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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, December 27, 2013

February is RT Month

February 2014 is RT Month so get ready to celebrate!

ATRA Mid-Year in March

ATRA Mid-Year will be March 9-12, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

Ole Hoosier RT to do ATRA Webinar

On January 15, 2014, I'll conduct a webinar titled "Dare to Share: Making Presentations for Recreational Therapy." Go to the ATRA homepage to register.

Revamped RT Newsletter

From Danny Pettry, M.S., CTRS: Hello Rec. Therapist, I’ve rebranded and revamped my email newsletter for the Rec. Therapist. You can get a sneak preview at the Jan. 2014 issue that will be sent out on Jan. 1st. here: http://www.facebook.com/l/IAQETnBqjAQEuE8gkNg8l_r0oQNz7I82-g_OO5WX8QG_0wQ/ymlp.com/zUBNqj Best wishes. And feel free to "Share" the link with others.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Openings in California

Applicants must submit separate applications for the exam and the position. The Final Filing Date for both is Wednesday, January 8, 2013. Vacancy description: DSH-V is a 439-bed inpatient psychiatric facility within a state prison serving incarcerated males. We are seeking qualified individuals interested in FT positions as Rehabilitation Therapists (Recreation). The Rehab Therapist works within the IDTT by providing evaluation and treatment services to mentally ill patients who are referred by the CDCR. The Rehab Therapist works within a forensic setting providing therapeutic treatment groups, is an active participant in the IDTT, conducts assessments, develops treatment plans, evaluates and documents patients’ progress and participates in professional service meetings. Minimum qualifications for employment include: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree with major work in recreation therapy and completion of an approved clinical internship at a site affiliated with the college; applicants who have not completed a clinical internship because it was not a component of the academic program at the time, are required to have completed a minimum of two years full-time paid experience in a clinical, residential, or community-based setting after receipt of the required degree Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to apply. Eligibility requirements must be indicated on a completed STD-678 (Examination and/or Employment Application) and mailed to the Personnel Office at the address indicated. Applications lacking stated eligibility requirements will not be accepted. Exam Bulletin and description of minimum requirements: http://jobs.ca.gov/Bulletin/Bulletin/Index?examCD=8HG57 The Standard State Application Form 678: http://jobs.ca.gov/profile/stateapplication Department of State Hospitals-Vacaville Personnel Office P.O. Box 2297 Vacaville, CA 95696

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Management Position Open in Georgia

Devereux Georgia is looking for a Activity Therapy Manager. The senior management team and the medical director at Devereux are top-notch. They are all very passionate supporters of recreation therapy. Brief Description: This is a wonderful opportunity to positively impact the lives of children with special needs and enrich their well-being. If you are a Certified Activity Therapy Manager with at least 3 years of management experience and have been responsible for planning and leading therapeutic activities in a behavioral health or hospital setting, this is the job for you. Applicants must have supervision experience. Detailed Summary: The Certified Activity Therapy Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, evaluating and directing the Activity Therapy program for children/adolescents with emotional/behavioral challenges in our residential program. Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy, or Art/Music Therapy from an accredited school and certification as required by state regulations from the appropriate professional organization such the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC). Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years management/supervision experience. The Activity Therapy Manager plans and implements individual and group recreation services that support the client’s treatment plan, contributes to the care of the client through the interdisciplinary team, and documents activities for each client. The Activity Therapy Manager provides supervision to other recreational staff and volunteers to achieve delivery of quality recreation services to all in residence. The Activity Therapy Manager is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the activities provided and takes initiative to enhance and improve recreational programming on an ongoing basis. web address: http://www.devereux.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ga_index Devereux Georgia Treatment Network 1291 Stanley Road Kennesaw, GA 30152

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

RT Position in Montana

Montana State Hospital (MSH) in BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWEST MONTANA is recruiting for a full-time Recreation Therapy position....Position posted by Beth Eastman, CTRS Rehabilitation Department Manager Montana State Hospital PO Box 300 Warm Springs, MT 59756 406-693-7145 eeastman@mt.gov

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Southeast RT Symposium, April, Myrtle Beach

2014 Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium "Evidenced Based Recreational Therapy: An ocean of opportunity to learn, grow, practice," April 9-11 2014 Sheraton Convention Center: Myrtle Beach, SC

Faculty Position at Temple

Temple University is pleased to announce a full-time faculty opening for the 2014-2015 academic year.This is a new faculty line in our growing and thriving TR program. Interested individuals can contact me directly for additional information. -- Rhonda Nelson, Ph.D., CTRS Temple University Department of Rehabilitation Sciences 1700 N. Broad Street - Suite 304 Philadelphia, PA 19122 215-204-1387 (phone) 215-204-1386 (fax) nelsonr@temple.edu

TRJ Call for Papers

A Call for Papers for a future special issue of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal has been released. The topic is Measuring Evidence-Based Outcomes. Manuscripts that address evidence-based practices, outcomes measurement, and accountability for the therapeutic recreation process are being solicited. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2014. For more information about the call, submission guidelines or about TRJ, please visit http://js.sagamorepub.com/trj.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Colleen Cooke Announces SRU Workshop

From Dr. Colleen A. Cooke, CTRS: Slippery Rock University’s Annual Therapeutic Recreation Workshop is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014. This is a great opportunity to earn CEUs at a very affordable price! More specific details will follow, however at this point we are seeking presentation proposals. Please note that this event serves as the primary fundraising activity for the TR Club, and we do not provide remuneration for presenters. That said, please DO consider presenting! If you would like to propose a session, please complete a session proposal using the attached format and email it to me at colleen.cooke@sru.edu. Proposals must be received by January 11, 2014 in order to be considered. Thanks for considering this, either as a presenter or attendee! Look forward to hearing from you. Dr. Colleen A. Cooke, CTRS 109 Patterson Hall, Therapeutic Recreation Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock, PA 16057 (724) 738-2601

Monday, December 02, 2013

Reminder: ATRA Mid-Year in March

ATRA Mid-Year Professional Issues Forum March 9-12, 2014 | Rockville, MD