Minnesota TherapeuticRecreation AssociationConnecting CTRSs in the Midwest


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  • 23 Aug 2017 4:12 PM | Anonymous member

    I am hoping to connect with any CTRS's who work in the mental health field. We are trying to start a bench marking project here at Mayo to see what other psychiatric facilities are providing for Recreation Therapy, both inpatient and outpatient areas. If you would be willing to share through email just a little bit about your department, please contact me or leave a message here and I will get back to you with my questions. If you have any contacts at other facilities, feel free to pass those on to me as well. I will be glad to share any results with people if interested. Thanks in advance for all your help!   Rachel Fuhrmeister, CTRS, fuhrmeister.rachel@mayo.edu

  • 30 May 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are offering a full-time TR position at the Golden Living in St. Louis Park, MN.  Our building focuses on mental health and the aging population.  We will be turning over to a new management group soon called Monarch and with that comes a lot of opportunities!  The hours are great and the TR team is awesome.  Please think about applying today!  It is under the job title of Activity Assistant. Please apply online at GoldenLiving.com or contact Laura Karamagi directly at Laura.Karamagi@goldenliving.com or you can call her at 952-935-0333 ext.122 for more details.   

  • 17 May 2017 9:17 AM | Anonymous member

    I am looking for curriculum surrounding hobby development or leisure education type groups. Are there any websites or textbooks that are instructional and helpful for folks like me who are new to the field?

    I did find this link  https://sites.temple.edu/rtwiseowls/ Which seemed to have other random information if anybody wants to check it out, I thought I would share!

    Thanks in advance for any advice that anyone can share!

    Olivia Kranz

    Recreational Therapist| Alexandria CBHH

    Minnesota Department of Human Services

    Community Behavioral Health Hospital

    1610 8th Avenue East

    Alexandria, MN 56308



  • 10 Feb 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous member

    We are currently looking at our internship process.  We are wondering what type of application/interview process you have for your agency?  Please email me if you would be willing to share information.


  • 27 Jan 2017 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you have a special program you want to share?  Are you looking for some advice from fellow CTRS's? Take time and ask that question or post that program. Videos and pictures are always welcome!  Just let us know and we help you get them up there!

  • 16 Jun 2016 2:12 PM | Anonymous member

    I will be taking over supervision of program staff at my facility in the next couple of months. Currently the program staff are all OTs (seasoned OTs who all hold bachelor's degrees like myself) and there has been some question as to whether a TR can supervise OT staff. At my last facility, an OT supervised both OT and TR so I don't see where the issue is given my experience with the program we are implementing.  I am the content expert in relation to the program we are implementing and have demonstrated more than satisfactory skills in this area.  I'm looking for examples of other facilities that might have a similar leadership structure (TR supervising other therapies) or any thoughts I can use to support my supervisor's decision on this move    Thank you!


  • 27 Jan 2016 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi All!  We are working at setting up some networking events for the month of February in various parts of the state.  What are some things that would make you more likely to attend an event near you?!

    Free food?   Learning opportunities?    Meeting Cool people?    Having Fun?    

    Job opportunities???

    Please reply with any ideas for us to make these networking events work FOR you!!!  Thanks!

    Karen Bone 

  • 04 Dec 2015 10:43 AM | Anonymous member

    Does anyone use Epic for their documentation at their facility?  We are switching to Epic at Mayo and I was wondering if people who used it had templates set up for documentation? We are in the process of setting up these templates and I am hoping to find some resources.  Please email me if you are familiar with Epic.

    Rachel Fuhrmeister


  • 13 Sep 2015 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you are a TR Professional and would like to share your knowledge with students at Minnesota State University, Mankato - please join Dr. James Wise and Nate Rosa for a day of "Meet the Professionals".

    Who is needed: TR professionals to come and speak to TR class and share information with the students about their experience in the TR profession. They will provide lunch and free parking.

    Time: Wednesday September 23rd on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.

    Contact: Dr. James Wise (507) 389-2128 or Nate Rosa (952) 924-2542 know if you would like to attend by September 16th.

  • 01 Apr 2015 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


     My name is Shauna Crowe and my goal is to set up informational interviews or even shadowing opportunities, if possible, to learn more about a day-in-the-life of an Recreational Therapist.  I would also appreciate tips on what steps I would need to take to become an RT if I determine that it is the right field for me.  I am located in Golden Valley, MN (Western Suburbs of the Twin Cities) and would particularily like to connect with RT’s in the Twin Cities area.

     A bit of background…

    For the last ten years I have been self employed as a Professional Organizer and Life Coach, helping people de-clutter their spaces and their lives to make room for what matters most.  I recently decided that I want to spend more time working with clients and less time soliciting new ones and so I decided to transition careers.  As an organizer, I found that I had a particular affinity for working with elder adults so I began my search in that arena.  With a background of over ten years of healthcare in a broad range of roles and settings including assisted living and live-in home care, I narrowed my search to senior living facilities.  This is where I discovered titles such as Activities Director, Life Enrichment Manger and Recreational Therapist.  These titles really sparked my interest because I believe they combine my broad scope of skills, education, talents as well as my passions.

     My MBA in Human Resources with an emphasis in Adult Learning and Development provided me with knowledge around adult development, learning styles and methodology as well as the psychology of motivation.  It also honed my strengths in strategic thinking and creative problem solving that I have continued to sharpen through my years as an Professional Organizer and business owner.

     My nature of empathy allows me to have patience and understanding to intuit the need of my clients who may not always be able to articulate their needs clearly.   This also allows me to be flexible and non-judgmental when faced with challenging situations.

     My passion for life enrichment has compelled me to create opportunities for myself, loved ones and friends by way of hosting and facilitating themed events including Murder Mystery dinners, craft weekend workshops, karaoke nights, game nights, Luau’s and much more.  I love to be part of making someone smile!

     From what I could learn through my limited research, Recreational Therapy would be a perfect fit for what I have to offer.  I have studied job descriptions and applied for positions that do not require a degree or certification but would like to learn more from professionals in the field in my area.

     Thank you for considering my request and please contact me if you have any additional questions, are interested in connecting further or would be willing to be interviewed about RT.

     Kind Regards,

      Shauna Crowe



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