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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, March 30, 2016

RT Opening in Psych & Addiction Hospital

Copper 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 Avondale, AZ and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. 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. AT serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide 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, interests and treatment plan. Qualifications Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute in Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, or similar field and/or relevant licensure or certification per state of practice guidelines. Experience: Previous experience in a psychiatric health care facility, with direct experience working with chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, psychiatric and geriatric patients preferred. License: Current unencumbered certification/license/registration preferred. Additional Requirements: CPR certification and Crisis Prevention Training (CPI) within 30 days. May be required to work flexible hours and overtime. Click link to apply. http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a3b93ee494f97ab014958e9169b5a58&id=8a78824753b718d60153c48435557235&source= Diane Skalko Director of Quality Improvement Springstone, Inc.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Opening in Charleston, SC

Activity Therapist - Full Time Days Trident Medical Center - Charleston, SC Responsible for the planning and organization of patient activities. Also responsible to be a part of the multidisciplinary team of the program. Qualifications Education: Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or be licensed or certified in therapeutic activities or per state requirements. Experience: 1-2 years in therapeutic

RT Openings in OK

We are growing at Alliance Health Midwest Behavioral Health: This is your invitation to join our team serving our new senior units and expanding adult units in Midwest City, OK. We are seeking two Recreation Therapists (Certified and Licensed in OK.) with a heart to serve clients with mental illness ages 18 and up. We also have PRN positions available. Please apply online and attach your resume @ Alliance Health Midwest. The job position title will read "Activity therapist". You may also contact Rehabilitation director: Dr. Rebecca Cole @ 405-610-4411 or myself @ 405-610-8579 for more information. We are also looking for mental health R.N.'s, L.P.N.'s and Mental health techs to join our team. Thank you for considering your employment with a great group of people! Patti Wimer, C.T.R.S./L Alliance Health Midwest, Senior unit patti.wimer@hma.com/pattiswimer@yahoo.com RecreationalTherapy

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Two Psych/Mental Health Positions Open

The Montana State Hospital is currently recruiting for 2 Recreational Therapists to join our Department. One position will be on a newly transitioned living area. Please feel free to post on RT specific sites as well as to share with interested and qualified applicants. Candidates may inquire also with Beth Eastman, CTRS, Rehabilitation Department Director at 406-693-7145. Recreation Therapist - (15142959) Description: The recreation therapist helps patients build resiliency and life skills. Other responsibilities include: 1) Interviewing and observing patients to assess physical and mental status, capabilities, and interests, rehabilitation needs and plans appropriate interventions; 2) Designing and developing treatment programs and interventions addressing patients assessed needs; and 3) Developing treatment goals and evaluating patients progress toward goals and revises goals as needed. Qualifications: Required for the first day of work: • Knowledge of recreation therapy interventions and practices. • Knowledge of psychology, human behavior and development. • Knowledge of individual and group therapy principles. • Knowledge of recreational activities and related equipment. • Knowledge of mental illness, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities; medical and physical disabilities. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Ability to write reports and make oral presentations. • Ability to operate personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet, and other computer programs. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): • Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. • One year recreation therapist experience. • Completion of approved recreation therapist internships may substitute for the one year of required experience. • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification is required within one year of employment. Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire. Job: Healthcare Salary: $ 17.50 - 18.38 Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan Shift: Day Job Travel: No Primary Location: Warm Springs Agency: Department of Public Health & Human Services Union: Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT) Bargaining Unit: 024 - MEA-MFT -MSH -Prof Posting Date: Dec 17, 2015, 8:15:29 AM Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Ongoing Required Application Materials: Resume, Transcripts Contact Name: Todd Thun | Contact Email: tthun@mt.gov | Contact Phone: 406 693-7034 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Director of RT Position

Benchmark Behavioral Health is seeking to hire a Dir. of Therapeutic Recreation for our facility in Woods Cross, Utah. We are a part of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation’s largest and most respected health care management companies, operating more than 200 facilities.This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced CTRS to join our team at Benchmark. We are a growing, private residential psychiatric facility that, for a little more than 28 years, has a proven reputation of providing supportive and caring services for adolescents. We are passionate about quality care and are seeking an individual who shares our vision and will become an integral piece of our professional team. Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems believes that therapeutic recreation has a unique role in the psychological and behavioral improvement of the adolescents we treat. Our therapeutic recreation staff use individual and group therapy, play, recreation and other activity based interventions to maximize our patient’s functioning and promote quality of life. If you have a strong interest in providing quality therapeutic recreation to adolescent boys who have experience severe personal trauma, this is the job for you. You will be given the autonomy to develop and create a wide range of modalities and facilitation techniques. You will also be working with an awesome team of multi disciplinary professionals that you can rely on to assist you in coordinating a solid foundation of quality care and mental health treatment. This position will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of all therapeutic outings and activities in addition to directly supervising all staff in this department. This person will be developing programs to ensure our patients are working on pro social skills in the community, experience different levels of service learning in addition to mentoring, coaching and modeling appropriate vocational skills. This person will also be involved in other hospital wide therapeutic recreation activities such as ROPES, off campus activities, independent living skills groups, etc. As a full time employee, you will be eligible to receive: A competitive salary with shift differential; A flexible working schedule that adjusts to your school schedule; A full benefits package that includes real health, dental, vision and prescription insurance that is affordable and comprehensive; Tuition reimbursement; Generous PTO and holiday pay. You will learn a lot about yourself and take home more than a paycheck! Please check out our website and apply online at bbhsnet.com

Sunday, March 06, 2016

RT Position at Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio INPATIENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: RECREATION THERAPIST STATUS: FULL TIME; HOURS: 7AM TO 5PM, HOURS PER PAY: 72 POSITION SUMMARY: The incumbent provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, depending on service area. The therapist must meet productivity standards and satisfactorily completes and maintain all required documentation. The therapist maintains a “Patient First” orientation and meets MVH customer service standards. The incumbent serves as a flexible member of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams, including assisting others as needed and contributing to the overall effectiveness of the department. DIMENSION/SCOPE: The incumbent provides treatment to adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. The assistant meets productivity standards and satisfactorily completes and maintains all required documentation. The assistant maintains a Patient First orientation and meets MVH customer service standards. The incumbent is a flexible member of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams, including assisting others as needed and contributing to the overall effectiveness of the department. JOB QUALIFICATIONS : Education: Bachelors degree in recreation therapy required. Certification: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Current CPR & CPI certification required Experience: N/A Skills/Other: N/A

Friday, March 04, 2016

Position Announcement: Clinical Assistant Professor

The University of New Hampshire invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor position (non-tenure track, 3-year contract with opportunity for renewal) in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy. Qualifications include a master's degree with at least one degree in therapeutic recreation and current certification by NCTRC and a New Hampshire license (CTRS/L) by hire date, minimum of five years of professional experience in the field, and prior experience teaching recreation therapy and recreation and leisure studies courses at the college level. Responsibilities include:program evaluation, teaching responsibilities, supervision of clinical labs in therapeutic recreation, academic advising, and additional curriculum responsibilities, as needed. Interested applicants should apply on-line at https://jobs.usnh.edu AND submit three letters of reference (direct submit from person writing reference) to: Dr. Allison Wilder, Search Committee Chair, Department of Recreation Management and Policy, 108 Hewitt Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. 03824-3563. Telephone: (603) 862-2710; e-mail: allison.wilder@unh.edu For consideration, please complete the application process by March 18, 2016. Review of applications will begin March 19, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Position begins Academic Year 2016-17.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Temple EBP Conference

Temple University is hosting it's annual RT Evidence-Based Practice Day Conference on Wed., April 20th.