Evidenced-based practice Rec Therapy Conference in Philadelphia, PA on 4/28

Heather Proter (Temple University) operates the RT Wise Owls site.

She posted that they are having an Evidenced-based Rec Therapy Conference on 4/28/17.

I uploaded their flyer to Rec Therapy Today

Go here: http://www.rectherapytoday.com/Temple_Conference.pdf 

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Yoga and Quality of Life – research

I love RT Wise Owls.

Temple provides a great site with research.

Today, research was posted on the Effect of Yoga on Quality of Life in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.

It was written by:

Kristen McCrane, 4+1 Accelerated BS in Therapeutic Recreation to MS in Recreation Therapy Student, kristen.marie.mccrane@temple.edu

Pei-Chun Hsieh, PhD, CTRS, Assistant Professor, Temple University, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Recreation Therapy Program, pchsieh@temple.edu

Read the article at this Temple – RT Wise Owls link:

https://sites.temple.edu/rtwiseowls/files/2017/01/Effect-of-Yoga-on-QOL_FINAL.pdf

What Do Rec. Therapists And Coloring Books Have In Common?

By Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI, Reiki Master (Guest Blogger at Rec Therapy Today)

You’ve probably already guessed the answer – Stress Relief!

Recent studies have shown that 20 minutes of coloring has the same physiological effect as a 20 minute meditation session. How cool is that?!

Coloring has been used by progressive mental health practitioners since back in the 1970’s, for relieving anxiety. Just like meditation, coloring allows our brains to turn away from other thoughts, and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and reduce stress. Coloring is an easy and inexpensive way to bring “mindfulness” into your life (and your clients’). Some studies have even shown that activities like coloring can help improve cognition, and who doesn’t want that?

Today, my friend Dianna Mullane and I are launching our fabulous, stress relieving adult coloring book, “A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs.” We have just completed this project of love and it’s getting rave reviews already.

A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs,” was written by and for women. The book includes both complicated designs for those who want to spend hours basking in their own creative juices, and more simple designs, for a quick coloring session to relieve the day’s stress and tension. There is a wise old barn owl; Pele the fire goddess; Brigid of the Celts; Yemaya the African Orisha; a beautiful, flowing, long haired depiction of chakras, and so much more! Each design in this book has a description that will inspire, empower, or simply bring a smile to your face. For instance, did you know that the hummingbird’s wings flap in the design of a figure 8, the infinity symbol? Have you ever heard of Benzaiten? She’s a Japanese Buddhist goddess of everything that flows: water, time, words, speech, eloquence, music, and knowledge. Our design shows her playing a biwa, the traditional Japanese lute used in storytelling.

I had so much fun researching these designs for you, and my hope is that you enjoy them as much as I am!

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

  • “A Coloring Book for Women: 30 Divine Designs is a dream come true. An adult coloring book created just for women! The pictures are incredibly creative and inspiring. There are descriptions with each design that help you think, and contemplate your own inner path. It is a fantastic addition to the adult coloring book world. I highly recommend A Coloring Book For Women: 30 Divine Designs. A great gift for the holidays!!!” Elizabeth Helming
  •          “I can’t wait to begin coloring these designs!
  •  I tried adult coloring books before, but the designs were busy, geometric pictures that were difficult to color. They actually ended up frustrating me more than anything! A Coloring Book For Women, 30 Divine Designs is very different! The designs that Kathi Casey and Dianna Mullane have chosen are lovely and FUN to color! After all, that’s why we want to color again, right? To feel the joy we did as children when we sat down to color. I love this book and can’t recommend it enough!”  Jane Lafleche

 

The book is available on Amazon (go take a sneak peek), and also on my web site, where for the same price we’ll include a box of colored pencils to get you started!

Best of Health,

Kathi

 

Kathi Casey, “The Healthy Boomer Body Expert” is a three time Amazon bestselling author, renowned health coach who has recently been chosen by The Psychology of Eating as one of their top 20 Health coaches, and her blog ranked # 10 in nursingschools.net list of 50 top Health Blogs. She is a popular Baby Boomer columnist, has shared her programs on Fox 23, ABC-8 Evening News, and produces her own TV show, “To Your Health.” For the last 12 years, she’s been empowering people all over the US to take charge of their own health care through her workshops and trainings utilizing Yoga, Somatics, Pilates and Energy Healing (Reiki) techniques. Kathi holds certifications in Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Acu-Yoga (use of acupressure points while in Yoga poses), Ayurvedic Physical Health, Healing Touch, EFT, and is a Reiki Master. She grew up in the Berkshires, raised her 2 children there, and currently makes her home in Otis, MA. More info can be found at www.HealthyBoomerBody.com

Danny Pettry’s: Rec Therapy for Children presentation at ATRA.

I had the wonderful opportunity to provide a training session today (Mon. Sept. 12, 2016) at the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

I presented on: “Rec Therapy for children (ages 7 to 12) with abuse-reactive needs at a residential treatment facility.” This area has been my major focus and specialization area. I’ve worked with this population and setting for 14+ years.

I had created 50 folders with slideshow handouts and other promotional items. Over 50 people attended this session because we ran out of folders. A few people had written their emails on a sheet of paper for me to email the presentation slideshow to them.

By the way – Here is a link with the presentation: www.dannypettry.com/9716trauma.pptx

NOTE: this slideshow alone just isn’t as good as the real presentation because I had added a lot additional information to each slide while speaking. Plus, I included recreational therapy group activity ideas.

Here are some pictures that were kindly taken by the room monitor, Ashley Martin who had won the Peg Connolly Scholarship to attend this year’s conference. She is finishing her degree at Indiana University! I thought that was awesome! I had completed my master’s degree at Indiana University. It is a really wonderful program.

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ATRA Conference – photo by Ashley Martin

I appear to be raising my hand in that picture? Here is a joke: I must have said, “Raise your hand if you think Danny is awesome?” Umm. no hands are raised in the picture below. please insert a fake laugh aloud at that joke now.

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I received a lot of praise from people after this session.

I didn’t receive any complaints, so that is always nice.

Several people that didn’t attend my session had spoken to me today saying they heard it was a good session, including: Colleen Cooke and Sydney Sklar and others that I can’t recall. But I do appreciate those people who passed along that it was a good session.

Temple University – RT Wise Owls!

Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) had a vendor booth at the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) conference in Chicago!

I picked up a neat flyer that advertises their RT Wise Owls.

It is a free database of information with evidenced-based research that is relevant to the scope of Recreational Therapy practice.

Here are the facts that the handout included:

  • 250+ research summaries related to RT practice
  • Explanation of the knowledge translation action cycle to help RTs learn how to conduct their own evidence-based practice literature review
  • Contains links to over 70 evidence-based practice search engines, webinars, and outcome measurements.

Danny Pettry: this is absolutely one of the best resources for recreational therapists out there.

You can follow RT Wise Owls email updates by going to their web-page and singing up for email updates:

http://www.rtwiseowls.com

NOTE: I didn’t see Heather Porter (Temple University), but I know she’ll be at the conference because she is presenting. I am going to attend her session. I did see her books at the Idyll Arbor vendor booth:

  • Recreational Therapy Basics, Techniques and Interventions
  • Recreational Therapy and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
  • Recreational Therapy for Specific Diagnoses and Conditions.

Looking for RT Evidence-Based Practice? Go to RT Wise Owls!

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Submitted by: Heather R. Porter, Ph.D., CTRS

As healthcare providers, it is imperative to stay up-to-date on current research and best practices; and update our clinical approaches and interventions accordingly. This requires the consistent reading of journal articles related to one’s area of practice, reflective thought regarding the findings, and incorporation of the findings as appropriate into clinical practice, referred to as Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

Healthcare agencies are increasingly demanding the utilization of EBP to strengthen outcomes and improve services. Insurance companies are also beginning to request literature that supports the efficacy of interventions and tying this to reimbursement.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are the most sought after literature to justify the efficacy of interventions. In a systematic review, all of the studies on a particular intervention are synthesized to determine the current state-of-the-art regarding the intervention (e.g., common outcomes and themes found throughout the studies). A meta-analysis also synthesizes findings from all of the studies on a particular intervention, but it utilizes statistical methods to combine the results from all of the studies to determine the state-of-the-art regarding the intervention.

Recreational therapists can find systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as additional types of research studies, on RT Wise Owls (www.rtwiseowls). RT Wise Owls is a free open-access database and information resource center developed by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of recreational therapy practice. Here are a few quick facts about the site:

 

  • Currently contains 184 research summaries and journal articles related to RT practice and more are being added regularly.
  • Provides an explanation of the Knowledge Translation Action Cycle to help RTs learn how to conduct their own evidence-based practice literature review.
  • Contains links to over 70 evidence-based practice search engines, webinars, and outcome measurement sites to help you find additional information to strengthen your evidence-based practice knowledge and skills.

 

*** More information will continually be added to RT Wise Owls, so be sure to “follow” us by entering your email address on the webpage. If you do this, you will receive notifications of new posts by email.

go here: https://rtwiseowls.com/