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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.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

May is...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Indiana Ranks in Top 12 in Terms of Worst States for Mental Health

Indiana was the 11th worst state in terms of mental health, according to one ranking. Here are data on the mental health of Hoosiers. > Pct. of adults with serious mental illness: 4.7% > Total adults with serious mental illness: 237,000 (13th highest) > Pct. of adults abusing alcohol or illicit drugs: 9.3% (17th highest) > Poverty rate: 15.5% (24th highest) In Indiana, 7.6% of adults reported having at least one major depressive episode last year, one of the largest shares in the country. Chronic and persistent depression that interferes with day-to-day functioning is one of several serious mental illnesses that an estimated 4.7% of adults in Indiana struggles with.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

IU Bloomington on Forbes' List

Good to see Indiana University Bloomington made Forbes' list of the 25 Best Value Colleges in the Midwest for 2016. Go IU!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Faculty Vacancy in NYC

The Recreation Education/Therapeutic Recreation Program in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at open rank to begin Fall, 2016. Responsibilities include teaching, research, student advising, service on departmental and college committees, coordinating the program, and other functions. Lehman is the only four-year public institution in the Bronx and serves a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. The Program currently enrolls approximately 150 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, draws students from throughout the region, and keenly feels its mission to provide quality education in the discipline and profession. The Program enjoys an outstanding reputation, has an extensive alumni network, and close relationships with many professionals and agencies for intern sites, job opportunities for students and graduates, and collaborative endeavors. The program is housed in the College’s state of the art APEX center with access to fitness and sport facilities to enhance teaching and research. The Department of Health Sciences has additional programs in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition; Exercise Science; Health Education; Health Services Administration; and Public Health with a dynamic faculty and over 1500 students. Multiple opportunities exist for collaboration, faculty development, research support, and field-based projects. For more information, please visit our website www.lehman.cuny.edu/deannss/healthsci Qualifications PhD. Degree or equivalent in Recreation/Leisure Studies/Therapeutic recreation or related discipline, CTRS preferred. Highly qualified master’s candidates with CTRS will be considered. Additional requirements are demonstrated ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or scholarly achievement, ability to cooperate and work with others for the good of the institution, active involvement in professional organizations and sincere commitment to students. To apply: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL Robin Kunstler, Re.D., CTRS Professor and Program Director Recreation Education and Therapy Department of Health Sciences Lehman College of CUNY Bronx, NY 10468 Office: APEX 269 Phone: 718-960-8589 RecreationalTherapy

Friday, April 08, 2016

IU Ranked 20th Nationally in Public Universities

I just read the Forbes rankings of public universities. Indiana University Bloomington ranked 20th in the nation. Future RT students be advised!

Monday, April 04, 2016

RT Positions

Higher Ground Sun Valley is still looking to fill multiple recreational therapist positions! You may also find more information on our website, www.highergroundsv.org. Kirstin Webster, CTRS|Military Recreation Therapist 160 7th Street West |PO Box 6791|Ketchum|ID|83340 W:208.726.9298x107|C:208.721.8062 www.HigherGroundSV.org

Best College Towns with University RT Programs

Yesterday I saw a list of the top 25 small college towns. I was pleased to see 3 towns listed where the universities have well regarded rec therapy professional preparation programs. The towns (and universities): Stillwater, OK (Oklahoma State University), LaCrosse, WI (University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse), and Bloomington, IN (Indiana University). So if you are looking for a RT program in a top small town, you've got some places to think about.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RT Opening in Psych & Addiction Hospital

Copper Springs Hospital will be a 72 bed free-standing psychiatric and addiction hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services. Our outpatient services will include day treatment, intensive outpatient and aftercare programs. This newly constructed building is located in Avondale, AZ and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. The building was designed and built to enhance the treatment experience through a safe, healing, and therapeutic environment. Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based treatment to adults, adolescents, older adults, military service members and others suffering from mental illness and/or addition. Our treatment services are delivered in a professional and compassionate environment from healthcare professions who are dedicated to helping others to live a life of sobriety and mental wellness. AT serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide recreational and activity services to patients hospitalized for treatment of substance abuse, dual diagnosis, or psychiatric or emotional disorders. AT plans, organizes and directs medically approved recreation programs, including such activities as sports, dramatics, games, arts and crafts to assist patients to develop interpersonal relationships, to socialize effectively, and to develop confidence needed to participate in group activities. AT regulates content of the programs in accordance with patients’ capabilities, needs, interests and treatment plan. Qualifications Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute in Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, or similar field and/or relevant licensure or certification per state of practice guidelines. Experience: Previous experience in a psychiatric health care facility, with direct experience working with chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, psychiatric and geriatric patients preferred. License: Current unencumbered certification/license/registration preferred. Additional Requirements: CPR certification and Crisis Prevention Training (CPI) within 30 days. May be required to work flexible hours and overtime. Click link to apply. http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58&id=8a78824753b718d60153c48435557235&source= Diane Skalko Director of Quality Improvement Springstone, Inc.