In the news: Dani Bakken

Congratulations to Dani Bakken! She was in the news recently with a post about Park and Rec: Therapeutic Recreation events with Owatonna Parks and Recreation.

Dani is the new Recreation Supervisor for the TR Program!

Danny Pettry comments: I’m always excited to read about people in our field who are in the news.

Read about it here:


FREE Webinar – CEU Secrets – Session Content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC.

Howdy Rec Therapist friend —


You’re invited to participate in my live webinar training on Wed. Sept. 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Topic: CEU Secrets


Session Content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC for one clock hour of continuing education.


Register here:


Here is what you’ll learn from this training:

  • Why continuing education is vital to your professional career
  • How you can earn you required CEUs from the convenience of your home of office
  • How you can save time and money by using online and self-study CEUs

Register here:




​​​​​​​​Best Wishes to You!

Your friend and partner in rec therapy,

Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S., LPC, NCC, CTRS


Danny Pettry, LLC, 1509 Walnut St. # 5, Kenova, WV 25530

Danny’s Personal Email:

P.S.   Don’t miss out. Register now while it is fresh on your mind.



Why I went for a Master’s degree in Recreation Therapy


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Part I: The undergraduate degree process:

Recreation Therapy became my career goal after doing a volunteer experience in 1999 at a rehabilitation hospital. I believe you can relate to having that same experience where you discovered recreation therapy and wanted to become a recreation therapists, too!

I graduated in August 2002 with a B.S. in Park Resources and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Careers opportunities were often far away. I sent applications and resumes to nearly 100 agencies in both of the Virginias and Carolinas.

Surprisingly, I got offered a position at a psychiatric hospital right in my own town of Huntington the very day after I completed my summer internship. It couldn’t have been any smoother. It was just perfect.

I worked part-time the first year and was able to secure a full-time position one year later in August 2003.

Part II: The graduate degree process:

I wanted to be the best recreation therapists that I could be. I wanted to learn more. I had hopes and dreams. I thought I’d even like to be an instructor for an undergraduate course at Marshall University! I searched online for graduate degree programs in recreation therapy. I discovered that Indiana University had a distant education program. Dr. David Austin was a professor there. I immediately knew I had to train and learn from Dr. Austin.

I was very fortunate, I was in the last class he had taught before he retired. It was a course on social psychology.

I completed my Master of Science degree in Recreation Therapy from Indianan University in December 2006. Marshall University closed their Therapeutic Recreation program that same semester, so I didn’t have an opportunity to teach in TR at Marshall.  I started my online CEU program, (Rec Therapy CEUs) several months after I completed my graduate degree.

Some thoughts on getting these degrees: 

  • I felt that my undergraduate degree (from Marshall University) had adequately prepared me for an entry-level position as a recreation therapist. I am very grateful Marshall University offered this program while I was a student there.

Here are some things I learned from gaining a graduate degree in Recreation Therapy:

  • Smart people aren’t necessarily the ones who earned a graduate degree. Based on my experiences, a graduate degree demonstrates that a person had determination and persistence. I knew people with undergraduate degrees in recreation therapy who I believe are smarter than I am (despite having a graduate degree). I often seek out those Recreation Therapists for consulting.


  • Graduate school is fun if you like reading, writing, lectures, and learning. I understand that many people are not fascinated by those topics. But I am, so that made it easier for me.


  • Consulting and training was covered in graduate school. I did internal consulting for the hospital where I worked full-time. I’ve also did volunteer consulting for a few other agencies. That is a good skill to have.


  • Professional networks are formed in graduate school. It is a great place to meet and network with other likeminded individuals. I’ve kept in contact with those friends for many years.


  • Recreation therapists are applied social psychologists. Dr. Austin had made a reference in one paper (which I can’t recall or I would pay attribution and cite the source) claimed that those of us in recreation therapy are applied social psychologists. This isn’t just for those recreation therapists working in behavioral health settings. Social psychology can be applied to community therapeutic recreation settings, physical rehabilitation, and for geriatrics.


  • Statistics is difficult for me. However, it is very important for research. Health care in the United States is expensive. Third party payers (like insurance companies) want to make sure that patients are getting results from treatment. They want outcomes. Research and statistics can help give evidence that recreation therapy interventions are successful at bringing about specific pre-determined outcomes.


  • Income might not immediately increase with a graduate degree. I didn’t get an immediate increase in salary for earning a graduate degree. This was covered in one of the courses I had taken in graduate school. Short-term gain might not be much. However, it plays a huge role in the long-term. Graduate degree + additional years of experience opens the door to many supervisor positions (if a person is wanting to advance in their career). Me? I don’t want to be a supervisor. I want to be a practitioner, doing the work. I had once applied for a supervisor position at a V.A. Hospital and was offered the position. It paid more too. I believe it would have been a rewarding job to help the Veterans who have done so much for our country. However, I felt I was at the right place, being a Recreation Therapist for children and adolescents with mental health and behavioral health needs.

Some thoughts about Recreation Therapy and Entry-Level Requirements:

Currently, a Master’s degree is not required for entry-level practice as a recreation therapist. It is noted that many of our allied professionals require a master’s degree to practice.

I personally think having an undergraduate degree as an entry-level requirement could make marketing our undergraduate programs easier. In example: Get a career helping people (as a Rec Therapist) with a four-year degree opposed to getting a career helping people (in another field) with six-year-degree.

Of course, the undergraduate degree program must adequately prepare the student for entry-level positions. I’d argue those programs should be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE). 

Graduate degrees in Recreation Therapy are geared more towards preparing people to:

a.) become specialized in an a focus area (in example: behavioral health, physical rehab),

b.) become managers and supervisors; and

c.) preparing people to become consultants and trainers.

Rosh Hashanah


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Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 20, 2017) is the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September).

It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur.

For more information, about this holiday, go here:



Danny Pettry’s comments: 

I want to be transparent. I had scheduled the CEU Secrets webinar for Sept. 20th of this year. I feel embarrassed that I didn’t realize this date was a holiday. Please note that I wouldn’t have purposely scheduled the webinar on this date. The webinar will be recoreded so people can view it at a later time as well.

Reflections on 9/11 and Grieving



A book review of Patricia Murphy’s (2008) book, Tough Topics.

Source: Murphy, P. (2008). Tough topics: death. Chicago: Heinemann Library.


Reflections on 9/11

                September 11th (9/11) is remembered annually for the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. Wikipedia (2017) reported that 2,996 people were killed in this attack.  Sometimes death happens quickly when it happens by an unpredictable accident (like a car wreck) or a random act of violence (like 9/11). Sometimes the approaching death is known (like having an incurable cancer) or suffering prolonged illness.

Radical acceptance: Death is something that will happen to all of us. It is part of life.  U.S. Senator John McCain shared, “every life has to end one way or another,” in a (2017, Sept 11th) CNN video.  McCain argues valuing the importance of life.

Tips for Grieving

                Patricia Murphy provides education on death and coping in her (2008) book, Tough Topics: Deaththat was designed for children. Murphy consulted with Gillian Dowely McNamee, Ph.D. who is a professor of child development at the Erikson Institute in Chicago.


                Murphy (2008) discusses these areas:

  1. Death happens and it is part of life.
  2. People can say goodbye when they know a person is dying. Sometimes a person is not able to say goodbye when the death happens suddenly.
  3. What funerals, burials, and receptions are described.  Murphy argues that this, “is a tie to celebrate the life of a person who has died.”
  4. Grieving after loss is covered as well as the mix of feelings a person experiences like guilt, sadness, anger, loneliness.
  5. Murphy argues that it is healthy to open up and talk about feelings. A grief counselor can be helpful.

Here are Murphy’s(2008)  tips for coping with grief:

  • Write feelings
  • Draw or paint pictures of loved one
  • Do something your loved one enjoyed and think about that person
  • Take time to grieve
  • Remember: You’ll always have memory of that love.



Murphy, P. (2008). Tough topics: death. Chicago: Heinemann Library.

CNN. (2017, September 11), Video: Available at:

Wikipedia. (2017, September 11), September 11 Attacks. Available here:

Music Therapist with awesome resources for you.

My good friend, Rachelle Norma (MA, MT-BC) is the owner of Soundscaping Source, LLC

Check out these awesome events this week:
  • – Business Building Basics videos – free, 5-minute videos with essential business tips that therapists don’t get in school. Sign up here to get them as they are released:
  • – Facebook Live Ask Me Anything (AMA) – Thursday, September 14 at 1 pm Eastern (10 Pacific) – Rachelle will be live on the Soundscaping Source Facebook page: We’ll chat about those business building basics and any other burning business questions that therapy business owners bring to the chat.
  • – Rock That Contract – This is our premiere online course and group coaching program for therapists who want new contracts for their businesses. In this 90-day program, you’ll define your vision and identify the best potential clients for your marketing efforts, discover how to build relationships with the stakeholders and decision-makers at the organizations you want to serve, and learn how to position, sell, and set up your program for success. Enrollment is open through September 18 only. Get on board at
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Sept 2017 Rec Therapy CEUs Contest is Now Open!

canstockphoto50197834Howdy Rec Therapist friend —


I’ve got a new contest just for you!


You can enter at this link now:


You’re here because you’re interested in two things:


1.) Recreation Therapy; and

2.) Continuing Education to maintain your national certification and/ or state license.


But do you like prizes, too?


Of course you do.


Enter this amazing contest!


I’m giving away one Psychology Bundle (2.5 CEUs total) from my site:


Plus,I’ll mail the winner the required books for FREE!


This prize is limited to one lucky person. — you can’t win if you don’t enter.


Anyone can enter in the United States or Canada.


Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.


No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. No cash payout for prize.


How to enter – just complete this contest entry form at the link below.


You’ll be redirected to the Psychology Bundle Program registration page after you complete the contest entry form.


You can get this bundle at discounted price for only $197 for a limited time only.


Purchase of the bundle will not increase your odds of winning this prize.



Go here to enter this contest now while it is fresh on your mind:


​​​​​​​​Best Wishes to You!

Your friend and partner in rec therapy,

Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S., LPC, NCC, CTRS


Danny Pettry, LLC, 1509 Walnut St. # 5, Kenova, WV 25530

Danny’s Personal Email:

P.S.  Go to this link to enter my Sept 2017 Contest!

Danny Pettry’s New Rec Therapy CEUs logo

Introducing Our NEW Website and Logo @

Your # 1 Self-Study CEU Provider, Rec Therapy CEUs is transferring
courses to a new site, to provide you with better services.
Why the new site? It is to serve you in more ways.

  • You’ll have better access to all of your certificates of completion with the
    Wordpress Learning Management System Platform. The older system,
    QuestionWriter only allowed a onetime opportunity to save or print your
    certificate of completion. Of course, people, like you, can always email Danny
    Pettry to get a certificate of completion if they didn’t save it or print it. However,
    this new platform will give you quicker access so you won’t have to wait for an


  • You’ll be able to recall RecTherapyCEUs a lot easier. It’s a catchy url.
    What if you like the old site? You’re okay. It is still going to be up and running too!
    Rec Therapy CEUs™ has been used by Danny Pettry since his online continuing
    education site opened in 2007. The term has been associated with Pettry’s site and
    services. Danny Pettry’s first facebook post on February 17, 2009 featured Rec Therapy CEUs! Of course, Danny Pettry moved to facebook in
    2009 as Myspace and Danny Pettry’s Myspace for Recreation Therapist faded into
    oblivion. Who knows? Maybe someday our fb page will go the way of myspace too.