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.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

"Consensus Conference" Needed for RT?

A few years ago, occupational therapists held a "Consensus Conference" to identify and reach consensus on the key practice and research questions in OT. While participants had difficulity defining the term, occupation, they were able to identify key questions for their profession.

I don't know if RTs would have any more luck than OTs in defining our profession --but it seems that holding a "Consensus Conference" for RT might be a good idea. What do you think?


Blogger Mike Sutherland said...

I have thought (for quite a long time) that RT needs to specialize into two areas. The clinical and non-clinical pathways. The non-clinical path might be chosen by those wanting to do more of the "parks and rec" thing but the clinical RT education is being held back because of classes like tournament planning and wilderness survival. Perfect for parks and rec people, not so useful for clinicians. Likewise, parks and rec people probably find little use for medical terminology and the like. Finding true clinical acceptance lies in curriculum reform and this means letting go of some of the types of curricula that have been around for far too long IMO. We need more clinical expertise, psych, etc. NOW!

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