- Name: Hoosier RT
- 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.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Position Opening at Canada's Douglas College
The position announcement states that interested candidates apply quoting Competition #2006-064F to firstname.lastname@example.org
The web site for the Human Relations office of Douglas College is http://www.douglas.bc.ca/employees/employee-relations.html
Lee Chamberland will gladly answer questions or supply additional information at (604) 777-6235 or email@example.com
Another Hoosier Recognized with National Award
RTI Conference Rooms by October 4th
The phone number listed on the web site for the University Inn in West Lafayette is (765) 463-5511. Call soon and tell them you want the RTI Conference rate to save some money.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Recruit Psychology Majors into M.S. Programs
Which leads me to the question: Why not recruit psychology departments for graduate students in RT? There are many more psych students than places for them in psychology graduate programs -- so there will be a lot of bright psych majors looking for alternatives for graduate study. Why not RT?
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Diane Baumann ATRA's Outstanding Professional
Diane has two degrees from Indiana University and is a member of the IU Clinical Faculty. I know the RT faculty at IU are proud to have her as an alum. Congrats Diane!!
Health Professions Press
As far as I could tell, none of the books had been authored by a recreation therapist -- mostly social workers and art therapists. Nevertheless, Health Professions Press may be a good resource for some RTs and, perhaps, a publisher for RT authors to consider. The publisher has a web site. If you want to check further go to www.healthpropress.com
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Congratulations Pam Wilson!
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Interesting Article on Clinical Doctorates
It would seem to me that the clinical doctorate programs in OT and PT could provide RT with an opening. If RT can produce really well prepared M.S. graduates, they may be preferred by employers over clinical doctorates in OT or PT due to being less costly. Also, maintaining the Ph.D. credential for university faculty in RT (and not watering down the quality of scholarship by having those trained as clinical doctorates hired as university faculty as may happen in OT and PT) could result in the strongest university academic programs being in RT.
If you wish to read the Chronicle article the address is http://chronicle.com/free/v52/i46/46b01201.htm
Friday, September 15, 2006
CDC 2006 Disability and Health State Chartbook
This CDC publication is certainly worth a look. The address is http://www.cdc.gov.ncbddd/dh/
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Research on Rec Participation of Children with Physical Disabilities
The findings should prove informative to RTs working with children with physical disabilities. The authors concluded: "Service providers can play an important role in helping children and families to recognize the multiple factors influencing (recreation and leisure) participation. Service providers may find it beneficial to formally assess children's functional abilities and activity preferences, family engagement in social and recreational activities, and family activity preferences and to discuss these aspects with families, because these are the major factors influencing participation" (p. 229).
It is good to see research related to recreation being conducted by those from outside of our field. To me, this reflects that others are beginning to understand the importance of recreation and leisure.
Monday, September 11, 2006
APA Dictionary of Psychology is out
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Site for Your List of Favorites
If you don't know about Ed, you should. He is truly one of the most talented individuals within the world of RT. Among his many skills are presenting keynote addresses, conducting workshops, leading outdoor therapy sessions, and teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
It has been my pleasure to attend conference sessions and workshops provided by Ed. I have never been disappointed. He is one of the best leaders at working with groups that it has been my pleasure to experience. With his caring approach he is quick to win over any audience.
Ed has a web site that you will want to check out -- and I think after looking it over you will want to add it to your list of favorites. The address is www.kesgen.com
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
First Online TR Course Offered by Indiana University
This course, instructed during the Spring Semester in 1999, has been documented to be the first online TR course. It has been mentioned by Tom Gushiken in his chapter titled "Technology Issues in Therapeutic Recreation Education," which appeared in the book Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation published by Sagamore Publishing in 2001.
Bryan McCormick and I co-taught R378 as an online course to three distance learners. If I recall correctly, one was in New Mexico, another in Utah, and the third out East, perhaps in New York. Our experience with these students was very positive.
Yet, as someone who has developed and taught an online course, I can tell you that both course development and instruction are very time consuming. We, at IU, have not since found the time to again teach the online version R378. It is wonderful that our colleagues at UWM and Pittsburg State University are willing to go to the effort to provide online courses for those in our profession.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
UWM Offers Online Courses
For additional information those interested should contact Patty Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her phone number is (414) 229-2507. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
It is good for our profession that more and more distance learning opportunities are becoming available. Chuck Killingsworth of Pittsburg State University earlier sent information on a new online course, HPER 470, Assessment and Documentation in TR. See the RT Blog post of August 2, 2006, for information.
Indiana University is in the 22nd year of its graduate program via distance learning. More than 60 individuals have completed their entire master's degrees through IU's program. For information go to IU's TR web pages and look for Distance Learning under the heading of Prospective Students. The address for IU's web pages is http://www.indiana.edu/~iutr/
The Coordinator of TR at IU is Professor Bryan McCormick who may be reached at email@example.com
ATRA Election Results
Bryan McCormick, Indiana University, completes his year as ATRA president at the Annual Conference in Orlando this month. Sandy Negley, University of Utah, is the incoming president of ATRA.
Monday, September 04, 2006
ATRA Presidents Tend to be Practitioners
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Resources Interpret Recreational Therapy
Perhaps the best source is "The Recreational Therapy Professional," that appeared as the July, 2004, Allied Health Profession of the Month. The address for the article is http://www.healthpronet.org/ahp_month/07_04.html
The second web site the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook on "Recreational Therapy." The address is http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos082.htm