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, April 23, 2013

RT Opening at VA Black Hills Health Care System

From Debbie Pate, M.S., CTRS:

VA Black Hills Health Care System in Hot Springs, South Dakota, located in the beautiful Black Hills, is seeking a Recreation Therapist for their Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions and/or homelessness. Position is full-time (Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM), permanent and at the GS-10 level (starts at $52,252 annually, tops at $67,931 annually).
Duties include overall responsibility for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive recreation therapy program for veterans with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to, PTSD, addictions, homelessness, TBI, musculoskeletal injuries/pain, depression, bipolar and social dysfunction.
Qualifications include Bachelors in TR or Recreation with TR emphasis, fluency in English and 1 year of full-time experience qualifying experience, which includes: applying the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy; applying knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy that involves the use of therapeutic approaches, either to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons; obtaining information from patients to assess individual needs; developing and implementing individual treatment programs; coordinating treatment with other professional staff; reviewing and evaluating patient goal achievement and progress; and planning and implementing recreational activities for large groups of individuals. Also required is NCTRC certification. A combination of advanced education (masters or doctorate) and experience is acceptable.

The application process includes rating you on the following assessment questions:

1. Ability to evaluate and assess patients for appropriate treatment.
2. Ability to assess aptitudes and interests of patients.
3. Ability to administer treatment plans to a variety of patients.
4. Ability to manage resources for recreational activities.

Working as a recreation therapist in the Black Hills allows you a multitude of natural and cultural resources to assist you in your community reentry interventions. These include national and state parks, national and private monuments, rivers, reservoirs, grasslands, Native American cultural activities, tourist activities and much more. In addition, the Black Hills is a wonderful place to live and raise a family with 4 distinct seasons, mild winters (as compared to eastern South Dakota), small towns and beautiful natural areas, farms and ranches.

For more information or to apply, go to I will be happy to answer any of your questions that I am able.


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