 22, 2015

CARTE Positions Open

Please be advised the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE) has 3 positions available for appointment commencing in April 2015. They include 1 – Student/Consumer – one-year term; 1 Recreational Therapist – three year term; and 1 Professional educator – three year term. The qualifications are listed below. If interested in serving on the CARTE Board of Directors, please submit your letter of intent and resume/CV via email to: cartecoa@gmail.com attention Dr. Thom Skalko, Chairperson. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the CARTE and CAAHEP web sites for further information: http://www.caahep.org/carte.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NIH Full Time RT Position Open

Position Announcement - Full Time Recreation Therapist National Institutes of Health The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda Maryland, is the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research. The NIH has 234 inpatient beds, 82 day hospital stations and 15 outpatient clinics. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) intervene in the disease process, improve health status, improve or maintain functional capacities and contribute to quality of life. The Recreation Therapist position is located in the Recreation Therapy Section of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department. As a member of the clinical treatment team at a research hospital, you could make a difference by providing Recreation Therapy to patients from all around the world with a variety of diagnoses. You could join our team in a cutting edge internationally known research hospital to engage in life changing interventions. As part of the Federal Government, we offer flexibility, roughly 2 weeks’ paid vacation, 10 Federal holidays, superb benefits, work-life balance, child and elder care, etc.! To learn more, email your resume and interest to Kyle.Hartwig@nih.gov. Donna Gregory (Chief, Recreation Therapy Section) will be hosting a webinar for you to learn more about this job and how to apply. We look forward to having you there! Donna Gregory, CTRS, MBA Chief, Recreation Therapy Section Rehabilitation Medicine Department Building 10 CRC 1-1469 Phone: 301-496-2278

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Recreation Therapy Videos

I just posted the following on ATRAnet and thought I'd repost it on the RT Blog. Here it is: I recently spoke at the Utah Recreation Therapy Association Conference. Although a state conference, it is more of a regional conference with 350 RTs attending from several states. An impressive meeting. While there I was told that several RTs and students had viewed the Recreation Therapy Videos made available free of charge by Indiana University. A group of students said they particularly enjoyed viewing the video “History of Therapeutic Recreation: Parts I, ll, lll.” Yet, I find many do not know that the RT videos are available at no charge via streaming. To take a look, just Google Recreation Therapy Videos and you should see a listing for Indiana University’s Scholarworks. The list of titles appears below. Check them out. List of Recreation Therapy Videos: Adaptive equipment Case studies Clinical supervision Documentation and behavioral observation Effective listening Feedback in learning and performance situations History of therapeutic recreation parts I, II, III Individual program planning Interactions with people who have disabilities Models of practice : health protection/health promotion model Models of practice : leisure ability model Nonverbal communication Portraits of pioneers in therapeutic recreation Professional ethics Professionalism in therapeutic recreation Quality of life Safe transportation : safely transporting clients Therapeutic communication Therapeutic recreation history : the formative years Therapeutic recreation : the modern era To serve a purpose (Introduction to RT) Transfer techniques

Saturday, March 14, 2015

URTA Conference

The ole Hoosier RT enjoyed speaking at the Utah RT Conference this past week. URTA is one of the largest state conferences with 350 attending.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Call for Papers NCRTA's Annual Conference

Call for Papers 2015 North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference When: When: Sunday, October 4th, 2014 (Pre-Conference) Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th, 2014 (Conference) Where: Hilton- Wilmington Riverside 301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 Who: Anyone interested in presenting at the 2015 NCRTA annual conference Call for Papers Deadline: May 5, 2015