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, April 06, 2009

New Book -- Fredrickson's Positivity

I recently purchased a new book by Barbara Fredrickson titled Positivity. Fredrickson is a distinguished professor at UNC - Chapel Hill and a leading researcher in the area of positive psychology.

I've just begun to read the book but I can already sense it springs from her "broaden and build" theory that has a great fit with recreational therapy. The link between Fredrickson's theory and RT is explained in my book Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques (Austin, 2009).

I'll let you know more of my reactions to Positivity as I read it. I'd be interested in comments from others who may have already read the book -- or initial reactions by those, like me, who are just getting into it.


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