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:

https://vimeo.com/272640608

 

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

https://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/08/prweb14579034.htm

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ThoughtStream: New Biofeedback Tool!

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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.

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

  • Elena H., Phoenix
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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)

Description

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.

Qualifications

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

Download your May 2018 Issue of Rec Therapy Today at this link:

http://www.rectherapytoday.com/May2018Issue.pdf

 

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

 

 

Download your May 2018 Issue of Rec Therapy Today at this link:

http://www.rectherapytoday.com/May2018Issue.pdf

 

 

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SRTS session evaluation

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Some people liked it. Some people did not like it at all. 

I presented at the Southeastern Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS) in late March 2018.

I received the feedback from audience regarding my training session on Trauma-Focused Recreational Therapy.

I wanted to share the reviews for my session for transparency reasons.

I’m working on becoming a professional speaker, so naturally, I read my reviews to learn how to improve and become better.

I earned an average of 3.8 on a scale of 0 to 5. It is noted that the mode score was “5.” Zero people gave it complete “0” score!

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The overall word cloud had positive comments with the exception of: “technical” and “difficulties,” which were related to the “computer.”

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I’ll share the (Not so positive reviews) first and then I’ll share the (more positive reviews)

 

Part 1: Not so positive reviews:

1.    Too much material for the time allotted

Danny’s comments: I did my best to pack in as much information as possible.

2.    Presentation was disorganized and unprofessional. Speaker was unprepared and spent 10 minutes trying to get a link to work. Content was sporadic and PowerPoint was elementary.

Danny’s comments: ***sigh*** I apologize for the link. I thought clicking on it would automatically play. It was such an important part that I didn’t want to leave it out.

3.    Do not recommend bringing back this speaker

Danny’s comments: It appears very clear that you weren’t happy with this session. I’m not sure if there is anything I could do to remedy this for you. I’d be open to suggestions. I do sincerely apologize for taking time from you that you’ll never get back.

4.     Lots of information! Lessen info on slides and increase talking points.

Danny’s comments: Thanks for the feedback. I’ll definitely put less information per slide!

5.    Set up before hand and make sure you know how to work the system 🙂

Danny’s comments: That is very great idea. I did feel very stressed about the video link now playing. I’ve not had that problem before. Of course, I wasn’t using my own personal computer and I didn’t have access to the internet at first.

6.    Its unfortunate he was unfamiliar with the technology but made sense since it wasn’t his computer

Danny’s comments: I really regret the technology problem at the start. I hate that happened.

7.    Technical challenges were the only problem for him. Would have been me too!

Danny’s comments: Thanks for being empathetic. And thanks for putting up with the computer problems. I’m going to be better prepared next time I present.

 

8.    The presentation was hard to follow. There were a lot of technical difficulties which I wouldn’t fault him for but it was disruptive. I didn’t really to learn much

Danny’s comment: I hate the presentation was difficult to follow, which I attribute to the computer problems.

I hate you didn’t learn much. I tried to keep the presentation to three basic areas:

·         CBT: PRACTICE acronym

·         DBT: DIME acronym

·         Humanistic approach.

 

9.    Presentation was unfortunately a waste of our time. Unprepared and not useful information. Not professional and uncomfortable to sit through

Danny’s comments: I regret I wasted your time. Please note that wasn’t my intention to waste your time. My goal was to provide attendees (like you) with the best information I know about trauma based on my 15-years-experience and advanced training.

10. Consider redesigning PPT to be shorter and less wordy.Provide evidence and current research to support intervention strategies presented. touch based on developmental levels , concerning intervention/ communication strategies /adaptation methods. Familiarize self with time line of presentation.

Danny’s comments: I’ll make the PPT shorter and less wordy. There is strong evidence for CBT, DBT, and humanistic approaches. I do feel like I’m very familiar with the timeline of the presentation. I could easily do it without the slides. I need to find a way to make it smooth for attendees like you.

Shew – *sigh* — take a deep breath after reading those.

It’s a good thing I have a fairly resilient attitude.

Part 2: The more positive reviews:

·         Fantastic session. I really appreciated the focus on scope of practice and connection between CBT and DBT in RT interventions.

·         Overall good info. Would have loved to go more into DBT

·         Calm during stress, continued on with complete content and informative
·         He seemed to really have a passion for his job and the kids he works with.

·         I got good information from this presentations. I

·          appreciate his positive attitude!!

·         The session was informative and the speaker provided great resources and examples.
·         Great attitude and perseverance with technical difficulties.

·         I enjoyed the material.

·         Great energy and helpful knowledge.
·         Despite technical difficulties the presentation went well.

·         I took some key points with me that I will be able to adapt to my age and population of patient.

·         So fun to watch and listen to.

·         Would love to see another presentation by him.

·         Presenter was very knowledgeable, obviously very passionate about RT, super fun.
·         Awesome guy!

·         Helped inspire me to get back and work with the kids at my job!

·         Good guy, good presentation!
·         Dan is was funny and engaging, great stuff!

·         Also very affirming thank you Danny.

·         I appreciate all you’re doing for our profession.

·         Also was very touched by you tube great analogy with children 😊🙏🏼👏🐶

·         Danny was great! He was my favorite presentation!
·         Great to Meet Danny – the man the myth the legend

·        A lot of useful information especially for my population & good resources

·         Even with computer issues, kept session going and interesting

·         The speaker provided excellent behavioral resources and addressed potential interventions – Ex. Kenistetic learning, story telling as an intervention, Behavioral interventions. Areas of improvement: -Educational Overview of TF care model  -Provide a detailed explanation of physiological changes/ neurological changes as a result of trauma. -ANS, imbalance -structural changes/ insulary cortext/amigdial/ Vagal Nerve, Nural pruning. -Provide a clear explanation of RTs Role and scope within the various models presented, as well as competencies required for various TX strategies. Play Therapy, Biofeedback, TF-CBT, DBT, mindfulness training.