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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, October 30, 2015

Ed Hamilton: Friend & Former Colleague Passes Away

My friend and former colleague, Ed Hamilton, passed away this week. I read that bladder cancer was the cause of death. It was a real privilege to know Ed. What a wonderful human being.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

IU Among Most Beautiful Campuses

I just saw on Facebook that Indiana University had been listed as one of the top 25 most beautiful campuses. IU is the only campus on the list to have an RT curriculum.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Seeking Universities with Interest in Internship Site Working with Vets

Tennessee Valley HealthCare System is working on creating a standardized internship program to allow students to come work with Veterans in the Nashville/Murfreesboro, TN area. I would like to reach out to Universities to see who would be interested in a potential partnership. Any university who would like to partner could contact me separately. My contact information is listed below. Thank you in advance, Shannon O’Rawe, CTRS/LRT Recreation Therapist Tennessee Valley VA Healthcare System: VA Nashville Campus 1310 24th Ave S Nashville, TN, 37212 Work: (615) 873 – 6880 Work Cell: (615) 440 - 9461 VA Email: Shannon.O’Rawe@va.gov Alternate Email: vanashvillerectherapy@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Old Dominion Position Closes Nov 1st

From Betsy Kennedy:This is just a reminder that the deadline to apply for the instructor (teaching) faculty position at Old Dominion University is November 1st. A master’s degree and CTRS are required. There are no research responsibilities with this position. This is an excellent opportunity for a practitioner to transition into higher education! The job announcement is attached. Please email me directly if you have questions; bkennedy@odu.edu Betsy Kennedy, EdM, CTRS Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Human Movement Sciences Department Old Dominion University 757-683-4703 bkennedy@odu.edu

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Military Recreation Therapist Position

From Kirstin Webster via RecreationalTherapynet: Please see below for job posting. Also note that we will be seeking to hire a Military Recreation Therapist, and will likely be posting for that position within the next 3-5 weeks. Higher Ground Sun Valley Higher Ground Sun Valley (HGSV) is a nonprofit located in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. HGSV hosts weeklong therapeutic recreation programs for veterans, service members, and their supporters confronted with symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Posttraumatic Stress (PTS), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and polytrauma. These programs help to provide military personnel with the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for successful reintegration into their families and home communities. Military Participant Coordinator Higher Ground Sun Valley (HGSV) is seeking a motivated individual to fill the role of Military Participant Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Military Programs, the Military Participant Coordinator is the main point of contact for all potential Veteran participants and their supporters. Duties include managing all program applications, assessment, and selection process for HG weeklong military programs. Responsibilities include follow-up on Veteran applications, completing assessments on potential participants to evaluate their needs and abilities, and appropriate placement in all military programs. This is a full time salaried position with benefits. Qualifications • Proven ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats • Experience working with Veterans and/or knowledge of military combat-related injuries preferred; to include Veterans and active duty Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and polytrauma • Experience working in health care – admissions, assessments etc. • Self-starter • Contributes to a team work environment • Positive personality • Experience and knowledge of time management and prioritization tools and techniques • Proficient in full suite of Microsoft tools (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) • Degree in Recreation Therapy preferred but not required To apply for the Military Participant Coordinator position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Monty Heath at monty@highergroundsv.org Please submit applications no later than 01 November 2015.

ATRA Annual to Soon be Released

I just received a communication from the ATRA Office that this year's Annual in TR will be coming out within the next week. So be on the lookout for this ATRA publication (that contains an article by the Hoosier RT).

Lecture to Indiana University Students

The presentation yesterday to the Indiana University RT class went well and was a lot of fun. Look on Facebook for pictures of the Hoosier RT with the IU RT students. IU has a great bunch of students in its RT Program.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hoosier RT Making Presentation at IU

The Ole Hoosier RT is giving a talk on his Reformulated Health Protection/Health Promotion Model Tuesday to Jen Piatt's class at IU.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

RT Position at NIH

Recreational Therapist at National Institutes of Health • Join a cutting edge team of Recreational Therapists as part of our Rehabilitation Medicine team. • Register for our informational webinar at http://tinyurl.com/ofurcbq or apply directly at http://tinyurl.com/pf9e9an. Salary: $63,722.00 Closes: Friday, October 16, 2015 Location: Bethesda, MD If you are interested but not able to attend the scheduled webinar tomorrow, go ahead and register. The webinar is being recorded and you will be sent a link to view it at your convenience. Donna Gregory, CTRS, MBA Chief, Recreation Therapy Section Rehabilitation Medicine Department Building 10 CRC 1-1469 Phone: 301-496-2278

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4 - 10, 2015.

RT Position in Florida

From Susan Crisp via Facebook. . Hi All..American Addiction Centers in Riverview FLA is looking for full time rec therapist.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Position Open at Bradford Woods for RT

Bradford Woods is accepting applications for an Assistant Director of Medical Camping position in our Recreation Therapy Department. You will find the job description below. If interested, apply at the Indiana University Human Resources website http://jobs.indiana.edu/ by searching Job List #15047. 15047 - Assistant Director, Medical Camping, Bradford Woods Job Summary: Assess, design, facilitate and evaluate all medical camping programs. Design medical camp program using APIE process as specified by National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Independently design and facilitate adapted recreation and sport activities such as challenge day, adapted water skiing, wheelchair basketball, adapted scuba diving, and other complex camp programs for youth and adults with specific medical needs. Ensure “Beyond the Woods” community support program is successful for Riley Hospital patients post Bradford Woods Residential Camp Program. Support for summer camp includes recruiting, hiring, training, and supervision of seasonal camp employees who are responsible for direct care of clients. This position will focus on supporting and unifying the Summer Leadership Staff (Logistics Coordinators / Cabin Life Coordinators / Full Time Medical Staff); and during the spring, winter, and fall seasons, this position will be responsible for the coordination and management of our weekend camps. Develop and facilitate weekend programming to consist of social programs to support quality of life of all clients; assist Therapeutic programs as needed; and serves as liaison to parents of youth with serious medical conditions. FOR CONSIDERATION: Submit a letter of interest and resume that provides evidence of the qualifications outlined and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references that can comment about your qualifications for the position. REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience that includes working with individuals that have disabilities, chronic illnesses, youth at risk, etc. and adapted recreation and sport programming facilitation. Possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University. Current First Aid and CPR certifications with ability to renew as required. Current CTRS or ability to obtain certification within six months of hire date. Ability/knowledge to perform lifts and transfers of persons with disabilities; and ability to successfully evaluate camp ability and medical needs to place camper into the appropriate medical camp, with a specific staff to camper ratio. Must ensure safety and health of all campers and place campers in programs in which they will have increased success rate. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy; experience in a camp setting; chauffeurs license. Note: This is a 12-month live in position that will have the lead role in carrying out the delivery of programs including but not limited to week long and weekend residential camps for youth and adults with disabilities and serious medical needs. Applications accepted until October 29, 2015, or until position is filled

Univeristy of Tennessee Faculty Opening

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE FACULTY POSITION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION POSITION: Assistant Professor (Therapeutic Recreation). This is a nine-month tenure-track position in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies beginning August 1, 2016. The University’s commitment to excellence is outlined in the Vol Vision/Top 25 Initiative: http://www.utk.edu/volvision-top25/index.php. Therapeutic Recreation is housed in the Recreation and Sport Management program of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Both master’s and undergraduate programs are offered in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Our undergraduate degree program is accredited by NRPA-COAPRT. Doctoral degrees are offered in Kinesiology and Sport Studies. For more details regarding the range of academic programs and other aspects of the department, please visit http://krss.utk.edu/. Department Mission: We prepare scholars, practitioners, and leaders in exercise, sport, and recreation; conduct cutting-edge research; and maintain a commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, and local-to-global initiatives. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Earned doctorate with at least one degree in therapeutic recreation, disabilities studies, adaptive sport or related disciplines at time of appointment • Ability to teach courses in Therapeutic Recreation • Ability to contribute to one of the department’s doctoral specializations • Record of scholarship in Therapeutic Recreation • Effective communication and interpersonal skills • Professional level certification (CTRS) by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification is required at time of appointment • Commitment to the values and priorities described in the collegiate Strategic Plan: http://cehhs.utk.edu/