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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, February 11, 2016

RT Openings in AZ

From RecreationalTherapynet: Director of Recreation Therapy: Tuscon AZ ‪ https://uhs.ats.hrsmart.com/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi… Phoenix AZ, Supervisory Recreation Therapist: $60681-$78885 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/vaca…/job-search/job-detail.asp…

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RT Opening in Houston, texas, and Highland Springs, Ohio

From RecreationalTherapynet: 2 positions announced: Houston, Texas and Highland Springs, Ohio. Description Position Summary: Recreational Therapist serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide therapeutic recreational and activity services to patients hospitalized for treatment of substance abuse, dual diagnosis, or psychiatric or emotional disorders. Activity Therapy (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 and interests. AT will instruct patients in relaxation techniques, calisthenics, and counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities. This is a full time position. Flexible hours and some weekends required. Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute in Recreational Therapy or relevant licensure or certification per state of practice guidelines. CTRS required Experience: Previous experience in a psychiatric health care facility, with direct experience working with chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, psychiatric and geriatric patients preferred. Additional Requirements: CPR certification and Crisis Prevention Training (CPI) within 30 days of employment and prior to any patient contact. Completion of additional age specific training within 30 days of employment as required. Westpark Springs, Houston TX http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58&id=8a7886f852ab0b9d0152ae14c3b15c38&source= Highland Springs, Cleveland, OH http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58&id=8a7884494ed83777014ef96934556d3c&source=

Monday, February 08, 2016

Faculty Position at South Alabama

From Ellen Broach: We are searching for one full-time faculty member in Therapeutic Recreation at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Studies at the University of South Alabama. Salary and rank is commensurate with experience and education. Thanks, Ellen -- Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC Associate Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Department of Health, PE, and Leisure Studies University of South Alabama 171 Jaguar Drive Mobile, AL 36688-0002 Ph: 251-460-7131 Fax: 460-7252

Friday, February 05, 2016

Judith Voelkl RT Workshop April 4th

It has been announced that this year's Clemson RT Workshop, honoring the memory of Judith Voelkl, will be April 4th.

RecreationalTherapynet listserv

I just saw that there are 580 persons on the RecreationalTherapynet listserv.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Its Recreational Therapy Month! Let's Celebrate!

February is Recreational Therapy Month in the U.S. and Canada. Happy Recreational Therapy Month to all! I hope all RTs will do something to celebrate Recreational Therapy Month!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Military RT Position Opening

From: Kirstin Webster, CTRS:There is an RT job posting with Higher Ground Sun Valley! Instructions for application and contact information are at the end of the attached job announcement. You may also find more information on our website, www.highergroundsv.org. Contacts: 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 Monty Heath, Director of Military Programs 160 7th Street West, P.O. Box 6791, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340 Office: 208.726.9298x109 Cell: 208.481.1476 Fax: 208.726.0957 E-mail: monty@highergroundsv.org To apply for the Military Program Recreational Therapist position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to the address shown above. Completed applications can also be sent via e-mail to Monty Heath at monty@highergroundsv.org.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ask Your Congressional Rep to Co-sponsor HR 1906

Indiana University professors Bryan McCormick and Jen Piatt, and me, had a phone conference today with the legislative assistant to Representative Todd Young on HR 1906 The Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2015. Young represents our district here in Indiana. The conversation went very well and the comments by the legislative assistant were encouraging. She will be following up with communications with GT Thompson, one of the two sponsors of the bill, to gain further information. One thing I learned from the phone conversation is that the legislative assistants pay a great deal of attention to who has signed in as a co-sponsor of the bill. She mentioned that as of now not too many had signed on as co-sponsors. I mention this because RTs, RT students, and others supportive or RT need to contact their Representative to ask them to co-sponsor HR 1906. So PLEASE contact your Representative and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor. Without support from Representatives the bill is unlikely to get out of the Ways and Means Committee.