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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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Position Opening at FIU

Position Title: Internship Coordinator Job Opening ID: 507191 Division/Department: College of Education Recruitment Type: Internal and External Requirements: Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or CTRS eligible required. Target Salary: $50,000 Advertising Salary: $50,000 Posting: FIU Website Preferences: A Master's degree in therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy or parks and recreation (or related field) with an emphasis area completed in therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy is preferred. Tentative Timeline for Recruitment Posting Period: 1/07/2014-1/21/2014 HR Review: HR will qualify applicants as they come in the pool. Interview: Interviews are not to be held or scheduled until EOP certifies applicant pool and Recruitment Services certifies the interview pool for a diverse pool of candidates. The HR Liaison must document interviews in the system once certifications have taken place. Website: careers.fiu.edu (external applicants), my.fiu.edu (internal applicants) Instructions on Viewing Positions: Please go to my.fiu.edu, then go to HR Admn, then to Browse Job Openings, and you should be able to see the positions that are assigned to you in addition to viewing the resumes of the applicants. Job Summary • Coordinate with the General Counsel's office, RT faculty, and in some cases, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to be certain that affiliation agreements are completed and maintained. Coordinate with the on-campus RT Clinical Experiences Coordinator when utilizing affiliation agreements for sites that students from both programs complete internship rotations. • Network with RT professionals for the establishment of new affiliation agreements with sites in which RT is offered. • Develop and maintain internship site list that is regularly updated and uploaded onto the recreational therapy website. • Coordinate with the faculty internship supervisors, site RT supervisors (practitioners), and students in advance of the internships so to provide them with all of the student's paperwork after the internships have been approved. • Organize and hold orientation meetings with students in advance of their internships and with their University internship supervisors during the semester in which students are completing their internships. • Collect, review, and maintain required paperwork from students before, during, and after internship rotations. • Communicate with internship site supervisors before and during the internships, then collect final evaluation forms from internship site supervisors and review with students. • Complete internship file upon ending of final internship, review final evaluation, and submit final grades. • Perform site visits only when necessary. • Prepare letters of completion to verify hours for national certification. • Florida International University is a comprehensive university. For more information about FIU, visit fiu.edu.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Temple has Position Openings

From Rhonda Nelson, Ph.D., CTRS: Temple University welcomes applications for full-time faculty positions beginning in late August 2014. In addition to a new faculty line we are also seeking to fill an exisiting line due to a retirement. Please see the attached announcement for full details. These positions are eligible for re-appointments following the initial one year appointment. Review of applications will begin on February 5th. 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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AJRT Call for Papers

American Journal of Recreation Therapy is the journal of record in the field and features a distinguished Editorial Review Board led by Editor-In-Chief, Professor Nancy E. Richeson, PhD, CTRS. Dr. Richeson has a long standing reputation as a leader in the constantly evolving field of recreation therapy. Manuscripts are accepted for review include: original clinical or basic science research, case reports, clinical reviews, literature reviews, practical application, inservice updates and letters to the editor. Manuscript submission is handled electronically. For author guidelines and additional instructions or to submit a manuscript, please follow our manuscript page link or please visit the journal's webpage, www.recreationtherapy.org.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Call for Presentations for WSTRA

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS WSTRA 15th Annual Conference -- Conference Date - April 5, 2014, EWU Campus, Cheney, WA We are looking for presenters for our 15th Annual Conference to fill 60 minute and 90 minute time slots (or longer with special consideration). Please consider this great opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with Recreation Therapists from the region. Submissions should be sent to: presidentelect.wstra@gmail.com by January 31, 2014 Click here for more information! http://www.wstra.org/documents/ConferenceCallForPresentations2014.pdf

Mid-East TR Symposium Announced

The Mid-East TR Symposium will be in Ocean City MD this year from April 6-8.

New York Conference in Saratoga Springs

NYSTRA's 19th Annual Multi Day Conference being held April 5-8, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY. We hope people will join us in Historic Saratoga Springs - "TR - We Help to Beat the Odds!" Jennifer Battle, CTRS & Daniele Fish, CTRS NYSTRA Conference Co-chairs

Monday, January 20, 2014

Scholarships Available tor SRTS

The Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS), Inc. is excited to offer scholarships for the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium to be held April 9-11, 2014 at the Sheraton Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The theme for this year's symposium is “Evidenced Based Recreational Therapy: An Opportunity to Learn, Grow, Practice. ” In addition to the student scholarships, SRTS is pleased to again offer a scholarship for first-year practitioners. The scholarships are intended to make the Symposium available to those students and first-year practitioners who 1) have a need for financial assistance, and 2) demonstrate potential to use the knowledge gained to enhance professional practice. The scholarships are "working" scholarships. Those who receive scholarships will assist with various aspects of administering the Symposium. SRTS believes this experience will further enhance the student’s or the practitioner’s professional competencies. The scholarships will provide complimentary registration and housing, but will not cover meals (except any included in the registration) and transportation. Information for completing the application and additional information about the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium can be found at srts.info. Please distribute this information to those who may be interested and may benefit from this opportunity. The deadline for applications February 7, 2014. Those selected for the scholarships will be notified by February 21, 2014. A copy of the application is attached. If you have questions about the SRTS Scholarships please call or write. Please return completed applications (electronically) to Mrs. Jo Lewis, Chair-Elect, SRTS Board of Directors at boilermakerJo@aol.com . Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be scanned and attached with your application and returned to: Jo Lewis at boilermakerjo@aol.com NO LATER THAN February 7, 2014.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Faculty Position at ECU

East Carolina University seeks an individual to fill a nine-month tenure-track position in Recreational Therapy and Biofeedback in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RCLS) within the College of Health and Human Performance effective August 25, 2014.

Annual in Therapeutic Recreation Call for Papers

The Annual in Therapeutic Recreation – Volume 22 has issued a Call for Manuscripts. The deadline for submission is February 14, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Drs. Lexi McKenney or Ellen Broach at Alexis McKenney mcKenney@fiu.edu Ellen Broach ebroach@southalabama.edu

Monday, January 13, 2014

Assistant Professor Position at South Alabama

From Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC: 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 as soon as January 1, 2014 but no later than August 15, 2014. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Therapeutic Recreation or a related Leisure Studies discipline. ABDs near completion of the degree will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants with professional practitioner experience and NCTRC certification required. Details are attached. Review of applicants’ materials will continue until the position is filled. The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions - ebroach@southalabama.edu . -- Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC Associate Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Department of HPELS University of South Alabama

WCU Director's Position Open

From Jennifer L. Hinton, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS : The School of Health Sciences at Western Carolina University invites applications for the position of School Director beginning July 2014. The role of School Director is recognized as a primary leadership position and, as such, this individual serves as the primary visionary and advocate for the School and its diverse array of programs. Details regarding the job announcement and Western Carolina University can be found by following this link: http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175839632 As a search committee member, I welcome any questions about the School of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences, Western Carolina University, or the beautiful Western North Carolina region. Jennifer L. Hinton, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS Associate Professor Program Director Recreational Therapy Program School of Health Sciences College of Health and Human Sciences Western Carolina University 828-227-2715

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fond Memories from "Happy 20th Anniversary ATRA!" CD

I just viewed the CD made for ATRA's 20th anniversary celebration in Kansas City. It was produced by Indiana University and titled "Happy 20th Anniversary ATRA!" It was shown at the opening general session at the Kansas City ATRA Conference. Pictured in the CD are 100s of ATRA members, including the first ATRA Board of Diectors. Many fond memories. This year the 30th anniversary of ATRA will be celebrated in Oklahoma City.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Correction on Address for DC Position Posted Wednesday

Related to the notification sent out Wednesday regarding a position opening in the DC area there was an error in the email of the individual who those interested should respond to, please notice the email below for correct communication for application to the Rosaland Ramseur, Recruitment Services. rramseur@thewashingtonhome.org

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

RT Position Opening

Position Title: Registered Recreational Therapist Status/Shift: FT/Day Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation/or Recreational Therapy, certification through NCTRC, Registered with the District of Columbia Dept. of Health, one (1) year LTC experience working With Alzheimer’s residents preferred Salary: Comparable Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401K, flexible spending, and much more Email/Fax resume: rrmseur@thewashingtonhome.org/ 202-895-0133 Attn: HR Dept. Overview: The Washington Home and Community Hospices employs qualified, knowledgeable, long-term care professionals. Our teams focus on the medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our residents and patients. Residents and patients of “TWH&CH” enjoy a quiet, residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, DC. Our mission is “to provide quality healthcare services with compassion and innovation to foster dignity and Independence in those we serve.”

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Presentation Slots still Available for SRTS

For the upcoming SRTS in Myrtle Beach, SC from April 9-11 – There are still a few presentation spots available (Reminder there is one free registration per presentation slot). If you would like to submit a Call for Papers please let Pam Wilson know and she will assist in getting it to the Board, Pam Pamela Wilson, MS,LRT/CTRS Clinical Director Recreation Therapy Medical Center Boulevard \ Winston-Salem, NC 27157 p 336-716-6778 \ f 336-716-6802 pwilson@wakehealth.edu \ WakeHealth.edu

Monday, January 06, 2014

2 Positions at Temple

This is just a friendly reminder that there are two full-time positions for recreational therapists at Temple University. The first is a half clinical/half research position. Half of the duties involve delivering recreational therapy services to individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The therapist will deliver community-based services aimed at increasing independent participation in community-based recreation. The other half of the position is working on ongoing research projects with the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. The TU Collaborative is a NIDRR funded research center that aims to broaden the understanding of community integration and to improve opportunities for individuals with psychiatric disabilities to participate more fully in community life. Job announcement: https://hospats.adminsvc.temple.edu/CSS_External/CSSPage_JobDetail.ASP?T=20140106125214& The second is a full time clinical position. The Recreational Therapist will be responsible for facilitating the Independence through Community Access and Navigation intervention with adults diagnosed with a psychiatric disability. Primary responsibilities include conducting assessments, co-developing treatment plans with individual clients, implementing the intervention, documenting consumer outcomes, and eventual internship supervision. Additionally, this individual will facilitate a weekly meeting with a co-recreational therapist to problem solve issues that may occur during the facilitation of the intervention. Other duties include documenting treatment responsibilities, self-evaluating services, identifying and developing resources to assist consumers in accessing recreational resources within the community, and developing strategies to help consumers track independent progress. Job announcement: https://hospats.adminsvc.temple.edu/CSS_External/CSSPage_JobDetail.ASP?T=20140106125442& Both positions are grant funded and are offered through the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at gsnethen@temple.edu. Gretchen -- Gretchen Snethen, PhD, CTRS Assistant Professor Assistant Director- TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Temple University 1700 N. Broad, Suite 301-A Philadelphia, PA 19122 gsnethen@temple.edu (215) 204-2748

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Reminder: ATRA Webinar January 15th

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