Reviews for Danny Pettry’s “CEU Secrets” Webinar.

CEU_SecretsI presented a FREE training for my Rec Therapist friends on Wed. Sept. 20th titled “CEU Secrets.” Session content focused on the importance of continuing education for recreation therapists, various methods to get CEUs, and the benefits for taking self-study/ online/ independent learning courses.

What did you enjoy about Danny Pettry’s CEU Secrets webinar?

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I love Danny’s passion for the profession!
I felt like Danny kept the session interesting and entertaining.
I enjoyed this webinar. I loved how excited Danny was when he was presenting made the presentation more enjoyable.
I enjoyed Danny’s accent and the hope that getting CEUs can be easy.

·         Danny Pettry’s comments: It’s Appalachian – pronounced: App-uh-latch-un. I’m from wild, wonderful, West Virginia.

Danny is so motivating!
Danny you always have such great information! Love your webinars
I liked his honesty and his teaching skills .  

·         Danny Pettry’s comments: Teaching is my families business. I come from a long line of school teachers and elementary administrators.

Enjoyed the concept of learning on line from a master.

·         Danny’s comments: laugh aloud. I don’t consider myself a master. I often disclose overcoming my learning disabilities (having had to take many additional classes). I am persistent. I did get a master’s degree in rec therapy. I heard a wise person once say: seek to find others on the path for knowledge and run from those who know it all.

I enjoyed that Danny Pettry answered people’s questions. Despite not being able to watch the webinar live, hearing the questions answered by Danny on the replay webinar was very helpful.
I’ve used Danny Pettry’s courses in the past and they are SO convenient. Learning how many courses are available is music to my ears!
His humor! I enjoyed that he was able to have a Q & A at the end of the webinar. I like that we have to read books for his program no one reads books anymore. I liked that he’s offering a 6th session free
The comics. Danny’s comments: They’re used with permission/ license from CanStockPhoto.
You made it enjoyable with the comics. Most webinars can be very dry and boring. Thank you for being lively and passionate.
He made understanding how to obtain CEU easy. He was great.
Yes, I enjoyed it, thank you for your time.
Danny was very informative about CEU credits and is an advocate for RT practice
His knowledge and experience with getting CEUs and his accent 🙂
The webinar was informative. I liked the humor that was incorporated into the session that related to every day as a person/recreational therapist.
Danny seems to have a lot of knowledge about how many and where to attain CEU’s for RT. Also offer great discounts!
Down to earth approach of communication. It made completion of CEU’s so much easier. Thank you.
I appreciate the opportunities that Danny Pettry offers the CTRS community, and his enthusiasm for the profession.
Danny was very pleasant
Instructor’s sense of humor.
He keeps things light and simple to make getting CEUs more enjoyable
I got to know Danny.
I love those jokes I thought they were funny especially after having a tough day at work coming up with goals.
It was great!
It was lovely.
The content was well organized, clear, and easy to understand
Thank you for keeping the webinar fun, interesting, and engaging!
Very good speaker, kept my interest. Able to ask questions. Gave options to receive 2.5CEU’s by connecting with his Webinars.
I enjoy how detailed Danny was with sharing each secret tips. One that stood out to me most was how much online continuing education can save you money and also vacation time being used/ losses.
How easy it was to follow the speaker and his point of view
it was amazing.
He makes it entertaining and enjoyable.
Friendly, relaxed approach.
I liked that Danny was so knowledgeable about different resources. Didn’t even seem to bat an eye with all of the questions being asked. 🙂
Great information and use of visuals
Friendly manner presented and easy going approach
His enthusiasm and how easy it was to do from my own home.
Clear voice, answered questions immediately. Very informative about CEUs and the prices!
I liked he supported mom’s! It is difficult to travel for conferences and ceu’s, work doesn’t support it so online trainings are a great way to get ceus! Thank you for the option! Danny Pettry’s comments: FUN FACT: did you know that mother’s day was first celebrated in Danny Pettry’s home-state, West Virginia? Some people argue that Lincoln was America’s best President. His mother was born in a county that is part of West Virginia.

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Danny Pettry’s Rec Therapy CEUs program

I enjoyed how Danny offers online CEU bundles that are affordable and easy to access.
Saving time & money by getting ceu’s online. Want t take advantage of thee bundles. especially behavioral health
Thank you for offering to add a 6th class for free if we purchase your program.
The 50% off bundle program.
I enjoyed the information and the 50% off 6 courses!
I enjoyed learning about the opportunities you provide online.
The ability to purchase a bundled package of CEU courses from the convenience of home.
I like that you can purchase a group of CEU’s at a discounted price and complete on your own time.
I appreciated learning more about Danny Pettry’s program, and how it works. I also liked the additional information on other opportunities for online continuing education. Thanks for the discounts!
Learning that I can get discounts on getting my CEU’s through his program. As well as save money as a whole when it comes to getting my CEU’s. By Attending online courses.
I enjoyed the gift of 50 percent off about 25 cue.
I enjoyed learning that there is a site that I can trust for accredited pre-approved CEU’s! Sometimes it’s hard fitting conferences in the work schedule so this is a great alternative.
Getting to learn the ways to earn CEUs online with Danny and through NCTRC.
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What people liked about it:

Easy to follow. (comment shared twice)
good information (comment shared twice)
I thought that it was enjoyable and would do more programs. Did not feel scared to participate in answering questions
It was very informative and well done. Appreciate it!
Informative and encouraging
Interesting to listen to.
I was able to attend a CEU in the comfort of my own home
Information on how to do onlune courses and how fast you can get your ceus done.
Very useful information
Very informative.(comment shared twice)
Very informative for where you can get ceu’s from home!!
Helpful info for ceu’s!
It was very informational and a helpful too as well.
user friendly
CEU Secrets was very interesting, can’t wait to try the tips.
Thank you.
Great info.
I loved how informative this course was. I struggle with finding time to be able to go to conferences. These CEU secrets were really helpful and I am looking forward to experiencing the online CEU courses.
Easy of format.
The information on getting ceu’s
very informative on how to get more CEU’s and opportunities to get more CEU’s
Free, Easy, Didn’t have to miss work, Able to enjoy from home.
Useful information
I like how it we flexible and informative
I am new to the field (just certified in May ’17) and it was really helpful learning more in-depth about the ways I can earn CEUs online. Thank you, this was a great starting point for me!
I listened to the webinar over my phone on Wednesday, 9/20/17 because the site kept saying the webinar was full, so I’ve actually heard it twice. I liked the very friendly and casual tone of the presentation. Danny’s comments: the mistake was on my end. I thought we could host 1,000 people .the webinar service limited seating and it caused a disaster for about 100 people who didn’t get in. some were able to get it on the phone. Others had to wait for the replay video.
I enjoyed learning more about Ceu, and how they can be summited and how many hours equals the 50
I was under the impression that it was 50 hrs for the year so that was relief hearing you say it was 50 hrs in 5 years. It was very helpful when you were going through the question/answer section, and I learned a lot from that. Thank you.
It was online and stress free.
The positive view on therapeutic recreation as whole and the tips and tricks for better understanding of how CEU’s work and how to get them
This was my 1st web cast on my own and it was very easy. Very informative 🙂
Good information and easy to following.
It was more informative than I thought it would be. Great information.
Very interesting. I am very interested in taking more online course to obtain my CEU’s. Thank you
That I could log in and listen and ask questions, it was easier then I thought. I liked many of the suggestions on different options on how to obtain CEU.
It was convenient, and informative.
quick, easy, and in my own home. I had a few computer glitches but something I will learn about 🙂
The ability to watch the replay

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 About CEUs and CEU opportunities:

The online opportunities to receive CEU’s
I never realized that I could do CEUs at home. I have a 4 month old so it makes it difficult to attend conferences.
I’m one of those people who cannot attend too many conferences, so it was nice to hear about another option to keep my certification.
The tips for CEUs and where to get them.
The breakdown of the expenses of attending conferences vs the online courses.
I really enjoyed how you explained the utilization of online/self study programs and how easy and convenient they are.
Confirmation that online access to CEUs is available and often the most accessible way to gain.
The information on the different ways to gain CEUs that are more convienient.
I really enjoyed the convenience of being able to earn CEU’s from the comfort of my own home.
I liked that I could attend from the comfort of my home.
It was in the comfort of my own home.
I enjoyed the convenience of it.
CEU’s for NCTRC seemed daunting and unattainable, but this helped me see an option.
Tips on getting CEU’s
Learning about online webinars available.
Learning different ways to get CEU’s
Loved the tips and secrets…sharing your personal experience with going to conferences and getting CEUs(hotel story was hilarious)
1.different ways to obtain CEUs without going to a conference.

2. the ability to watch the webinar outside of work. wasn’t able to watch due to starting a new job and was working at the time.

I enjoyed learning more about online ceus.
The educational opportunities that are available and the information about licensure
I liked learning about the online CEU’s, I had heard about them but hadn’t looked into them yet. Will definitely give them a shot.
It was relaxed, convenient, and while I did not have many questions regarding CEU’s it confirmed what I did know already about NCTRC. Also it is nice to have options getting my CEU’s. Thank you again.
I enjoyed learning about the secrets to receiving opportunities for continuing education credits and why continuing education credits are so important in the recreation therapy field. It was very informative!
I enjoyed how I could sit at the comfort of my home and watch this webinar and not have to worry about getting anywhere. The online ceus are so convenient for my busy lifestyle.
Gave very insightful information about obtaining CEUs. I am a very recent CTRS and this webinar gave me the information I needed about CEUs that I was most confused about while in school.
I enjoyed all of the info about how to calculate CEUs.
Good information about the way to receive CEU’s
convenience/no cost/information for future webinars
He provided a great breakdown on the costs of conferences.
The reviews for recertification
I really enjoyed learning about more ways to get CEUs as a newer CTRS thinking about 50 CEUs can be intimidating so it was helpful to learn more!
Learning about cheaper ways to earn CEU credits
Easy way to get CEU’s, good info, convenient.
I enjoyed knowing that I am able to earn CEUs from the comfort of my own home. I just graduated from college and working full time makes it hard for me to take off (let alone I don’t have enough money to pay for) to go to conferences around the world.
information received about on-line training
All of it. I listened to it via phone. I thought it was very imformative. I moved a few years ago to another state so I need to catch up on my CEU’s
easy accessibility, introduction to choices of CEU’s
I enjoyed learning that TR is expanding through time.
Insight into CEU opportunities
I enjoyed learning about the secrets of CEU
I didn’t know how many online CEU opportunities were available so that was very informative. I like conferences at times but it would be much more convenient to explore online options more.
I enjoyed getting information on the different online courses I can pay for to earn CEUs. Also, I finally learned how to read the hours on each course ex. 1.0= 10 hours.
It was informative about how to obtain CEU’s for my CTRS Certification and was convenient that I could complete it in a flexible way
I enjoyed learning about how to save time and money and also getting my CEUs
Learning to save money on CEUs
Saving time & money by getting CEU’s online
Great tips that were given out for better learning, focus and CEU tips.
The comparison between conference fees and online CEU courses!
So much information about getting CEUs and at a lower price.
Learning about this CEU opportunity
different benefits of doing online reverts
Providing insight about obtaining CEU’s as well as shedding light on how vast our degrees are and stressing the importance of our field. Very informative!
Learning about how to get online ceus especially for psychiatry as I work in that area.
The comfort and ease of completing continuing education units while at home.
Cost comparison for out of town versus online CEU cost. When I think CEU costbfir an online course is high, it’s good to reflect on what I could be spending.
Hearing about the benefits of taking online CEU courses
It providing me with ideas on how I need to get CEU’s
I like finding out possible CEU you have available. I enjoy attending the CEU . This time I had to listen on the phone
The money comparison between a conference and online CEUs
very informative and provided a lot of useful information regarding CEU’s
 I could attend at home and not have to worry about travel and lodging.
it was informative about different ways to acquire CEUs other than spending a lot of money going to a conference. also learned more about your website and what you offer!
Confirmation that on-line education is a viable alternative to the time, travel, expense and inconvenience of attending conferences.
How to go about getting ceus cheaper than goi g to a conference occasionally and in their comfort if my home.
I enjoyed the information regarding how to obtain CEUs. I found it interesting that you could obtain so many CEUs from taking a graduate level course.
I enjoyed the flexibility and cost.
Learning about getting CEUs without attending a conference that you have to travel or take vacation time. Thank you. Look forward to more webinar.
The information that was provided about licensure and other educational opportunities

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Other CEUs – beyond Danny’s Rec Therapy CEUs

I was happy to hear you give info on methods of getting CEUs other than your own service. Danny Pettry’s comments: I don’t see myself in competition with others. I feel confident that I know what I know. I am happy to refer people to other programs where people have other expertise knowledge and experience.
I’m also wondering if the graduate class has to be in Recreational Therapy or if it can be related to Recreational Therapy in some way.  Danny Pettry’s comments: Contact NCTRC for official information. One graduate level course counts for 45 out of the 50 CEUs you’ll need to earn. It counts if it meets TR knowledge areas.
He shared different opportunities and contacts that rec therapists can utilize at different facilities.
Comments about the online CEU. I have completed EU’s for the past 30 years. The last 15 have been a mix of classroom and online. Is there still that required mix or can we do all online? Still unsure. Danny Pettry’s comments: This varies by state. Some states, like California only allow for 10 hours of online/ self-study CEU training. At this time, NCTRC does allow all 50 to be completed online. Of course, contact NCTRC for official information. My thoughts: I think NCTRC should limit online learning to only 50% of CEUs, however, I don’t think they will do that because sometimes it is difficult for the CTRS to find CEUs.
Convenience and the resources provided for other CEU opportunities.
It was informative and helpful to know the resources.
I was introduced to a new website .Also, gave me motivation to really explore ATRA documents and online education.
Understanding CEU’s and he availability of online CEU opportunity.
Gave me a better ideas of a couple other places to get ceus’s from.
Resources on CEU’s
I enjoyed learning the different ways to obtain more CEU
The fact that I was provided with a vast number of choices and options on how to obtain y CEUs.

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People enjoyed it being Interactive:

I enjoyed being able to interact with other professionals. Not being able to attend conferences, I will often feel alone in this world providing recreational therapy services in the community. It was nice to find another way to get credit.
When Danny got the listeners involved to answer the questions. A lot of it pertained to me.
I liked how the Wedinar was interactive with the people listening/ watching Danny Pettry
Engaging with audience
Seeing how many CTRS’s there are, what their work setting is and what groups of individuals they serve are. Also, the various ways to complete CEU’s and the helpful tips
I enjoyed the interaction time and the questions you asked.

You got my mind going and active.

I enjoyed the Q&A at the end.
Question and answers section
I enjoyed that he engaged us via comments.
I enjoyed hearing that other therapists relate to the same struggles I have when it comes to finding and paying for CEUs and the information about Danny’s site as easy access to them.
I enjoyed how he provided his Facebook information to find out about other important information for rec therapists!
What I enjoyed about this webinar was the max interaction Danny had with those who were watching.
I enjoyed the questions and answers portion. I feel more comfortable in knowing how to earn my CEUs.
I enjoyed the fact that it was interactive and that a lot of my questions about CEUS were answered.
. The group ask good questions.

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It appeared that we had two (2) Un-happy customers:

It was okay, not what I expected.

Danny Pettry’s comments: ah man, bummer. Thanks for your honesty and thanks for giving my webinar a try.

Nothing… sorry

Danny Pettry’s comments: ah man, bummer again. I regret to hear that you got “nothing from it.” I’m optimistic in hoping that you already knew this information.

Danny’s comments: ya’ can’t please them all.

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How does your favorite cookie rank?

canstockphoto5325747 As a personal disclosure: I love cookies. It is my weakness. In fact, my nieces and nephews call me, “Uncle Cookie.” I don’t feel bad because I know Superman has “kryptonite.” Well, Super doesn’t go and seek kryptonite.


One of my friends from Jack Canfield’s Breakthrough to Success showed a picture of her workout (keeping her physical health). Her t-shirt reads: “abs are great, but have you tried doughnuts? (Laugh aloud). Extra fun because she is lifting weights while wearing this shirt!


I got the bright idea to do a cookies statistics project! Last week, I asked recreation therapists (and people who are members of my rec therapy group) to share their favorite cookie.


I’ve manged to take four statistics classes throughout my college career. Two during undergraduate school. I had taken one as a prerequisite for nursing. I had taken another one as a graduate student in Recreation Therapy at Indiana University and another one as a graduate student in Mental Health Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College.  My knowledge and skills in statistics is about as good as my two years of Spanish. I can say “me gusta” for “I like” and No me gusta,” for “I don’t like.” I image that could be very beneficial.


Am I smart? Here is a true funny story. My mother babysit kids after school for many years. One little girl was into gymnastics and cheering. She was doing all kinds of stunts. My mother complimented her, calling her a “tough cookie.” I was attention seeking and was like, “what about me? I’m a smart cookie, right?” laugh aloud. My brother quickly replied, “more like a stale cookie.” laugh aloud. Good times. My father says, “I like average. We’ve got a lot of average in this family.”


Me: I can admit that I’m not the brightest M&M cookie in the box. I have determination, persistence. I have grit like a tough cookie. but all in all, I’m just an average plain cookie.


My girlfriend in high school had taken the ACT (a popular college entrance exam) on the same date. She jokingly said, “I made twice your score, plus two” when we got our results back. I was like, okay, 15 times 2 is 30 and then plus two more, 32. She had one of the highest scores. She got a full scholarship to Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia). Me: I had to take 12 hours of courses that didn’t count towards my degree to prove I can handle college (since my ACT score wasn’t high enough. I took: English 98, English 99, English 100, and Math 100. These 12 credit hours didn’t count towards my degree. I found them to be fun.  I still completed my undergraduate degree in four years (by taking summer classes each year too.


Check out where your favorite cookie ranks in our rec therapy group.


  • N = 51 cookies were posted!
  • Mode: 10 people said “chocolate chip cookies” were their favorite! (Including me)
  • Range:  (One “1” single cookie which varied from butter cookies to Walker shortbread cookies) to the “10” (chocolate chip cookies).
  • Average: The average of all the cookies turned out to be 3.77. The cookies at 3.7 percent are somewhere around: (5% – Various Girl Scout cookies, 3% No bake cookies, and 3% Biscotti).

How does your favorite cookie rank?

Here is the breakdown:

  • 19% (Chocolate chip cookies)
  • 9% (Peanut butter cookies)
  • 7% (Oreo – including those who favor double stuffed)
  • 7% (Oatmeal – including those who like it with raises or chocolate chips)5% (Sugar cookies)
  • 5% (White Macadamian Nut Cookies)
  • 5% (Various Girl Scout cookies)
  • 3% No bake cookies
  • 3% Biscotti (That surprised me a bit)
The final 37% of people had a “single” cookie that only had one vote, including:
  • butter cookies
  • double chocolate chunk
  • Ghirardelli
  • Giger snaps
  • magic bars
  • Monster cookies
  • Russian tea cookies
  • scotcheroos
  • snickerdoodle
  • Walker shortbread

Zero (0%) of people selected M&M cookies. How did I forget that?

 Well – that is the way the cookie crumbles.
And here are some more fun quotes to cheer you up:
“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” (laugh aloud)
Cookies make the world a better place.
Cookies make everything better
Life is short – eat the cookie.
I’m about one cookie away from being happy.
Keep calm and eat a cookie.
Don’t become a stale cookie. Be a smart cookie.  Continue your education.
Continue your success. Continue your career.
Take a self-study CEU course from Danny Pettry’s (Rec Therapy CEUs)
These courses are convenient and helpful to use
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ATRA Webinar Series – CEUs you can use

Hello there –

Disclaimer: I am a Lifetime Member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). I am not an elected member of the ATRA board. I am not a paid spokesperson for ATRA. I am just a member of the association passing along information.

Here is the email:

We are excited to announce the
2017 ATRA Webinar Series
is open for registration.
With six different series available, and 19 new innovative webinars, there’s bound to be something perfect for you.
We’ve got great topics and fantastic speakers for you to choose from. And the best part is they are all CEU-approved (make sure to check on CEU registration when you sign-up).
You will walk away from each webinar with tangible learning outcomes that can help you at your workplace.
Can’t pick just one? Be sure to sign up for the entire series at a cost savings to you.
If you can’t listen live, make sure you order the replay version (after each webinar takes place, we will add the replay purchase information in the ATRA Bookstore).
For more information on each series and registration information click the series title below.
Questions? Contact ATRA at or call 703.234.4140


11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
Reston, VA 20191



Important Message for RTs

canstockphoto15913215 Rec Therapy CEUs can help you to develop your potential as a Rec Therapist

Here are some facts to know:

  • 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
  • 42% of college graduates never read another book after college.
  • 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
  • 70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
  • 57% of new books are not read to completion.

Statistics from (2003) study by the Jenkins Group


Danny’s important message for RTs: don’t be part of those statistics. Rec Therapy CEUs encourages recreational therapists to read more books. It’s a powerful thing to do.

Register for a self-study CEU course today to get your CEU credit for reading interesting books that will hop you to grow both as a person and a professional.

Go to this link to see what courses we have for you: – amazing reviews gets outstand reviews by our students. Read what they have to say below. And…  If you’re ready to invest in your own your potential as a recreational therapist then simply head over to my site for online training programs here:


  • It has very useful information that is applicable to TR programming. The self-study course is straight forward and convenient.
  • Reading the book “Made to Stick”. Information I can use
  • Reading and owning the books. Good future reference materials
  • ease of getting the information
  • Self paced and easily accessed. Great book
  • I found it to be very clear and perfect for me.
  • The book was great and applied it to my life. I felt it really helped with my work as well and applied it on the job.
  • enjoyed that I got to do it from my own home, when I was available. I feel like I am so busy with work sometimes that it is difficult to get CEU’s outside of my work. This was refreshing.
  • I can apply this information to my group and individual sessions when discussing stress management
  • I liked how simple it was. All I had to do was watch a video, take notes, and then take a quiz on the video’s content
  • No suggestions for improvement.
  • I can take the course quiz as many times as I want, No deadline for course completion. It’s perfect. No changes necessary.
  • Clear objectives and guidelines
  • It’s awesome
  • Affordable, informative, and concise.
  • It’s perfect. no changes necessary
  • no time limit.
    able to re-take the quiz as much as needed.
  • nothing needs improvement. it’s perfect. no changes necessary.
  • Convenience
  • good refresher
  • Being able to complete this on my own time, in my own home
  • No improvement needed
  • easy access and appropriate
  • Done from my home
  • Short, sweet, and to the point
  • I can do it on my own time and take the quiz over if necessary
  • Could complete from my own home.
  • I can go at my own pace, can reflect on what I read and discuss with others before required to take exam to get their opinions and expertise.
  • I have been taking courses from Danny Pettry for a number of years now. I always like the ease of studying at my own time and taking the test at my leisure.

 If you’re ready to invest in your own your potential as a recreational therapist then simply head over to my site for online training programs here:

NCTRC – recertification and specialty certifications


Pictured above: Susan Kaufer and Robin McNeal

I [Danny Pettry] had the great privilege of attending the Recertification and Specialty Certification Overview at the 2016 ATRA conference in Chicago with Robin McNeal, CTRS and Susan Kaufer, CTRS.

Robin and Susan work for NCTRC! I’ve had the privilege to attend several training sessions they’ve provided at ATRA conferences and other state/ local conferences of the years with both of them.

I informed both of them that I appreciate all the work they do for our certification. I also informed them that I do not envy their task/ job of reviewing all of those documents (applications) and reviewing/ audit of CEUs. Important job. Somebody has to do it. I let them know I’d rather be a practitioner in the field.

They shared the mission of NCTRC: To protect the consumer of therapeutic recreation services by promoting the provision of quality therapeutic recreation services by NCTRC certificants.

NCTRC is overseen by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) is considered the benchmark for professional services. The CTRS is known as the qualified provider of recreational therapy.

NCTRC does a lot to advocate for the credential. We, CTRS can also advocate and promote our credential. People can contact NCTRC to request brochures.


A while back, NCTRC completed a job analysis survey among certificants. It was used to identify two areas: job task/ experience and knowledge areas for the CTRS to be competent.

One option for renewing certification consists of: working at least 480 hours in the field within 5-years and having at least 50 hours of continuing education that are relevant to the therapeutic recreation knowledge areas.


Do it early! There is good news: people can submit their recertifcate application up to one-year early to get the process completed. Of course, the CTRS renewal cycle will still be at the same time. I think this is wonderful. That way – if a Continuing Education course doesn’t count towards recertification, you can earn more credits that do because you’ve submitted early/ before the deadline.


Responsibility: Your continuing education units(CEUs) is your responsibility. You must keep track of these and don’t lose them. I [Danny Pettry] keep mine in a fire proof safe along with CEUs for other professional certificates and state professional licenses.


NOTE: activity/ skills based sessions do not count for CEUs. In example – if you take a yoga class it won’t count. Of course, a person can take these courses to learn new skills, but should be aware that they won’t count for CEUs.


Ways to earn CEUs that were discussed during this session:

  • Publication – write a book or journal article and you’ll earn CEUs
  • Guest lecture for your local college or university and you’ll earn CEUS
  • Supervise an internship (up to 2 interns allowed) and they can’t be during the same time. You can get 5 hours per intern.
  • Academic course credit. One 3-hour-semester course counts for 45 out of 50 CEUs! That is a great way. Those working on their master’s degree will have an abundance of CEUs.

Another way:

  • They didn’t directly talk about online/ home study courses ( during this part of this session. Staff at NCTRC have in talked about my program (which I’ve attended, in example: ATRA 2013 Pitts, PA). However, I do think it is best that they don’t name any praticular programs. In example: if they talk about Indiana Univrsity for a master’s dgree in the field or taking a graduate course for CEU credit then other colleges and universities may want them to do the same and that really isn’t the role of NCTRC to advocate or promote any program like that.
  • My self-study online courses are currently pre-approved by NCTRC for CEUs. Go here:

Getting the 480 hours of experience in five years

  • Those working full time should easily have this.
  • Those who are not working full-time as a Rec Therapist can still earn 480 hours for various roles and responsibilities, including:
    1. Supervisor role (manager of RT)
    2. Administrator (at hospital) who is no longer working in RT
    3. Educator (who is teaching RT)
    4. Consultant (who is providing services in RT)
    5. Volunteer (which I just think is wonderful
    6. Professional services (serving as a member of the ATRA board or your state/ local chapter affiliate of ATRA)

Robin McNeal, CTRS and Susan Kaufer, CTRS (the two presenters of this training) are not working in direct service as a recreational therapist. However, they can still earn their 480 hours work from various ways.

I wanted to mention during this session that U.S. Congressman G. T. Thompson isn’t working as recreational therapist practitioner, but he still maintains his 480-hours of work in the field, which I’m very grateful for. He has done a lot with legislation related to our field.

The speakers did not directly say this, but I got a gut impression that they will move to requiring a CTRS to earn so many CEUs in each knowledge area. But I’m not 100% of that yet.


This is fairly new!

They speakers had suggested in the future that a license in the profession will be the benchmark in the field and then those professional practitioners can advance by earning specialty certifications.  They said that currently 54 people have a specialty certification!

Based on my knowledge, nurses can specialize in various areas (like behavioral health). Counselors can specialist (like substance abuse, career counseling, family marriage counseling, etc).

There are currently five specialty certifications offered by NCTRC.  These included:

  1. Behavioral health: they said over 50% of those with specialty certification have this one.
  2. Geriatrics: 2nd place
  3. Physical medicine/ rehabilitation: 3rd place
  4. Community/ inclusion: only two people have this.
  5. Developmental Disabilities: 0 people have this specialty certification.

There are two paths towards earning this.

  • One path consists of a master’s degree with (9) credit hours in the specialty area.
  • One path consists of earning (75) CEUs that are all focused in the specialty area and having at least 3 professional certificates that are greater than 6-hours.

I really hope to see more people get these.

NOTE: I, [Danny Pettry] am working on creating three professional certificate courses in behavioral health designed specifically for those people who are seeking the behavioral health specialty certification by NCTRC.  I’m working to get those same three professional certificate trainings approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). They will probably be released at my site ( in 2017.


Disclaimer: Contact NCTRC with your questions and comments. Danny Pettry (author of this blog) has been a CTRS since 2003, however, he does not work for NCTRC and he is not elected to the board of directors. Go here:

TR Symposium for the Southwest

Here is a real neat conference! It is at the Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas!

I wish I could attend it.

The 35th anniversary celebration of the Therapeutic Recreation Symposium for the Southwest is only a little over two months away and we want to celebrate and learn with YOU!
We would love to see you at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas TX, on November 10-12, 2016, for education, camaraderie, and fun! We have a quality program planned and attendees can earn up to 1.75 (17.5 contact hours) CEUs. (ATRA CEUs are pending approval). Please take a look at our website, for the preliminary conference program, conference registration and lodging information. Early bird registration will close on October 10th, so please make sure to register now for the best rates!
TRSSW dedicates proceeds from the conference to aspiring scholars in therapeutic recreation at colleges and universities in the Southwest region. Applications for this year’s scholarship can be found at