Category Archives: Behavioral Health

My Patient Died Today: Coping with Unexpected Loss in the Workplace

I arrived at work this morning after nearly a week off due to personal illness. I felt groggy and not fully ready to be back but not feeling sick enough to stay home. As I drove up the hill towards the stand-alone psychiatric hospital I work at I first noticed the flash of red lights. This isn’t too uncommon, as we are a hospital and incoming patients arrive via ambulance. As I got closer, I noticed there were several police cars as well. The first thought in my mind was that there must have been a behavioral incident, which is commonplace, especially on the psychotic disorders unit. Continue reading My Patient Died Today: Coping with Unexpected Loss in the Workplace

February’s Leadership Thought

Any great and inspiring leader or organization that ever existed set out to do something completely unrealistic. ATRA’s mission is to “Empower Recreational Therapists” and our vision is “A world where every person has access to Recreational Therapy”.  What do you think?  Are those unrealistic goals?  Are those idealistic dreams that we will never accomplish?  Continue reading February’s Leadership Thought

Reflections: Why am I still in this field and why do I remain passionate about what I do?

I do not know if I chose this profession or if it chose me. I think we both chose each other. I have never really thought about it that much. Continue reading Reflections: Why am I still in this field and why do I remain passionate about what I do?

Discounted Membership!

Survey results tell us that members join ATRA because someone invited them. We know that ATRA is important to members and to our profession because you tell us!  As an ATRA member, you experience the value your membership brings. Now is the perfect time to share your professional successes by encouraging your non-member friends and colleagues to join ATRA. Continue reading Discounted Membership!

Is there an App for that?

Whether you work in rehab, long term care, behavioral health, pediatrics, in-patient, out-patient, community based TR…technology has caught up with us and is becoming, or has become, a staple in the way we provide services. What are your favorite apps? Why did you choose it/them for your population and how effective have they been?

ATRA Mid-Year Call for Papers


The call for presentations is now open for the ATRA mid-year conference occurring from February 7-9 in San Antonio, Texas. The theme for our conference will be “Celebrating the Impact of Recreational Therapy.” You can click here to submit your proposal. The deadline is October 31, 2015.  Continue reading ATRA Mid-Year Call for Papers

How can Recreational Therapists raise awareness that Suicide is preventable?

“When it comes to suicide prevention, EveryDay Matters. In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day and Suicide Prevention Month, we thank those that work in a community and take action every day.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Nearly 3000 people on average commit suicide daily.
  • Suicide rates are at an all time high for Veterans.
  • For every person who commits suicide, 20 or more others attempt to end their lives.
  • About one million people die by suicide each year (WHO)

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide
A Toolkit for Senior Centers