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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CAM Has Been Around for a While

I just realized that it has been almost 20 years since the publication of the first issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Even CAM is advancing in age!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

More info on Call for MS for the Annual in TR

Editors of the ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, Professors Marieke Van Puymbreck and Jen Piatt, want to remind contributors that the mansucripts may be sent to Jen Piatt at (jenpiatt@indiana.edu) or Marieke Van Pyumbreck at (mvp@indiana.edu).

Mansucripts are due by March 15, 2013. For more details see the RT Blog post of January 25th on the call for manuscripts for the Annual.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

NYSTRA Annual Conference

NYSTRA’s 18th Annual Multi-Day Conference

April 20 - 23, 2013, FISHKILL, NY

“Rediscovering Our Roots as We Reach for New Heights”

Friday, January 25, 2013

Annual in Therapeutic Recreation Call for Manuscripts

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association is pleased to invite the submission of manuscripts for the Volume 22 of the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, the official research journal of the association. The purpose of the Annual is to further advance the body of knowledge of the therapeutic recreation profession by creating new knowledge and understandings in practice and in education.

Anonymous Review
The Editor will accept for anonymous review unpublished manuscripts suitable for the Annual. While a manuscript is under review, it may not be submitted to another journal. Typical review time is 10 to 12 weeks. Authors must prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Manuscripts not adhering to the APA Manual will be returned to the authors without review. The Instructions for Authors is attached to this Call. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as ONE Word attachment to an email. The Editor will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts within 3 business days; authors should contact the Editor if acknowledgement has not been received within that time frame.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

For further information, you may contact:
629 N. Main Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 450-2872
(601) 582-3354 Fax

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Remote Lecture for Lambton & WCU Visit

I really enjoyed doing Tuesday’s remote lecture with Vicki DiGiovanni's students at Lambton College in Canada. I gave a PowerPoint presentation on my Reformulated Health Protection/Health Promotion Model. (Which was published in 2011 in the American Journal of Recreation Therapy.)
Wednesday I was on the campus of Western Carolina University interacting with faculty and students. It was wonderful to spend the day with Glenn Kastrinos and Peg Connolly and their RT students. The new building that houses the RT Department is very impressive. I particularly liked the RT lab. But more impressive is the RT program. Peg, Glenn, and Jennifer have developed an excellent curriculum and are attracting students of outstanding quality.

Jerry Kelley accompanied me and helped me to discuss lessons from my book, Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners in two of Glenn’s classes. The students really seemed to enjoy hearing Jerry’s comments.

It made me feel very good about our profession to see the splendid program RT program at Western Carolina and to interact with the enthuiastic Lambton students doing my remote lecture.

February is RT Month

I just received a reminder from Mike Sutherland that February is RT Month! ATRA has items for purchase to celebrate RT Month.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lambton College & Western Carolina University

Looking forward to doing a remote lecture tomorrow with Vicki DiGiovanni's students at Lambton College in Canada. I'll be talking about my Reformulated Health Protection/Health Promotion Model. (Which was published in 2011 in the American Journal of Recreation Therapy.)

Wednesday I will be on the campus of Western Carolina University to talk and meet with students. It will be good to see Glenn Kastrinos and Peg Connolly. I hope to also discuss my Reformulated Health Protection/Health Promotion Model with the WCU students as well as discuss lessons from my book, Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

National Academy of Recreational Therapists

Frank Basile, Ph.D., CTRS, President of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists (NART) recently announced the names of those voted into the Academy as Fellows. I plan to post the list of new NART Fellows here on the RT Blog in the near future.

Members of the Academy are now in the process of making nominations for this year's class of NART Fellows.

Disability.gov Quote of the Day

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C. S. Lewis

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Disability.gov Quote of the Day

"Joy is not in things; it is in us." Richard Wagner

Thursday, January 10, 2013

ATRA Mid-Year

A friendly reminder -- the ATRA Mid-Year in coming up March 10-12 in Chattaneoga.

ATRA Webinars

From Jean E. Folkerth, Re.D., CTRS, via ATRAnet:

I just wanted to remind everyone that ATRA webinars are going to begin again next week. There are some wonderful topics/presentations scheduled for this year. Our first series will be on Working with Student Interns. If you are supervising interns or planning to supervise interns, you may want to consider enrolling in this series. Series B will begin at the end of this month and will be on Geriatrics. And, Series C will begin early in February and will be on Caring for Yourself as a Therapist.

Go to the ATRA website and check under the Continuing Education tab for Webinars. Or, simply click on this link. It will take you to the webpage and you will see our exciting webinars for the year.


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

ATRAnet Seems to be Doing Well

I just posted on ATRAnet, the listserv provided by Oklahoma State University. When the system acknowledged my post, it noted it went our to 436 people.

436 is a large number of people and I'm pleased that many have signed up for ATRAnet. But I hope even more individuals will become a part of ATRAnet. If you, or your colleagues, are not on ATRAnet, I would encourage you to go to the ATRA webpage and join up.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Position in Boston

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Join an innovative organization serving 500 individuals with developmental disabilities in the metro north area of Boston. As part of our Family Resource Center, the Recreation Department offers comprehensive services to those living at home with families, independently, in supported living and in group homes. The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will develop, coordinate and implement recreation program for children and adults with developmental disabilities, including direct care responsibilities. This position is Tuesday -- Saturday including some evening hours.

1. Develop and be responsible for a variety of year-round recreational and social programs, which will include the areas of sports, social/leisure activities, outings/travel, life skills and special events.
Programs will include Saturday recreation programs for children and after work programs for adults.
2. Assist the Director in the development of recreation/leisure and life skills activities for people of all ages living at home, independently, and in residential programs.
3. Develop inclusive and specialized recreation/leisure programs in conjunction with existing community resources such as: YMCA's athletic clubs, school systems, churches/temples, city recreation departments, etc.
4. Work cooperatively with families, participants with disabilities and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services to identify need areas, locate resources and develop programs.
5. Coordinate and develop programs to include but not limited to summer programs, sports, after school, aquatics, and social programs.
6. To operate and organize activities in conjunction with ongoing Special Olympic programs, at the area, sectional and state level.
7. Assist the Director in composing newsletter information, brochures and special events flyers.
8. Responsible for public speaking engagements to help enhance the program in a variety of ways (financial, staffing, public education).
9. Assist the Director with grant writing and the financial oversight of all programs

Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) or CTRS certification within one year of employment. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing recreation/leisure activities for persons with developmental disabilities. Demonstrated supervisory experience.

Contact: msimoneau@theemarc.org
Chenine Peloquin, CTRS

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Position Opening

From Thom Skalko via ATRAnet:

The Refuge, A Healing Place of Ocklawaha is seeking a PRN Recreational Therapist to improve and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of clients being treated for substance abuse, trauma and dual-diagnoses in an adult residential treatment environment.

Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university in Recreation Therapy, Art Therapy or similar human services major; 1-2 years of experience as a Recreation Therapist or Art Therapist, preferably with a focus in mental health; Nationally registered or certified (i.e. CTRS)

Position Overview:
Plan, direct, and coordinate recreation programs for clients in our residential treatment facility. Use leisure activities—especially structured group programs—to improve and maintain clients’ general health and well-being.

Administrative Assistant & HR Liaison
The Refuge, A Healing Place
14835 SE 85th St
Ocklawaha, FL 32179
352-288-3333 (office)
352-288-3343 (fax)