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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.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Record Number Now on ATRAnet

I just posted about a research study on exercise curbing depression of patients with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions on ATRA's listserv -- and found there are now 582 on ATRAnet. This has got to be a record number. Special thanks to Oklahoma State University who supports ATRAnet! By the way, the research article was by G.A. Kelley and appeared in Arthritis Res Ther 2015, 17-21. The title: "effects of exercise on depression in adults with arthritis: a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trails."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Zentangle Used by RTs

On Facebook today, I learned that some RTs are using Zentangle with psych clients. Sounds interesting.

URTA March 12th & 13th

Looking forward to speaking on March 12th at the Utah Recreation Therapy Association Conference in Provo.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Reminder: Faculty Position at WSSU

Reminding all of the February 15 deadline for applications. Thanks for sharing with colleagues or others who might want to consider this opportunity. The Therapeutic Recreation Program is excited to offer an opportunity for a full time tenure track position in the Human Service Studies Department. Primary duties for the Assistant Professor position include teaching undergraduate recreation and therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy (TR/RT) courses; advising and mentoring students in the major; scholarly work which results in publication, participation in the development and support of opportunities for students to gain practical experiences through internships and service learning, and participation in departmental, university, community, and professional service. Required qualifications are a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field along with at least one degree/emphasis in therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy, evidence of ability to engage in scholarship, evidence of ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish program, department, and university goals, current certification as a CTRS from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, and eligibility to acquire licensure through the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure. Review of applications begins immediately, and applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014. Position Start Date: August 6, 2015. The full announcement is attached. Feel free to visit the University and TR Program websites to explore further. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp at rippjc@wssu.edu. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp, PhD, LRT/CTRS Associate professor Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator Winston Salem State University Office: 336-750-3459 rippjc@wssu.edu

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Happy Rec Therapy Month!

February is Recreational Therapy Month in both the U.S. and Canada.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recreational Therapy - Assistant/Associate Professor at FIU

From Lexi McKenney: The Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Education at FIU invites applications for a nine-month, Assistant/Associate Professor full time, tenure track position in Recreation Therapy beginning August, 2015. Qualifications: Doctoral degree in recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation or related discipline. Applicants are also required to be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and evidence of an emerging (Assistant) or established (Associate) line of externally funded research. Demonstrated competence in scholarship that results in refereed publications, professional presentations, and external grant awards. Evidence of quality online and on campus teaching in recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation and recreation and sport management core classes and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students to successful degree completion. Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in recreational therapy; recruit, advise and mentor graduate students; assist in the development and maintenance of online initiatives; develop and maintain a focused research agenda; engage in scholarly activity in recreational therapy; secure external funding; work collaboratively with students, faculty, and practitioners; actively engage in community service at the professional, RT program, department, college, local, state, national, and international levels; and support RT program and college accreditation initiatives. The Recreational Therapy program lies within the Recreation and Sport Management degree program. The Recreational Therapy program is offered on campus at both the BS and MS degree levels and online at the BS degree level. The program is located in the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies. We are looking for a dynamic individual with the vision to help the recreational therapy program further advance its online and on-campus curricula, engage in scholarship, community engagement, and participate actively in student recruitment and retention. As a student-focused University, this individual must be committed to providing our students with research driven, quality learning experiences. All qualified candidates including women and minorities are encouraged to apply for an anticipated start date of August 2015. For information, requirements of the position, and instructions as to how to apply on-line, visit our website at Facultycareers.fiu.edu and reference Job Opening ID 509010. Please submit all required documents in one PDF file at the time of application. Review of completed applications will commence February 15, 2015. Position will remain open until filled. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Dr. Alexis McKenney, CTRS Recreational Therapy Program Associate Professor Florida International University MMC, ZEB 335A, Miami, FL 33199 Phone: 305-348-3905 Fax: 305-348-1515

A Step Forward: Canadian & U.S. Cooperation

ATRA and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association recently entered into an agreement to begin international collaboration between the two associations.

Monday, January 26, 2015

RT Position in Indiana

Recreational Therapist for New Hope of Indiana Responsibilities include: the provision of recreation services for people with disabilities or illnesses. They may use a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and field trips. The recreational therapist is responsible for providing holistic, purposeful interventions specifically designed to meet the capabilities, needs, and interests of the individual being served through the Therapeutic Recreation program. The recreational therapist performs all functions consistently with the Core Values of New Hope. The recreational therapist must be willing to use personal vehicle, work independently, as well as possess good communication skills. Basic Qualification: Bachelor Degree, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Preferred Qualification: Bachelor Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field, minimum of 1 year experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. To apply, please visit New Hope of Indiana (join our team) and search using keywords Recreational Therapist or click APPLY NOW EOE CONTACT: Angela Reed SALARY: N/A LOCATION: Indiana PHONE: 317-338-4422

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clemson RT Workshop March 2nd

Hope to see friends, especially from North and South Carolina and Georgia, at the Judith E.Voelkl Memorial Recreational Therapy Workshop March 2nd at Clemson University.