April 21, 2019  

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Gulf Coast Therapeutic Recreation Symposium set for April 5-6 in Hattiesburg

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The University of Southern Mississippi will join with the University of South Alabama in co-hosting the annual Gulf Coast Therapeutic Recreation Symposium April 5-6 at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. This event is also supported by the city of Hattiesburg Department of Parks and Recreation.

The two-day symposium is open to therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy (TR/RT) students, educators and practitioners in LTC (Long-Term Care), behavioral health, physical rehabilitation; activity directors and community TR/RT. Therapeutic recreation continuing education units (CEUs) may be available to those who qualify.

“The intent of the symposium is to provide students an opportunity to meet professionals in therapeutic recreation, and provide professionals in the field an opportunity to gather together and share new information,” said Dr. Rick Green, professor of therapeutic recreation in the School of Kinesiology at Southern Miss, who will welcome attendees prior to the opening session April 5.

Therapeutic recreation practitioners are trained to promote optimum health and quality of life for individuals facing such challenges as disease and disability. Treatment and services provided by recreational therapists are designed to improve and maintain the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and leisure functioning for individuals served. Graduates of the recreational therapy program at USM have gone on to rewarding careers in medical centers, behavioral health, community recreation programs, pediatric and geriatric facilities, and physical rehabilitation, among other areas.

For more information about the annual Gulf Coast Therapeutic Recreation Symposium, including a listing of its topical sessions and expert presenters, visit https://gulfcoastsymposium.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2018-gulf-coast-therapeutic-recreation-symposium-information-and-registration.pdf or contact Dr. Green at rick.green@usm.edu. For information about the therapeutic recreation program at USM, visit https://www.usm.edu/kinesiology/bs-recreation-therapeutic-recreation-emphasis.