- Name: Hoosier RT
- 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, July 31, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Therapeutic Recreation in Motion Conference
The 2013 Key Largo, FL "Therapeutic Recreation in Motion" conference brochure is now on-line! If you are looking for luxury resorts, this is not the conference for you, however, if it is being on an island in the middle of the ocean, check us out!
Fishing trips, kayaking, snorkeling, and much more awaits you in rustic (yet air conditioned) beach front property!
Visit www.trinmotion.org for more information!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
RT Opening at Montana State Hospital
The State of Montana has a new position opening for a Recreation Therapist. See below for details. Interested parties may apply online at www.mt.gov
Please contact Beth Eastman, CTRS at 406-693-7145 with any questions. Please share with everyone and all!!
Beth Eastman, CTRS
Rehabilitation Department Manager
Montana State Hospital
PO Box 300
Warm Springs, MT 59756
Facebook Post Regarding My New Book
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
TR Processes and Techniques has been Published
So an annoucement of the book should be forthcoming and print and e-book copies will be available.
I am really proud of this new edition. I truly believe it will make a significant contribution to the literature.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
ATRA Election Results Announced
President Elect - Debbie Robinson
Secretary - Tim Passmore
Friday, July 19, 2013
468 Now on ATRAnet
Instructor's Guide for 7th edition of TR Processes and Techniques
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Research on Beatles Music and Depression
The Beatles may bring back good memories in more ways than one: listening to the group's old familiar tunes helped to relieve depression, anxiety, and other psychological health problems among patients with moderate to severe dementia, researchers found.
Cooking and baking also improved patients' general sense of well-being, Pauline Narme, MD, of University Paris Descartes, in France, and colleagues reported here at the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference.
"Whether randomized to group music sessions or group cooking lessons, a number of psychological measures including anxiety and depression decreased significantly in our dementia patients both during and post treatment," with a P value of <0 .05="">
Based on the limited efficacy and serious side effects of pharmacological treatments used to treat psychological problems in patients with dementia, experts strongly encourage the development of nonpharmacological care strategies, Narme said.
A few small studies have suggested that musical therapy may help such patients, but few have been randomized and others have other methodological weaknesses, she said.
The new study, a randomized controlled trial accepted just this week for publication in theJournal of Alzheimer's Disease, involved 48 patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease or mixed dementia living at the same nursing home.
Eleven patients were lost to attrition and the remaining 37 were randomized to either a musical or a cooking intervention group. Each intervention lasted 4 weeks, with two 1-hour sessions a week.
The vast majority of patients in both groups were female, and mean age was 87 years in the music group (18 patients) and 88 in the cooking group (19 patients).
During music sessions, popular old tunes such as Beatles hits were played, and patients were encouraged to sing or follow along by beating on a small drum.
During cooking sessions, a different recipe, such as chocolate cake or French pancakes, was collectively prepared each time.
Blind evaluations were conducted before, during, and 4 weeks after the intervention to assess short- and long-term effects.
Patients were evaluated using the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), a validated questionnaire of caregiver distress in which physicians rate how emotionally distressing they find a number of their patients' behaviors such as anxiety or depression.
The findings revealed that:
• In the music group, scores on depression dropped significantly at 2 and 4 weeks
• Anxiety decreased significantly at 2 weeks
• In the cooking group, anxiety and irritability dropped at 2 and 4 weeks, respectively
As rated by the patients, the severity of these problems also improved significantly after both interventions.
While the researchers had expected music to have a greater effect in improving mental well-being than cooking based on previous research, Narme hypothesized that the "socialization of both activities explains why both worked equally well."
William Thies, PhD, senior scientist in residence at the Alzheimer's Association, agreed. "Clinicians need to remind caregivers that people with dementia are people too. Don't just let them watch TV all day. The more you can get them to participate in family or group activities, the better," he said.
Narme P, et al "Efficacy of musical interventions in moderate to severe dementia: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial" AAIC 2013; Abstract PC-004.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Guest Editorial in Current Issue of AJRT
23rd Anniversary of ADA
Friday, July 12, 2013
RT Psych Position Opening in Cincy
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Call for Editor(s) of Annual
Call for Editor(s) for the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, the research journal of the
American Therapeutic Recreation Association.
• One or more individuals may be named as editor/co-editors.
• All editors/co-editors must be an active professional member of the Association, and a CTRS, at the time of appointment and remain in active status for the duration of the editorship.
• The editor/co-editors should be recognized scholars in the therapeutic recreation profession and have extensive editorial experience serving as an editor and/or associate editor for the Annual or other comparable scholarly journal(s).
• The editor/co-editors may not serve as editors of other journals simultaneously with their Annual co-editorship.
If you have questions, please contact Diane Skalko, ATRA President
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Position Opening at SIU
We are seeking a dynamic professional to join the faculty of Health Education and Recreation (HER), housed in the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
This is a full-time instructor position (Non-Tenure Track, A generalist position) for the academic year of 2013 and 2014. However, this position will either turn into a Tenure Track Position (we already got an approval for a TT faculty position for fall 14) or be kept as a separate NTT faculty position, depending on our fiscal situation.
The screening will begin on July 15.
1. A letter of application,
2. Curriculum Vita,
3. Unofficial transcripts, &
4. A list of three professional references to be contacted
You can send your materials to:
Department of Health Education and Recreation
Pulliam Hall 307, Mail Code 4632
475 Clocktower Drive, SIU Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901,
Phone: (618) 453-2777
Or you can simply send your materials directly to me by e-mail (email@example.com).
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Pleased to Announce a New Book
The book is aimed at students studying for careers in parks, receation, and tourism. I sure hope that our book has wide use in universities across the U.S. and Canada as it has much to say about leisure services being truly inclusionary -- that is serving not only people with disabilities but all who are from underrepresented sectors of society such as aging populations, women, those with nondominent sexual orientations, and people from racial and ethnic groups.
As stated in the Preface: "In order to reflect the broadened concept of inclusion represented in the sixth edition of Inclusive and Special Recreation, as well as to represent the perspective that recreation and leisure contribute significantly to the growth and well-being of individuals, the subtitle of the book has been revised. The full title of the sixth edition is Inclusive and Special Recreation: Opportunities for Diverse Populations to Flourish."
Monday, July 01, 2013
VA Position Opening
Please distrbute the following recreation therapist position at a VA hospital to anyone who would be interested. The VA hospital is located in Southern Illinois (Marion), 20 minutes from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Job Title:Recreation Therapist
Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
SALARY RANGE: $52,252.00 to $67,931.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 21, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Marion, IL
WHO MAY APPLY: Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Heewon Yang, Ph.D. & CTRS®
Professor, Director of Recreation Graduate Studies Department of Health Education and Recreation Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 60901-4632