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ATRA awards

atraThe ATRA AWARDS committee is still seeking nominations for all awards categories; but especially for:

  • Advocacy,
  • Outstanding Professional,
  • Clinician of the Year,
  • Excellence in Education, and
  • Chapter Affiliate of the Year!

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for a complete list of awards criteria, and to submit your nominations! June 15th is the last and final day for all award submissions. Please contact Ali at or Brianna at with any questions!


Disclaimers: Danny Pettry (founder of RecTherapyToday) is a lifetime member of ATRA. Pettry is not an elected board member for ATRA. Pettry is not a hired spokesperson. Pettry is not on the ATRA awards committee. Pettry is a member of ATRA who encourages other RTs to join ATRA too!

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Ed Begley for the ATRA Individual Citation Award

Danny Pettry here: I nominated Ed Begley for the ATRA Individual Citation Award. I hope he wins it.

Here is a summary:


The individual citation is awarded annually to one non-member of ATRA.

Ed Begley is probably not a member of ATRA.


Ed Begley meets the following two criteria, including:

  • Criteria B. Supporting and promoting recreational therapy; and
  • Criteria D. Professional research, writing, and / or presentations: addresses or appearances to groups in person, on radio, or television pertaining to the broad field of recreational therapy.


Ed Begley is has promoted recreational therapy on a national level through his television program, Innovations.


Innovations is an award-winning television series hosted by actor, director and environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr ., and is dedicated to bringing viewers the most up-to-date, cutting edge information across a vast array of industries. From health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more, Innovations features practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike.

One segment of Innovations with Ed Begley Jr. was focused on how the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) supports quality human service and healthcare standards and will explore how its credential verification services to employers and healthcare agencies help to monitor personnel adherence of the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

DMG Productions uploaded a vimeo video clip of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) on Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. that can be viewed here:


Here is an August 2017 press release that announced the segment: