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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.

Monday, April 28, 2014

LaRue Carter has Opening

Larue Carter Hospital currently has an opening for a full time Recreational Therapist (RT3). This is a supervisory position. Larue Carter is a psychiatric facility located in Indianapolis that serves both adults and youth. If interested, you may access the job description and apply online through the Indiana Job Bank at www.in.gov using the job code, 589419. The job will be posted until May 6th.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

AJRT Issue Reviews My New Book, Also has Clinical Reasoning Article

Received Vol 12, No 4 issue of the American Journal of Recreation Therapy today. It contains an article on clinical reasoning by me and Bryan McCormick. Also, it contains a book review of my book Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques (7th edition) published in 2013 by Sagamore Publishing. Robin Kunstler wrote a most positive review of my book!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ECU Offers Assistantships

The Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies at East Carolina University has graduate assistantships available for the coming academic year. Graduate assistants receive mentoring in a variety of academic activities including teaching courses, engaging in research projects, and working in campus recreation. ECU Recreation & Leisure Studies offers a Masters of Science degree with two concentrations in Recreational Therapy Administration and Recreation & Park Administration. Examples of typical focus areas for each discipline are: Recreational Therapy Administration • Administration • Clinical Practice • Gerontology • Biofeedback • Aquatic therapy Recreation & Park Administration • Administration • Tourism development • Community Recreation & Wellness • Natural Resource Management • Outdoor Recreation • Positive Youth Development For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Skalko, Graduate Degree Director (skalkot@ecu.edu) and visit the ECU Graduate School Admissions page: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/Admissions-Information.cfm

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ATRA Practice Posters Deadline Approaching

From Sandra Klitzing: The deadline for the ATRA Practice Poster Session submission is fast approaching. Professionals, educators, and students are encouraged to submit abstracts. The Practice Poster Session will be a part of the 2014 ATRA Annual Conference that will be held in Oklahoma City, OK from September 13-16. The primary purpose of practice poster presentations is to showcase intervention programs that produce client outcomes. This is an excellent opportunity to share recent successes and challenges with fellow professionals. The posters do not need to be research-based, but do need to describe the assessment, program, and outcomes. Proposals are due by April 28, 2014. See attached for more details. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Sandra Klitzing, slklitz@ilstu.edu. -- Sandra Wolf Klitzing, Ph.D., CTRS Therapeutic Recreation Sequence Coordinator Illinois State University slklitz@ilstu.edu

Friday, April 11, 2014

Position Openings in Washington

Therapist 2 openings at Eastern State Hospital near Spokane Washington. The four seasons of outdoor opportunities in the Spokane Region have been a magnet for applicants from across the nation who love adventure, clean water, little or no traffic issues, AND… working in a system at our adult psychiatric hospital that acknowledges Recreation Therapy as a key provision of care and treatment. Here are the links to the two positions http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=787736 http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=854941

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month.

Position Closing Tomorrow!

From Michael S. Ratliff, CTRS: Howdy All, This job posting closes tomorrow. Posting Link:http://goo.gl/5pMKVL We have had a good response. I've enjoyed chatting with interested people about the positions. However, I'd love to see some more CTRS credentaled folks on the canidate list. Please apply or forward to someone who might be interested. Michael S. Ratliff, CTRS Director of Recreational Therapy 2600 Center St NE B02-310 C-27 Salem, Oregon 97301-2682 Cell: (503) 932-8911 RSD Program Manager for Recreational Therapy, and Outdoor Experiential Therapy

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Aerobics May Build Bigger Brains in Older Women

From MedPage Today: Aerobics May Build Bigger Brains in Older Women Click http://www.medpagetoday.com/Geriatrics/AlzheimersDisease/45162 for the full story:

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

May 2nd Deadline for WSSU Position

A friendly reminder about the May 2 deadline for the Visiting Faculty position at Winston-Salem State University...

Monday, April 07, 2014

Today is World Health Day

The World Health Organization has proclaimed April 7th as World Health Day.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Openings in Psych in Oklahoma

Midwest Regional Medical Center located in Midwest City, Oklahoma has two job openings. One part time/PRN & the other is full time working with adults & senior adults who require inpatient treatment for mental illness. Please contact Patti Wimer @ 405-610-8579 or Tammy Fowler @ 405-610-8949 for more information.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Oregon State Hospital Openings

This is a great opportunity for a Recreational Therapist. I have a wonderful job posting to announce. Posting Link:http://goo.gl/5pMKVL We have two current openings for Rehabilitation Therapists at Oregon State Hospital. Your CTRS qualifies you for these positions! Come work for a world-class state psychiatric hospital! During your off time, come play in Oregon’s world class outdoor recreation hotspots! We are an hour from the ocean, an hour from the mountains, and an hour from the cosmopolitan city of Portland! Find that rewarding job that utilizes the clinical skills you trained so hard to gain and enjoy the recreation we know is so important to a fulfilling life. Oregon State Hospital can give you access to it all. We need your expertise and clinical skills as a Recreational Therapist. You would benefit from joining our team. Our Treatment Mall model really utilizes the APIE process and evidence based practices. Our outcome measurements show the efficacy of our RT interventions. Recreational Therapy is highly valued throughout the hospital. You could experience some of the most interesting caseloads through your work on our Inter-disciplinary Treatment Teams. We offer excellent leadership training and experience. Many of our Recreational Therapist have been promoted to leadership roles within the hospital and the state. Our Recreational Therapists here have served on both the national and local ATRA boards. We also produce our own annual Therapeutic Recreation Forum, a workshop delivering .6 CEUs. Please, contact me for more information or go ahead and apply. Cheers, Michael Michael S. Ratliff, CTRS Director of Recreational Therapy 2600 Center St NE B02-310 C-27 Salem, Oregon 97301-2682 Cell: (503) 932-8911 RSD Program Manager for Recreational Therapy, and Outdoor Experiential Therapy