In the news: Dani Bakken

Congratulations to Dani Bakken! She was in the news recently with a post about Park and Rec: Therapeutic Recreation events with Owatonna Parks and Recreation.

Dani is the new Recreation Supervisor for the TR Program!

Danny Pettry comments: I’m always excited to read about people in our field who are in the news.

Read about it here:

2017 Rec Therapist Culture Book has been released

The 2017 Rec Therapy CEUs – Culture book is new.

This book was created to help share the important message of what we’re doing here at

Read the book. Get to know who we are and what we’re doing.

It is a big book. Give it a few seconds to download.

Go here now:

P.s. – share the link with the world. 3d_culture_book

Person with PTSD restored functioning – Thanks to Rec Therapy

Read this article about a Recreational Therapist who helped a person with PTSD. I really enjoyed this:


Disclaimer: I’m not quite sure if I’d have any of my patients attend any of my personal events for boundaries. There might be times when it is appropriate. I’d check with ethics board/ team as well.

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 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 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

Could new overtime rules impact recreational therapy?

I read an article by Daniel Tyson in The Register-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia) newspaper on Monday, October 17, 2016 about “New OT rules coming Dec 1.”

Overtime (OT) consists of working beyond 40 hours a week. The law requires (hourly) employee to be paid time and half (of pay) for each hour.

It appears that salaried employees (making less than $47,476 a year) could become eligible for overtime pay as well. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor in their Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 Median Pay for Recreational Therapists was: $45,890 per year/ $22.06 per hour

I’m not sure if the majority of recreational therapists are paid by salary or hourly.

The article written by Tyson only discusses that this could start on December 1st, and he outlined that there are those who oppose this from happening and delay it.

Danny Pettry:

Cost for health care in the United States is expensive and often rising.

There is a growing need for services that have measurable outcomes.

Recreational therapists can’t just provide “activities” for the sake of activities.

WE as a profession, must demonstrate that the therapeutic outcomes of our services.