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Tara Delong

Associate Teaching Professor
Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Mental Health, Health education, capacity building, group facilitation, trauma informed care, and cultural humility

Brief biography

Dually certified as a TR Specialist, and Health Education Specialist; Practicing therapist in behavioral health at Gundersen Health system for 25 years. Active in community advocacy.  I love nature, cooking, gardening, and games. I'm a native of WI; I live in La Crosse with my partner, and our dog Ruby.  

Current courses at UWL

I'm currently teaching Mental Health and TR, Program Design, Authentic Leadership and Clinical Supervision, and Fieldwork Preparation

Kudos

presented

Tara Delong, Jennifer Taylor and W. Thomas Means, all Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, presented "Pedagogy to Practitioner: Developing an Open-Access Evidence Based Recreational Therapy Curriculum Website" at The Academy of Leisure Science Conference; Theme: Leisure and Rights on Feb. 9 in New Orleans. This presentation provided a brief overview of the lack of evidence-based curriculum within the literature of therapeutic recreation and how this serves as a threat to the field as an allied healthcare profession. It further described the integrated curriculum for our therapeutic recreation dual degree students and the benchmarks for completion of an evidenced-based curriculum capstone, and provided a demo of the open-access website designed to share evidence-based work with practitioners in the field.

Submitted on: Feb. 13

 

presented

Tara Delong and Jennifer Taylor, both Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, presented "Self-Care Beyond the Bubble Bath" at ActivitiesStrong: Supporting Senior Living Activity & Life Enrichment Professionals Webinar on Jan. 17 online. About 600 people attended this engaging live interactive webinar and emerged with a cadre of self-care strategies.

Submitted on: Jan. 19

 

presented

Tara Delong and Jennifer Taylor, both Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, presented "Reimagining Recreation Therapy staff development: Self-care beyond the bubble bath" at the Southeast Recreation Therapy Association Conference on April 14 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Submitted on: April 15, 2022

 

awarded

Tara Delong, Lindsey Kirschbaum, Lisa Savarese, Jennifer Taylor and W. Thomas Means, all Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, were awarded a Curriculum Redesign Grant from UWL. This team of Therapeutic Recreation faculty will engage in a series of active workshops, curricular analysis, and assessment to redesign the TR curriculum over the course of the upcoming academic year.

Submitted on: April 4, 2022

 

presented

Tara Delong, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, and Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center, presented "Culturally Affirming Recreation Therapy for LGBTQ+" at Minnesota Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference on Nov. 25, 2019 in Bloomington, MN.

Submitted on: Nov. 25, 2019