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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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Congrats Clemson University

Congratulations to the recreational therapy program at Clemson University for being honored with the ATRA Education Award for 2015!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mental Health Workshop October 23rd

From Danny Pettry: There will be a mental health workshop for RTs in Huntington, West Virginia, on October 23rd.. CEUs are approved by ATRA CEUs are also approved for licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, and register nurses. Here is a flyer: http://www.dannypettry.com/RTConf2015flyer.pdf I hope you'll be able to join us. Danny Pettry, II, M.Ed., M.S., CTRS, NCC Recreational Therapist DannyPettry.Com, LLC 1509 Walnut St. # 5 Kenova, WV 25530

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

RT 11th Most Meaningful College Major

Did you see that Forbes ranked RT as the 11th most meaningful college major?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RT Opening in Arkansas

Valley Behavioral Health is now accepting applications for a full time Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Must have certification from NCTRC or seeking it within one year. Weekends are possible (8a-4:30p) and weekday hours are from 8a-5:30p (2 different shifts). We are seeking someone who is self-motivated, energetic, documents proficiently, and enjoys teaching others about a healthy leisure lifestyle. We offer many activities from sports, games, exercise and arts & crafts. The hospital is located in Barling, Arkansas, on several acres which includes a small pond, a paved walking trail and open field for games like kickball, ultimate Frisbee, etc. The department has a half gym with one basketball goal, an art room and small kitchen. We currently have 5 units (children, acute and subacute adolescent, adult and geriatric) and are planning to open two additional units later this year. Please contact Mandy if you are interested in this position. Mandy Kuykendall, BS, CTRS Therapeutic Recreation Director Valley Behavioral Health System mandy.kuykendall@valleybehavioral.com

Opportunity to Start New Program in Pinehurst

Recreation Therapist Job opening at ManorCare Health Services in Pinehurst, NC. Looking for someone who is willing to start recreation therapy program from the bottom up. If interested, please email or call Laura Kelly. Attach resume' to email. Thank you. Laura.Kelly@hcr-manorcare.com (770) 971-5870 x2235

Monday, September 14, 2015


THERAPEUTIC RECREATION DIRECTOR Ft. Lauderdale, FL Manor Pines Skilled Nursing and Rehab Email your resume to Casmith@marrinson.com

Thursday, September 10, 2015

This Month is...

September is National Yoga Month

Monday, September 07, 2015

RT Positions Open at LaRue Carter Hospital

Larue Carter Hospital currently has a job opening for a full time Recreation Therapist (RT3). This is a supervisory position working primarily with the youth population. Larue Carter is a psychiatric facility located in Indianapolis that serves both adults and youth. If interested, you may access the job description and apply online through the Indiana Job Bank at www.in.gov using the job code, 598498 or contact Erin Clampitt at Erin.Clampitt@fssa.in.gov. This job will be posted until 9/25/15. We also have three full time Recreation Therapy Assistant positions (RTA3). Two of these positions are with the youth population and one is with the adult population. These are great starting out positions for recent graduates!