Indiana University

Indiana University had a vendor booth at the 2016 ATRA conference!

I love Indiana University! I completed my graduate degree in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University in 2006 with Dr. David Austin, Dr. Bryan McCormick, and Dr. Younghill Lee.

Dr. David Austin isn’t at the conference. He is retired, but still very active in the profession. I was very happy to have taken the last course Dr. Austin taught to students before he retired. It was a course based on social psychology. One of my favorite courses and topics!

I had run into Dr. Bryan McCormick in passing.

Jared Allsop was there! He organizes the student conference. I plan to attend and present at that in 2017.

Shinichi was at the ATRA booth. He is doctorate student at IU. (See picture).


Shinichi (pictured above)

There was a real bad windstorm at the 2016 student conference. Shinichi assisted me with getting my laptop to re-boot during the power flickering out and then the power was out for good.

Here is a link to IU:

[Video] – Recreational Therapy: An Introduction (4th edition)

Dr. David Austin has a new video, which he discusses his new book, “Recreational Therapy: An Introduction (4th edition).”

The video is posted at the bottom of this blog entry.

I [Danny Pettry] had first discovered recreational therapy in 1999 while doing volunteer work at a rehabilitation hospital. I had signed up to take the introduction to recreational therapy course at Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia).

I made a trip that fall with my parents from little Beckley, West Virginia to Huntington for the day. We went shopping and ate lunch and stopped by the university so I could go ahead and pick up my books.

I recall getting an earlier edition of this book on that trip.

I was so passionate and excited about recreational therapy that I started to read the book in our car ride back to Beckley (about a 2-hour drive).

This new edition seems great. I can’t wait to read it!

Click here for a link with a sneak preview of the book (includes contents)

–> Click here to get a copy of the book. <–

[Video] – NEW Book: Management Functions in Recreational Therapy

I always enjoy seeing videos of Dr. David Austin (my professor from graduate school) at Indiana University.

Below is a brief video of Dr. David Austin talking about his new book, “Management Functions in Recreational Therapy.” He has co-written it with two really wonderful people.

I [Danny Pettry] am attending a training on management of recreational therapy departments at the 2016 ATRA conf. in Chicago on Sun. 9/10/16. I imagine they’ll discuss this book!

I had taken a general management course at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia one summer that counted towards my degree in therapeutic recreation at Marshall University. I really enjoyed that course. It focused on several key concepts that Dr. Austin discusses in his video. however, that course didn’t focus on the specific management of recreational therapy or about healthcare.

I like that it is in paperback! I’m getting a copy soon!

Here is Dr. Austin’s video:

–> Click here to get a copy of this book <–


Dr. Geoffrey Godbey video

My professor in graduate school at Indiana University, the famous David Austin (Professor Emeritus) recently posted a youtube video with Geoffrey Godbey at his facebook page.

Dr. Austin argued that all students in recreation related fields should watch the video and he said (especially grad students).

I [Danny Pettry] had read several books by Geoffrey Godbey while completing my graduate degree in recreational therapy from Indiana University.

I started to watch the video and I could relate a lot of my own experiences to those of Dr. Geoffrey Godbey. I found the video real easy to listen to.

Here is the youtube video that Dr. Austin was making a reference to:

Here are his books on amazon:

–> Geoffrey Godbey books < —

Some Things I Appreciate about the Internet

Submitted by: David R. Austin, Ph.D., FDRT, FALS, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

In no particular order, here are some things that I appreciate about the Internet. Having the ability to:

  • Make RT courses and degree programs available online. The availability of online offerings for practitioners is a particularly meaningful advancement.
  • Give practitioners the opportunity to keep up-to-date by taking webinars, such as those offered by ATRA.
  • Offer practitioners opportunities to gain CEUs offered by providers such as Danny
  • Gain daily online reports from the federal government on health care research.
  • Exchange information with RT colleagues via the listserv RecreationalTherapynet
  • Gain access to the latest published research in a wide array of scholarly journals including the American Journal of Recreation Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation Journal. (I especially like having access to Google Scholar as a means to locate and access articles.)
  • Receive information (e.g., ATRA Newsletter) from our national and state professional associations.
  • Check publishers (e.g., Sagamore Publishing, Idyll Arbor) websites for books available on recreational therapy.
  • Publish and read recreational therapy blogs, such as the RT Blog at
  • Post and read RT information on social media, such as Facebook.
  • Exchange information and ideas with colleagues using email.


  • Give students, faculty, and RTs access to RT related videos, such as the Recreation Therapy Videos offered as a free service by the Indiana University Library’s Scholarworks.
  • Offer free access to the Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy through Indiana University’s Scholarworks.