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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDY
(12-14-00) CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State
University researchers are seeking volunteers for a new nationwide study
on physical activity and access to fitness programs for persons with
This study is part of a national project
called the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and
Wellness for Individuals with Long-term Disabilities. It is funded by
the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability
and Rehabilitative Research.
In the study, OSU researchers will survey
adults with disabilities from around the country to find out how active
they are physically, if there are physical, psychological or socio-economic
factors preventing them from seeking physical activity, and what their
feelings are about fitness and related activities. "One of the
goals is to see what factors may influence behavioral change to help
persons with disabilities become more active and, ultimately, enjoy
a higher degree of health and wellness," said Jeff McCubbin, a
professor of exercise and sport science at OSU and a nationally recognized
expert in movement studies in disability.
Study volunteers will be asked to complete
a survey, by mail or on the Web, that will address a number of fitness-related
issues. Volunteers should be adults of all fitness levels - including
inactive - with a disability that limits mobility. Those disabilities
may include multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, amputation, cerebral
palsy, post-polio syndrome and others.
Brad Cardinal, an assistant professor of
exercise and sport science at OSU, has studied the "roller coaster"
effect of individuals beginning workout regimens and said the principals
may apply to persons with disabilities. "There are some key steps
in changing behavior that begin with thinking about the process, followed
by preparation, commitment and action," Cardinal said. "Recognizing
the stages of behavioral change is important to the long-term success
of activity so that first effort is not an all-or-nothing thing."
Data from the study will be used to develop an education and activity
model for promoting fitness in persons with disabilities.
To participate in the study or to receive
more information, contact Brad Cardinal by telephone (541-737-2506),
e-mail (Brad.Cardinal@orst.edu) or mail (Department of Exercise and
Sport Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331).
|IMPORTANT NOTICE: HCFA PROPOSED REGULATIONS
THAT MAY AFFECT CTRS JOB DUTIES IN REHABILITATION FACILITIES
On 11/3/2000, the Health Care Financing
Administration (HCFA) published proposed regulations for inpatient rehabilitation
facilities. The NCTRC Board is very concerned that the proposed regulations
do not acknowledge the abilities of a CTRS to provide assessment and
documentation services. The proposed regulations can be found at
(See Section C "III The Minimum Data Set for Post Acute Care Patient
MDS PAC Assessment Instrument. Then "click" on 1069pc.pdf).
These regulations govern who may complete and sign the proposed MDS-PAC
Assessment. Of particular concern are the distinctions of professions
identified on pages 106-109. Although CTRSs may be permitted to complete
some portions of the MDS-PAC Assessment, under the
proposed regulations, only physicians, RNs, PTs, and OTs will be allowed
to complete and sign a significant portion of the MDS-PAC Assessment,
particularly Item AB1a of the MDS-PAC Assessment.
To address these concerns and help ensure
recognition of the NCTRC CTRS credential, NCTRC is taking the following
1. Sending official comments regarding
our concerns with the proposed regulations to HCFA. NCTRC's comments
specifically address concerns raised by some CTRSs and some employers.
NCTRC's comments highlight the qualifications of CTRSs to conduct assessments
and how doing so has traditionally been a part of the job description
for many CTRSs. Our
comments also briefly discuss the fact that some rehabilitation facilities
consider assessment duties (similar to completion of the MDS-PAC) to
be among the job functions best performed by CTRSs. NCTRC's comments
are, however, appropriately limited to notifying HCFA of the unique
qualifications of CTRSs to perform assessments. NCTRC's comments primarily
discuss the CTRS job analysis categories relating to assessment duties.
NCTRC also identifies the qualifications of CTRSs, including the educational,
experiential, examination, continuing education and disciplinary standards
that must be met by CTRSs.
2. Educating CTRSs through a broadcast
email to over 7,000 CTRSs so that they and/or their employers comment,
should they wish to do so, on how these regulations will impact on their
individual CTRS job functions and agency practices. Please note: the
deadline for providing feedback to HCFA is January 3, 2001. NCTRC is
very sensitive to the fact that implementation
of the proposed regulations, without revision, could substantially limit
the reimbursable services provided by CTRSs in inpatient rehabilitation
facilities. In some cases, the reduction of duties of the CTRS (through
elimination of reimbursable assessment duties) could result in job shifting
or elimination of CTRS reimbursable services. NCTRC is also sensitive
concerns of some employers that they be allowed to select their staff
members who are best qualified to complete and sign documentation of
the type included in the MDS-PAC Assessment. As you know, unlike other
health care professions that may be limited in the physical or mental
assessments conducted, CTRSs are trained and tested on their ability
to comprehensively conduct and document assessments.
3. Communicating with ATRA and NTRS to
ensure a comprehensive effort in responding to these proposed regulations
on behalf of CTRS professionals. You may soon find more information
on this issue at the ATRA web site (http://www.atra-tr.org/atra.htm)
and at the NTRS web site (http://www.nrpa.org/branches/ntrs.htm). Both
ATRA and NTRS are working on
this important matter for the profession.
As always, NCTRC is very interested in
sharing your comments and concerns about recognition of the CTRS credential.
Please do not hesitate to contact NCTRC if you have any questions about
NCTRC's comments to the HCFA proposed regulations.
If you would like to comment to HCFA,
please review the proposed regulations at <http://www.hcfa.gov/medicare/irfppsreg.htm>
your comments must be sent in writing to HCFA. To find out how to send
your comments see Section A "I Background. Then "click"
on 1069pa.pdf and look at pages 1 to 3.
NOTICE: HCFA has moved its web site to http://www.cms.gov/
ATRA Award Winners for 2000
(September 14, 2000) The ATRA Distinguished
Fellow Award for 2000 was presented to Ann James, a founding
member of ATRA who currently serves the role of ATRA Historian. Excellence
in Education was awarded to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Scholarly
Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Leandra Bedini for her
tremendous work in the area of research in TR. ATRA Member of the Year
for 2000 was presented to Joanne Finnegan for her outstanding
leadership representing ATRA at CARF. An Individual Citation was awarded
to Debbie Drayton of Wake-Forest Baptist University Medical Center
for her continued support and assistance to the association. The Chapter
Affiliate of the Year was presented to RTI (Recreation Therapists
of Indiana). The Outstanding Professional of the Year award was
presented to Nancy McFarlane for her outstanding leadership of
the Ethics Team and most recently leading the Student Development Team
for ATRA. The Frank M Brasile Clinician Of the Year Award was given
to Rebecca Stackhouse for excellence in clinical practice. The
Organization/Institution Citation was awarded to New Hampshire Hospital for their support of their recreation therapy service. A Special Recognition
was presented to Mike Hasl for his dedicated service to ATRA
as the Exhibitor Specialist. Certificates of Recognition were given
to Deborah Getz for her leadership of the ATRA Diversity Team, Cathi McMahan and Becki Chilcote-McGrath for their work on the
Public Relations team, and Jonathan Crew for his effort and leadership
in working to establish a new chapter affiliate in his home state. Presidential
Awards for this year were given to:Karen Wensel and Sharon Nichols for their work in laying the foundation for the Alliance in Therapeutic
Recreation. Nancy Beckley for her years of service and devotion
to ATRA and the profession, Janet Turner for her leadership with
the LTC Think Tank, and Pam Wilson for her efforts this year
Participant Drowns on Upper Delaware River During Outdoor Adventure
from the Outdoor Network
(July 11, 2000) A
14-year-old boy, who was part a New York educational foundation's
outdoor adventure outing, drowned while swimming in the Delaware
River near the town of Hancock, DE, on June 30th. According to
the National Park Service, a group of eight (8) students and seven
(7) counselors from the South Bronx Educational Foundation (SBEF)
of New Rochelle, NY, were on a canoe trip when they banked their
canoes south of Hancock in order to go swimming. The victim, who
was not wearing a personal flotation device (pfd) while swimming,
was observed going underwater and was brought to shore almost
immediately by a counselor where CPR was administered by SBEF's
director. Local fire and EMS units responded to the scene and
transported the boy to a hospital in Walton, where he was pronounced
dead on arrival.
The South Bronx Educational Foundation
had frequently visited the Delaware River over the years, according
to the NPS. The students, all of whom were enrolled in SBEF's
Crotona Leadership and Culture Club, were participants in the
outing as a result of their good behavior and progress in meeting
the Club's stated goals and objectives. According to an SBEF spokesperson,
less than 2% of the Foundation and Club's programming is outdoor-
or adventure related.
The non-commercially guided canoes
used by the group were rented from the Wild Rainbow Lodge, an
NPs Incidental Business Permit holder located in Deposit, NY.
Representative of the Wild Rainbow Lodge were not available for
As a result of these types of incidents,
the NPs is reemphasizing and refocusing on the dangers associated
with swimming in rivers. "In this case, the victim had a
pfd on while boating, but removed it before swimming," said
NPs spokesperson Alan Henry. "The NPs urges all river users
to use personal flotation devices at all times while on rivers,
both in vessels and while swimming."
The drowning is the first on the
Upper Delaware in four years, and the first ever in connection
with the Foundation's outdoor and adventure programming component.
According to an SBEF spokesperson,
the cause of death was determined to be hemorrhaging of the lungs.
Buettner wins Zenith Award for Cutting Edge Research
(8-11-00) Congratulations to Dr.
Linda Buettner. The National Alzheimer's Association is going
to fund recreation therapy research proposed by Dr. Buettner using
biofeedback to measure outcomes in people with advanced stage
dementia, "Therapeutic recreation interventions for need-driven
dementia-compromised behaviors in persons with dementia".
The Zenith Awards are reserved for "cutting edge science
that is likely to make a substantial contribution to Alzheimer's
Only 31 scientists have received
this fellowship since it started in 1991. According to the National
Alzheimer's Association, "The Zenith Awards, the Associations
largest and most prestigious research grants, are given to researchers
with proven track records in Alzheimer research to enable them
to pioneer new territory. Zenith Award recipients are some of
the brightest minds in science tackling questions central to Alzheimers
disease, The answers they discover may lead to the development
of methods to treat, and possibly prevent, this terrible disease.
The full information about the Zenith
Award is on their web page under research at www.alz.org. Linda
Buettner is currently the Chair for ATRA's Treatment Networks
and has served in the past as the Coordinator for the Gerontology
ATRA is extremely proud to have Dr.
Buettner as an active member of the leadership team.
New TR and Technology Web Site
(6-22-00) Dear Colleagues:
Some of you are aware that I have been
working on a web site dedicated to technology and therapeutic recreation.
The first phase of this web site is now complete in that I have presented
the concept at a couple of conferences and have gotten feedback from
practitioners out in the field. The initial draft has been up during
my presentations so I could get feedback from those who attended my
I now have the page up for public viewing
and I want you to be the first to visit this site. During my presentations,
I kept hearing from practitioners that they want to have access to practitoners
and educators who can assist them in learning technology and just answering
questions. This is why we need you input and assistance.
Please visit TREAT (Therapeutic Recreation
Educational Access to Technology) at the following URL:
I invite you to be a participant on this
webpage. If you would like to be listed as having expertise in a specific
area of technology, please provide me with the following:
Your title and agency affiliation:
your area of expertise in technology:
I will then be glad to post the information
at this web site. In addition, if you have other information that can
be shared, please let me know.
Thomas T. Gushiken, Ph.D., C.T.R.S., Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
|Funderburk to be Visiting Lecturer at I.U.
submitted by David Austin
(5-3-00) Indiana University has announced
that Janet Funderburk, CTRS, will join the faculty as a Visiting Lecturer
in Therapeutic Recreation. The appointment will be begin in the fall
of 2000. Visiting Lecturers hold three-year appointments faculty appointments
while working on their Ph.D. degrees. Ms. Funderburk holds degrees from
East Carolina University where she is currently serving as a Graduate
Assistant. Funderbuck will replace Ramon Zabriskie, CTRS, who has accepted
a faculty position at Brigham Young University.
(4-10-00) ATRA wants to congratulate Joanne
Finnegan MSA, CTRS who was recently appointed as the Chair of the Medical
Rehabilitation Subcommittee of the Standards committee for C.A.R.F.
Joanne is currently the Team leader for ATRA's CARF team, representing
ATRA and it's members to the CARF Board. ATRA is a member of the CARF
Board of Trustees. This is great news for ATRA members, and all recreational
therapists, because Joanne will now have even more opportunity to include
recreational therapy in discussions of standards for Rehabilitation
Need those last few CEU's
(4-10-00) For those of you who have procrastinated
or miscounted somewhere along the way and you are just a few CEP's short
of your 50 contact hours, there is an answer. The ATRA Annual offers
a unique way to stay current in research and practice issues in the
TR field while providing an opportunity to earn some valuable continuing
education points needed for re- certification. The ATRA Annuals that
offer this special feature are Volume VI, Volume VII, and Volume VIII.
The CEU's will cost $10 per article, plus a $10 transcript fee. There
is an average of 6-7 articles per issue, so you can increase your contact
hours quickly. Limited copies of past ATRA's Annuals are available for
sale through the ATRA office. Contact the ATRA office @ (703) 683-9420,
or www.atra-tr.org for more information.
NCTRC TO HOLD ITEM WRITING WORKSHOP
(3-24-00) Since you first took the CTRS
exam, have you wondered how the exam was developed? Wonder no more;
items are developed by CTRSs across the country in conjunction with
NCTRC and The Chauncey Group International, a subsidiary of the Educational
Testing Services. With the movement to computer based testing in November
2001, NCTRC needs to generate new items each year to keep the exam up-to-date.
If you are actively certified as a CTRS,
have been practicing therapeutic recreation for at least 5 years and
have email, consider joining the Item Writing Workshop to be held immediately
prior to the start of the MidEastern Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation
at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia on May 7, 2000. The workshop
is 3.5 hours in length and provides you with a training session on how
to write standardized exam questions. Participants will then have the
opportunity to practice writing a few exam questions for the NCTRC National
Certification Exam. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will be given
an item writing assignment to complete at home on your own with email
support from NCTRC.
CTRSs who participate in the workshop and
complete their homework assignment will be awarded four continuing education
points by The Chauncey Group International. There is no charge to attend
this workshop. To participate, however, you must complete an application.
Each workshop is limited to 20 participants. Participants who meet the
requirements for the workshop will be selected on a first come basis.
No one who has been involved with item writing since 1997 is eligible
to participate. This is an excellent continuing education opportunity
for you as well as a way for you to contribute to the profession. To
receive an application and/or further discuss this opportunity, email
Jo-Ellen Ross, PhD, CTRS at jross@NCTRC.org.
Please note, if you are unable to attend
this workshop and are interested in participating in an item writing
workshop, the next one will be held in conjunction with the NRPA Congress
in Phoenix in October 2000. Email now for an application for that workshop
Jo-Ellen Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, Credentialing Specialist
NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification)
7 Elmwood Drive
New City, NY 10956
Phone (914) 639-1439
Fax (914) 639-1471
|Call for Presentations:
ATRA International Institute on Therapeutic Recreation
(1-8-00) Call for presentations for the
the Annual Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association,
Omi Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA September 8 - 12,
Proposing a Presentation:
Presentations will be 30 or 60 minutes
in length. Proposals should
1. An overview of your proposal to include:
a. The title of your presentation
b. The length of your presentation (i.e., 30 or 60 min.)
c. A 250 word overview of your proposed presentation (one-page double
spaced) that presents the content area you wish to address and its
relevance to the International Institute (e.g., programs or interventions
conducted outside the US; TR professional preparation programs outside
US; international training opportunities for professionals).
d. Mailing address, phone, fax, and/or e-mail address.
2. A bibgraphical description for you that
includes previous experiences
in making conference presentations (maximum of 2 pages; short CV will
3. Anticipated audio-visual equipment.
Deadline: April 15, 2000
Dr. David Austin
ATRA International Institute
Bloomington, IN 47407
fax (812) 855-3998