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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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Position Opening in Brookline, MA

From Stephany LaFlamme:

Just wanted to pass along a job opening...

Assistant Director of Recreation Position in Brookline, MA. Facility is a quick 10 minute subway ride from Boston. Facility provides short term physical rehab and long term care. Please see the link for more information. https://www.ghcjobs.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=80507&CurrentPage=1

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Disability.gov Quote on Power

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker

Monday, March 25, 2013

BYU Listed Among "Worst Party Schools"

Of universities offering RT professional preparation programs, only BYU (Provo, Utah) is listed among the 10 worst party schools, in 7th place.

By the way, Grove City College (PA) was at the top of the list. Grove City, fortunately or unfortunately, doesn't offer RT.

Friday, March 22, 2013

RT Workshop April 3rd in Urbana, Illinois

12th Annual ILRTA Central Region Workshop & Intern / Career Expo

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 , 8:00am-3:30pm
Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana, Illinois

.6 CEUs (pending) through the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Board
For more information, ILRTA workshop2013.docx

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Six Openings at Oregon State Hospital

From Michael Scott Ratliff, CTRS:

I would like to pass on a job posting; Oregon State Hospital has 6 Rehabilitation Therapists positions open in our Forensic Services programs. These are full time positions with the State of Oregon. The salary and the benefits package are very competitive. A qualified candidate needs to be properly credentialed as a Recreational Therapist, Music Therapist, or Art Therapist to qualify. Please, pass on to anyone who might have an interest.


I hope that many Recreational Therapy professionals apply for this. Please, help spread the word and direct any Recreational Therapists to our posting.

Feel free to contact me with any question about the positions.


Michael S. Ratliff, CTRS
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
2600 Center St NE B02-310 C-27
Salem, Oregon 97301-2682

Salem Office: (503) 945-2967,

Disability.gov Quote of the Day

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." Nikos Kazantzakis

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Faculty Position Opening

From Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS:

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND LEISURE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track faculty position starting August 15, 2013.

Located in the City of Mobile, we are minutes from Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Attached is the Therapeutic Recreation/Leisure Studies

Please feel free to call or email me if you
have any questions.


Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS
Associate Professor
University of South Alabama
Department of HPELS
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: 251-460-7131

Friday, March 15, 2013

Interesting Quote from Disability.gov

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." Joshua Marine

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Disability.gov Quote of the Day

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ATRA Research Institute Call

The ATRA Research Institute is soliciting proposals for presentations and posters for sharing at the Institute held in conjunction with the 2013 ATRA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.

The due date is APRIL 15.
Jo Ann Coco-Ripp, PhD, LRT/CTRS
Assistant professor
Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator
Winston Salem State University
Office: 336-750-3459

Disability.gov Quote of the Day

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." Omar Khayyam

Friday, March 08, 2013

ATRAnet Keeps Growing!

I just made a post on ATRAnet and learned there are now 467 of us on the listserv.

Thanks to the ATRA Board and Oklahoma State University for establishing ATRAnet.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Tiffany Square, Grand Island-Life Enrichment Coordinator

Tiffany Square in Grand Island, Nebraska seeks a dynamic, creative, well-organized Life Enrichment Coordinator who thinks outside the box for events, recreation, entertainment, and community outings. This kind, caring, fun individual needs the personal warmth to relate to our residents as unique individuals. Tiffany Square is driven by our mission of “dignity in life” for our residents. Working with a team, you will develop, plan, organize, implement and evaluate a varied and robust program, assist with new resident acclimation, and carry out rewarding responsibilities.

The qualified candidate should have a degree or equivalent experience, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or CTRS eligible individuals preferred. Visit www.vetterhealthservices.com/tiffanysquare for more information or to apply.

Contact: Tami Smith, administrator-gri@vhsmail.com
Tiffany Square
3119 West Faidley Avenue
Grand Island, NE 68803
Phone: (308) 384-2333
Fax: (308) 384-3620

Cameo Rogers, CTRS, CDP, CDCM
Vetter Health Services
(402) 981-8087

CTRA Conference -- Montreal in May

The 17th Annual CTRA Conference will be held May 15th-17th, 2013 Montreal, Quebec Canada

To access Preliminary Conference Program and Conference Registration Form please visit http://canadian-tr.org/CTRA-Conference-2013

Both Norma Stumbo and I will be giving keynote addresses.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

RT Position Open at Montana State Hospital

Beth Eastman, CTRS the Rehabilitation Department Manager at Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, MT, has announced a position opening for a recreational therapist.
Beth's contact information is:

Monday, March 04, 2013

457 Now on ATRAnet

I just submitted a post to ATRAnet. The message from OSU that I received to confirm my post indicted ATRAnet now has 457 people on it. I'm so pleased that more and more people are joining ATRAnet.

I pushed for somewhile for ATRA to get a listserv because I felt RTs needed a way to share information and ideas.

Special thanks to the RT faculty at Oklahoma State University for establishing ATRAnet for ATRA.