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Therapeutic Recreation – What to know to graduate. Therapeutic Recreation Option Advisor Jennifer Piatt. The TR Faculty & Advisors. Faculty: Jen Piatt , CTRS– TR Coordinator

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therapeutic recreation what to know to graduate

Therapeutic Recreation – What to know to graduate

Therapeutic Recreation Option Advisor

Jennifer Piatt

the tr faculty advisors
The TR Faculty & Advisors

Faculty:

  • Jen Piatt , CTRS– TR Coordinator
    • Physical medicine and rehabilitation, inclusive recreation, mental health, adaptive sports camps, Paralympic movement, seniors and wellness
  • Arlene Krause, CTRS – Part-time Instructor
    • Non-profit management, advocacy and persons with disabilities, legislation
  • Jenn Taylor, CTRS- Part-time Instructor
    • Mental health, youth with diabetes, camps, management of TR services
  • Kath Pinch – Grad Coordinator
    • Adventure therapy, outdoor programming for individuals with disabilities, adaptive golf, camps and youth with disabilities, experiential education including ropes courses for individuals with disabilities

Advisors:

  • Jen Piatt (Appointments only August 25 – Sept 5)
  • Lisa Jorgensen (Office Hours: Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30; 3:00 – 5:00; Wednesday by appointment only)
  • Beth Erickson (Office Hours: TBA)
the basics
The basics
  • Know your catalog rights
  • Become familiar with graduation requirements
  • Meet with TR advisor
    • Bring transcripts

from all universities

    • Be ready to discuss classes and internships
  • Also, meet with GE advisor (this is separate from the TR advising)
advising orientation
Advising orientation
  • TR curriculum and the

NCTRC Job Tasks Analysis

  • Internship requirements
  • Certification eligibility
  • Job prospects
deadlines to file for graduation
Deadlines to file for Graduation
  • Applications are due ONE YEAR prior to graduation
    • Fall – November 1st
    • Spring – May 1st
  • You must have the forms to your advisor at least two weeks prior to the university deadline
  • TR Grad Check can be

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website

internship requirements
Internship requirements
  • Internship manual is available on the RPTMA website
  • Takes place after all coursework is complete
    • Pre-internship hours = 600
  • Work directly under the supervision of a CTRS
  • Internship = 480 hours minimum
    • 12 consecutive weeks (30 hours per week minimum)
    • Many sites require additional hours (up to 600 hours)
  • University clinical contract must be in place prior to internship start date (this can take up to 5 months to complete)
  • Plan on applying one year prior to internship start date
certified therapeutic recreation specialist ctrs
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • All information for certification can be found at www.nctrc.org.
  • All courses meet the requirements for eligibility to sit for the NCTRC exam
  • You can apply and sit for the examination during your internship (strongly recommended!)
  • Most agencies require national certification prior to employment
  • Title Protection law in California
how to prepare yourself
How to prepare yourself
  • Start saving now for application fee
    • $400 for professional eligibility and exam registration
    • $425 if applying for eligibility prior to degree completion
  • Application Deadlines for Certification Exam
    • October 1, 2007 for January 7-11, 2008 exam
    • February 1, 2008 for May 5-9, 2008 exam
    • July 1, 2008 for October 6-10, 2008 exam
how to prepare yourself cont
How to prepare yourself cont.
  • Purchase the NCTRC Exam Study Guide
  • Print off the application from the NCTRC website and become familiar with what is required
  • Take practice exams online
  • Form a study group
  • Make the commitment to become certified
job prospects
Job Prospects
  • Veterans Administration
  • Corrections
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • State Hospitals
  • Children’s Hospitals
  • Community Parks & Rec
  • Elite sports
  • Outdoor Programs
  • Consulting
final thoughts
Final thoughts….
  • ASK! Don’t try to figure everything out on your own
  • Everyone’s advising plan is different – your TR buddies plan might be different than yours
  • Start building your reputation NOW – the field is small – you are already building your professional portfolio
  • Still have questions? Go to:
    • http://www.csus.edu/indiv/p/piattj/