Read the amazing reviews for the webinar.

canstockphoto27132224 (1)I presented on the importance of earning advanced certification tonight.

Here is the feedback comments from the 61 people (who submitted an evaluation) out of the 101 people who attended and participated (which is the max for my webinar subscription).

Sixty-one people submitted an evaluation.

I asked people to rate the training on a scale of 0 poor to 10 excellent.

All 61 people manually entered a “10.”

Is that possible? It turns out that I was looking at the wrong place. laugh aloud. I didn’t get a perfect ten. I did get about a 9.15.

  • Scores ranged from 7 to 10.
  • Mode: 10.
  • Three people selected 7.

Outlier was omitted from the results. It was 1Million!!!! (and I appreciate that).

Two people didn’t give a response on the 0 to 10 question.


I enjoyed the way the presenter kept the webinar humorous, and learning about the different types of specialties offered by the NCTRC, the top reasons why, and the 2 processes to earn the advanced certification.
learning about the 2 paths of certification and how I can utilize my Master’s degree that is not TR/RT to possibly get certification
The information
That there was audio and visual to follow along with. Also it was not dry kept your interest
I enjoyed learning in depth information about the 5 specialty certification that are offered to CTRS as additional education.
straight forward, to the point, lots of review
That Danny was able to answer all questions that was asked.
Learning about specialty areas
Thank you for doing this seminar.  It was informative
Great outline of reasons to consider specialty that I have not previously considered
encouragement for Importance of specialization in Recreation
The session was informative and my first time joining.  It’s nice to learn what new things are out there!
The detail in the path to getting a specialty certification.
I enjoyed hearing about specializations in Recreational Therapy.
seeing the requirements for each path for advanced specialization
I enjoyed the presentation on why one should bother getting the specialty certification. It was motivating.
Answered my questions about advanced certifications.
I’m excited to learn more about advanced specialty certifications.  My bachelor’s is in Special Education and my master’s is in Rec Therapy. I’m going to look into getting certified in developmental disabilities.
The importance of getting specialty certifications and the presenter. Danny Pettry was enthused about our profession and it showed through his presentation. It encouraged me to seek specialty certification sooner than later.
Really hadn’t heard about these specialization. Very informative!
Always great to be informed.
I loved learning about the different certifications
Very encouraging to seek more within field.  I already hold my specialty certification in Behavioral Health.  I appreciate the support, encouragement and informative presentation.
Yes, Danny Pettry did a great job providing solid reasons why a specialization certification is important not only for the professional obtaining it, but for the recreational therapy profession.
The encouragement and motivation to pursue the specialized certification
I learned now that NCTRC offers specialty certifications. So this was very informative.
I had no idea NCTRS offered so many special certifications and I enjoyed learning all about them
I enjoyed getting clarity on how to earn a specialty certification and what it would involve. I also enjoyed that Danny read the comments of others attending the group.
I enjoyed the interactive component.
It was very informative and makes me want to strive for the physical rehabilitation specialty!
Straight forward and informative.
good info
The thoroughness of discussing options to obtain specialty certification.
Relevant, current, information.
Relaxed and comfortable
good information was given that i wasn’t aware of
Great information at the end of my recreation career so specialty isn’t for me.
reviewing the specialties
Learning about the different specialty certifications, as well as, how to achieve one.
 Great information. Educational.
Very informative and motivating
very informative and motivating
I have not considered a specialization certification before but am now will be considering it.
Good information from someone who’s already been through the specialty certification. It’s good information for new CTRS’s.
It makes more sense to me now how other health professions have specialties and we should as well. I had never considered this aspect before and it makes more sense now.
I did not know you could get advanced certifications. I thought it was just CTRS and LRT
Very informational about specialty certification.
The informative ways to get the advanced certification and the different ones out there.
All of the info on advanced certification made me consider it
Very informative.
learned more about specialization in RT

I am a strong believer in feedback. I take it seriously. Here are the ways I could have earned a better score: 

the webinar was awesome, no need for improvement
I think it was fine the way it was.
Everything was great!
More dynamic. Increase examples of where/how to use each specialty, how it changes practice, get some people who are currently using their specialty certification to speak about how it has helped them – Danny Pettry comments thank you for that suggestion. I am going to include examples of people using the certification at my rectherapytoday blog.
All was great!
It was great!  No complaints!
More detail about how each specialty certification can benefit you or make you more marketable.
I think it was very helpful.
I think it was great. I’m not sure it could have been improved.
It was great!
A little bit more organized, but I’m no public speaker either. Danny Pettry comments: thank you for that. Maybe I can provide a pre-outline for people to view.
Very good!
I like the improvement you made staying within the hour time frame and allowing some to leave if they needed to at the exact hour.
Nothing, I love them!
Enjoyed 🙂
Funnier jokes! But besides that, it was great overall. Danny Pettry comments: I’m the worst comedian. Laugh aloud. And easy-going. I’ll try to use more humor.
allow us to see the comments/questions sent by other attendees
Nothing, it was great!
Give more information in regards to the specifics of each specialty certification. Danny Pettry comments: thank you for that.
I think the webinar was great and doesn’t need to be improved
I really enjoyed it as is.

It was excellent!

Nothing, good and informative.
nothing I can think of
Have the interactive portions viewable to all participants.
More jokes 🙂   Danny’s comments? More jokes? Are you kidding me? Okay – here is one more fun fact: why don’t sharks eat clown fish? Because they taste funny. Laugh aloud. I’m easy –going. Thanks for that feedback.  
Very good
I would have liked to be able to see others’ questions. Danny Pettry comments: questions will be included in the special report (.pdf file)
Maybe also talking about how to maintain your specialty certification? DannyPettry comments: good point. Yes – I’ll include that in the .pdf file report
I thought it was well informed
Maybe a little bit more interactive but it was great DannyPettry comments: Thank for that. I’ll keep that in mind for next session.
No improvement. Thought it was wonderful.
I think  it was great
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Violence and Barriers to Meaningful Relationships

A MSRT student at Temple University. shared that she had been introduced to Robert Waldinger’s TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.
Here is a link to the video:
The student shared, “His main point states that in life, our happiness is most influenced by meaningful relationships.”
She asked: “My question to you is how, in our practice, can we best promote meaningful relationships for our participants when there may be barriers due to violence? What kinds of interventions do you use to help various populations that may become more reclusive due to past abuse, gender violence, etc.? In what ways can we address this issue with participants?”
Here is my response:


I provide services for children (both male and female) between (ages 7 to 12) who have abuse-reactive needs. Children admitted to the unit have experienced some type of traumatic in their life.

 It is a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. The typical stay is 6 to 9 months.

Some of the common needs among patients include:


  • Lack of interpersonal skills (possibly from learned behaviors)
  • Lack of assertiveness skills (often resorts to physical, verbal aggression)
  • Lack of a social support system (no identified foster family or adoptive family)
  • Lack trust in others
  • In addition, patients may have other conditions, like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Some children have Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) – this is where they had neglect at an early age and fail to learn how to have emotional connections and relationships


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are the two primary treatment modalities. There is evidenced-based research that demonstrates that these two approaches are effective.

Both TF-CBT and DBT have a focus on interpersonal skills.

  • In the TF-CBT mode, there is a phase called, enhancing social skills
  • In the DBT model, there interpersonal skills are one of the four main skill sets taught.


We identify our intervention as “interpersonal skills training or social skills training.”

We in recreation therapy have a lot to offer in this domain.


We use a lot of recreation activities as means to achieve outcomes.

  • Sports: taking turns, good sportsmanship, being part of a team/ group
  • Board games: taking turns, being a good sport,
  • Social activities: ballroom party for Halloween or ice cream social
  • Education/ classroom settings: to teach skills. Using pictures of children in different social situations
  • The listening game: Teach what paraphrasing is. Get a book like “The conversation starts.” Read a question to a group member. Group member answers. Randomly select a different group member to paraphrase what the first group member said to indicate he (or she) listened and then ask that group member a question.
  • Assertiveness training: Teach the children to ask for what they want or to express their feelings with use of I-statements.
  • Cinema therapy card game: Play a movie. Ask children questions from the card game that get the kids to point out social skills, emotions in characters
  • Community re-entry outings: passes to local parks, zoos, water parks, mall, or other places.
  • Emotional support: being able to recognize emotions in others and be able to offer support
  • Family-based recreation therapy: with rec therapist: Mental health therapist/ counselor provide family therapy. and the rec therapist often supervise the community re-entry outings before a new family is on their own with a patient. The rec therapist can implement games and activities to help the family and child to get to know each other, and supervises passes in the community.


The recreation therapist serves as a role-model, a coach, a facilitator, and evaluates progress.

Robert Pirsig (author of Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance) dies.

I just read a npr post on fb that Robert Pirsig died at 88.

He is the author of Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

It is a book about the road. I [DannyPettry] don’t do motorcycles because I’ve wrecked everything I have. However, I do enjoy driving my mustang for long road trips.

I read in the nrp article that his book was rejected by 121 publishing houses. My mentor, Jack Canfield shares that his Chicken Soup book had been rejected by 144 publishing houses (if I recall that number correctly).

Read the article here: 

Alexandera Millet dedicates her life to helping veterans

Chrystian Tejedor had written an article titled, “Recreational therapy student dedicates her life’s work to helping veterans that was posted at FIU News.

It is a story about Alexandera Millet.

The article is heart-warming and amazing. It is how she got involved in recreational therapy.

Read it here:

humor therapy? okay – who did this t-shirt?

I saw a pinterest post for a t-shirt (See below).

“A CTRS is like riding a bike in hell” and something about everything being on fire.

I find humor in this t-shirt because a few weeks ago a study was posted that claimed recreation therapy is one of the most stress free jobs.

I disagree. There is a lot of stress working in the human services field. WE have words for it like “burnout” and “compassion fatigue.”

Please note I am posting the t-shirt below as humor.

I don’t agree with it. I am not an affiliate of this t-shirt.

I have developed this uncanny ability to deflect negativity over the years. It’s a super-power I call, being a CTRS. laugh aloud.

Please do consider buying one of my t-shirt designs at

Please don’t buy their t-shirt about a CTRS riding a bike in hell.