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, September 03, 2012

ATRA Webinars

Session I1: Aromatherapy: A Pleasant Adjunct to Programming or a Therapeutic Tool to Behavioral Management
Date: Wednesday Sept. 5 Time: 1:00 p.m.
ATRA Academy Faculty: Karen Grote, CTRS
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries but only recently its efficacy is being considered in recreational therapy programs. It may be used to alleviate a variety of behaviors, including stress, anxiety, poor sleep, and poor appetite. This session will review efficacy research that may be used to support the use of aromatherapy in recreational therapy programs.

Session I2: Recreational Therapy Delivery in Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Units
Date: Wednesday Sept. 19 Time: 1:00 p.m.

ATRA Academy Faculty: Glenn Kastrinos, LRT/CTRS

Inpatient psychiatric centers have gone to shorter stays where average length of stay can be three to five days. The recreational therapist has to adjust ways to fit RT into this short term structure and will quickly find that some standard approaches in the field may not be effective. This session will explore how the RT can lead groups in this fast paced delivery and remain within the TR standards of practice.

Session I3: Recreation Therapy Discharge Planning to Reduce Readmission
Date: Wednesday October 3 Time: 1:00 p.m.

ATRA Academy Faculty: Lexi Cousino, CTRS
This session will discuss the value of quality discharge planning from a mental health point of view. It will offer ideas, skills and techniques to decrease the rate of recidivism among our patients/clients.


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