What Will the Future Bring for RT?
Will the younger recreational therapists act as advocates for our profession? Will they, for example, take the time to write letters to the CMS as we have been asked to do by ATRA and NCTRC?
Will the younger RTs support our profession by maintaining memberships in ATRA and ATRA chapters? The membership of ATRA is not what it once was -- so I believe there is cause for worry about the commitment to our profession displayed by our current RTs.
I wish I had more faith in the newer RTs. But I’m just not sure if they will support our profession to the degree needed for it to succeed.
I do know a great number of Hoosier RTs who are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Many of them are currently providing a great deal of leadership within the Recreation Therapists of Indiana (RTI) ATRA chapter. I’m proud of them and what they are accomplishing.
I also see some young professionals nationally who are active in our profession. It would be nice to see their numbers grow.
Before I form an opinion about the ability of the current and emerging generations to carry on the progress we have made as a profession, I will wait to see what happens in the coming years. I sure hope the current and emerging generations will rise to the occasion!