Client-focused Recreational Therapist with experience working with a diversity of populations from children to geriatrics. Seasoned and accomplished volunteer in the community developing recreational programming from 1998 - 2012. Proficiencies include exceptional communication and collaboration abilities, leadership, organization, project management, and implementation of evidence-based practices.
Integrated Evidence-based Practices into Recreational Therapy Groups
Developed and implemented a variety of recreational/leisure group programming based on client needs and deficiencies, administered RT Assessments in a timely manner, collaborated with other professionals as a member of the treatment team to ensure client success with individualized treatment, facilitating group and individual programming, planned and implemented special events, evaluated client's individual progress towards goals and objectives, monitored community re-integration outings, consulted with clients to identify community resources, introduced evidence-based practices, performed additional duties as assigned.
I completed my internship in an assisted living and memory care facility. I performed RT Assessments on new residents, facilitated group interventions, performed individualized treatments, planned special events, hosted Friday afternoon's Happy Hour social events, chaperoned weekly community outings, completed client documentation, implemented and completed a special RT Project which was developing a facility cookbook compiled of recipes from residents, their family members, and staff.
I volunteered 3-10 hours a week as a Side Walker assisting with a local Hippotherapy program. During this time, I monitored clients during therapy sessions, planned and set-up obstacles and tasks for clients prior to sessions, offered encouragement to clients, assessed and monitored the horse during riding sessions, accompanied clients on trail rides, assisted with fund raising events, offered support during special event shows, and assisted with care and grooming of horses.
During my time as a volunteer with the Girl Scouts organization, I served the following roles: Assistant Leader, Primary Leader, Fund Raising Manager, Summer Camp Programmer, New Volunteer Trainer, Service Unit Manager, and Gold Award Committee Member. I mentored girls and adults, offered training to new leaders and volunteers, organized special events for the county (10 or more troops), collaborated with a committee to organize council-wide events (13 or more counties), mentored adolescents when working on their Gold Award, which is the highest achievement available, recruited new volunteers, planned, organized, and implemented outdoor programming for children and adults, served as a ROPES Course facilitator.
Member of the Recreational Therapy Club
Coursework in geriatrics, psychology, program planning, assessment and documentation, principles and procedures in recreational therapy, leisure education, professional development.
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
Certification Number: 65382
Expiration Date: 06/30/2016
NC Licensed Recreational Therapist
License ID Number: 3307
Renewal Date: 06/15/2017
CPR and First Aid
Utah Recreational Therapy Association (2016)
Member North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association (2014-present)
Member American Therapeutic Recreation Association (2014-present)
North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) Conference (2014)
Student Professionals Issues Forum presented by NCRTA (2013, 2014, 2015)
Power of Play Conference presented by the National Inclusion Project (2014)
Trauma Informed Care
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