Private practice in rec therapy

my-recreation-therapist-2Have you ever wanted to start a private practice in rec therapy?

My good friend Jeanne Hastings, M.S., CTRS has made that possible with her web-site:

They have 37 clients and the number is growing. These clients are seeking CTRS to help them achieve goals.


You can get membership at her site for a one-time payment of $49.95 and you can be in business.


You’ll have unlimited access to provide services for clients from all over North America.


Go here now:


My Danny Pettry thoughts: I’d argue that a “CTRS” should definitely carry professional liability insurance. is here!

New site Alert – just in time for recreational therapy month, too!canstockphoto10315926

Jeanne Hastings, (master’s level) CTRS has created a neat web-site, My Recreation Therapist:

It is a site that connects recreational therapists with consumers.

Clients can create an account and hire RTs

And RTs can create an account.

My thoughts: she is definitely a leader here. This is new. It isn’t anything copied or done before in our field.

Way to go Jeanne!



Some of my suggestions (and thoughts) for the site for Recreational therapists who use it:

  • Have informed consent from customer/ clients before providing online based recreational therapy services.
  • Follow ethics set by ATRA
  • Keep clients confidential – and remember to be cautious of leaking any confidential information online.
  • Practice in your own scope of practice for legal reasons
  • I question how license works for state to state? In example: would you need a license to provide online rec therapy to a person who lives in a state (that requires a license to practice?)
  • Carry your own personal liability insurance to be on the safe side. I use HSPO for my practice as a therapist and for my continuing education services that provide.

Big Book of Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens

Blog Entry Submitted by: Lindsey Joiner

Hi blog readers,

My name is Lindsey Joiner.  I’m the author of The Big Book of Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula and The Big Book of Even More Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula.  I am an LPC in Mississippi as well as a National Certified Counselor and National Certified School Counselor.  I have a wide variety of experience in community mental health, education, and private practice.  I was thrilled when Danny contacted me and asked me to write an article for his fantastic blog.

Although I have a lot of experience now, these books were born out of my desperation as a new counselor conducting day treatment groups.  I had received great training in my graduate programs and thought I had a pretty good handle on counseling theory, but the first day I conducted a day treatment group, I quickly realized I had no idea what to do with a group of 9 children or teens for 2 to 5 hours a day.  I went and ordered all of the therapeutic activity books that I could find to try to find something to do to manage behavior in my groups and fill our time together with meaningful activities.  Almost all of the books I found were either filled with worksheets or scripts to talk through as a group.  While I did manage to get the behavior of the group members under control and fill the time, I noticed that all of the participants were miserable.  They didn’t want to come sit in group for 2 hours after school and do more worksheets.  I started try to find activities and games that they would enjoy that were also therapeutic at the same time.   I began to look at ordinary art activities and games and think about how I could change it or spin it to teach a therapeutic concept.  As I introduced more and more of these activities, I found that participants started wanting to come to group.  Attendance and participation improved and the lessons really seemed to stick with the participants.

Most children and teens (and adults as well) do not learn well through sitting and doing worksheets.  The arts-based activities in my books teach a wide variety of therapeutic skills including anger management, conflict resolution, positive thinking, following directions, and social skills through the use of ordinary and readily available materials.  For example, one of the group activities allows the group to create anger control totem poles.  Each group member takes a short quiz to identify their anger management style (which corresponds to an animal).  The group members then create their animals (using templates providing in the book) while discussing different styles of anger and anger management strategies.  After each group member has created their animal, a totem pole is created.  This is so much more fun and meaningful than sitting and completing a worksheet on anger management.

I want to thank Danny for inviting me to contribute to his blog.  If you are interested in purchasing my books, they are available at as well as many other online retailers.  I am also available for conferences and presentations.  Please contact me at for more information.

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