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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.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

CEUs Online from Danny Pettry

Indiana University RT alum, Danny Pettry, CTRS, M.S., has for 7 years been supplying RTs with online opportunities to earn CEUs. His firm is Rec Therapy CEUs or go to Danny Pettry.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RT Opening in Behavioral Health

From RecreationalTherapynet: 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 (8a-4:30p) and weekday hours are from 8a-6:30p (2 different shifts). The hospital is located in Barling, AR (just outside of Fort Smith) 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 6 units (children, acute adolescent, 2 subacute adolescent, adult and geriatric). Our patient census has recently increased after we opened a new unit in Dec. 2015. Please contact me if you are interested in this position and please include salary requirements and resume. **If this position is not filled by a Recreation Therapist, we will be forced to open it up to Music Therapy, Art Therapy, or other disciplines. Please spread the word!! Apply at the web address below: http://www.valleybehavioral.com/about/careers/ If the TR Specialist link is not working, you can click on any open position link and specify on the application that you are applying for TR. Mandy Kuykendall, BS, CTRS Therapeutic Recreation Director Valley Behavioral Health System 10301 Mayo Drive Barling, AR 72923 479-494-5700 mandy.kuykendall@valleybehavioral.com

Thursday, February 11, 2016

RT Openings in AZ

From RecreationalTherapynet: Director of Recreation Therapy: Tuscon AZ ‪ https://uhs.ats.hrsmart.com/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi… Phoenix AZ, Supervisory Recreation Therapist: $60681-$78885 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/vaca…/job-search/job-detail.asp…

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RT Opening in Houston, texas, and Highland Springs, Ohio

From RecreationalTherapynet: 2 positions announced: Houston, Texas and Highland Springs, Ohio. 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. Activity Therapy (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. Flexible hours and some weekends required. 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. Westpark Springs, Houston TX http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58&id=8a7886f852ab0b9d0152ae14c3b15c38&source= Highland Springs, Cleveland, OH http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58&id=8a7884494ed83777014ef96934556d3c&source=

Monday, February 08, 2016

Faculty Position at South Alabama

From Ellen Broach: We are searching for one full-time faculty member in Therapeutic Recreation at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Studies at the University of South Alabama. Salary and rank is commensurate with experience and education. Thanks, Ellen -- Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC Associate Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Department of Health, PE, and Leisure Studies University of South Alabama 171 Jaguar Drive Mobile, AL 36688-0002 Ph: 251-460-7131 Fax: 460-7252

Friday, February 05, 2016

Judith Voelkl RT Workshop April 4th

It has been announced that this year's Clemson RT Workshop, honoring the memory of Judith Voelkl, will be April 4th.

RecreationalTherapynet listserv

I just saw that there are 580 persons on the RecreationalTherapynet listserv.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Its Recreational Therapy Month! Let's Celebrate!

February is Recreational Therapy Month in the U.S. and Canada. Happy Recreational Therapy Month to all! I hope all RTs will do something to celebrate Recreational Therapy Month!