Become a Distinguished Professional?

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It’s easy to love yourself, when you feel good enough, when you feel special enough, when you’re loved enough, when you have enough money, and you’re appreciated.

Debbie Ford

 

 

Do you want to be a distinguished professional? Do you want people to respect you and recreation therapy? Do you want to be a professional recreation therapist that is set apart from the average recreation therapist?

 

Have you ever heard recreation therapists complain that they are not acknowledged and recognized? I’ve seen these complaints in online group discussions. One recreation therapist said she is the “babysitter” for the patients. Another recreation therapist said she is “break-relief staff,” so the real professionals can take a break when she comes to provide her services. Another recreation therapist said that all he does it take patients to the cafeteria for lunch.

 

It isn’t your fault if you’re not recognized by “the others” for your efforts. Radical acceptance: you’re not able to change anyone else’s thoughts and opinions of you and the overall recreation therapy profession. You can’t make them love you or admire you or appreciate you.

 

However, there are techniques that can increase respect and recognition.

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I was once young and dumb before I became older and wiser. I truly thought I knew it all when I was a teenager and then again as a young adult with my undergraduate degree. I have a greater span of knowledge and life experiences compared to my teenage years. And now (as I’m approaching 40), I recognize that I still have so much more to learn and grow.

 

It is a little difficult for a new greenhorn to be distinguished because it takes time for a small acorn to grown into a giant oak tree. There is a funny sign at Stewart’s Original Hotdogs here in Huntington, West Virginia that says, “You’ll be amazed at our smart staff. We only hire teenagers while they still know it all.” Of course, there is fun humor in the sign. The truth is that there isn’t any human being who knows everything.

 

There are ways a recreation therapist (at any age) can start becoming distinguished.

  • Gain more knowledge and experience.
  • Provide services that bring about greater outcomes.
  • Have a wall full of credentials: licenses, certifications, and specializations.

 

Be patient. Enjoy the process (and the journey) of life and learning. You’ll eventually get to the destination you’re searching for if you’re determined and persistent.

Do you want to become a distinguished professional?

Solution: Consider taking advanced specialty courses.

Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Here is an overview of the course:
  • The course is worth ten clock hours of continuing education.
  • Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC, so you know they count.
  • Requirements include:
    • Read an interesting text book
    • Write at least three comments about the book in our member’s group
    • Watch a one hour webinar on the topic
    • Pass a written test with a score of 80% or better. You’re guaranteed to pass or you can retake the quiz for free (as many times as you want or need).
  • Bonus # 1: I mail you the required book!
  • Bonus # 2: You’ll get access to network with other students in our exclusive facebook group.
  • Bonus # 3: Discount: The Standard Price for my Advanced Certification Courses is $647. These courses have a special discount ($200) off most of the time, so they’re only $447
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
 Guarantee # 1: Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTR
 Guarantee # 2: 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed – You have a complete 365 (one full year) to claim a refund on this course if you’re not happy for any reason.
 Guarantee # 3: You’ll pass the course quiz or you can re-take it again as many times as you want or need.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:

 

Do you want to be happier? Read This.

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Do you want to be happier?
Does your work (as a recreation therapist) require you to help people (like patients/ clients) to feel to feel happier?
Do you want to know the secrets to happiness?
Check this out…
 
Modern scientists have studied happiness (since the 90s).
They’re called – “positive psychologists.”
Positive Psychology is one of the most popular courses at Harvard.
Thousands of students attend the course weekly.
This branch of psychology is exploding and will continue to do so.
I feel that those of us in rec therapy are applied positive psychologists.
I think it is vital that recreational therapists have some basic knowledge of the principles related to positive psychology.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Did you know… 
There are many experiences and activities that increase Dopamine in the body.
This is a neurotransmitter associated with feeling good.
I regret to say that dopamine starts to decrease in people during their teenage years.
If it decreases too much and too fast a person will have Parkison’s Disease.
However, in general, there are some natural activities that can help increase happiness!
The “activities” or path to happiness is different for different people.
Here are some:
  • Physical activity: especially unique activities like surfing
  • Strong connections, including quality time with family and/ or friends
  • Strong social support network
  • Loving-kindness – doing good and helping others
  • A sense of gratitude and appreciate for things in life
  • Play and having fun in life (at any age)
  • Participating in meaningful activities (which could be the work one does) or community service
  • Having new experiences
Doesn’t all of that sound like a Recreation Therapy interventions to help a person who is suffering?
I think so!
Wouldn’t it be nice to show support and evidence that the “activities” you’re providing for patients are interventions with evidenced-based research that demonstrates they bring about outcomes associated with improving healthier living styles, better physical health and wellness, as well as improved mood and affect?
I think so too!
My embarrassing and painful disclosure:
I’ve suffered from generalized anxiety and depression since I was a child. Except, as a child, I didn’t have the worlds to explain my emotions. Of course, as a disclaimer: I’ve seen a psychiatrist for medication and have spoken to a counselor during my college years.
Today, I’m very happy to have discovered the power of positive psychology (which are applied recreation therapy interventions). I not only use this stuff in my own life, I also teach it to the children and teens who I provide services for. Okay – you can laugh aloud that that because it sounded like hair club for men where the guy says I’m not only the president, but I’m a client member too. or something like that.
But the truth is:
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Americans.
Next question: Do you want to learn more about positive psychology?
I hope so.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Good news: I have created an advanced certificate course on the topic!
Who this course is for:
 People who are seeking three advanced specialty certificates in behavioral health to count towards their behavioral health certification (to recognize expert knowledge beyond the CTRS credential)
 People who are seeking to learn the secrets of happiness and how it can be applied to helping others (as well as yourself)
 People who want to be on the inside of knowledge.
Who this course is NOT for:
  • People who are so happy and satisfied with their life that they don’t need improvement.
  • People who hold a Master’s degree have another option/ path to gain advanced specialty certification without the need for three advanced certificate courses.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
Here is an overview of the course:
  • The course is worth ten clock hours of continuing education.
  • Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC, so you know they count.
  • Requirements include:
    • Read an interesting text book
    • Write at least three comments about the book in our member’s group
    • Watch a one hour webinar on the topic
    • Pass a written test with a score of 80% or better. You’re guaranteed to pass or you can retake the quiz for free (as many times as you want or need).
  • Bonus # 1: I mail you the required book!
  • Bonus # 2: You’ll get access to network with other students in our exclusive facebook group.
  • Bonus # 3: Discount: The Standard Price for my Advanced Certification Courses is $647. These courses have a special discount ($200) off most of the time, so they’re only $447
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:
 Guarantee # 1: Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTR
 Guarantee # 2: 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed – You have a complete 365 (one full year) to claim a refund on this course if you’re not happy for any reason.
 Guarantee # 3: You’ll pass the course quiz or you can re-take it again as many times as you want or need.
Go here to register for the advanced certificate course in positive psychology that I’ve created for you:

your friend and partner in rec therapy, Danny Pettry.
Sincerely yours,
 
Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S, LPC, NCC, CTRS
Founder of DannyPettry.com: Rec Therapy CEUs
Danny cares. Email him: Danny@dannypettry.com (yup, that is his personal email).
P.s. I don’t want you to miss out on this course. Register for it at this link:

Demonstrate Your Professional Commitment

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Take 100% responsibility for your life.

– Jack Canfield

 

 

 

 

Do you want to be more successful?

Are you taking 100% responsibility for our own life and choices?

Are you taking responsibility for everything?

People who demonstrate professional commitment take 100% responsibility for their own lives. They don’t blame other people or make excuse for where they are in life. They are where they are because of their own actions. The most successful people don’t sit idle hoping and wishing. They take the most effective actions to get to where they want to be in life.

 

You might want to check out this formula for responsibility:

My mentor and trainer, Jack Canfield teaches the E+R=O formula. It means Event + Response = Outcome.

Start with the outcome you want to achieve? What do you hope to accomplish?

We can all determine the best possible outcome we want to achieve.

 

Let’s pretend our desired outcome is:

to enjoy today.

 

Several events happen, including:

  • It rains and you were planning to enjoy the outdoors.
  • your friend doesn’t call you, and
  • A stranger on the street says something insulting to you.

 

Are you still able to enjoy the day? Some people would say “nope, not now, this day is over. It’s ruined,” but the truth is… it is still possible to enjoy your day.

 

Events happen all the time. They are out of our control. We can’t change the weather, or make a person call us, or control what another person said or thinks. Marshal Linehan teaches a concept called “Radical Acceptance” in her Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). It means to accept the reality of the situation to avoid prolonged suffering. You don’t have to “like” or “love” the event. You just accept the event as it is so you can feel better about it.

 

Have you ever seen a person fall down, get mad, and yell at gravity? Laugh aloud. Probably not. Why don’t people complain about gravity? Radical acceptance. It can’t be changed. It just is.

 

Change what you do have power to change, which is your responses.

 

An instant reaction could be, “it’s true, my day is over,” and the result would be a bad day. However, people like you (and me) have the unique power to change our response.

 

We can choose to:

  • Think an attitude of gratitude about the rain. Some places are in droughts. Enjoy it the rain. Embrace the rain. Play in the rain.
  • We can choose to call our friend to see why she hasn’t called yet.
  • We can choose to have empathy and concern for the person calling us names knowing they must have something terribly wrong going on in their life right now that is making them so miserable.

 

Better responses = better outcomes

By choosing these responsible responses, we can take control over the outcomes.

 

The real event: other people (co-workers, supervisors, administration) may not appreciate you and recreation therapy as much as you do. Radical acceptance.

 

The real responsibility for you, your life, and your professional commitment is only in your hands. It is your responsibility. Only you can choose to make you, your life, and your profession great. You choose to advocate for what you do. You choose to learn everything you can in life. You’re the one who chooses your path.  You choose to make things happen.

 

The real results: your commitment and action will make things happen. And as the famous Dr. Seuss said, “Out there things can happen, and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.”

 

Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires!” Smokey is talking about responsibility. My favorite motivational speaker, the late Jim Rohn often said, “You can’t hire someone to do your push-ups for you.” I’ll say, “Only YOU can demonstrate your own professional commitment to your own career and profession.

 

Do You Really Want to  Demonstrate Your Professional Commitment?

Solution: take our advanced specialty course.

Who this course is for:

It is designed for people with the CTRS credential who are seeking advanced specialty certification in behavioral health. NCTRC requires the CTRS to have at least three advanced certificates in behavioral health (along with other requirements) to gain the advanced specialty certification. (Disclaimer: always contact NCTRC for official information).

Who these advanced certificate courses are NOT for:

People who are not really motivated in learning more

People who already have a Master’s degree in recreation therapy (or possibly a related field) because a person with a Master’s degree can select another path to certification without gaining the three advanced specialty certificates.

 

About my NORTH Advanced Behavioral Health Certificate Courses

 

  • Each course is wroth ten clock hours of continuing education.
  • Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC, so you know they count.
  • Requirements include:
    • Read an interesting text book
    • Write at least three comments about the book in our member’s group
    • Watch a one hour webinar on the topic
    • Pass a written test with a score of 80% or better. You’re guaranteed to pass or you can retake the quiz for free (as many times as you want or need).
  • As a bonus I mail you the required book!
  • You’ll get access to network with other students in our exclusive facebook group.
  • The Standard Price for my Advanced Certification Courses is $647.
  • These courses have a special discount ($200) off most of the time, so they’re only $447

check it out —–> http://www.NORTHadvanced.com <—- check it out

Follow Your Dreams and Passions

canstockphoto21868200The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

Do you enjoy helping other people?

Are you still passionate about your profession, recreation therapy?

Do you dream of advancing your professional abilities and responsibilities?

Do you hope to do more with your limited time that you’re here on Earth?

 

Dreams and passions for success in your career (and life) are wonderful. However, they’re just wishes and dreams if you don’t take action. Maybe you’ve heard of the slogan, “First a Dream, then an Act, and then the Dream becomes a Fact.”

 

You might want to check this out about making dreams come true:

 

Writing down your goals increases the likelihood that you’ll achieve them. Real successful people write their goals. Do you have written goals?

  • Gail Matthews is a professor in psychology at Dominica University (California). His research shows that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them.
  • Success guru, Jack Canfield, studied successful people over his lifetime and put together a book of his research, titled, The Success Principles. One of the core skills he discovered was that successful people have written goals. Canfield teaches students to create a list of 100 life goals.

 

Have you ever felt like an average Recreation Therapist? The good news is the majority of us are average (in the middle of the bell curve).  There are only a few outliers who are the rare, above-average recreation therapists. It isn’t your fault if you’re not a top achiever in the profession. I validate that you’re doing the best you can already with the knowledge and skills you already have. I’d argue that you’re probably a person who is already just a bit over the tip of average. And yet, do you have dreams and passions to do more than what you’ve accomplished already?

 

Some people feel humiliated by being mediocre or average. I can slightly relate. I graduated in the middle part of my high school class (about 148 out of 307 students). People like me are important because we made the people at the top part of the class possible. You can feel free to laugh at the comment.

 

On a real note: I wasn’t the smartest kid in our class. I couldn’t get fully admitted to college with my scores. My test scores were so low that I had to take a semester (12 credit hours) worth of remedial classes like English 099, English 100, Math 99, and Math 100 as prerequisites to prove I could handle college. Those 12 hours didn’t even count towards my undergraduate degree.

 

Do you want to know my secret? I had dreams and passions for becoming a Recreation Therapist with the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential. I created a motivational “Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist” flyer that I kept on a small board in my college dorm by my computer. I imagined it as if it were already real. It was the fuel that kept me going. I completed my undergraduate degree in four years (despite getting a slow start) because I had dreams and passions with a specific pan. I took summer classes all four years too.

 

Give goal-writing a chance.

Write down some goals in your personal journal or notebook.

Post them as a screensaver on your computer.

Here is an example:

  • Sample Dream: Become an advanced practitioner.
    • Sample Goal: I will enroll in at least one advanced specialty certificate course and complete it before midnight on the last day of this month.

Do you want to continue to follow your dreams and passions?

Do you want to become the best recreation therapist you can be?

Solution: take an advanced specialty course.

 

About my NORTH Advanced Behavioral Health Certificate Courses

 

  • Each course is wroth ten clock hours of continuing education.
  • Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC, so you know they count.
  • Requirements include:
    • Read an interesting text book
    • Write at least three comments about the book in our member’s group
    • Watch a one hour webinar on the topic
    • Pass a written test with a score of 80% or better. You’re guaranteed to pass or you can retake the quiz for free (as many times as you want or need).
  • As a bonus I mail you the required book!
  • You’ll get access to network with other students in our exclusive facebook group.
  • The Standard Price for my Advanced Certification Courses is $647.
  • These courses have a special discount ($200) off most of the time, so they’re only $447

check it out —–> http://www.NORTHadvanced.com <—- check it out

 

 

 

On Specialty Knowledge

canstockphoto11750258Successful people, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. – Napoleon Hill

 Do you want to become an advanced recreation therapist who has specialized knowledge and expertise?

Did you know that the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) offers five advanced specialty certifications? These certification recognize Recreation Therapists with the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) who had advanced knowledge and skills in their specialty area.

NCTRC currently offers five advanced specialty certifications, including:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Community Inclusion Services
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Geriatrics
  • Physical Medicine/ Rehabilitation

Disclaimer: Contact NCTRC for official information about their advanced specialty certifications.

 

Other professions offer specializations as well.

 

  • Medical Doctors can specialize in many areas, including: Cardiology, Orthopedic Surgeon, Gastroenterology, Urology, Dermatology, etc.
  • Counselors can specialize in Mental Health, Addictions, and School Counseling.
  • Teachers can specialize in: English, Spanish, special education, physical education, gifted education, elementary education, etc.
  • Nurses can specialize in: Ambulatory care, cardia, critical care, dialysis, etc.

This special report covers….

 

 

7 reasons why specialty knowledge is vital for your future success as a recreation therapist.

 

This reports includes the following 7 tips:

 

  1. Follow your dreams and passions
  2. Demonstrate your professional commitment
  3. Develop your potential
  4. Become a distinguished professional
  5. Double your productivity
  6. Purse career advancement opportunities
  7. Possibly earn more (Disclaimer: I never promise anyone that they’ll make money from using my programs and services).

If you’re interested, check out the program here:

Go here: http://www.northadvanced.com/ 

About my NORTH Advanced Behavioral Health Certificate Courses

  • The Standard Price for my Advanced Certification Courses is $647.
  • These courses have a special discount ($200) off most of the time, so they’re only $447
  • Each course is wroth ten clock hours of continuing education.
  • Session content is CE Pre-approved by NCTRC, so you know they count.
  • Requirements include:
    • Read an interesting text book
    • Write at least three comments about the book in our member’s group
    • Watch a one hour webinar on the topic
    • Pass a written test with a score of 80% or better. You’re guaranteed to pass or you can retake the quiz for free (as many times as you want or need).
  • As a bonus I mail you the required book!
  • You’ll get access to network with other students in our exclusive facebook group.