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, December 12, 2006

The Big Picture on Curriculum Reform on RT Blog

There has been a great deal of discussion about RT curriculum reform on the RT Blog. Below are some posts that have appeared.

A post on April 16, 2006, "Lack of RT Curriculum Reform," called for the need for curriculum reform at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. On May 31, 2006, was a post "MS in OT Required in 2007," which suggested that universities need to set minimum standards for RT master's degrees and to begin to discuss making the master's degree a minimum educational requirement for RT. On August 14, 2006, a post "Positive Psychology Books You Should Know About," appeared that indicated resources on the topic of positive psychology.

I mention these as "food for thought" for those involved with RT curriculum reform. Four major points emerge from the RT Blog posts: (1) There has been a lack of RT curriculum reform at the entry-level (that hopefully will soon be addressed); (2) In addition to including current practice competencies, new areas such as positive psychology, need to be included in curriculum requirements. (3) RT educators must begin to look beyond entry-level requirements to address master's degree requirements -- and to start to look at the master's degree as the entry-level degree for RT; and (4) Universities preparing those with Ph.D. degrees need to jointly take a look at their curricula with the intent of improving them.


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