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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.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!!

Happy Independence Day to all RTs in the good ole USA!!!

New NCTRC Chairperson and Executive Director

From the May/June 2015 NCTRC e-News: Jennifer Hinton, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS has been elected as the new NCTRC Chairperson. Jennifer is a professor of recreational therapy at Western Carolina University. Anne Richard, MS, LRT/CTRS as the new NCTRC Executive Director. Anne comes to this position with vast RT practice and leadership experience in settings including behavioral health, acute hospital care, both skilled nursing and assisted living with geriatrics and as an educator in RT academic programs. She has also been actively involved professionally and holds NCTRC Specialty Certification in Gerontology. In her roles as educator, consultant, clinical specialist, director, therapist, internship supervisor and manager, Anne has gained valuable skills that will continue the tradition of excellence at NCTRC. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Anne as she begins her position on August 1, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Joining ATRA

ATRAnet has had some good discussion as to why so few are ATRA members. I sure wish more would join our national organization.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ATRAnet and Faculty Shortage

I was really pleased to see a lot of reaction to my ATRAnet post on the RT faculty shortage. Glad people are using ATRAnet and have had a good discussion regarding the faculty shortage and the profession's need for a strategic plan.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Canada

There is a tenure position in TR at U of Lethbridge. Contact Dean Chris Hosgood for further details

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Faculty Position

The GVSU Therapeutic Recreation Program is seeking to fill a 9 month tenure track faculty position for August 2015. For complete information regarding the qualifications and responsibilities of this position please see the full posting at www.gvsujobs.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=181187 If you need assistance or have questions about the application process, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. For additional information about the position, contact Randy Wyble, wybler@gvsu.edu or at 616-331-5642. Randy Wyble, MS, CTRS Chair, Department of Diagnostic & Treatment Sciences Director, Therapeutic Recreation Program College of Health Professions Grand Valley State University Office phone: 616-331-5642

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

RT Concerns

I recently saw a Facebook post inquiring which universities offered Ph.D. degrees in rec therapy. It reminded me once more of the small number of Ph.D. producing schools (five!) and the shortage of RT faculty. Another concern mentioned on a Facebook post was the need for RT to support the federal legislation to make sure RT gets to be counted under the so called 3-hour rule. I sure hope RTs write their reps to request they become co-sponsors of the bill.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RTs Need to Support the Passage of H.R. 1906

I posted the following on Facebook and ATRAnet: I haven’t noticed much activity concerning H.R. 1906 “Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Act of 2015.” The bill will amend the Social Security Act by including recreational therapy among modalities that make up an intensive rehab therapy program and can be explicitly counted toward the so called “three hour rule” in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units. If you are an RT you need to contact your congressional representative to ask them to support the bill. See the ATRA website for further information. If you are not an RT, please consider advising your representative that they should support the bill. I sure hope RTs get politically active and fight to pass this bill!