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, October 21, 2007

The Virtues of Wisdom and Daring

In his inaugural speech, President McRobbie of Indiana University quoted Winston Churchill as saying, “We must strive to combine the virtues of wisdom and of daring. We must move forward together, united and inexorable.” I think this quote can be applied to RT.

We RTs need to unite and to dare in order to re-dedicate ourselves in support of our profession. In doing so, we have to rely on our wisdom to move our profession toward the highest quality in everything we do.

I would suggest two steps that may assist us in our forward movement: (1) To continue to build our national organization, ATRA, through our contributions of time and money;(2) To strengthen our professional preparation programs by reforming curriculum and enhancing the quality of faculty. In addition, I think we need to dare to change the name of our professional organization to ARTA to better reflect our concerns for clinical practice and health care.


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