RT Blog

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, August 28, 2012

Immediate RT Position Openings in Indy

Larue Carter Memorial Hospital currently has seven new full time job openings available for recreation therapists and recreation therapy assistants!

Larue Carter Hospital is a state operated mental health facility in Indianapolis serving both youth and adults.

Positions will be filled quickly. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Todd Peters, Director of Rehabilitation.

Email: Todd.Peters@fssa.in.gov

Phone: 317-941-4119

Faculty Position at Ole Miss

From Dr. Jasmine Townsend, CTRS via ATRAnet:
We would like to announce an open position for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Park and Recreation Management at the University of Mississippi. Please pass along the following information to colleagues and doctoral candidates that will complete all requirements prior to the start date. This is a new position that has a possible start date of January 2013; review of candidates will begin fall 2012. Applications may be submitted on-line at: https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/search

Job Description

Teach undergraduate core courses and graduate courses in area of expertise on the main University of Mississippi campus, publish research in area of specialization, pursue external funding, develop external resources to provide on-going support for research activities, contribute to interdisciplinary research collaboration, advise undergraduate and graduate majors, and serve on departmental and university committees.

Job Responsibilities

Teach within the NRPA/COAPRT accredited undergraduate program in area of expertise on the University of Mississippi main campus. Teach graduate courses in area of expertise, publish research in area of specialization, pursue external funding, develop external resources to provide on-going support for research activities, contribute to interdisciplinary research collaborations, advise undergraduate and graduate majors, and serve on departmental and university committees. Areas of expertise include but are not limited to the following: experience teaching on-line and/or distance learning courses, recreation administration, and therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy.


Qualified applicants should possess (1) an earned doctorate with at least one graduate degree in recreation/leisure studies or related field by the time of employment, (2) teaching ability in higher education, (3) a strong commitment to scholarship and research, (4) success at obtaining external funding to support scholarly activities, (5) a commitment to teaching distance learning and on-line education courses, and (6) the ability to build relationships with colleagues, practitioners and students.

Additional information about the department, faculty, laboratory resources and programs is available at the following website: http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/hesrm/.

The position is available beginning January 2013.

I will be available to discuss this position more at the ATRA conference in Phoenix. Please feel free to email me with questions, or to schedule a time to meet in Phoenix. We look forward to meeting all interested parties!


Dr. Jasmine Townsend, CTRS

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

University of Mississippi


Monday, August 27, 2012

Congratulations Danny!

Danny Pettry, M.S., CTRS, recently posted on Facebook that he has completed his 10th year as a recreational therapist at the same hospital -- and that he still loves RT! Danny is an Indiana University alum and all at IU are proud of him.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Article on the Resume

Today's Disability.gov posts contained this: What is a resume? http://t.co/mX3QGcY0

The brief article describes the nature of a resume. It could be helpful to RT students developing their resumes for internships or employment.

Good Quote from Disability.gov

"A good goal is like a strenuous exercise – it makes you stretch." Mary Kay Ash

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Video on Spina Bifida

Today’s Disability.gov posting listed a video produced by the Spina Bifida Association. It might be used in an RT course. To view it go to http://t.co/flcU2wXp

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Today's Quote from Disability.gov

"Be brave enough to live life creatively." Alan Alda

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

RT Opening in Psych

From the ATRAnet Listserv:

We are still needing a full time CTRS for a state psychiatric hospital in Columbus, OH. The position would entail one to work with forensic patients in a maximum security setting so prior experience in this or a related field is helpful (but not essential). Please email Christine.Havach@mh.ohio.gov if you or anyone you know is interested!

La Crosse Faculty Position Opening

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track Therapeutic Recreation position at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation. Applicants need expertise to (a) teach introductory and upper division therapeutic recreation core courses (undergraduate and graduate); (b) conduct scholarly activity such as grant writing and publication, and advise undergraduate research and graduate projects and theses; and, (c) provide relevant professional and university service. Applicants need ability to teach elective coursework in one or more areas of TR service and ability to provide academic supervision of therapeutic recreation interns. The position begins August 26, 2013. 

North Carolina RT Conference in September

From Anita and John Sutton:

Join us at the NCRTA Annual Conference in Hickory, NC on September 23-25.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

No Cost & Low Cost Instructional Materials

With school about ready to start, I thought this might be a good time to post a reminder that, at NO COST, the RTV videos are still available from the Indiana University Library, as is the Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy. A number of university instructors use the RTV videos and the Glossary in their courses.

All 23 Recreation Therapy Videos (RTV videos) are available via streaming from the Indiana University Library at https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3378

My Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy is available at http://hdl.handle.net/2022/6474

I would also remind you that available at a very reasonable cost is my book titled Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners. It is available from Sagamore Publishing in paperback (around $20) and as an ebook (I think at around $13). Just go to the Sagamore Publishing website to order a copy or request a review copy if you plan to use it as an instructor.

To read a review of Lessons Learned by Prof. Terry Long go to Vol. 45, No. 2, 2011 issue of Therapeutic Recreation Journal. Another review by Prof. Victoria Dawn Shelar appeared in the Vol. 10, No. 2, 2011 issue of the American Journal of Recreation Therapy.

As I did last academic year, I will be happy to do a telephone Q & A with your class if you adopt Lessons Learned for a course. Just let me know when you wish to do it at daustin@indiana.edu

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Animal Assisted Therapy Webinar

From Jean Folkerth:
Just a reminder that there is a webinar scheduled for this Friday at 1:00 on Animal Assisted Therapy. If you are thinking about instituting a program or just want new ideas, this is the webinar for you!

Go to the ATRA website under Continuing Education and sign up!

New Faculty Member at ECU

Dr. Megan Janke, most recently from the University of South Florida Polytechnic, is now an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at ECU.

Megan received her degrees from the University of Georgia (PhD), Clemson University (MS), and the University of Florida (BS). She is a CTRS and her area of focus within Recreational Therapy is gerontology.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Conference in Florida

2013 Annual Therapeutic Recreation Conference: “Therapeutic Recreation In Motion”

Date: May 1-4, 2013

Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort, St. Augustine, FL

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Save the Dates

Hope RTs will plan to celebrate National Wellness Week, September 17-23, 2012.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Activity Directors Quarterly Call for MS

From Nancy Richeson:

This is a call for manuscripts for Activities Directors' Quarterly. As you have published in our Journal previously, we wanted to remind you that we are seeking articles for upcoming issues.

We need your help! Activities Directors Quarterly specializes in the care of older adults in long-term care settings with all types of dementia including Alzheimer's disease.

Our goal is to provide relevant, high quality information from diverse sources and to serve as effectively as possible the needs of those involved in activities programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. If you have information, articles, or manuscripts that would help us achieve these goals, we would like to hear from you.

Activities Directors’ Quarterly (ADQ) publishes articles, lesson plans, program outlines, commentaries, and studies related to activities-based programs and research which would be of interest to activities directors, occupational therapists, and other professionals in long-term care, transitional care, and assisted-living facilities.
I would like to thank all that have helped us make Activities Directors' Quarterly a valuable tool for professionals dealing with all levels of dementia patients.

Please send your manuscripts to adq@pnpco.com, or deborah_rines@pnpco.com, or Editorial Coordinator.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Position Opening at UNH

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Position
Northeast Passage, Program of the University of New Hampshire
Job Description:
Northeast Passage is a freestanding Therapeutic Recreation
program. It is a fast passed environment with a varied schedule that can include evenings and weekends. The team at Northeast Passage works closely together to provide progressive community based Therapeutic Recreation services, with each team member carrying significant responsibilities.
Therapist will provide therapeutic recreation services to clients in their homes, communities and school systems. Therapist will conduct assessments and develop treatment plans for clients with disabilities. Therapist will have significant autonomy and will often work alone with clients in the field, providing hands on interventions related to adapted recreation and life skills. Therapist will be responsible for billing, progress notes and other communication with contracting agencies. Therapist will also be responsible for planning and conducting adaptive sports and recreation programs for groups of people with disabilities.  
  • Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field

  • Minimum of two years experience in the field, four years preferred

  • Current NCTRC certification and eligible for Recreation Therapy Licensure in NH

  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to adapt to a wide range of people and settings

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Working knowledge of a wide range of adaptive sports and adaptive equipment

  • Excellent problem solving skills  

  • Self motivated, team player

  • Well organized
  • Benefits: competitive salary, university benefits including vacation and sick time, healthcare, educational benefits, 403b retirement opportunity.
    For a more comprehensive job description or to apply, visit
    Cover letter and resume may be electronically attached with application.  Computer access/assistance is available at the Human Resources Office, 2 Leavitt Lane, Durham, NH 03824 or call 603-862-0501 (TTY Users 603-862-3227). 

    University Rankings of RT Schools

    I enjoy reviewing the annual rankings of universities. I thought I’d share some of the recent rankings by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity.

    Among the “Best Public Colleges & Universities” I noted the following schools that have RT majors:

    Indiana University (36), University of Utah (39), University of New Hampshire (48), Clemson (79), University of Iowa (102), UNC Greensboro (122), and Temple (138).

    Among the “100 Best Buys” Ratings I noted the following universities that have RT majors:

    BYU, Idaho (9), BYU (14), University of Utah (23), UNC Greensboro (24), East Carolina (31), UNC Wilmington (32), Oklahoma State University (60), Indiana University (79), and the University of Southern Mississippi (86).

    Granted, I may have missed a school with RT that was on one of the lists – but I checked them as carefully as I could. As a former Indiana University faculty member, I was pleased to see that IU made both lists. The University of Utah also shared this distinction, as did UNC Greensboro.

    I hope sharing these ratings helps to remind those in our profession of the critical role that universities play in providing evidence to support practice and in preparing professionals for practice.

    Wednesday, August 01, 2012

    "To Serve a Purpose" Video

    I just viewed the Recreation Therapy Video (RTV) “To Serve a Purpose.” This video provides an overview of recreational therapy, its settings and objectives. Even though produced a number of years ago, the video remains pertinent today.

    “To Serve a Purpose” is appropriate to use in introductory courses, such as “Introduction to Recreational Therapy” and “Recreation and Leisure” as it provides an introduction to what RT is all about. It also may be used within in-service training with kindred professionals.

    “To Serve a Purpose” and 22 other RTV videos may be obtained free of cost from the Indiana University Library. Recreation Therapy Videos (RTV videos) are available via streaming from at https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3378

    IU & Iowa Among Best Buys in Universities

    Indiana University (IU) and the University of Iowa are listed among 20 public universities from the USA, Canada, and the UK as "Best Buy" universities by the 2013 Fiske Guide.
    The other Big 10 sister school listed in the top 20 is the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Special congratulation to IU and Iowa. Both have well regarded RT programs.