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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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Good RT Position Open

From Norma Stumbo:

Meet individuals specific needs. Establish recreational goals for adults with mentalcompetencies: 1. Ability to use recreational therapy to rehabilitate adultspsychiatric disorders. 2. Knowledge of recreational therapy to rehabilitate adults
Naval Medical Command

Naval Medical Center, San Diego,California

$62,451.00 to $81,184.00 / Per Year

Open Period:
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to Monday, June 04, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Position Opening in Columbus, Ohio

From Christine Havach via ATRAnet comes this position opening:

If anyone on the list serve or for someone who knows anyone who is interested in a job, we have an opening at our state psychiatric facility, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare. We serve both acute and forensic patients but the position is specifically for an acute care. I am actually the person needing to be replaced as I am moving to another unit. If you are or someone you know is interested please contact me at Christine_Havach@hotmail.com

Thursday, May 24, 2012

From Colleen Cooke:
Job opening in Ohio. Contact:

Patrick L. Monaghan, CTRS, CPP
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Absolute Care, LLC
4620 Sawmill Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220
614.326.1735 (office)
614.326.1736 (fax)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Position Opening in Nebraska

Norma J Stumbo sent this announcement along:

ADVERTISEMENT: The Lincoln Regional Center, a JCAHO-accredited psychiatric facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, is seeking a CTRS/CTRS-eligible individual to facilitate outcome-based, goal-directed Therapeutic Recreation programming for men and women with mental illnesses and/or legal issues. Scheduled hours and days for this position are Tuesday through Saturday or Sunday through Thursday – alternating evening and day shifts. REQUIREMENTS: Certification/certification eligible as CTRS. Excellent benefits. Drug screen, pre-employment physical and background check required. Candidates must complete an on-line application at http://www.statejobs.nebraska.gov/
Thank you,

John Andreini, CTRS MST
DHHS-Lincoln Regional Center
402.479.5333 (alternate)
state jobs dot nebraska dot gov

A Quote to Ponder

 "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." Margaret Mead

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Registration Open for ATRA Conference

ATRA has announced registration is now open for the 2012 ATRA Annual Conference!
October 12-15, 2012
Phoenix, AZ

The earlybird registration rate is good through 9/10/12, and program information will be available in advance of that.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May is Mental Health Month

May as Mental Health Month. The month of May is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in our lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Position Openings at Cleveland Clinic

From Professor Colleen Cooke:

JOB OPENINGS: At Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Shaker Campus there are 2 positions open for a CTRS.

One is full time working in the pediatric dialysis unit and the infant/toddler unit.

The second one is part time(20 hours) working mainly infant/toddler unit but filling in as needed elsewhere!

The positions are not "officially" posted yet, but interested students are encouraged to send their résumé to garas@ccf.org

Friday, May 11, 2012

Conference at Sea Brochure

From Allyson Dedic, CTRS:

Hello All!

I finally have the brochure completed and ready to view!  Participants may book up until the day of the cruise… this is a FUN and less costly way of gaining up to 22 hours of continuing education hours.  You can save 44% by attending a “Conference at Sea”!

Cruise costs have gone down but space may be limited J  Call Susan Owens to book your cabin at 301-421-1956 and feel free to call or email me with any questions.  As always, you can visit our website at www.whitehallboca.com/confernece.html

Allyson Dedic, CTRS
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Whitehall Boca Raton
7300 Del Prado Circle South
Boca Raton, FL 33433
(561) 237-3818 direct

IOM Says Society Must Fight Obesity--Where is RT?

A recent post on MedPage Today read: IOM: Society Must Rally to Fight Obesity. The story stated:
"A society-wide approach is needed to solve the complex and "catastrophic" problem of obesity in the U.S., according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).".
Why hasn't RT seemed to taken on the cause of fighting obesity? When I began my career in RT physical fitness was a regular feature of RT programs. But RTs today don't seem to be providing physical fitness programs that would help; fight obesity. I wonder why?

ATRA Upcoming Webinars

From Jean Folkerth:

This next webinar will be useful to you no matter what setting you work in and begins Wednesday May 16.  This series is entitled Generations in the Workplace: A modern challenge for recreation therapy.  The first session will present information on working with The Veterans.  The second session will be on May 23 and present information on working with baby boomers and the last session will be on June 6 and present information on working with Generations "X", "Y" and "Next".  Remember you can always use the replay option but you must sign up for the session ahead of time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jfolkerth@hotmail.com

Thanks and hope to meet you in a webinar!

Jean Folkerth
ATRA Academy Coordinator

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

ATRA Annual Conference

Starts October 12th in Phoenix, Arizona.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

May is Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month and the theme this year is "Never too old to play!" Hope all older Americans will celebrate by playing!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Nancy Richeson Named New Editor of AJRT

The American Journal of Recreation Therapy has named a new Editor-in Chief. Professor Nancy E. Richeson, Ph.D., CTRS, is the new Editor-in-Chief for AJRT. I have been thinking that Nancy would be ideal in this role and I am very pleased that Nancy has chosen to accept this important position. Best of success, Nancy!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Blogger.com has Changed Its System -- Frustrating!

I've enjoyed doing the RT Blog since April of 2006 but the new format that has been imposed by blogger.com is driving me crazy. I must confess that for the first time I'm thinking about giving up the RT Blog. I'll see how it goes but right now I'm frustrated with the new way to post.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Good Quote

Quote that appeared on Disability.gov this morning:
“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald