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:

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.