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 06, 2009

RTV Videos

Recently 23 RT instructional videos have been made available via streaming. To view any of the videos go to

Simply click on the title you wish to view and the address will come up. Click on the address and the video will appear.

The videos were made by the Recreation Therapy Video (RTV) Project directed by Professor David R. Austin, Ph.D., CTRS, of Indiana University. Deb Getz, Re.D., CTRS, served as the project coordinator and John Winninger was the producer/director.

Topics of the RTV videos range from an introduction to recreation therapy, provided by “To Serve a Purpose,” to developing such skills as engaging in therapeutic communications, making client observations, completing documentation, giving and receiving clinical supervision, and understanding models of practice. Three separate videos extensively cover the history of recreation therapy and another presents pioneers in recreation therapy.

The list of videos available are:
1. Adaptive equipment
2. Case studies
3. Clinical supervision
4. Computer use in therapeutic recreation
5. Documentation and behavioral observation
6. Effective listening
7. Feedback in learning and performance situations
8. History of therapeutic recreation parts I, II, III
9. Individual program planning
10. Interactions with people who have disabilities
11. Models of practice : health protection/health promotion model
12. Models of practice : leisure ability model
13. Nonverbal communication
14. Portraits of pioneers in therapeutic recreation
15. Professional ethics
16. Professionalism in therapeutic recreation
17. Quality of life
18. Safe transportation : safely transporting clients
19. Therapeutic communication
20. Therapeutic recreation history : the formative years
21. Therapeutic recreation history: the modern era
22. To serve a purpose
23. Transfer techniques


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