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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.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Faculty Position Opening

From Tim Passmore, Ed.D., CTRS/L:

Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce the search for a faculty member within the area of Recreational Therapy. The individual selected for this position will primarily provide instruction in the area of Recreational Therapy working with undergraduate and graduate students at the MS & Doctoral level. We encourage all individuals interested in the position to apply including those individuals who are in the final phases of completing the doctoral degree. We will start reviewing applications July 15th, 2013 for the faculty position which starts August 2014. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tim Passmore at tim.passmore@okstate.edu

Tim Passmore, Ed.D., CTRS/L
Associate Professor
School of Applied Health & Educational Psychology
Oklahoma State University

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Working on Instructor's Guides Brings Back Memories

Working on the Instructor’s Guides for 2 books –  the 7th edition of Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques and 6th edition of Inclusive and Special Recreation – brought to my mind the grueling experience years ago of writing multiple-choice items for the first NCTRC exam. I am working hard at trying to forgive Peg Connolly for that experience! ☺

Monday, June 24, 2013

Part-Time CTRS Position in Chicago Area

From Jeff Levy:
We're looking to hire a part-time contractual CTRS to work with children and adolescents in a therapeutic day school. Excellent pay and supervision---and opportunities for additional work. Wondered if you know of anyone in the Chicago area looking for part-time work---and/or if you could spread the word.
Anyone interested can contact me at jrlevymsw@gmail.com or via phone at 773.880.1473.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Obesity and RT

The AMA has declared obesity to be a disease. Another reminder to our profession of the need for RTs to develop physical activity programs to help clients dealing with obesity.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

7th Edition of Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques

I've been busy going over proofs for the 7th edition of my book, Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques: Evidence-Based Recreational Therapy being published by Sagamore Publishing. It is work that is not fun -- but I look forward to having the book come out soon -- probably in August.

I'm extremely proud of this 7th edition and I believe this edition will make a strong contribution to the literature of RT.

I'm also completing work on the Instructor's Guide (e.g., test items, possible learning activities) for the 7th edition of Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques. The Instructor's Guide should be ready at the time of the book's publication.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Best Children's Hospitals, Do They Have RTs?

A list of the best children's hospitals was just published. I've listed them below. I am curious to know how many have RTs. Does anyone know?

Best children's hospitals:
1.Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Boston Children's Hospital
3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children's Hospital Houston
5. Children's Hospital Los Angeles
6. St. Louis Children's Hospital Washington University
7. Children's Hospital Aurora, Colorado
8. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
8. Johns Hopkins Children's Center
10.Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Friday, June 14, 2013

CTRA Session Evaluations

I just received and read the session evaluations from the Canadian Therapeutic Recretion Conference held in Montreal in May. I certainly appreciated all the nice comments made by those attending my sessions. It was a great experience for me to participate in a CTRA Conference. Thanks to CTRA for inviting me!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 15th Deadline on Applying for RT Positions in Oregon

From Michael Scott Ratliff:
Reminder – Oregon State Hospitals’ Job posting for 6 Rehab Therapists remains open till June 15. This is an awesome opportunity for a CTRS!

Monday, June 10, 2013

ATRA Call for Posters

ATRA invites therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy professionals, educators, and students to submit abstracts for the 2013 ATRA Practice Poster Session. The primary purpose for practice poster presentations is to showcase intervention programs that produce client outcomes. This is an excellent opportunity to share recent successes and challenges with fellow professionals.

Session Format: Presenters create a poster that will be fastened to a freestanding display panel. Suggested size for posters is up to 36 by 48 inches. Design, coloration, etc., is up to the author, but the poster should look professional and be easy to read from four feet away. Further details will be communicated directly to poster presenters.

During the poster session, attendees will circulate among the displays, talking informally with presenters. The poster session is two hours long, although it is anticipated that the posters will be kept up for an entire day.

Benefits of Participation: Earn contact hours toward NCTRC recertification...network...initiate collaboration efforts...provide service to the profession...receive feedback for professional development...help promote the benefits of therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy among a diverse audience of ATRA delegates!

Proposal Format: Send your proposal to the ATRA National Office at: conferences@atra-online.com. Please send a duplicate of your proposal to the Practice Poster Session chair: slklitz@ilstu.edu.

All abstracts must include:
↘ Poster Title (10 word limit)
↘ Intervention program overview (300 word limit; brief synopsis of the program including the setting and population served)
↘ Client goals (minimum of three)
↘ Assessment tools/techniques (100 word limit; who is appropriate for the program)
↘ Staffing (50 word limit)
↘ Process (300 word limit; describe how the program is implemented including frequency and length of sessions)
↘ Evaluation (75 word limit; how the program is evaluated)
↘ Client outcomes (150 word limit)
↘ Suggestions for replication (100 word limit)
↘ Presenter(s) and contact information (Name as you want it printed in the final program, agency/facility/institution, address, phone, and email. Note: The first presenter listed will be considered the primary contact person.)
Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2013

For questions or clarifications please contact the ATRA Practice Poster Session Chair:
Sandra Klitzing, Illinois State University, 309-438-8396, slklitz@ilstu.edu

National Men's Health Week

June 10th - 16th is National Men’s Health Week.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Life is a Journey

 "Life is a journey, not a destination." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Mother Teresa Quote

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." Mother Teresa

Monday, June 03, 2013

Lack of Ph.D.'s a Real Problem for RT

I can't stop worrying about the lack of universities with Ph.D. programs in RT. As far as I can tell, there are only four universities today that produce Ph.D.'s. Our profession faces a crisis in that faculty are retiring and there are so few scholars with Ph.D. degrees to replace them. Every profession needs Ph.D. trained scholars to provide research and scholarship for the profession -- so the lack of Ph.D.'s should be a concern for all in our profession.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Love & Hate Quote

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference." Elie Wiesel