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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, February 24, 2014

Call for Papers for NCRTA Conference

2014 North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference(NCRTA) Theme: Branching Out When: Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 Where: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown: 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609 Call for Papers Deadline: May 2, 2014 The registration fee will be waived for ONE speaker per session pending NCTRC/ATRA approval. Call for Papers Link: https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_er0197MKByWOy6p

Friday, February 21, 2014

Clinical Assistant Professor Position

The Recreation Management and Policy Department at the University of New Hampshire is pleased to announce an opening for a Clinical Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) in our therapeutic recreation option. Questions may be directed to Dr. Allison Wilder, Search Committee Chair at allison.wilder@unh.edu Allison Wilder, PhD, CTRS/L Assistant Professor Department of Recreation Management and Policy 109 Hewitt Hall 4 Library Way Durham, New Hampshire 03824 Work: 603-862-2710 Fax: 603 862-2722

ATRA Practice Poster Sessions Proposal Announcement

ATRA invites therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy professionals, educators, and students to submit abstracts for the 2014 ATRA Practice Poster Session. 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. 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

Call for Presentations for NW ATRA Forum

Call for Presenters Annual Spring Therapeutic Recreation Forum Sponsored by Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association Friday, June 6th, 2014 Oregon Employment Building Auditorium 875 Union Street, Salem, Oregon 97301 Conference Theme: “Healthy Aging” Presentation Topic Suggestions: Creative presentations that will assist Recreation Therapist to promote healthy aging at any age in all domains: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual. Presentation Submission Deadline: Friday, March 7th, 2014 Proposal Requirements: Requirements have changed to meet ATRA’s CEUs Preapproval Process • *Title should be 20 words or less and describe how the topic relates to Recreation Therapist. • * Presenter biography and contact information including address, phone, and email. (Vitae and resumes should be no more than 2 pages) • *Presentation description including three measurable learning objectives and how the presentation applies to Recreation Therapist and fits the theme of the conference. • * Presentation outline including length of presentation. • * Audio/visual needs list • *Submit any requests for accommodations, travel, presentation support, or speaking stipends. • *If possible, please summit proposal as a Word document. • *More detailed requirements be found on page 11 at: http://www.atra-online.com/associations/10488/files/Workshop_Planning_Guide.pdf Special Considerations: Web-based presentations will be considered and are strongly encouraged. Proposal Submission: For questions and proposal submissions, please send required proposal documents to Jason Ryther at pnwatra@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Details on Clemson RT Workshop on March 24th

The 1st Annual Judith E. Voelkl Memorial Recreational Therapy Workshop at Clemson University on March 24, 2014. This will be an exciting all-day event with many informative workshops held by some of Recreational Therapy’s top scholars. Continuing education credit for all Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists is pending approval from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. Educators, professionals, and students are welcome and registration is as follows: Pricing: $45 for professionals; $35 for presenters; $25 for students. To receive CEU credit, you must purchase the CEU Credit Option at an additional charge of $10, which will be sent to ATRA. Up to 6 ½ contact hours or .65 CEUs will be available. Registration will close March 4th. Registration includes lunch on the day of the workshop. If you have any special accommodations such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-intolerance, food allergies, etc., please indicate so in the dietary needs portion of your registration. Parking is at Clemson University's Martin Inn. Transportation will be provided to and from the event via shuttle from the Martin Inn to the Hendrix Student Center. Accommodations for the event are recommended to be made at Clemson University’s James F. Martin Inn. There is a group rate of $99 if you mention you are attending the workshop. Registration site: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=46&CATID=78 Mobile friendly site: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustoresmobile/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=46&CATID=78 Additionally, Clemson University’s Recreational Therapy Club will have ¼ zip pullovers and polo’s embroidered with the Clemson Recreational Therapy logo available for preorder. You will be able to pick your order up at the event. For questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Brenna Goodwin (bgoodwi@g.clemson.edu).

Workshop in Hattiesburg, MS, March 28th

There will be a one day TR Workshop on March 28th in Hattiesburg, MS. There is an early bird registration date of March 16 with a reduced rate. If you have any questions feel free to contact: -- Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC Associate Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Co-Editor, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation Department of Health, PE, and Leisure Studies University of South Alabama 171 Jaguar Drive Mobile, AL 36688-0002 Ph: 251-460-7131

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Judith E. Voelkl RT Workshop at Clemson

The 1st Annual Judith E. Voelkl Recreational Therapy Workshop has been announced. The workshop will be hosted by Clemson University on March 24, 2014. I feel honored to be one of the speakers at the workshop.

Friday, February 14, 2014

ATRAnet Over 500!!!

Congrats RTs! There are now 501 who are on ATRAnet (ATRA's listserv). Thanks Tim and OSU and ATRA!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Record Numbers Now on ATRAnet

I just posted on ATRAnet (a listserv for RTs) and found a record number now are on ATRAnet -- 493. Having pushed for the establishment of ATRAnet, I would like to see at least 500 on ATRAnet by the end of RT/TR Month. How about getting a fellow RT to become a part of ATRAnet. A membership in ATRA is not required but they should go to the ATRA webpage to join ATRAnet.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Position for CTRS in Brookline, MA

From Sharon Nichols. CTRS/L, FDRT, comes this announcement of a position opening at Coolidge House in Brookline, MA. Contact Paul Hollings, Administrator @ Paul.Hollings@Genesishcc.com Good salary range. Looking for a CTRS!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Graduate Assistantships at UNH

The Department of Recreation Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire is pleased to announce several Graduate Assistantship openings and stipends focused in therapeutic recreation for the fall 2014 semester. There are two types of Graduate Assistantships offered through the department: Teaching Assistantship: Teaching Assistants are hired to assist faculty in teaching undergraduate courses. Responsibilities may include presentation of selected lectures, group discussion leadership, class organization and management tasks, and identification and organization of class resources. Teaching assistants are mentored by the faculty and receive constructive evaluative feedback concerning their pedagogy skills. Research Assistantship: Research Assistants are hired to assist faculty in research projects related to the faculty member’s area of expertise and research agenda. Assistants have an opportunity to develop research skills in literature review, data collection and data analysis. A full graduate assistantship includes tuition waiver and a graduate stipend. Stipend amount is determined each year. Students are generally required to work 20 hours per week throughout the academic year. For more information regarding the Graduate Program please go to http://www.chhs.unh.edu/rmp/graduate-programs If you have any questions please email Dr. Boyd Hegarty (boyd.hegarty@unh.edu).

Sunday, February 02, 2014

My Post on MedPage Today Regarding Mental Health Services

It is a crime the way we have treated persons with mental illnesses. Those who called for closing of state hospitals and for the "civil rights" of those with mental illness had little understanding of the needs of people with problems in mental health. Today we need excellent psychiatric hospitals and the right to care for those who need care. Let's stop pretending that people do not need hospitalization for severe problems in mental health and provide the required services.

International RT Month?

Hope all Canadian and American RTs celebrate "RT Month" during February. With the celebration held in both Canada and the USA perhaps we should proclaim it "International RT Month!"