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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, August 31, 2015

Faculty Opening a La Crosse

From Nancy Richeson: The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track Therapeutic Recreation position as Assistant Professor (or Associate Professor). Nancy E. Richeson, PhD, CTRS, FDRT Associate Professor, University of WI at La Crosse Director of the Therapeutic Recreation program Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Recreation Therapy Professor Emeritus, University of Southern Maine Best Friends(TM) Approach to Care for People with Dementia - Master Trainer Registered Therapy Dog Tester/Observer (Therapy Dogs Inc.) Energy Medicine Practitioner Reiki Master/Teacher Fellow, Distinguished in Recreational Therapy sistant Professor (Associate Professor level considered) in the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

Friday, August 28, 2015

Opening for RT Assistant/Associate Prof at FIU

From Lexi McKenney: The Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Education at Florida International University invites applications for a nine-month, Assistant/Associate Professor full time, tenure track position in Recreation Therapy beginning August, 2016. 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. Alexis McKenney mckenney@FIU.EDU

Teaching Position at Old Dominion

From Betsy Kennedy via the ATRAnet Listserv: Old Dominion University has a non-tenure track (instructor/lecturer) faculty line in therapeutic recreation open. This is a teaching faculty line, research/publications are not required. Minimal requirements include; CTRS, master’s degree in TR/Recreation or related field with 18 graduate credit hours in TR. ODU is located in Norfolk Virginia. The main campus is 30 minutes from Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay. The closing date is November 1st. Please email me if you have questions. I will also be at the ATRA conference in Albuquerque NM to answer questions. Betsy Kennedy,EdM, CTRS Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Human Movement Sciences Department Student Recreation Center, Suite 2006 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 23529 757-683-4703 (phone) 757-683-4270 (fax) bkennedy@odu.edu

Kansas City here I come?

From Diane Skalko, M.S., CTRS: There is a job opening in Kansas City area for a CTRS. The hospital is called Cottonwood Springs and they will be opening in September. They are mental health and substance abuse. I believe they will have adults and eventually adolescents. They will be hiring one full time and one part time. Please go to http://www.cottonwoodsprings.com/ for more information about the position.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

RT Position in NE Florida

from Gab Elizabeth‎ via Facebook: · Just letting you all know there is a job position available at Northeast Florida State Hospital for a CTRS or Eligible CTRS! APPLY! It is a Mental Hospital and the position is in a Geriatric Unit. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday!

RT Job in NC

Full time Rec Therapist position available at Davis Regional Medical Center, Statesville, NC.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

RT Job in Texas

from Evan Kessler, M.S., CTRS: My employer Scoggins Therapies is looking to hire a CTRS in Fort Worth, TX. Scoggins Therapies provides in home and community based therapies to a variety of populations and disabilities. They offer very competitive pay and flexible scheduling. Please message me on Facebook or send me an email if you are interested in learning more about this great opportunity. Evan Kessler MS,CTRS Ekessler116@gmail.com

Monday, August 24, 2015

Another Faculty Opening. This at San Jose State.

San Jose State University has announced an opening for an RT faculty member. Following is contact information for Professor Susan Ross: Susan Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC Director of Recreation Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine San Jose State University Health Sciences and Recreation Department One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0021 http://www.sjsu.edu/hsr/academicprograms/Recreation/recreationtherapy/index.html

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Position at the University of Utah

From Steve Bell: The newly combined Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Recreational Therapy faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level. We are seeking a faculty member with an earned doctoral degree and a professional background in Recreational Therapy. This faculty member will contribute to the advancement of the Recreational Therapy degree program with expertise that will complement and expand our philosophy and mission of teaching, scholarship and service to the university, community, and profession. Steven A. Bell Ph.D., TRS, CTRS Coordinator, Cooperative Education I & II Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism College of Health University of Utah 1901 E. South Campus Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84112 W-801-581-6062 O-801-581-8542 F-801-581-4930

Friday, August 21, 2015

Faculty Position Opening

From Prof. Ellen Broach: THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND LEISURE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track faculty position starting as soon as January 1, 2016. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Therapeutic Recreation or a related Leisure Studies discipline. ABDs near completion of the degree will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants with professional practitioner experience and NCTRC certification required. Details are attached. Review of applicants’ materials will begin October 16, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions - ebroach@southalabama.edu .

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ATRA's Annual in Therapeutic Recreation Out Soon

I just learned that the ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation will be out next week in electronic form and the print version will be available in a few weeks.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Hope RT Position Opening

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. 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.

Friday, August 14, 2015

RT Position Opening for CTRS

Position Opening for a Full-time CTRS at Integrace Buckingham's Choice in Adamstown, MD It is a retirement community that the Recreation team has the responsibility for the 42 bed LTC and 45 Assisted Living residents. This position would work under the Director who is also a CTRS. Provide active treatment, group programs, attend clinical care meetings, etc. Apply by going to: http://emaseniorcare.org/emp_listings.html Click on Buckingham's Choice Choose Support Services Choose Specialist, Recreation and Engagement Any questions contact: Kathleen Lieberson, CTRS Kathleen.Lieberson@integrace.org ATRAnet Listserv

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ATRA Listserv has Record Numbers

There are now 596 individuals on ATRAnet.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Faculty Opening at UNH

from Allison Wilder, PhD, CTRS/L: The University of New Hampshire invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy, Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Option beginning in Academic Year 2016-2017. Position adheres to the academic year calendar. Responsibilities include: teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate core curriculum and TR option, advising undergraduate and graduate students, overseeing graduate student research projects and theses, conducting research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals, pursuing funding to support teaching, research, and service efforts, serving on Department, College, and University committees, and engaging in professional and public service. An earned doctorate is required by August 2016, with at least one academic degree in TR, current certification by NCTRC, and qualifications for licensure in New Hampshire (CTRS/L). Interested applicants should apply online at: https://jobs.usnh.edu Required materials to be posted to this on-line site include a letter of application, CV, the names and contact information for three professional references, and copies of academic transcripts. In addition, three written letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s candidacy should be mailed directly to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Patti Craig at: Department of Recreation Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire, Room 101 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824. All questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Craig: Office Phone: (603) 862-0140 or via email: pjcraig@unh.edu. Candidates are encouraged to visit the Department’s website: http://www.chhs.unh.edu/rmp 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

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

RT Psych Position Opening

From Diane Skalko: Highland Springs Hospital, near Cleveland, Ohio, is seeking dynamic individuals for our IP Therapist positions. Highland Springs Hospital will be a 72 bed free-standing psychiatric and addiction hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services. Our outpatient services will include day treatment, intensive outpatient and aftercare programs. This newly constructed building is located in Highland Hills, Ohio and is scheduled to open in the late fall of 2015. The building was designed and built to enhance the treatment experience through a safe, healing, and therapeutic environment. Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based treatment to adults, adolescents, older adults, military service members and others suffering from mental illness and/or addition. Our treatment services are delivered in a professional and compassionate environment from healthcare professions who are dedicated to helping others to live a life of sobriety and mental wellness. Description Position Summary: Recreational Therapist serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide therapeutic recreational and activity services to patients hospitalized for treatment of substance abuse, dual diagnosis, or psychiatric or emotional disorders. AT plans, organizes and directs medically approved recreation programs, including such activities as sports, dramatics, games, arts and crafts to assist patients to develop interpersonal relationships, to socialize effectively, and to develop confidence needed to participate in group activities. AT regulates content of the programs in accordance with patients’ capabilities, needs and interests. AT will instruct patients in relaxation techniques, calisthenics, and counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities. This is a full time position. Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute in Recreational Therapy or relevant licensure or certification per state of practice guidelines. CTRS required Experience: Previous experience in a psychiatric health care facility, with direct experience working with chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, psychiatric and geriatric patients preferred. Additional Requirements: CPR certification and Crisis Prevention Training (CPI) within 30 days of employment and prior to any patient contact. Completion of additional age specific training within 30 days of employment as required. May be required to work flexible hours and overtime. Apply at highlandspringshealth.com