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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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recreational Therapy - Assistant/Associate Professor at FIU

From Lexi McKenney: The Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Education at FIU invites applications for a nine-month, Assistant/Associate Professor full time, tenure track position in Recreation Therapy beginning August, 2015. Qualifications: Doctoral degree in recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation or related discipline. Applicants are also required to be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and evidence of an emerging (Assistant) or established (Associate) line of externally funded research. Demonstrated competence in scholarship that results in refereed publications, professional presentations, and external grant awards. Evidence of quality online and on campus teaching in recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation and recreation and sport management core classes and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students to successful degree completion. Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in recreational therapy; recruit, advise and mentor graduate students; assist in the development and maintenance of online initiatives; develop and maintain a focused research agenda; engage in scholarly activity in recreational therapy; secure external funding; work collaboratively with students, faculty, and practitioners; actively engage in community service at the professional, RT program, department, college, local, state, national, and international levels; and support RT program and college accreditation initiatives. The Recreational Therapy program lies within the Recreation and Sport Management degree program. The Recreational Therapy program is offered on campus at both the BS and MS degree levels and online at the BS degree level. The program is located in the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies. We are looking for a dynamic individual with the vision to help the recreational therapy program further advance its online and on-campus curricula, engage in scholarship, community engagement, and participate actively in student recruitment and retention. As a student-focused University, this individual must be committed to providing our students with research driven, quality learning experiences. All qualified candidates including women and minorities are encouraged to apply for an anticipated start date of August 2015. For information, requirements of the position, and instructions as to how to apply on-line, visit our website at Facultycareers.fiu.edu and reference Job Opening ID 509010. Please submit all required documents in one PDF file at the time of application. Review of completed applications will commence February 15, 2015. Position will remain open until filled. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Dr. Alexis McKenney, CTRS Recreational Therapy Program Associate Professor Florida International University MMC, ZEB 335A, Miami, FL 33199 Phone: 305-348-3905 Fax: 305-348-1515

A Step Forward: Canadian & U.S. Cooperation

ATRA and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association recently entered into an agreement to begin international collaboration between the two associations.

Monday, January 26, 2015

RT Position in Indiana

Recreational Therapist for New Hope of Indiana Responsibilities include: the provision of recreation services for people with disabilities or illnesses. They may use a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and field trips. The recreational therapist is responsible for providing holistic, purposeful interventions specifically designed to meet the capabilities, needs, and interests of the individual being served through the Therapeutic Recreation program. The recreational therapist performs all functions consistently with the Core Values of New Hope. The recreational therapist must be willing to use personal vehicle, work independently, as well as possess good communication skills. Basic Qualification: Bachelor Degree, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Preferred Qualification: Bachelor Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field, minimum of 1 year experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. To apply, please visit New Hope of Indiana (join our team) and search using keywords Recreational Therapist or click APPLY NOW EOE CONTACT: Angela Reed SALARY: N/A LOCATION: Indiana PHONE: 317-338-4422

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clemson RT Workshop March 2nd

Hope to see friends, especially from North and South Carolina and Georgia, at the Judith E.Voelkl Memorial Recreational Therapy Workshop March 2nd at Clemson University.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scholarships for Southeast RT Symposuim

From Wayne Pollock: The Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS) is excited to again offer student and first-year practitioner scholarships to the symposium being held April 1-3, 2015 in Savannah, GA. Please note the early deadline for application submission has been extended to February 1, 2015. Additional information about SRTS and applications are also accessible on our web site, srts.info Thank you for sharing this announcement with your students and colleagues and encouraging them to apply. Sincerely, Wayne p.s. I believe SRTS is the best of all regional symposia! DRA -- Wayne Pollock, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT Virginia Wesleyan College 1584 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23502 wpollock@vwc.edu

Friday, January 16, 2015

AJRT Call for Manuscripts

From Nancy Richeson: Happy New Year! Join us in 2015 and share your latest research and clinical applications of recreation therapy. RT has an important role improving the outcomes of those receiving healthcare services and across our broader aging society. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, an independent double-blind peer-reviewed print and online journal, welcomes papers for publication related to research, theory, and current trends and issues in the field, including legal and regulatory matters. We also consider letters to the editor, guest editorials, and book reviews. Original manuscripts that contribute to the field of recreational therapy in the management of rehabilitation and quality of life for persons with disabilities of all ages are welcome. Individuals desiring to contribute are invited to make inquires, even if unfamiliar with the procedures for writing and submitting manuscripts. Our goal is to provide original, relevant, and timely information from diverse sources; to write and publish with absolute integrity; and to serve as effectively as possible the needs of those involved in recreation therapy. Manuscripts are accepted for review as 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. 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 challenging field of recreation therapy. As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Richeson guides the journal's leadership role during changing times for health and human service professionals. We are actively seeking papers dealing with all aspects of recreation therapy. These include: - Basic Science and Research in RT - Innovative RT interventions for pediatrics, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and geriatrics - Evidence to support recreational therapy - Innovative education and training for recreational therapy students (undergraduate and graduate) - Exceptual student papers - Best practices - Advocacy and public policy issues vital to the profession - and more... To submit a manuscript, please visit our manuscript page link. There are no submission, editing or layout fees for articles submitted and published in the journal.

Monday, January 05, 2015

RT Position in Pittsburgh

From Colleen Cooke Job opening at Life Pittsburgh: CTRS - Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Full Time - to be responsible for planning, organizing & directing medically approved recreational programs for our participants. BA, CTRS and 2 yrs of experience in a health care setting providing recreation therapy is required. Contact: Deanna Mountain, BS, CTRS Recreation Manager LIFE Pittsburgh (412) 388 - 8042 (Ext - 2222) Cell: (412) 584 - 7719 www.lifepittsburgh.org Pittsburgh home care and health care for elders www.lifepittsburgh.org Life Pittsburgh provides home care, health care and adult day centers to assist the elderly in living...