Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

UWM Offers Online Courses

Patty Thomas, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Therapeutic Recreation Program in the College of Health Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), just sent me information on what appears to be an exciting new distance education opportunity. Ultimately, a certificate in therapeutic recreation will be available. The certificate will involve taking five online TR courses. Three online courses are now available. These are: TR 308, TR in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health (4 cr); TR 310, Facilitation Techniques in TR (4 cr); and TR 400, TR Trends (3 cr).

For additional information those interested should contact Patty Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her phone number is (414) 229-2507. Her email address is

It is good for our profession that more and more distance learning opportunities are becoming available. Chuck Killingsworth of Pittsburg State University earlier sent information on a new online course, HPER 470, Assessment and Documentation in TR. See the RT Blog post of August 2, 2006, for information.

Indiana University is in the 22nd year of its graduate program via distance learning. More than 60 individuals have completed their entire master's degrees through IU's program. For information go to IU's TR web pages and look for Distance Learning under the heading of Prospective Students. The address for IU's web pages is
The Coordinator of TR at IU is Professor Bryan McCormick who may be reached at


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