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Inner Harbour in Douglasville, GA. WONDERFUL! Psychiatric Residential Treatment for kids ages 5-18. TR program is amazing!
Posted by Jessie
Friday, April 18, 2008 at 08:59:31 (CDT), IP Address: 679822215
I am currently nearing the end of my internship at Scenic View Academy in Provo, Utah. I love it here! The residents are great to work with and the freedom and support I get as an intern is great. Any idea that I want to do is embraced by the staff and I am able to create my own activities and perform them under the watch of my supervisor who is so much fun to work with. She is a great mentor. Honestly, my internship has flown by as I have been learning the skills I will need out in the field. You should come and check it out!
Katie Lund
- Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 18:32:45 (CST), IP Address: 6713729138
I am currently an intern at Elgin Mental Health Center in Elgin IL, and it is absolutely fantastic! It's a forensic Psych treatment program, and it has been such a great experience. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an internship
- Friday, July 14, 2006 at 11:37:30 (CDT), IP Address: 163191134154
I recently finished my internship with the ET program at Inner Harbour Hospital in Douglasville, GA. I LOVED IT! IHH has a rather large Et dept, with 7 RTs! They have CTRS's from all over the US and Canada. The hospital is residential psych facility for children and adolescents. They have an awesome ropes course and the atmosphere is amazing! Check it out!
Jessie Briggs
Tuesday, November 02, 2004 at 18:37:03 (CST)
Revised The Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is the best place to be in the field of recreation. It has a great recreation staff of 6 people. The nursing staff is helpful and friendly, and the residents are just wonderful!! The staff is excellent in working together as a team and in providing the best services ever to the clientele. I feel that I have excelled in so many at this site, due to this phenomenal experience. This internship has given me so much to look forward to in the future as a C.T.R.S. I have now joined the facility with great knowledge and I am now working there full-time with great joy because I really love it here. I would like to express how grateful I am to all my professors and much more appreciation to both, Kris Mullins and Virginia Hamlin for this wonderful experience that could only happen once in a life time. learning experience. Thank God I found mine at The Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Sorry for the wrong spelling type o. Zaida Ginny Gonzalez
Zaida Ginny Gonzalez
Monday, August 30, 2004 at 07:27:24 (CDT)
The Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is the best place. It has a great recreation staff of 6 people. The nursing staff is helpful and friendly, and the clients are just wonderful!! The staff is excellent in working together as a team in providing the best services ever to the clientele. I feel that I have excelled in so many areas, due to this phenomenal experience. This internship has given me so much to look forward to in the future as a CTRS. I have now join the facility with great knowledge, I am now working there fulltime with great joy because I really love it here. I would like to give much gratefulness to all my professors and much more appreciation to both, Kris Mullins and Vagina Hamen for this wonderful experience that could only happen once in a life time, learning experience. Thank God I found mine at The Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Zaida Gionny Gonzalez
Friday, August 20, 2004 at 18:23:31 (CDT)
Danville Veteran's Hospital in Illinois. This place has a great recreation staff of 11 people, including music therapy. The nursing staff is helpful and friendly, the grounds are pretty, and the clients are just wonderful!!
Monday, August 04, 2003 at 12:32:02 (CDT)
I am writing to let other interns know about the great and exciting opportunity that awaits them at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach FL. If you or a friend are interested in working in a psychiatric setting, I would highly recommend this particular facility. As an intern at Halifax Medical Center, I have gained so much knowledge in the TR profession and have developed a new respect for this field of work. The two CTRS on hand, Kelly Courington and Ted Bolt are wonderful therapist to work for. They made my internship seem like a vacation. They were always there when needed and never put me in a situation where I felt uncomfortable. I was never overwhelmed with the work load that I was required to do. Both Ted and Kelly were always open to new ideas and activities that I had encountered throughout my college experineces. We conducted several special events for the patients, such as a St. Patrick's Day Party, a Tropical Party, Line Dances and much more. I had so much fun working in this particular setting. If it wasn't the staff making you laugh, it was the patients. I can honestly say, that there wasn't a day that went by, when I didn't want to go in to work. One thing that I recognized most, was that the TR profession at Halifax was looked at as being one of the top priorities in patient treatment and progress. The staff were exceptional individuals and made me feel part of the team as well as family. I had the opportunity to socialize with the staff outside of work, as I was invited to social gatherings, dinners and parties. The staff were excellent in working together as a team in providing the best services ever to the clientele. I feel that I have excelled in so many areas, due to this miraculous experience. This internship has given me so much to look forward to in the future as a CTRS. I have left the facility with great knowlege and memories that I will carry with me throughout my profession and as well as my life. I give much gratitude to all my professors and much more appreciation to both, Ted Bolt and Kelly Courington for this once in a life time, learning experience. As a recommendation to all interns, "what you learn from class doesn't compare to what you learn from your internship experience. So as a current graduate and CTRS, I would recommend looking for the best internship possible and make the most of it, because you only have one chance in your life that this experinece will happen. Thank God I found mine at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach Florida." May 15, 2003 Eastern Kentucky University
Billy Fore, CTRS
Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 18:00:06 (CDT)
My internship was at JFK Center for brain Trauma (ERU). This facility was filled with wonderful staff members that were extremely professional. TR was as respected as any other therapy. The CTRS there was absolutely the best! I learned more during my internship about clinical TR then in four years in college. Great place! (Located in Edison, NJ)
Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 19:33:45 (CST)
For those of you outdoor enthusiasts- SPLORE Accessible Recreation in Moab Utah!
Monday, November 18, 2002 at 12:12:47 (CST)
hi my name is chrystal clark and i was a student at heritage treatment center in provo utah. i just left april 11th 2002. i was there a year and a half and it was the greatest thing that happened to me.ive learnes so much from that program.i had a great therpist. and i was on the best unit ever 12.i got the help i needed. now here i am good student i dont do drugs and im proud of it to. i left heritage a level 4. it took me a year and a half to get that level.everyone says that it sucks. i even said that in my early stages of heritage. but if some one asked me now i would say i loved it.i got the help that i needed and now im me and not who people wanted me to be.
chrystal clark
Friday, July 26, 2002 at 02:06:13 (CDT)
Miami VA Medical Center
Tabitha Diehl
Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 10:46:08 (CDT)
I was a client at Heritage Schools in Provo Utah.I was there for 2 years and 2 months.And I just have to say it was an outstanding program!I have became a much beter person and have learned a great deal about myself.The staff and the theripists are awsome.
Monday, February 04, 2002 at 10:57:36 (CST)
It was at the Idaho State School and Hospital (ISSH) in Nampa, ID. If you are thinking about working with people with developmental disabilities, this is a great place! It provided great experience in assessment, planning community outings, and adventure outings. I went camping, mountain biking, canoeing, snow shoeing, etc. They provide housing, you get paid, and the people you work with are outstanding. Some of the nicest people I have ever met.
Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 12:24:15 (CST)
I completed an internship at Camp Krem, in Northern California. The camp serves children and adults with many types of disablities. It was a great experience, gained a ton of experience and the staff, surroundings were wonderful. The only bad thing was I had to leave at the end!
Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 18:36:13 (CDT)
Heritage Schools 5600 N. Heritage School Drive Provo, Utah 84604 (801)226-4600 Sub-acute Psychiatric Treatment Facility for Adolescents 150 clients 7 TRS's (currently 5 CTRS's) Good close supervision with a great transition from observation, to co-facilitator, to facilitator. Young creative Rec therapists that are willing to help and listen. Programs that are running right now are: Leisure Education, Self-Esteem, Challenge groups(low & high ropes), Social Skills, Music Therapy, Equine Therapy, and Anger Management.
Saturday, September 30, 2000 at 18:28:05 (CDT)
North Texas State Hospital - Vernon Campus located in Vernon, Texas. Vernon is nice little rural town (approx. 12,001) with friendly people. The staff that work at the hospital were great. During my off time I was invited to dinners, parties, gatherings, a family reunion, concerts, the works. The hospital in comprised of two areas of which are separated by two fences. One of which is 24 feet high and a slight curve inward. The Maximum Security Unit of which is an inpatient facility that houses adults 18 and up has a great rehab department. The patients are admitted for 3 months to several years. The criteria for admission is 1. criminal insane/mentally retarded - convicted and serving sentence 2. assessment of competency to stand trial 3. manifestly dangerous. Most are moderately medicated with many activities to choose from. THe activities begin at 8 am and usually end around 4:30. Rarely are activities offered after 5 and on the weekends. Activities are not mandatory to allow room for decision making. I spent most of my time on this side. The Adolescent Forensic Program has a population of 90 youth the ages of 13 to 17. They are dual diagnosed meeting two of three of these criteria: 1. substance abuse history 2. psychiatric disorder ( mental physical or sexual abuse) 3. conduct disorder. The patients are admitted on condition of probation or a court order. Their rehab is a bit smaller but works together as a family. They have 7 TR staff and 5 Therapeutic Arts and Crafts Staff. The TAC are monday through friday 8-5 with weekends and holidays off. The TR staff work 8-5/1-9 everyday, evenings, weekends, and holidays. They are permitted to take the patients off campus for special activities. The patients have to earn a certain level for these privelges. They go to Dallas Cowboy games, Ranger games, Hurricane Harbor, etc. All of which is donated to them. The department works hard and provides a great deal in a variety of areas. Leisure education, recreation, physical fitness, and ROPES. Yeh! They have a ROPES course. Every staff is certified through ROPE WORKS which is located in Houston. I spent a week on the course with them and some of the patients. It was a great time. The patients also have education/vocational classes through out the year. THey receive individualize assistance for their learning abilities or disabilities. This is provided through the Vernon Independent School District. The teachers are wonderful and gave me alot of good input. They hold car washes, learn to prepare their own meals - this is a TR activity only happens 1 X per month, Rodeo parade float, coach patient teams at the boys and girls club of vernon in softball and volleyball -high school division. There is so much more you just have to experience it.
Friday, April 14, 2000 at 14:15:11 (CDT)
I am writing to let students know that an excellant opportunity awaits at Focus Health Care of Ohio, Maumee Ohio. This facility offers behavioral, psychiatric and chemical dependancy experience with children, teens and adults. If you have a desire to learn and seek responsibility locate this facility. The Expressive Therapy Department offers 1 full time CTRS/Coordinator, 1 Activities Therapist and 1 part time CTRS EXCELLANT EXPERIENCE!!!
Monday, February 07, 2000 at 20:31:20 (CST)
I had the pleasure of doing my internship at The Children's Home in WInston-Salem, NC January 1999 to April 1999. I enjoyed the fast paced environment a the fun loving people at TCH. We did everthing from ropes course to rock climbing. I had the opportunity to implement the things I learned in the class room. I would do it all over again if I could (but PAID!!!)
A. B.
Friday, February 04, 2000 at 18:59:17 (CST)
an internship in a correctional setting or in mental health and are in or want to be in the state of Iowa, do your internship at Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale, Iowa. IMCC is a medium security prison, and the population I worked with was the psychiatric hospital and their special needs unit. The experience was beyond what i ever imagined and could ask for. The staff there as far as CTRS's go, Paul Smith, Anne Iverson adn Michelle Fitzharris--WONDERFUL people to work with! Tons of opportunity! Lots of hands on experience and i am at a loss for words to describe how wonderful those people are. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!
Julie VanCalbegrh, CTRS
Wednesday, July 07, 1999 at 14:00:18 (CDT)
Seton Shoal Creek Hospital in AUSTIN, TEXAS. Extremely challenging, but a great experience. I was told, I believe it, "if you can work in psych, you can work anywhere".
Monday, July 05, 1999 at 21:57:04 (CDT)
I am currently completing my required internship at the William V. Chappell, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida under the supervision of CTRS Annie Barreiro. It has been a wonderful experience. I am putting into practice those theories that many of my professors, Doug Neiland, Michelle Gerkin, Charlie Everett, and Dr. Stephan, had tought me. The classes that I have taken at Eastern Kentucky University has more than provided me with the knowledge base to successfully complete my internship. My internship has been paralell to my education, thus giving me the experience I need to maintain professionalism and skills needed in the world of recreational therapy. This is an excellent site. I give it a 10. Thank you to all my friends, my professors for preparing me, and Annie Barreiro, CTRS for giving me the opportunity to excel as a professional.
Steve McKinney, Eastern Ky. University Student
Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 19:40:17 (CDT)
I am currently doing my internship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. I have the opportunity to work under five CTRS' in a 15 week internship. I will complete a three week rotation in each of the following areas; Spinal Cord Injuries/Ortho, Brain Injuries, Sub-Acute, Stroke, and Day Treatment program. I have just completed my first rotation on the SCI unit. I attend staffings weekly, evals and discharge notes, write progress notes weekly, community reintergration trips, along with many more of the everyday job performances of the TR's. If you get the chance to look at the site-GO FOR IT! Barnes-Jewish Hospital is one of the top ten hospitals in the nation.
Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 18:50:34 (CDT)
I did my internship at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia, SC. It was 5 years ago but I still value that wonderful experience. I feel it truly prepared me for work as a recreational therapist. I would recommend it to everyone.
Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 06:20:55 (CDT)

This past summer, I completed my internship at Oregon State Hospital. I worked in a maximum secure setting for patients with mental illness. I worked 40 hours per week completeing assessments, facilitating 25 hours of programming per week, attended professional meetings, visited patients in the childrens, adult, and gero buildings, went on outings with the outdoor program and worked as an important member of the treatment team. The experience was worthwhile because of the variety of programs, the number of CTRS's working at the hospital, the support they give to interns, and a learning experience of what it is like to have a mental illness. I learned new games, how to manage time effectively, the importance of documentation, how to set boundaries with patients and staff, and gained confidence in my ability to be an effective recreational therapist.
- Wednesday, October 01, 1997 at 09:21:32 (PDT)

This summer I did a 15 week internship at the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Good Shepherd Home is a Long-term-care facility. The average age of the residents who live at Good Shepherd is approximatly 46 years. Most of the residents have Cerabal Palsy. There are about 9 residents who have had traumatic head injuries. I don't think that I could have gained a better or more fulfilling experience at any other internship site. My supervisor was an excellent teacher, and we had a great rapport. I learned so much about the field of Therapeutic Recreation and about life while at the Good Shepherd Home. I now feel more confident and more prepared to enter the field of Therapeutic Recreation.
Jennifer Apple
- Friday, September 19, 1997 at 09:56:37 (PDT)

I'm currently completing an internship at Allied Service Rehabilitation Hospital in Scranton, PA. They provide housing for $25 per week and free food. (Not that bad actually!) I'm getting experience in both inpatient and outpatient. I've worked with CVA, SCI, orthopaedic (diversional level) and oncology as well as pediatric and outdoor recreation including wheelchair tennis and basketball, adaptive canoeing, pool therapy interventions and many special events. (Sorry about the bad sentence structure.) Also, Allied is the founder and sponsor of National Rehabilitation week. Interested? See the posting under internship sites.

Heather Barnett - Tuesday, July 15, 1997 at 13:44:29 (PDT)

I did my internship at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. After talking with several of my classmates, I decided I was the one to get the best training. Shepherd center is a speciality hospital for spinal cord and aquired brain injury patients. They deliver cutting edge inpatient and outpatient therapies. In the TR department there are several CTRS"s and several "specialists". They have a sports specialist, horticulture specialist, arts specialist, outdoor specialist, and aquatics specialists. The best thing about Shepherd is it is known all over the country as one of the most innovative rehab. hospitals. And they only take the best of the best when it comes to interns!!

Stephanie - Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at 12:30:45 (PDT)

I am having a GREAT internship right now at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. The staff is wonderful and I couldn't even begin to tell you about all of the things that I have learned. Hats off to the VBPC staff!

anonymous, - Saturday, August 09, 1997 at 19:37:59 (PDT)


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