MyRecreationTherapist.com 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:

http://www.myrecreationtherapist.com

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.

[0.1 CEUs] — Rec Therapy Month Webinar

rtmonthaFebruary is Rec Therapy Month!
I’m presenting a free webinar:
The difference between recreation activities and recreation therapy.
(0.1 CEU) provided.
Date: Wed. Feb. 1, 2017. Time: 7:00 p.m. (eastern time).
Of course, you already know the difference.
If you enjoy the webinar you can get access to replay the webinar at your facility to help educate your co-workers about recreation therapy.
best wishes.
your friend,
Danny.

Person with PTSD restored functioning – Thanks to Rec Therapy

Read this article about a Recreational Therapist who helped a person with PTSD. I really enjoyed this:

http://www.timestelegram.com/news/20161226/monday-morning-conversation-molly-healy-from-sitrin-center

 

Disclaimer: I’m not quite sure if I’d have any of my patients attend any of my personal events for boundaries. There might be times when it is appropriate. I’d check with ethics board/ team as well.

Origin of the Recreation Therapy (and certification) submitted by Kenneth Davis

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This blog was post submitted by Kenneth Davis for RecTherapyToday

  • The origin of the Recreation Therapy profession dates back to the early 80s when the first meeting of certification  was part of a national discussion.
  • Norma Stumbo, PH D was probably  key in developing a study guide for the  administration of the National exam given by athe National  Council for Thetapeutic  Recreation Certification now in New York.
  • Academic  development was with Dr. Scout Gunn PhD and Macia Carter, PhD and many others
  • My memory is that Dr.Peg Connelly  PhD and later a Bob Rilely, PhD  were very involved in promoting and developing the exam an making changes to the credentialing process.  Adding a staff for credentialing and having clear discussion on the job analysis http://nctrc.org/about-certification/national-job-analysis/
  • I believe, a national  testing service ETS was to review the exam before it was administered and Dr. Stumbo released a study guide later for the exam.  Additionally  individuals like Alice Burlingame were very involved in assessment  development with https://www.idyllarbor.com/. I known Alice for years and she has sold the business.
  • Additionally  Dr. Connie,Nall, and myself  worked with Leisure Scope.a developed tool for leisure assessment. Jean Forthworth, PhD  then at Central  Michigan University, and I had many discussion  on this including Dr. Marsha Cater at Michigan State University  in Lansing,  Michigan.
  • The exam and through careful developed and determining of the questions and submitting to a national testing service was critical.  Some of the concern  included accommodation for the exam for individuals with disabilities. I remember  Dr. Nancy Navar was also involved in this discussion. Dr. Navar is now retired from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.
  • Ed Keegan , PhD  was also developing the program at Western Carolina University and Dr. Gerald O Morrow was reaching retirement .
  •  The National Recreation and Parks Administration  NTRS was developing their own certificate. It was a bit divided and most NRPA members were not in favor of a separate certification of a Governing Body to address this issue which was NTRS.
  • Many years had gone by until thongs were actually worked out with NTRS believe at least 10 years or more. Most Parks and Recreation majors in colleges did not understand this aspect of therapeutic recreation nor a need to have certification. But stardardard for placement  were just about all that wree in place at that time. http://www.recreationtherapy.com/history/rthistory3.htm
  • Yvonne Washington, was a central person addressing this discussion with NTRS  individually with the National  Recreation and Parks Association.  Later they had  the discussion which  moved to colleges and universities and  TR sections including the Virginia Therapeutic Recreation Section, which I was a part in the 80s with Besty Kennedy MA Ed at Old Domunnion with so many other TR’s addresses the exam at Radford  and Old Dominion University  and Virginia Commonwealth  University.
  • In the mid 80s schools like Michigan State, Wayne State, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Texas  and University of Washington, Radford  and California State were all involved in promoting the national exam.  I do remember Mick and Lee being involved at Radford as well. In fact Lee was very gracious in ;coming to Marion Virginia where I was the department head to be involved in the selection position for a job I had written specifically for our agency.  At that time I worked for Marion Correctional Treatment Center a forensic facility in Southwestern Virginia.
  • Sharon Nicholas, MA CTRS  in New Hampshire whom I’ve known over the years and still in New Hampshire was working on explaining our value in the rehabilitation settings.  I kept in contact with Sharon while m working for the VA in Manchester New Hampshire and while at Health South in Concord New Hampshire,
  • I later moved from New Hampshire to Colorado  but in  Virginia with some knowledge of the happening in both the West and East Coast because I was in contact with Ann Houston.
  • Ann Houston, MPH, CTRS, became the President of ATRA, and this was after her leaving the VA in a Palo Alto, California.  Ann spearheaded ATRA  to a much larger need and audience. With its offices in Hattersburg,  Mississippi.
  • As a member of ATRA, I remember having many discussion with Kelly Dunbar, about the formation and direction of ATRA, and NCTRC.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recreational_therapy?wprov=sfla1

  • ATRA, became very involved in therapeutic recreation both locally and on Capital Hill. During the Clinton administration health care reform years , The Joint Commission o established that lTR was a part of treatment.   Many of its members ATRA including myself went to Washington DC in 1980s  to speak on behalf of the organization to our local representatives dto educate  them on the three hour rule of health care reimbursment, which continues today

Kenneth Davis MA CTRS,  is now a Independent Therapeutic Educational Consultant and Chief Executive of tge Business  Educational Planning and Counseling Services LLC www.educational-planning-and-counseling.org

Kenneth  is a graduate of Pepperdine  University holding Masters in Educational Technology and Organizational Leadership currently Certified by NCTRS. Business Owner, CEO Educational Planning and Counseling Services Lives in Sun City Wesrt, Arizona

Special Kids – receives grant!

I interviewed Becky Bachelor, CTRS a few months ago to provide us with recreational therapy for children with special needs. I thought it was a great webinar. I found it very informative.

Becky works at “Special Kids,” in TN.

I was happy to see that a grant has been provided  to help kids.

The money from the grant (over $1,000) will go towards their “Play with a purpose” program.

The article provides an overview of what their Recreational Therapists do.

http://www.wgnsradio.com/special-kids-receives-nashville-predators-foundation-grant-cms-36312

One Good Reason Why Recreational Therapists Should Vote in Elections.

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The facts:

  • Recreational Therapists are often asked to participate in action alerts. This consists of contacting your U.S. Congress-person or Senator regarding issues and legislation pertaining to Recreational Therapy. A good example is: H.R. 1906: Access to inpatient rehabilitation act of 2015. This bill was sponsored by our very own U.S. Congressman G.T. Thompson (from Pennsylvania) who holds the “CTRS” credential. G.T. is a past president of ATRA too!

 

  • Voter records are public. These public records don’t disclose your political party (Independent, Republication, Democrat, etc.) It doesn’t disclose who you voted for. That too is confidential. The public record identifies if you vote or not.  Think of having a good credit score. Now imagine that people who vote have stronger voter-scores. They’re more powerful.

 

My Thoughts and Feelings:

  • I think it is vital for recreational therapists to vote. This is how our voice is heard.

 

  • Here is one good reason I think it is important to vote!

We, Recreational Therapists are our only advocates. Sometimes, we contact our elected officials to take action regarding legislation regarding our profession. Imagine if your elected official has a record that you’re not a voter or you rarely vote at all. What would they do with that knowledge? What would they do if they knew you voted in 100% of elections? I’d imagine they care about their constitutions (people in their district), especially those who vote.  They want to make that voters are happy.

 

  • My Request:  Go out and vote!

It is a day late. Elections are ending on the east coast. Some states may already have ended their elections.

 

 

Rec Therapist: What are you going to do with your life?

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Have you ever thought of how many days you have left until you die?

I have.

The truth is: we all die. Ironically, it is the month of October.

My personal favorite theory in psychology and counseling is the existential theory created by Victor Frankl. It is a theory about finding meaning in life.

There is a really neat informal assessment tool to determine how many years you’ll have.  It is one of the activity worksheets featured in the Leisure Education manual of resources by Elbert Chance and Norma Stumbo. The activity requires the participant to answer your questions about their life choices and it tells you how many years you’ll live. In example people who choose to smoke will take off a few numbers. Those who exercise can add a few  numbers. I used this book as a young professional and still use it today.

We Rec Therapists provide services to help promote health, wellness, independent functioning for people.

One of my mentors, Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul) book series (who is also from West Virginia) showed me this awesome youtube video titled: “The Time You Have (in JellyBeans).

You might want to share this video with the patients/ clients that you provide services for.

I [Danny Pettry] believe I’m pretty self-aware of who I am and what I want to accomplish in several areas of my life: family/ social, contribution, financial, health/ wellness, and my profession.

Please check out my “About” page at my web-site to learn more about my [Danny Pettry] goals for our profession: Recreational Therapy.

or go here: http://www.dannypettry.com/about.html 

Here is my flyer: tentcard-8.5inx11in-v

The Truth About “Chicken Soup for the Soul”

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Their FAQs page says this:

“I have a title suggestion for a future Chicken Soup for the Soul book. How can I submit my idea?”  

Here is their answer: “We do not take book title ideas from the public. Please do not send us book title ideas.”

What This Means:

They have said in advance at their site that they do not want us to send any book title ideas.

The Truth About Recreational Therapy

Fact # 1: We are going to create a book!

Fact # 2: It is going to be an amazing and wonderful book full of stories about Recreational Therapists doing great things.

Fact # 3: I [Danny Pettry] am a visionary. I can kind of see into the future. I can visualize this book already as if it were already real. It is really awesome. I can’t wait for you to read it.

The Truth is: Chicken Soup for the Soul might miss out on a great book project:

We’re going to give Chicken Soup for the Soul the first chance to take on this book title. But if they don’t. so what – someone will. Even if we have to ask 145 publishers or self-publish it. But I don’t think it would take that many.

We’ll just have a different title for the same book. It doesn’t have to be a Chicken Soup for the Soul series book.

Action Steps YOU can do right now:

First:

Click here to sign the petition asking Chicken Soup to approve our book project!

Second:

Click here to chip in $10 to help us Win the campaign.