Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for October 2015

Hello Members,

As I write it is an absolutely glorious day where I live, and I hope where you are as well. Have you ever considered how the weather influences our sense of wellness? Have you considered this from the point of view of the clients you work with? 

Conversation Psychologist Susan Clayton, PhD, states, “One of the areas of research that’s really booming in the past 10 to 15 years is research demonstrating that feeling connected to nature, being outside in nature, has a positive impact on people,” she says. “It reduces their stress, it makes them happier, perhaps more productive, even more physically healthy … that’s part of the message that people need to have.” http://www.apa.org/action/careers/protect/susan-clayton.aspx

Dr. Clayton spends a lot of her time at zoos observing how people connect with animals and nature. Her study is concerned with how this connection can

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Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA) to be held on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 6:30 for 6:45pm start at Northern Sydney Education & Conference Centre, in the grounds of Macquarie Hospital, Wicks Rd, North Ryde NSW and by conference phone call from around Australia.

Attendance is invited from all financial members of DTA.
Voting for Board Officers and Directors is invited from all Full Members of DTA (Affiliate student and retired members not eligible to vote).

Attend in person at this location or attend by conference phone call ! No excuses!
Conference call available from at least 1 location in each state so all states have equal access to the AGM. If you would like to attend the AGM either in person or by conference call, you MUST RSVP no later than 31st October so we can make arrangements.

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph

The 2015 DTA Conference Workshop coming up next month on the Gold Coast is jam packed and almost booked out! Make enquiries today if you would still like to join us! You don’t have to be attending the Conference to register for the workshop on Thursday 15th Of October so find out if there is a space for you. Get ready to come away with new activity ideas, craft samples and loads of inspiration!

The end of August saw a successful Hamilton workshop in Victoria and on 4th of September our Canberra workshop took place. Thank you to Michelle Maslen for facilitating on the day in Hamilton and Enid O’Connor who kindly took on the role of photographer and reporter writing up a great piece for the newsletter which you can read below.  

Canberra ACT Workshop
Our Canberra workshop on the 4th of September just missed the start of the sitting of parliament and the crazy goings on in our capital these last few weeks! We had a lovely spring day and a small but dedicated group came together to gain some important

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ABC goes Mental As again

To coincide with 2015 World Mental Health Day on October 10, the ABC will again focus a week of programming on mental health and illness and lead discussion, debate and community awareness on an issue that affects many Australians. As with last year’s successful initiative, ABC Mental As will offer a variety of innovative and entertaining programs across TV, radio and online exploring mental illness, health and wellbeing.

Managing Director Mark Scott said there was strong support in the mental health sector for the return of Mental As in 2015.

“Last year’s Mental As was well received by our audience and the mental health sector and we are

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Members Article - Monopoly

Diversional Therapist working in mental health, I am fortunate to be continually challenged with a wide range of client goals. These goals can be as diverse as; overcoming social isolation, lack of motivation, lack of enjoyment of everyday activities and even learning how to use currency! Learning how to use Australian currency? Do Diversional Therapists even do that? 

Recently I worked with two rehabilitation clients. Both were from a Non English Speaking Background (NESB) with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Traumatic Brain Injury. Client A identified a range of rehabilitation based goals, two of which were to learn how to read and write in English and to learn how to use Australian money. Client B wanted to be able to use and understand his money more confidently. 

The Occupational Therapist (Helen Driscoll) and I worked on both goals concurrently. After a brief tea break conversation, we developed a

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Full Certificate IV in Leisure and Health RPL opportunity for Grandfather clause members...

DTA has recently approached Skills Training Australia, acting on behalf of their members, to design and produce a program that will allow all Grandfather clause members a simplistic and affordable way of obtaining their Certificate IV in Leisure and Health. Which we have done...

Recognition of Prior Learning is the process of taking all previous experience and professional development and mapping it against the requirements of a qualification to

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Title: Visual Practices for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Physical Activity
Author: Layne Case, Joonkoo Yun
Journal: Palaestra, Vol 29, Number 3.

Research has shown that visual practices can be beneficial when working with children with autism spectrum disorder. Visual supports have been used for various objectives such as to improve social and communication skills, decrease time spent off task, and improve participation experiences in physical education. The purpose of this paper is to present two types of visual support systems—picture-based systems and video modeling—aimed to guide and inform professionals as they work with children with

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World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health , WMHD is an annual program held on 10 October to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

This year in Australia, WMHD has three objectives:
1. Encourage help seeking behaviour 
2. Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
3. Foster connectivity throughout communities 
The 2015 WMHD campaign aims to

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Greetings all, I'm glad to announce the DTA now has its own YouTube page this channel has playlists set up to show residents a range of creative and engaging videos and will be updated on a monthly basis with a new playlists. 

Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XmdPMZl3SOXmwmBk-71OA/playlists

Feel free to email the DTA YouTube at diversionaltherapyausvid@gmail.com with any videos you believe others would find engaging, or even have your facilities come up with suggestions for what sort of content you'd like links to. 


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1. Oct 1st International Day of the Older Person- The International Day of Older Persons is a celebration of the older people in all societies, and a reminder to continue developing a society for all ages. http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/

2. Oct 2nd marks world smile day, which came about by the smiley’s face creator Harvey Ball, who was worried about the over commercialisation of his symbol. This day is aimed at smiles and acts of kindness use this


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