Presentation on theme: "Resources You Can Use!* NORMA J. STUMBO, PH.D., CTRS, FALS"— Presentation transcript:
1 Resources You Can Use!* NORMA J. STUMBO, PH.D., CTRS, FALS PRESIDENT, EDUCATION ASSOCIATES*ORIGINALLY CREATED WITH KARI KENSINGER, PH.D., CTRS
2 Today’s Topics What is a Resource? Professional Organizations PublishersJournalsAgencies/Web SitesResearch and Journal DatabasesListservsJob Searching SitesYour Turn!2
3 Resource….According to the CTRA website: re·source: 1 a : a source of supply or support, an available means -- usually used in plural b : a natural source of wealth or revenue -- often used in plural c : computable wealth -- usually used in plural d : a source of information or expertiseIn the context of this presentation we are going to explore those factors that allow our practice of TR to be abundant. We will look at those sources that supply the knowledge, skills, and abilities that we need to possess in order to practice TR competently.We will examine those organizations, agencies, and corporations that contribute to the development of the professionAnd will examine many different ways in which we gather information which contribute to our expertise.
4 Information Needs? Are you looking for new, innovative interventions? 4Are you looking fornew, innovative interventions?client-specific or general information?state or national statistics?other professionals?justification for your services?new job?Each of these questions leads us to seek additional information about TR practice
5 Evaluating Your Needs Best source for my needs? Availability to me? How often will I need it?How soon do I need it?How much will it cost (time, energy, money)?How much do I trust it?
6 Accessing Information Personal communicationNetworking and MentorshipProfessional organizationsMass communicationPublicationsJournals, Books, Games, AssessmentsInternetLife experiencesThese sources of information are the basic resources of knowledge.Mass communication: books, journals, movies, newspapers, the internet, websites/listserves:how/why do we use the resources?Do we have time to read th
7 Today’s Resources Professional Organizations Publishers Journals Agencies/Web SitesResearch and Journal DatabasesListservsJob Searching Sites
8 1. Professional Organizations Group of professionals who have similar interests and professional aspirationsLocal, Provincial, Regional, and NationalPromotion and AdvocacySocial Support and NetworkingInformation DisseminationJob OpportunitiesPublicationsContinuing EducationProfessional organizations are made up of people who can share their expertise with others and therefore help our profession grow.They can help professionals work on issues of interest to a particular area of practice.Most professional organizations communicate with members via meetings and websites, teleconferences, etc.
9 1. Professional Organizations American TR AssociationATRA Chapter AffiliatesState TR OrganizationsNational Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (certification only; not membership)
10 2. Publishers Most publishers offer multiple types of publications Journals, Trade Magazines, Books, E-BooksEach publisher has a unique focus or nicheWhat are your needs?Publisher catalogs/web sitesMost have on-site conference discounts
12 3. Journals Most focus on “data-based” research Systematic reviews Practice perspectivesGuidelines for submissionBecoming a reviewer
13 3. Journals Therapeutic Recreation Journal Annual in Therapeutic RecreationAmerican Journal of Recreation TherapyAustralasian Journal of Diversional TherapyJournal of Leisurability
14 4. Agency Websites Commercial Advocacy Groups Non-Profit Organizations Professional OrganizationsGovernmentalOrganizationalEducational
15 4. Agency Web Sites Types of websites Commercial (****.com or ****.biz)Typically product oriented. Aim is to make money from advertising or product salesGovernmental (****.gov, ****.gc.ca)Operated by government agencies. Information about grants, statistics and facts about research/servicesOrganizational (****.org or ****.info)Typically operated by non-profit organizations and provide information about services they provide to stakeholdersEducational (****.edu)Typically operated by colleges, universities and other institutions of learning. Information about course offerings and services provided by specific agencies
16 Examples - Web Sites for TR National Institutes of HealthDepartment of EducationHealth Canada - Sante CanadaCanadian Health NetworkCanada Health PortalCoalition for Active LivingActive Living AllianceLifestyle Information NetworkNewsRxCenters for Disease ControlInstitute on MedicineTherapeutic Recreation Directory
17 5. Research and Databases PublishersOrganizationsUniversitiesLibrariesEvidence-Based ResearchClinical Practice GuidelinesBest Practices
19 6. Listservs Listservs Email postings delivered to many people at once WebsitesWarehouse of information. Most have information about the organization, services, publications, products, FAQs, external links, contact informationBulletin Boards/Forums/Micro SitesSection of website for post question for other people to read and respond - either through bulletin board or privateChat rooms (Instant Messaging)Section of website for live interaction with other people
20 6. Listservs ATRAnet Florida Therapeutic Recreation Network (FLTRNET) America On-Line RT Discussion GroupNaspeLINKEDINAssistive Technology and Therapeutic RecreationLinNewsSportime- PETalk + TheraTalk + AdaptTalkBenefits OnlineChRec-LTherapeutic Recreation ListservChild LifeTR Study Group
21 7. Job Searching Sites www.atra-online.com www.mycareeratva.va.gov Agency web sitesChapter Affiliate web sitesUniversity web sitesAgency Facebook pagesATRA Chapter FB pagesUniversity Facebook pages