Category Archives: Educators

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!

The Illuminare Student Journal is requesting submissions for the 2015-2016 publication

In 1992, students in the Indiana University Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies, with support from Dr. Ruth Russell, established the Illuminare: A Student Journal in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies which has since become a leading student-generated academic journal for leisure studies. It is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish original student work in leisure studies or the aforementioned core specializations within the field. The mission of the Illuminare is to provide an opportunity for graduate students to learn about the publishing process, distribute and promote graduate student work, and give graduate students a platform for developing skills to be successful in their future careers in academia or as a research savvy practitioner.

Deadline for Papers: DECEMBER 4, 2015 Continue reading The Illuminare Student Journal is requesting submissions for the 2015-2016 publication

Should the Master’s Degree be the Entry Degree for the Profession

There has been much talk recently regarding the entry level degree for the Profession. While many of our sister professions are increasing their academic requirements for entry into their fields, Recreational Therapy still requires a Bachelor’s Degree to be eligible for practice. We would love to hear YOUR thoughts on several questions! Continue reading Should the Master’s Degree be the Entry Degree for the Profession

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

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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)

http://www.everydaymatters.com/suicideprevention/

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide
A Toolkit for Senior Centers

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA15-4416/SMA15-4416.pdf