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.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

ATRA's Top 20 Successes

A couple of years ago, I developed a list of ATRA’s Top 20 successes. They are presented below for your review. Please do comment agreement or disagreement. Here they are:

1. Curriculum Conference in Minneapolis in 1995 that lead to the publication (1997) of Guidelines for Competency Assessment and Curriculum Planning in Therapeutic Recreation.

2. Publication of the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation.

3. Development and implementation of ATRF and the ATRF research grant program.

4. Establishing the ATRA Executive Director position and the hiring, in 1994, of Ann Huston.

5. Establishing the ATRA Office in the Washington, DC, area.

6. Establishing the Peg Connolly Scholars program to involve TR students in the Annual Conference.

7. Establishing the ATRA CEU program to assist professionals with the documentation of CEUs.

8. Provision of yearly ATRA Annual Conference and Mid-Year Issues Forum.

9. Establishing the ATRA Library and Archives.

10. Holding the first International Institute on Therapeutic Recreation during the 2000 Annual Conference in Cincinnati.

11. Developing and annually updating of ATRA’s Strategic Plan to guide the association.

12. Establishing the publication program to bring professional literature to the membership, including cooperation with Venture Publishing.

13. Establishing the ATRA Chapters program.

14. Establishing the Treatment Networks to facilitate communications and networking.

15. Establishing a strong public policy program, including hiring a legislative counsel and initiating the “Day on the Hill” program.

16. Regular publication of the ATRA Newsletter to keep members informed on issues and activities.

17. Use of technology to enhance communications (e.g., ATRA web site, email distribution lists, etc.).

18. Development of a Policies and Procedures Manual to guide the Association’s activities.

19. Provision of continuing education opportunities for members through the teleconference program, Annual in TR, workshops, and other means.

20. Provision of the ATRA awards program to acknowledge and celebrate achievements by ATRA members, chapters, and universities.


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