Monthly Archives: January 2013

URTA Conference Coming SOON!

URTA Conference

2013 URTA Annual Conference – “Becoming Champions”

When: February 21 – 22, 2013

Where: Noah’s Conference Center (322 W 1100 S, South Jordan, UT 84095)

The URTA Conference is coming up soon.  Remember the early bird registration for conference  is this coming Friday, it needs to be postmarked by the 18th to get the discount. Also don’t forget that nominations for awards deadline is coming up soon as well, have a say in who gets these awards!!

Ms. Taxin from Dopl will be doing a presentation at the conference on Friday morning. She will be covering what DOPL does, legislative items and CEU info. If you have any specific questions you would like her to address if there is time, please email them to Michele Beal ASAP (before Jan. 30th) at

At the conference URTA would like to have an “information exchange” table.  Bring copies of some of your favorite groups, activities, crafts, ways to process etc. URTA will put them on the table for everyone to share.  Please give on copy to Michele so she can either make more or post them on the website if we run out!
And last but not least we are looking for sponsors for our meals. If your facility wants to donate a portion or full meal let Laura Bennion know  The facility or persons name who donated will be put on a poster)
Can’t wait to see you at the conference!!!!
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Articles


CEU Clarification

With the new changes in the CEU’s there have been some confusion to how many CEU’s RT’s need to obtain before May, how to get CEU’s, who can present CEU’s, and where to get CEU’s.  Hopefully I can help clarify these questions and answer any others you may have.

Let’s start at the top with this new law and what it says:

Rule R156-40. Recreational Therapy Practice Act Rule.

As in effect on December 1, 2012

R156-40-304. Continuing Education.

In accordance with Section 58-40-304, qualified continuing education requirements are established as follows:

(1) All licensed MTRS, TRS, and TRT’s shall complete 20 hours of qualified continuing education or provide a current CTRS certification during each two-year period of licensure.

(2) Qualified continuing education hours for licensees who have not been licensed for the entire two- year period will be prorated from the date of licensure.

(3) Continuing education under this section shall:

(a) be relevant to the licensee’s professional practice;

(b) be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education, training and experience to provide recreational therapy continuing education; and

(c) have a method of verification of attendance and completion.

(4) Credit for continuing education shall be recognized in accordance with the following:

(a) unlimited hours shall be recognized for continuing education completed in blocks of time of not less than 50 minutes in formally established classroom courses, seminars, lectures, conferences or training sessions which meet the criteria listed in Subsection (3) above, and which are approved by, conducted by, or under the sponsorship of:

(i) the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing;

(ii) recognized universities and colleges; or

(iii) professional associations, societies and organizations representing a licensed profession whose program objectives relate to the practice of recreational therapy;

(b) a maximum of ten hours per two-year period may be recognized for teaching continuing education courses relevant to recreational therapy;

(c) a maximum of 12 hours per two-year period may be recognized for continuing education that is provided via the internet and/or webinar which provides a certificate of completion;

(d) a maximum of six hours per two-year period may be recognized for continuing education provided by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing;

(e) a maximum of four hours per two-year period may be recognized for CPR and first aid certification through a live course, not online; and

(f) a maximum of six hours per two-year period may be recognized for publications in an article, journal, newsletter or other professional publications.

(5) If properly documented that a licensee is subject to circumstances which prevent that licensee from meeting the continuing education requirements established under this section, the licensee may be excused from the requirement for a period of up to three years. However it is the responsibility of the licensee to document the reasons and justify why the requirement could not be met.

(6) A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining competent records of completed qualified continuing education for a period of six years and if requested, demonstrate the licensee meets requirements under this section.

Now that we have what it say’s, what does it all mean?  This came into effect on December 1, 2012 which means CUE’s will be prorated and RT’s will need to get six hours by May 31, 2013.  Every two years RT’s need to get 20 hours.  CEU’s can be obtained by attending ATRA conference, URTA conferenceTherapeutic Recreation workshops, seminars. webinars and online training to name a few.  There are a few things you need to keep in mind when attending these venue’s in order to get the CEU’s.

1.  The presenter needs to be “qualify to teach” recreation therapy context.  This does not mean the presenter needs to be a Recreation Therapist.  For instance an SSW would be able to teach context relevant to recreation therapy but a Hospital Administrator would not unless they have qualifications.  You need to make sure you have the qualifications of the presenter so there is no misunderstandings and keep this information in a file.

2.  Online presentations and webinars apply to the the same qualifications.  When participating in an online/webinar training’s make sure the creditials are clearly outlined as to who put it together and what resources were used.

3.  You can only get a max of 12 hours of CEU’s from internet based presentations.

4.  Calculating CEU’s is as follows:

1 contact/classroom hour = .1 CEU or 10 contact/classroom hour = 1.0 CEU

If you attend a conference for 4 hours then you will receive .4 CEU’s.

5.  You are responsible for keeping track of you CEU’s.  On the home page of click on training and under the documentation section you will find an RT CEU Tracking form button.  You will be able to pull up the tracking sheet and utilize this in keeping track of your CEU’s.  Place this in a file you are keeping all your CEU information.

I hope this clears up some of the muddy waters on this new law.  If you have any more questions please feel free to ask and we will find out the answer for you. 

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Articles


New Years Resolutions For The Recreation Therapist

“All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”
Steven Spielberg

Often when we think of New Years Resolutions we think of the things we need to change or improve in our lives. As a Recreation Therapist we need to set New Years Resolutions not only to improve ourselves but also our departments and the outcomes we provide for out clients. Here are a few tips to help you with your New Years Resolutions:

  • Write done your Resolutions. Write your Resolutions up on paper and post where you and others can see it EVERYDAY!  Think of this as a care plan…  If it is documented then it will get done, right?  Write your Resolution in one column, your approach in another with deadline and the last column write who is responsible for that approach. 
  • Be accountable.  Give a copy to your administrator to let them know you have set up goals for your department.  In doing this your letting your administrator know you want to achieve these things.  As you complete each resolution follow up with your administrator so they will know how your doing too.
  • Set your Resolutions for success not failure.  Instead of thinking of them as “Resolutions”, think of them as “Goals For The Year”.  When setting your goals make sure they are obtainable for yourself.  Give yourself a time frame you know you can reach, if you can’t reach your goals then you are more easily to give up. 
  • Team work your resolutions. Don’t think your resolutions need to be done all by you!  Get your staff involved and ask them for ideas and a team plan.  If your the only one in your department then get with your volunteers to help you.  Everything doesn’t need to be done by you, it’s okay to delegate projects out.
  • Check it off when your done. When you have completed the Resolution check it off or highlight it out so you know it is completed and your staff knows.  You may also want to have a little celebration you completed that resolution.
  • Regroup and re-plan.  As Recreation Therapists we get business and things don’t always go the way we plan.  One thing we are good at is thinking on our feet and re-planning.  Same concept here, if it is pass your deadline and it is not completed then it’s okay to stretch it out further.

So now what?  If you have not already written down your resolutions then do so now, it’s never too late.  Here are a few starters for you:

  • Organize yourself.  Some of the best Recreation Therapists are those who are organized.  Start with your desk.  Clear off all those papers on your desk by putting them in file folders.  Get yourself a binder and place all your every day papers/documentation sheet in the binder so you have a “walking desk”.  This binder should also include your monthly activity calendar and staff/volunteer schedules, audit sheets, daily planner sheets  and any other papers you need on hand.  Everything else just file away.
  • Clean. Next goal would be to clean and organize your office and supply cabinets.  Ask central supply for their extra boxes, label and box your decorations.  If it is decorations you don’t use every day ask maintenance if they have somewhere you can place these boxes until that holiday comes around.  The dollar stores have those nice shoe box storage containers, I love using these for arts and crafts projects.  Place all your glues, pom poms, glitter, crayons ect… in separate storage containers.   If you have not used something for over a year either USE IT or throw it out.
  • Client interest sheets.  When was the last time you did a client interest sheet on your whole building?  I am not talking about the one’s we do on admission, annual or for SCOC but one that is broken down into specific activities or groups you offer in your building.  If you haven’t done one do one.  This an excellent idea if your wanting to revamp your program because it will let you know what activities the residents are interested in and which one’s they are not.  A little word of advice on revamping your program, don’t do it ALL in one month.  This is an overwhelming task for yourself and your clients won’t be very excited with you either.  If you work in geriatrics you will know they do not do will with changes so change two or three activities a month and make sure the are aware of the changes in resident council.  Make them a part of the process and your program will be successful!
  • Take time for yourself.  You are a caregiver and sometimes we don’t realize we are burnt out till it is too late.  Make sure you are taking days off when you need to or leaving work on time and not taking work home.   Remember your own well-being is important too!

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Articles


“Cooking From The Heart” – February Cooking Groups

Also check out Pinterest for more cooking group ideas

Easy Microwave Cracker Jack Recipe


  1. In large paper bag, put popcorn and peanuts. In 1 1/2 qt glass bowl, put brown sugar, butter and Karo syrup. Put syrup in microwave on High for 2 min. Stir. Microwave on High for 3 min. Add in soda. Pour syrup over popcorn. Shake to mix. Place popcorn, in bag, in microwave 1 1/4 min on High. Shake; microwave 1 minute on High. Cold. Enjoy. Store in an air tight container.

Cherry Pie II Recipe

Cherry Pie –

Chinese New Year Fortune Cookies

Super Easy Mardi Gras King Cake

The Best Ever Chocolate Mousse Recipe Ever Recipe

Best Ever Chocolate Mousse

Big Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Individual Cherry Pies


1 box of Graham Crackers
Muffin baking pan
Muffin paper cups
1 can Cherry pie filling


Just take the muffin pan and line with
the muffin cups,then crumble graham
crackers into bottom of cups for the
crust,top with cherry filling.Thats it. No
need to bake.Just take out of pan
and eat

Valentine Crispy Cutouts

Recipe Rating:
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 min
Makes: 12 servings, 1 cutout each

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 pkg. (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows or 1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) JET-PUFFED
Miniature Marshmallows
8 drops red food coloring
6 cups crisp rice cereal
Assorted decorating icings

MELT butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until
marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat. Add food coloring; mix well.
STIR in cereal. Press firmly into greased 15x10x1-inch pan. Cool completely.
CUT into heart shapes with greased 4-inch cookie cutters. Decorate with icings
as desired.

Valentines Soda


Punch bowl
2 litter of 7 up
Strawberry Ice Cream
Whipped Cream
Strawberry sprinkles


Just put the 7up in the punch bowl and
put scoops of strawberry ice cream
into the 7 up,top with whipped cream
and then sprinkles.

Brown Sugar Blondies
adapted from

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly. Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’s. Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M’s on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Baked Crab Won Tons Recipe

Baked Crab Won Tons Recipe

Heart Healthy Recipe Diabetes Recipe
Here’s a quick and easy appetizer recipe that is sure to impress your guests. These baked crab won tons are a healthy alternative to fried crab cakes.


    • 1/2 cup light cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • Black pepper to taste
    • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
    • 1 can (6 oz) jumbo crabmeat
    • 30 won ton wrappers
    • 1 egg white
    • 1/2 Tbsp water


    • Preheat oven to 350°.
    • In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, green onions, mayonnaise, garlic, black pepper and ginger until combined. Gently stir in crabmeat. Set aside.
    • Lightly coat 2 muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 won ton wrapper in each cup. Fill each won ton wrapper evenly with crab mixture. Wrap won ton corners down.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and water.
    • Brush egg white wash over won tons.
    • Bake for 20 minutes, or until won ton edges are golden brown. Repeat with remaining won tons and filling. Serve warm.
Yield: 15 serving


URTA conference February 21-22nd-Earn CEUs!

URTA Conferences

2013 URTA Annual Conference – “Becoming Champions”

When: February 21 – 22, 2013

Where: Noah’s Conference Center (322 W 1100 S, South Jordan, UT 84095)

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Consultant Notes


On the Go activity kits

Merab at Silverado has put together some great “on the go” activity kits for both her activity assistants and CNA staff.

The first kit is a “beauty club” kit. She has all of the supplies needed to perform the activity including: the name of the activity in a little frame with a stand, manicure supplies, hair styling supplies, beauty supplies as well as different magazines/pictures about beauty.

The second kit is the the “cameo boutique” kit.  Again she has the name of the activity in a little frame with a stand (purchased cheap at Ross), some costume jewelry, mirrors, scarves, and pictures.  On the back of the laminiated pictures, she has a write up on how to lead the activity including different reminisce topics that you may discuss with the residents.  She keeps this kit in a wicker basket in a place where both activity and CNA staff can easily access and use as an impromptu activity.

Thanks for sharing!



What are my peers doing?

Here’s some pictures of different activities that I took at different facilities (special thanks for those who shared)sensory pillow life task 2 life skills games men's group games2 craft halloween craft: