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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 26, 2016

Military RT Position Opening

From: Kirstin Webster, CTRS:There is an RT job posting with Higher Ground Sun Valley! Instructions for application and contact information are at the end of the attached job announcement. You may also find more information on our website, www.highergroundsv.org. Contacts: Kirstin Webster, CTRS|Military Recreation Therapist 160 7th Street West |PO Box 6791|Ketchum|ID|83340 W:208.726.9298x107|C:208.721.8062 www.HigherGroundSV.org Monty Heath, Director of Military Programs 160 7th Street West, P.O. Box 6791, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340 Office: 208.726.9298x109 Cell: 208.481.1476 Fax: 208.726.0957 E-mail: monty@highergroundsv.org To apply for the Military Program Recreational Therapist position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to the address shown above. Completed applications can also be sent via e-mail to Monty Heath at monty@highergroundsv.org.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ask Your Congressional Rep to Co-sponsor HR 1906

Indiana University professors Bryan McCormick and Jen Piatt, and me, had a phone conference today with the legislative assistant to Representative Todd Young on HR 1906 The Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2015. Young represents our district here in Indiana. The conversation went very well and the comments by the legislative assistant were encouraging. She will be following up with communications with GT Thompson, one of the two sponsors of the bill, to gain further information. One thing I learned from the phone conversation is that the legislative assistants pay a great deal of attention to who has signed in as a co-sponsor of the bill. She mentioned that as of now not too many had signed on as co-sponsors. I mention this because RTs, RT students, and others supportive or RT need to contact their Representative to ask them to co-sponsor HR 1906. So PLEASE contact your Representative and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor. Without support from Representatives the bill is unlikely to get out of the Ways and Means Committee.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Signing up for RecreationalTherapynet listserv

Another means to get on RecreationalTherapy net: To get on the RecreationalTherapynet listserv do the following: Send an email to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.OKSTATE.EDU In first line of message: type “SUBSCRIBE RECREATIONALTHERAPYNET-L” (without the quotes) You should receive a message back from the system detailing your status.


To join the RecreationalTherapynet listserv for RTs: Email Dr. Passmore at tim.passmore@okstate.edu

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Job Opening @ Indiana University's Bradford Woods

From: Shay Dawson M.A.,CTRS: Serving 800+ youth with disabilities & chronic illness annually at Bradford Woods... many from Riley Children's Hospital Assistant Director, Medical Camping Assess, design, facilitate and evaluate all pediatric 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 camps past Bradford Woods Residential 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. Full time benefited position with Indiana University. On-site housing provided. All applicants must apply online at jobs.iu.edu, job listing 15735 CTRS required within 6 months of hire date Contact Ashley Lawinger amlawing@iu.edu with questions Shay Dawson M.A.,CTRS Director, Bradford Woods Bradford Woods Office: 765 342-2915 ext 5103 Indiana University Fax: 765 349-1086 5040 St Rd 67 North TTY: 765 349-5117

Psych/Mental Health RT Positions

From Diane Skalko via RecreationalTherapynet: We have several hospitals looking for full-time or PRN CTRSs. See below for the link to apply but the hospitals are: Beckett Springs which is located in West Chester, OH outside of Cincinnati Brentwood Meadows located in Evansville, IN Carrollton Springs located in Carrollton, TX, outside of Dallas/Ft. Worth Cottonwood Springs located in Olathe, KS Highland Springs located in Cleveland, OH Westpark Springs located outside of Houston, TX To apply: http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/CareerHome.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

NY Civil Service Exams for RTs

From Robin Wexler January 5 at 1:11pm,,, NYState Civil Service exams for recreation therapy Jobs! http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/ Scheduled Examinations Open Competitive Examinations » Department of Civil Service www.cs.ny.gov These examinations are open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications specified on an examination.