Minnesota TherapeuticRecreation AssociationConnecting CTRSs in the Midwest


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  • 24 Jun 2019 5:32 PM | Anonymous member

    $1,000 Sign-On BONUS

    Competitive Wages -- Some of the best wages in the Metro

    The largest nursing home in the State!

    Email: LKaramagi@NR-HC.com for more information or to set up an interview

    North Ridge Health and Rehab Nursing Home

    New Hope, MN


    We are offering a Full-Time opportunity for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals in a dynamic environment that focuses on quality care. 

    Please go to our website to apply or call 763-592-2891 for more information.

  • 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
    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


     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



  • 19 Feb 2015 10:53 AM | Anonymous
  • 19 Feb 2015 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    ACTIVITY SPECIALIST (Recreation Therapist)



     SALARY:  $33,000 and up

    Do you want to make a difference in someone's life? The Lincoln Regional Center, a JCAHO-accredited psychiatric facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, is seeking a CTRS/CTRS-eligible individual to be responsible to implement Therapeutic Recreation programming for adult women who have severe and persistent mental illnesses.  This person hired into this position will collect data for assessments, implement skill building groups and work within an interdisciplinary team. Come join our team and help someone rebuild their life one step at a time. Work Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday with some evening work involved.  REQUIREMENTS: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) OR eligible to sit for the CTRS examination by the time of employment.  Excellent benefits.  Competitive Pay: $15.88 Hourly.  Drug screen, pre-employment physical and background check required. Candidates must complete an on-line application at http://www.statejobs.nebraska.gov/

    For additional information please take a look at: http://youtu.be/Ny7JjVhxGkE

    John Andreini, CTRS, MST                      

    Activity Supervisor                                

    DHHS – Lincoln Regional Center               



    Lori Rasmussen, CTRS

    Activity Supervisor - Whitehall       

    DHHS – Lincoln Regional Center




  • 15 Jan 2015 1:38 PM | Deleted user


    MTRA Board of Directors discussed the option of having TR Month promotional items for sale.  Let us know your opinion!  

    1.  T-shirts or Polos:  Between $15.00-$30.00

    2.  Coffee Mugs: Between $7.50-$15.00

    Please let us know what you think!  We will have more information on this soon.  

    Thank you,

    Emily Liebhard

    Past-President for MTRA

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