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:


ThoughtStream: New Biofeedback Tool!



Simple and effective, the ThoughtStream personal biofeedback system teaches you how to become deeply calm and focused. The patterns of our response to emergencies probably emerged during the time when all humans faced actual physical threats to their survival.

Although the “threats” we now live with are seldom physical, the body still reacts as if they were. Actual and perceived stressful events can produce strong emotions, which arouse certain physical responses from the sympathetic nervous system – the network of nerve tissues that helps prepare the body to meet emergencies by “flight or fight.” Some of us are more sensitive to the flight-or-fight response than others. When we sense danger, our bodies release stress hormones, and our heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension increase. While this response is useful when we really are in danger and need to respond, it can be a problem if we do not learn how to respond to ordinary stresses in a healthy way and can lead to feeling chronically “stressed.” Behavior, thoughts, and feelings influence our whole mind/body system. Individual physical responses to stress can become habitual. When the body is repeatedly aroused, one or more functions may become permanently overactive.

Become more aware of your responses, and you can be more comfortable and in control – you can learn to change inappropriate reactions. The ThoughtStream Personal Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) Biofeedback System measures tiny, rapid fluctuations in skin moisture associated with the degree of arousal via a compact palm sensor presents these changes to you by both audio and visual means. You learn to lower the pitch of a sound heard through headphones or make the LED’s on the display console turn from red to green.

For more comprehensive training use our Mental Games multimedia software to fine-tune your ability to relax and focus at the same time. Simple and effective, the ThoughtStream personal biofeedback system teaches you how to control your responses to stress.

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Be Remarkable: random thoughts on earning more income as a rec therapist

 standoutI presented a training last week for recreational therapists on (May 9th) on creating an online course.

I told the attendees that it was a good idea to follow their passion and teach a topic on what they’re passionate about.

I feel like I made a huge mistake.  Following your passion might be the wrong advice to have given the attendees. 

I read Cal Newport’s book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You last weekend. Newport argues that following your passion is bad advice. 

Newport pointed out that there are a few professional athletes who followed their passion and it paid off big time. However, those people are the outliers. It doesn’t happen to everyone. For the majority of people — that path won’t work. 

My personal experience: I was very passionate about skateboarding as a teenager. Sixteen-year-old me (Danny) wanted to become a professional skateboarder. Of course, I lessened my intensity in improving my skateboarding after dislocating my shoulder in in a skateboarding accident. My skateboarding really decreased when I got my first part-time job working at a Chick-fil-A I’m going on 40 and I’ll probably always love skateboarding culture!

[ah-ha moment/ Light bulb] — Newport argues it is best to become good at a skill that people are willing to pay you to do opposed to following your passions.  Newport argues that you’ll get more freedom to dictate your job when you’ve gained career capitol. 

As a young teenager, nobody was going to pay me to skateboard. The owner of Chick-fil-A did pay me to serve customers. I won their Chick-fil-A leadership scholarship too! 

Newport argues that mediocre work is invisible. It isn’t noticed.  It is often overlooked. Newport cited Seth Godin’s Purple Cow. Brown cows are predictable and boring. A purple cow is… different. It is noticeable. It is something to talk about. Newport summarized that Godin is suggesting that a person must become remarkable in their work. Be different by standing out and being the best. Be remarkable. Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

How does one become great and remarkable?

Newport points out research about the 10,000 hour rule made popular by Malcom Gladwell in his book, Outliers. It takes a person 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to become an expert. This doesn’t mean 10,000 hours of the same repeated behavior. In example, if a person played the same songs on the violin for 10,000 hours. It means pushing yourself to be better during those 10,000 hours.  As a skateboarder, I wasn’t pushing myself after I dislocated my shoulder. I mostly played it safe after the accident by doing smaller tricks that I already knew I wasn’t attempting big tricks like trying to land 180-kickflips off sets of five stairs anymore.

I didn’t follow my passion with skateboarding. 

I realized (in 1999) that organizations would pay me to provide recreational therapy. I learned this after doing volunteer work at a rehabilitation hospital.

I “landed” my first paid position as a recreation therapist in 2002. I’ve been at the same agency since then. I’ve put in 15+ years of practice and I’ve been “pushing” myself to continue to become better than I was each previous year. The 2018 Rec Therapist Danny is a lot more effective compared to the 2002 beginner rec therapist Danny. 

Years (of time) and real effort are two different things. I head a story (a parable) that explained the difference. A boss brought two employees in the office and said he had to lay off one of them.  The employer let the senior employee go. The senior employee argued that he had more (years) of experience than the other guy. However, the employer argued that  (the senior employee) had one year of real experience and he repeated the same year over and over for the next 20 years. He didn’t grow. The new guy hadn’t been there long, but he was continuing to “push” and grow. 


In summary, I want to offer two tips for recreational therapists: 

  1. Find a skill or specialty that can earn you money.  Is it something that people would be willing to pay you to do? Work at building your skills in that area. Don’t be a generalist. Be a specialist. Be an expert in something.
  2. Push to become outstanding and remarkable in that one skill. Become an expert at it. In fact,   Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You 

Recent contest winners!

winnersWe’ve had several recent contests!

As always, a random number generator is used to make contests fair. No purchase is ever required to enter our contests. Purchase does not increase odds of winning our contests.

StaRTbuttonTRaining webinar winner:

  • Cathy R., Michigan won a $50 amazon gift card for attending StaRTbuttonTRaining.


Advanced specialization webinar winner:

  • Amy K., Austin, TX

Mother’s Day Contest Winners

  • Miley C., California won a $25 amazon gift card, edible arrangements fruit basket, and 25 clock hour CEU program form our site for mother’s day!

Three runner up winners won a relaxation coloring book, scented hand sanitizers and a $10 amazon gift card

  • Zikeya., Florida
  • Kathlene C., New Jersey
  • Rebecca T., Chicago

The following people won a copy of Danny Pettry’s children book, Building Character:

  • Elena H., Phoenix
  • Kathlene C., New Jersey
  • Rebecca T., Chicago

Reviews for Training: how to create your very own # 1 online course

Ireviews presented: how to create your own online course tonight (Wed. May 9, 2018).

I taught other people how they can create online courses (based on my 10 years of experience with providing online courses) and live workshops. I taught people (mostly recreational therapists) how they can earn passive income from these courses too.

The webinar service is able to detect how many people are following along vs. how many people also viewing other screens.

Our score was super high among attendees: 

  • Attentiveness: 96%
  • Interest rate: 96%

That score beat my record of 94% attentiveness that I’ve had on  previous webinars.

The attendees submitted feedback.

I asked them: What did you enjoy about this training?

Here are 17 of the best reviews I received:

·         You are definitely motivational!

·         I kept thinking about the 3 point 5 approach. It really makes sense. As well as packaging up the different things such as the recorded video and e-book, consultations and speaking engagements.

·         Information and answering questions

·         Learning how easy it put together a program.

·         I learned a lot about how to create my own online courses one day!

·         It was motivating. Thanks!

·         You are a very positive person.

·         Step by step. Honest info

·         great information was shared

·         The personal touches, example, how Danny bought his dream car with the money he’s making doing something he loves

·         Learning the prices of creating a webinar and how to create one from scratch.

·         Informative.

·         Gave me inspiration and hope for a better tomorrow for myself.

·         Gave me some ideas on how to earn more money in TR and share TR knowledge

How could this session be improved?

·         Great seminar
·         It was perfect…. as always
·         Nothing.  I enjoyed it.
·         More specific details, other peoples examples.
·         very good information
·         Some things where a bit redundant but good information overall
·         No suggestions! It was very informative!
·         Great webinar.
·         Make sure you do your spell check for your slide show. Not being mean, just remember when someone preferred to laugh at my written mistakes instead of kindly pointing them out to me. You work to hard to let a spelling error detract from what you are doing.
·         I liked it!  Very informative never thought to do something like this!
·         In terms of how to create an online course, I was hoping for technical assistance/knowledge about what programs to use to physically create the course.
·         You need a new editor. There were still many spelling mistakes.
·         It was good, very motivating.
·         Interesting and motivational.

Do you want to create your own online course? I can help you do that.

Email me for details: Danny@DannyPettry.com

RT needed in Montana

Position Title:

Recreation Therapist  (18140483)


The recreation therapist helps patients build resiliency and life skills. Responsibilities include interviewing and observing patients to assess physical and mental status, capabilities, interests, rehabilitation needs, and planning appropriate interventions; designing and developing treatment programs and interventions addressing patients assessed needs; and developing treatment goals, evaluating patients progress toward goals, and revising goals as needed. Additionally, this position functions as a lead worker for the rehabilitation therapy aides.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

• Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation.

• One year recreation therapist experience.

• Completion of approved recreation therapist internships may substitute for the one year of required experience.

• National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification is required within one year of employment.


 Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Required for the first day of work:
• Knowledge of recreation therapy interventions and practices.
• Knowledge of psychology, human behavior, and development.
• Knowledge of individual and group therapy principles.
• Knowledge of recreational activities and related equipment.
• Knowledge of mental illness, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities; medical and physical disabilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to write reports and make oral presentations.
• Ability to operate personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet, and other computer programs.

Physical and Environmental Demands: Position is required to move between work areas throughout the day as well as part of the offered activities to patients. Work will be performed primarily indoors, but will transition throughout the day between buildings. Additional activities will occur outdoors in varied weather conditions. Must be able to safely demonstrate and facilitate all types of leisure activities throughout the day and lift up to twenty pounds. Position may be required to assist in patient crisis interventions to include patient holds and restraints due to imminent safety risk of patient and/or others. Work hours could change occasionally due to special activities or events.


Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Job: Healthcare

Salary: $ 18.53 – 18.53  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings:  2 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time

Shift:  Day Job

Travel:  No

Primary Location:  Warm Springs

Agency:  Department of Public Health & Human Services Union:  Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT)

Bargaining Unit:  024 – MEA-MFT -MSH -Prof

Posting Date:  Mar 1, 2018, 5:07:47 PM

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  Ongoing

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, Transcripts

Contact Name:  Beth Eastman  |  Contact Email:  eeastman@mt.gov  |  Contact Phone:  406 693 7145

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications.

Montana State Government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, or sexual orientation), age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to the merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.

May 2018 Issue of Rec Therapy Today

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In This Amazing Issue…
 Danny Pettry’s Welcome Message
 Inspirational Quote of the Month: Zig Ziglar
 Humor Therapy section
 31st Annual Geri Olympics Photo
 Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month Photo
 Need 50 clock hours of continuing education? We have your # 1 CEU solution
 Course of the month: Advanced Behavioral Health Certificate Courses
 Continuing Education: Rec Therapy Continuing Education vs. Counseling
 April 2018 Contest Winners Announced
 NEW: Mother’s Day Contest! Anyone can enter.
 Danny Pettry’s StaRTbuttonTRaining webinar is back!
 Infographic of the Month: Emotional wellbeing
 Rec Therapist of the Month: Ashley Hunt
 Book of the Month: GoalFriends
 Game of the Month: Simon Optix
 Website of the Month: Logomakr.com
 American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Section
 Social Media: Follow Rec Therapy Today on Facebook!
 Word Search Puzzle: Memorial Day Words
 Coloring sheet: May Flowers
 Danny’s Section
 Danny’s Recommendations



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