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Rosecrance Recreational Therapist keynotes state-wide conference

Rosecrance Recreational Therapist, Carla Roth, recently keynoted at the Illinois Inter-Agency Athletic Association’s (IIAA) conference in Bloomington on Jan. 18.

The IIAA is a nonprofit group that allows for teens living in residential living or group homes to engage in structured sporting events and is the only group of its kind in the United States. Every January, the IIAA provides a two-day training conference, “Balls, Bats, and Brains,” which is open to all child welfare agency staff across Illinois.

Roth has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Cleveland State University and a graduate degree in community and therapeutic recreation from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has been at Rosecrance for nearly two years working as a recreation therapist at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson campus. Roth facilitates therapeutic drumming, horticulture, leisure education, and mindfulness and meditation groups.

The four hour interactive presentation included 15 different therapeutic interventions and sensory-based activities, such as tabletop drumming, creating stress balls and lavender satchels, and chime-listening meditations. Her presentation was centered on the use of nature-based therapies to help manage and ease symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders.