Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Recreational Therapy Professional Conference

On April 27th , senior students in the Management and Professional Development in Therapeutic Recreation course hosted the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies’ fourth annual student-hosted professional conference for recreation therapists.  Sharon Nichols, Genesis Health Care Corporation Therapeutic Recreation Manager for the Northeast, delivered the keynote address, titled “Recreation Therapy: Who Do You Think You Are?”

Others presenters included Tracy St. Pierre, USM’s Director of Marketing and Branding, (Marketing and Branding Recreation Therapy); Debi Dahms, USM Yoga Instructor (Yoga for Recreation Therapy Programming); a panel that included Heidi Blodgett, CTRS, Riverview Psychiatric Center, Hilary Spear, CTRS Riverview Psychiatric Center, , Chris Barcelou-Raymond,CTRS, St. Mary’s Regional Health Center, Amy Fish, CTRS, RiverRidge Rehabilitation Center, seniors Catherine Henning and Annie Iacono, and Dr. David Jones, USM Associate Professor (Recreation Therapy Internships:  A Bridge to the Profession) and David Jones, USM Associate Professor, Holly Bean, CTRS, Maine Medical Center, Ryan Francis, CTRS, Sedgewood Commons, Scot Mayo, CTRS, Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation, (Current Status of Licensure and a State Professional Organization in Recreation Therapy).

The students responsible for organizing this year’s conference were: Jason Ashe, Karen Bean, Jillian Dionne, Annie Iacono, Erica Small, Catherine Henning, Hilary Hall, Bethany Dumas, Rachel Stearns, Margaret Reidy, and Krystal Young. Over 50 recreation therapists from throughout New England were in attendance at the event which was held at the Abromson Center on the USM Portland Campus. 

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