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Fred Humphrey Internship Program
(12-2-97) The National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) offers the Fred Humphrey
Internship Program each year to a therapeutic recreation graduate student.
The intern works at the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Public Policy
Division office in Washington, DC and the NRPA Ahren's Institute in Ashburn,
Virginia. Working closely with the NTRS Executive Director, the intern monitors
public policy and legislative efforts in the areas of health care and human services and
issues related to aging and persons with disabilities. Involvement with national
legislative coalitions, attendance at briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill, and
preparation of testimony and action alerts are examples of the responsibilities of the
The internship is scheduled to begin in January, 1998 and continue through April,
1998. The deadline for applications has been extended to December 12, 1997. If
you know of a student who might be interested in this opportunity, please have them
contact Rikki Epstein, Executive Director, NTRS, at (703) 858-2151, fax (703) 858-0794, or
e-mail: <NTRSNRPA@aol.com>. Feel free to contact me if I can provide
additional information or fax a brochure that describes the internship opportunity,
criteria and application.
Thanks in advance for any assistance that you can provide in identifying prospective
candidates for this internship opportunity.
Rikki S. Epstein, M.Ed., CTRS
National Therapeutic Recreation Society
|Summertime Funtime Activities
by U.S. Department of Education at KidSource
- June3 Make a poster of summer safety tips with your child.
- June 4 Share family history, photos with your child.
- June 5 Watch an educational television show with your child
This an many
other activities are suggested for each day of the summer.
|Discovering Interests and Talents Through Summer Experiences
by Cindy Ware at KidSource
side by side with a microbiologist 8 hours a day. Collaborate with playwrights and
directors to produce a new play. Learn to fly a small plane. Be immersed in the world of
music. Be a writer 12 hours a day, creating short stories, poems, essays, or a weekly
|The Nature of Children's Play
by David Fernie at KidSource
(11-4-97) In play,
children expand their understanding of themselves and others, their knowledge of the
physical world, and their ability to communicate with peers and adults. This digest
discusses children's play and its relationship to developmental growth from infancy to
middle childhood. The digest also suggests ways in which educators and other adults can
support children's play.
|"Silent Epidemic of Abuse" Pervades Sports In
by Merrill Meadow at KidSource
authors believe it is important for athletes, coaches and parents to understand the full
extent of the dangers and effects of drugs in sports.
|Marijuana: Facts For Teens
by National Institute on Drug Abuse at KidSource
informative brochure for teenagers about the effects of marijuana. It includes a list of
questions and answers such as "Does marijuana affect school, sports, or other
activities?" and "How can you tell if someone has been using marijuana?"
|Eating Disorders Warning Signs
by National Eating Disorders Organization at KidSource
(11-4-97) For anorexia nervosa,
the age of onset varies, though symptoms usually appear in early-to-middle adolescence.
For bulimia nervosa, the symptoms usually appear during late adolescence. This article
provides a list of physical problems associated with eating disorders and contains
information on how to help a person who exhibits these disorders.
|Law Requires Review and Labeling of Art Materials
by United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at KidSource
November 18,1988, the President-signed into law the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials
Act (Public Law 100-695). This law requires that all art materials be reviewed to
determine the potential for causing a chronic hazard and that appropriate warning labels
be put on those art materials found to pose a chronic hazard. The law applies to many
children's toy products such as crayons, chalk, paint sets, modeling clay, coloring books,
pencils, and any other products used by children to produce a work of visual or graphic
|Serious Eye Injuries Associated With Water Balloons
by American Academy of Opthalmology at KidSource
(11-4-97) A study in
the May issue of Ophthalmology warns that water balloons launched by slingshots can
inflict vision and life-threatening injuries. With maximum forces similar to those of
rifle bullets, water balloon projectiles can perforate a cornea, rupture an eye globe,
and/or fracture the bony orbit of an eye.
|Service Animals offer Help and Friendship
This article is from the Pushin' On Newsletter, Vol 15, Winter, 1997
(10-19-97) There are a number of organizations that train service dogs
or provide training for individuals to use their own dogs. You want to
do your research to find the program that best suits your needs and provides
the type of training you feel most comfortable with. [See list at end
|SB 1347- California TR Bill Pass!
Submitted by Bob Winslow
(10-11-97) NEWS FLASH!!!! SB 1347, the California RT Title Protection Bill was signed
by Governor Wilson last week. It is now an official law on the books in California.
|SB 1347- California TR Bill
Submitted by Jen Piatt
(9-30-97) As far as I know as of today's date, the bill has not been signed by the
govenor in California. He has until the 12th of October to sign it. The bill SB 1347
(Polanco) has to deal with title protection for recreation therapists. This law will
establish a legal mechanism that will allow the profession to police itself against
frauduent advertisement and provision of recreation therapy services. The bill reads as
"Section 17505.2 (a) It is unlawful for a person to represent himself or herself
as a recreation therapist, to represent the services he or she performs as recreation
therapy.....unless he or she meets all of the following requirements:
(1) Graduation from an accredited college...with a specialization in recreation
(2) Current certification or eligibility for certification as a recreation
(e) Any person injured by a violation of this section may bring a civil action and may
recover one thousand five hundred dollars for the first violation and two thousand five
hundred dollars for each subsequent violation....."
|LTC News: NTRS provides representation to HCFA's Sharing Innovations
in Quality Project
Lora Serra, MA, CTRS, NTRS representative to the HCFA "Sharing Innovations
in Quality" project.
(8/16/97) NTRS has been invited to participate in the Health Care Finance
Administration's (HCFA) new project, "Sharing Innovations in Quality". This new
initiative is a result of recommendations made at HCFA's 1996 Quality of Life Symposium,
suggestions obtained through a recent HCFA poll of ombudsmen, and supports Task IX of the
Long Term Survey Process, which directs HCFA to work with the States and stakeholders to
develop materials for use in improving care to beneficiaries in nursing homes.
I am very pleased to have been requested by Lisa Turpel and Rikki Epstien to represent
NTRS on this project. The inclusion of Therapeutic Recreation in this project is a
milestone for us in terms of recognition of the contribution of our profession to quality
of life of residents in Long Term Care. In addition to NTRS, ATRA and the National
Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) will participate. I am sure you will all join
us in celebrating this exciting moment in the development of our profession, and in thanks
to all of our members whose years of lobbying and advocacy has made this possible. A
description of the project, and request for member participation follows.
HCFA has invited representatives from a broad base of concerned parties to participate
in developing a repository of Quality Practice Ideas in Long Term Care. Other
organizations represented include: NY State Department of Health, NJ Department of Health
and Senior Services, American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), American
Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), American Society of Consultant
Pharmacists (ASCP), National Association of State LTC Ombudsman Programs (NASOP), National
Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), American Health Care
Association (AHCA), American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), , National Senior
Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National
Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA), Hospice Association of
America, National Hospice Organization, Catholic Health Association (CHA), American
Dietetic Association (ADA), National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR),
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Career Nursing
Assistants Program (CNAP), American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Service
Employees International Union, and the Alzheimer's Association.
The Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA) kicked off its new project, "Sharing
Innovations in Quality", with a teleconference on July 23, 1997.
This will be followed by a two-day meeting in Washington on September 29th and 30th.
The goal of the project is to gather best practices and innovative ideas in quality of
care and quality of life and make them available to all nursing homes.
The types of materials being sought include established practices, innovative ideas
that have been formally tested, and innovative ideas that are demonstrating effectiveness
in use but have not been formally tested.
On August 2, a request for sharing ideas was sent to Nursing Home Administrators, by
Evie Munley, at AAHSA, as part of the project. You can also forward materials, or any
questions or suggestions you may have, directly to me, for submission. I can be contacted
Lora Serra, MA, CTRS
Director, Therapeutic Recreation,
Samuel and Bertha Schulman Institute
for Nursing and Rehabilitation at the
Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center,
555 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, New York, 11212
(718) 240 - 5104
Established practices may be in the form of pamphlets, books, chapters of books, or
videos. To submit established practices, the committee is requesting a copy of the actual
document, plus an abstract. In writing the abstract, assume that the reader knows nothing
about the topic. Availability and cost of the item should be included.
For innovative ideas that have been tested, the committee is requesting submission of
actual materials, a summary of content, information about test measurement, results, and
replication of ideas.
For innovative ideas that have not been tested, include a submission of actual
material, a summary of content, and a description of observable outcomes that demonstrate
effectiveness at your facility.
At the September meeting, submissions will be reviewed for inclusion in the repository.
We will also be looking at ways to disseminate ideas collected, ways to house the
repository and effective means of sharing information collected with all nursing homes.
Please share any ideas you have in this area as well.
|North Carolina RT Association Urges Support for Access
to Medical Treatment Act (LS.578/H.R.746)
Submitted by: Pat Schmidt, NCRPS- TR Division
(7-13-97) Issue: Ensuring access on a nation level to alternative physicians and
Summary: The Access to Medical Treatment Act (AMTA)allows
individuals to be treated by a health care practioner with any medical treatment
(including a medical treatment not approved, certified or licensed by the Secretary of
Health and Human Services) that the individual desires if: (a) the practitioner has
personally examined the individual and agrees to treat the individual, (b) administration
of treatment does not violate licensing laws, (c) the treatment, when used as directed,
presents no danger to the individual, (d) the individual has been informed in writing that
the treatment has not yet been approved by the federal government, (e) the individual has
been warned in writing that the treatment has not yet been declared safe and effective by
the federal government and the individual is proceeding at his or her own risk, (f) the
individual has been informed in writing of the contents, methods benefits, side effects,
past results, and any other information necessary to meet the requirements for informed
Please contact your local Senators & Representatives, either via
e-mail or letter, as voting on this issue is being pushed through sometime in August.
The Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
I urge you to support the "Access to Medical Treatment
Act"(S.578). I believe it is every American's right to
make a personal choice indeciding which medical course
of action to take in healing and maintaining one's
Please affirm my right to choose by passing this
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
use same letter as above.
(6-2-97) Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, The Quality of Life Professionals at the NRPA home page
by Karen C. Wenzel, CTRS, CLP
Therapeutic recreation offers a
unique career opportunity for individuals who value leisure experiences and enjoy working
with people with disabilities. Employment of therapeutic recreation specialists is
expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005
chiefly because of anticipated expansion in long-term care, physical and psychiatric
The Intern-NET Scholarship
(2-5-97) The Intern-NET on the Internet is providing 3 scholarships annually
to any full-time undergraduate who is planning to participate in a full-time
academic internship (for university/college credit) at any internship
agency listed on Intern-NET. For information on the scholarship program
write Intern-NET, 404 Shadow Lane, State College, PA 16803. ATTENTION:
PLAY: 9 Ways to Get More Out
"We do not cease playing because we are old; we grow old because we
by Joseph Lee at NRPA Home
(2-4-97) Want to get more
out of life. Would you be interested in having more fun and finding more pleasure and
enjoyment for yourself? It's time for play in the life of American adults. Play and
recreation are good for everyone, including adults.
VIDEO MOVIE THERAPY
An Overview of a New Art Therapy
Dr. Gaetano Giordano, Rome, Italy at Mental Health
(1-29-97) V.M.T leads each participant to play his own "character"
and create an interaction with the group, a story based on himself. In
other words, everybody plays, with humor, a sort of caricature he 'is'
in real life. This improvisation requires one's psycho/logical 'knots'
(i.e: "psycho" as they are logical, but "logical"
because they are "psycho" - and therefore "knots"!)
to be perceived in a relative way, becoming transformed into both a source
of humor and the 'creation of a creation' (i.e. Escher's 'hands'), and
not into an objective pathology.
NCTRC Accepts Alternative Source of CEU
(1-10-97) The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
(NCTRC) will now accept ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation and other delivery sources
for continuing education. Contact NCTRC for complete details on what DEU delivery sources
will be accepted.
Laughter as Therapy: The Results are Excellent
at Carolina Health
and Humor Association
(1-8-97) Humor is a
perspective that enables one to view stress and pain with a softer edge. Though not an
immediate cure for trauma, chronic illness, or emotional difficulty, humor can be a
NATIONAL AMBUCS SCHOLARSHIP
are available for recreation therapy students by AMBUCS. To qualify for the scholarship
you must meet the following criteria...
A US citizen.
Demonstrates financial need.
Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 4
At least a junior in college or higher.
Be enrolled in an accredited program in one of the following
Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Speech/Hearing therapy, Music
therapy, Therapeutic Recreation
To receive a scholarship application send a #10, self-addressed, postage
paid envelope to:
AMBUCS Resource Center
PO Box 5127
High Point, NC 27262
Scholarship grants vary between $500 and $1,500 annually.
There is one, two year award in the amount of $6,000. Applications are mailed in December
and must be returned by April 15.
EXERCISE: THE THIRTY MINUTES A DAY MIRACLE.
by Herb Denenberg of WCAU, Channel 10, Philadelphia
(1-8-97) Here's an easy way to substantially reduce your
risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer,
and high blood pressure. It will take only a half an hour a day, and may
not only save your health and life, but can do more. It will improve your
mental health, promote psychological well-being, and help protect the
health of your muscles, bones and joints.
THE JOKE CALLED MEDICAL ETHICS
by Herb Denenberg of WCAU, Channel 10, Philadelphia
(1-8-97) George Bernard Shaw said it best when he said,
"A profession is a conspiracy against the public interest."
He was thinking about doctors, dentists, lawyers and others. And the wisdom
of his words was demonstrated once again when the Federal Government recently
decided that so-called "gag rules" in health maintenance organization
(HMO) contracts are illegal.