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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mental Health Webinars

From Jean Folkerth via the ATRAnet Listserv comes this announcement:

Just a reminder that the Behavioral Health Webinar Series begins next Wednesday June 22. Go to the ATRA website to sign up!

Here is the series:

SERIES F: Behavioral Health Session F1: Understanding Psychoactive Medications: Implications for RT Practice
Date: Wednesday, June 22 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
ATRA Academy Faculty: Stephanie Courtney, MS, CTRS

Session description: Participants will receive an overview of the major classes of psychoactive medications, including indications, dosing options, and side effects. We will discuss how the use of these medications can impact your RT programming in an inpatient setting.

Session F2: Impact of Wii on Mental Health
Date: Wednesday, July 6 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
ATRA Academy Faculty: Debbie Pate, MS, CTRS

Session description: Most recreational therapy treatment involving the Nintendo Wii has been in physical rehabilitation; however, it is gaining a place in the mental health treatment of patients of all ages. Evidence supports Wii involvement builds social skills, improves fitness, increases attention, enhances mood and develops creativity among many other benefits. This session will give you ideas to use the Wii in your treatment sessions as well as evidence supporting “Wii Therapy” with your clients.

Session F3: Recreation Therapy and the Recovery Model Philosophy: A Perfect Pairing.
Date: Wednesday, July 20 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
ATRA Academy Faculty: Martha (Marti) Murchison-Winterhalter, CTRS

Session description: Discover how the Recovery model, together with Therapeutic Recreation interventions, can create a culture of healing, for consumers of mental health services that help them in their recovery journey.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Thanks!


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