Speakers and Seminars

The following authors are dynamic presenters who are exceptionally knowledgeable in their fields. Please contact Idyll Arbor for more information about scheduling them to speak to your group or facility.

Heather Porter is editor-in-chief for Idyll Arborís Recreational Therapy Practice Series. She is the author or editor of Recreational Therapy for Specific Diagnoses and Conditions, Recreational Therapy and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health, Recreational Therapy Basics, Techniques, and Interventions, and Recreational Therapy Handbook of Practice. She gives lectures on using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF). For more information about having her speak please send us an e-mail.

John Evans, coauthor of Expressive Writing: Words that Heal and editor of Wellness and Writing Connections, provides professional seminars related to writing and wellness and conducts classes for people interested in learning how to write to improve their own health. For more information you can e-mail Idyll Arbor or contact John directly through the Writing and Wellness Connections website.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Newhouse, author of Faces of Combat, PTSD & TBI and Alcohol: Cradle to Grave, is available to speak on the problems our troops are having when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan (and point to possible solutions), addictions, and mental disorders. He has written extensively on alcoholism, methamphetamine addictions, troubled teens, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning combat vets. Email him at e_snewhouse@yahoo.com.

Gloria Hoffner writes about science activities in long-term care facilities in Science for Seniors: Hands-On Learning Activities. If that sounds too hard, she'll be glad to demonstrate how easy it really is. For more information, visit her website.

Ann Kaiser Strearns is known internationally for her best-selling book Living Through Personal Crisis. She is available for personal consulting and group presentations. For more information, visit her website.

Ann Rosenstein teaches how to use water exercises to relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and arthritis and slow down the negative effects of Parkinson's disease. She has four books on water exercises available now: Water Exercises for Fibromyalgia, Water Exercises for Osteoarthritis, Water Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Water Exercises for Parkinson's.   If you want the latest information on nutrition myths, check out Diet Myths BUSTED and Ann's website The Diet Fitness Diva: debunking diet and fitness myths & misinformation or send us an e-mail.

Julie Davey, creator of Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing would be happy to demonstrate how easily anyone can start Writing for Wellnes classes. For more information about Julie and Writing for Wellness classes click here. You can also send an e-mail for a free description of how you can lead classes at your church, health care facility, or community center.

SJ Hart, author of Lies In Silence, speaks about issues related to the growing epidemic of bipolar and related disorders. You can send an e-mail to hear how you can have her speak to your organization.

Barry Bocchieri writes and speaks on recovery topics. He offers simple and straight-forward concepts for getting into recovery and staying there. Click here for information on his books: Things That Work and Reflections along the Way.

Charles Ennis and Janet Douglas write and speak on staying safe when interacting with clients in the field or at your office. Click here for information on their book: The Safe Approach

Dr. Charles Tindell is available to speak about how to nurture the enduring human spirit in long-term care facilities. His caring approach shows how to improve the quality of care by celebrating the spirit that remains even after physical and mental skills have declined. For information on his book, The Enduring Human Spirit, click here.

Jay Parker presents on a variety of topics including:
Internet Addiction
Sex and Love Addiction: Fact or Fiction
Our Culture and Sex... American Denial
Growing Up in an MTV World: sex, drugs and rock and roll (for age 15-25)
For information on his book click here. For more information about Jay Parker click here..

Luis Vargas, Ph.D., PT is an internationally recognized expert on aquatic therapy. He is a faculty member of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, Inc. (ATRI) and the recipient of the 2004 Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year Award. For more information on his presentations see the ATRI web site. For information on Aquatic Therapy: Interventions and Applications click here. For information on Diagnostic Aquatics Systems Integration Specialized Intervantions click here.

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