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.

Monday, July 07, 2008

TREC II -- What Will It Do?

Mike Sutherland commented on the recent TREC II post that he wondered what would be on the agenda. I must admit that I had the same reaction to the post announcing the TREC II conference.

It would be my hope that the conference will produce more than some interesting papers on RT curriculum. The profession desperately needs to have greatly improved curriculum standards. It would be sad if the conference doesn't produce some solid, practical recommendations that will lead to some real strides in improvement in the professional preparation of RTs.


Blogger Mike Sutherland said...

I agree. It's time for action! Talk, talk, talk...let's move!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Dr. Jerry Jordan said...

TREC II will be what TR educators make it. ATRA, NTRS and the host organizations OSU and TRAO are providing the opportunity for TR educators to come together to network and discuss issues confronting the profession. As has been mentioned in earlier blogs on this site, Therapeutic Recreation is in need of curricular reform. Without NCTRC we would have no standardization of TR curricula. TR educators need to step forward, embrace the current challenges confronting TR education and dare to make a difference. I believe that ATRA and NTRS stand ready to support the effort. I hope to see all of you in Oklahoma in 2009. Make your ideas known as the program committee, chaired by Dr. Tim Passmore at Oklahoma State, begin the process of building the TREC II conference program.

11:42 AM  

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