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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Leadership ATRA has Openings -- This is a Great Opportunity

Leadership ATRA offers ATRA members a great opportunity to develop themselves as leaders. G.T. Thompson designed this exceptional program and coordinates it. I strongly recommend it as a wonderful growth opportunity. Here is information distributed by ATRA on Leadership ATRA:

The 2008 LEADERSHIP ATRA Class will begin in November 2007 and conclude in
September 2008. ATRA LEADERSHIP brings together a mix of existing and
emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences and from the
American Therapeutic Recreation Association membership. These individuals
have demonstrated the talent and desire to serve the Association through
their work with ATRA Chapters, Teams or Treatment Networks. Through active
participation in a succession of teleconference and onsite program days,
participants become more aware of the dynamics of the American Therapeutic
Recreation Associations organizational structure and operations and the
potential impact on our membership.

Participants engage in monthly teleconference sessions on specific topics:
Association's mission, vision and values; history of ATRA; organizational
structure; strategic planning; budget and finances; Board of Director
responsibilities / operations; professional staff responsibilities /
national office operations; communications; governmental relations and
advocacy; networks and coalition building; continuous quality improvement
processes and emerging issues. Onsite sessions are hosted in March and the
Fall Annual Conference, which allow an in-depth exploration of leadership,
teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Approximately 18 CEUs are issued for participants.
The tuition has not been finalized but is projected at $325. Each
participant is also required to attend a March on-site Class at the
Office in Alexandria, Virgina and the 2008 Fall ATRA Annual Conference.
Travel and conference registration is not included in the Leadership ATRA
tuition. Applications can be faxed to my attention.
My fax number is 570-546-4045. Please feel free to call me with any
questions that you might have at 570-546-4019.
I hope that you will consider participating in this exciting opportunity!

G.T. Thompson
LEADERSHIP ATRA Program Coordinator


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