Theresa Thorland, MS/MA/CTRS/ACC:
Theresa Thorland started her career in 1983 as the Activity Director/Volunteer Coordinator in a 60-bed facility in Kearney, Nebraska and has worked in the Therapeutic Recreation/Activity field ever since. After working the past 12 1/2 years as the Recreation/Wellness Director for Good Samaritan Society ~ Albert Lea in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Theresa accepted an opportunity to make career advancement as a Corporate Consultant. In addition to her own private consulting/teaching business, Theresa is presently working as the Corporate Director of Wellness/Community Life for Tealwood Senior Living. Working in the profession gives Theresa first hand experiences and a real life understanding of the challenges healthcare providers face in long term care. Theresa is also the owner of Activity Director Certification Services and has provided education and consulting services to activity professionals across the United States since 2000.
Her educational background includes a BS in Community Recreation from Kearney State College ~ Kearney, Nebraska, as well as 2 Masters degrees. One in Experiential Education from Mankato State University ~ Mankato, Minnesota and the second in Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa ~ Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Theresa also holds the credentials of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and Activity Consultant Certified (ACC) through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). She is a NCCAP pre-approved Instructor and an Adjunct Instructor for Ridgewater College ~ Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Theresa was the first Instructor to develop and teach the MEPAP 2nd Edition in a home study format and also offers various NCCAP approved home study CEU courses. She has presented at numerous conventions throughout the Midwest, Tennessee, Maine, and Hawaii. In 2001, Theresa was the recipient of the Minnesota Care Providers Rising Star Award and was internationally recognized in 2008 as a winner of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) Innovators Program Award.
Theresa has been featured in The Journal on Active Aging for her winning program as well as presenting on the topic of wellness and sensory integration into activity programs. She has also been published in the Activity Director’s Quarterly for Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Patients. Theresa is a Founding Partner of the Quality of Life Alliance (QLA) whose mission is to build a network that develops and practices models of leadership for those dedicated to innovations in public policy, quality education, and effective advocacy in aging services.
You can read more about Theresa on her LinkedIn page.