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.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Curriculum Conference Agrees of Need for Accreditation

There were 70 attendees at TREC II, of whom about 40 were educators and 30 were practitioners and administrators. One significant item was the discussion that we need to have one accreditation agency. RIFs will be sent to the Council on Accreditation for Recreation Park resources & Leisure service (COA) and the commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

It would appear to me that perhaps those at the curriculum conference, before approaching accrediation bodies, needed to first decide whether RT was a separate, healthcare profession or simply an option within parks and recreation.

If RT is a specialization within parks and rec, it should be accrediated by COA. If RT is an allied health profession, it should be accrediated by CAAHEP. What say you?


Blogger Skalko said...

As a participant, and presenter on an alternative accreditation option to COA, I believe the questions posed by Dr. Austin do indeed get to the heart of the matter. If we are a separate and independent discipline, and not a "sub-specialty" of recreation, park resources, and leisure services, then we indeed need a separate and distinct accreditation system. It is time we decided this question.

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