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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 16, 2015

Record Number Now on ATRAnet

I just posted about a research study on exercise curbing depression of patients with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions on ATRA's listserv -- and found there are now 582 on ATRAnet. This has got to be a record number. Special thanks to Oklahoma State University who supports ATRAnet! By the way, the research article was by G.A. Kelley and appeared in Arthritis Res Ther 2015, 17-21. The title: "effects of exercise on depression in adults with arthritis: a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trails."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Zentangle Used by RTs

On Facebook today, I learned that some RTs are using Zentangle with psych clients. Sounds interesting.

URTA March 12th & 13th

Looking forward to speaking on March 12th at the Utah Recreation Therapy Association Conference in Provo.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Reminder: Faculty Position at WSSU

Reminding all of the February 15 deadline for applications. Thanks for sharing with colleagues or others who might want to consider this opportunity. The Therapeutic Recreation Program is excited to offer an opportunity for a full time tenure track position in the Human Service Studies Department. Primary duties for the Assistant Professor position include teaching undergraduate recreation and therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy (TR/RT) courses; advising and mentoring students in the major; scholarly work which results in publication, participation in the development and support of opportunities for students to gain practical experiences through internships and service learning, and participation in departmental, university, community, and professional service. Required qualifications are a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field along with at least one degree/emphasis in therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy, evidence of ability to engage in scholarship, evidence of ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish program, department, and university goals, current certification as a CTRS from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, and eligibility to acquire licensure through the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure. Review of applications begins immediately, and applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014. Position Start Date: August 6, 2015. The full announcement is attached. Feel free to visit the University and TR Program websites to explore further. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp at rippjc@wssu.edu. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp, PhD, LRT/CTRS Associate professor Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator Winston Salem State University Office: 336-750-3459 rippjc@wssu.edu

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Happy Rec Therapy Month!

February is Recreational Therapy Month in both the U.S. and Canada.