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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Leadership ATRA Announcement

ATRA is inviting members to become a part of this year's LEADERSHIP ATRA class. The following was extracted from an ATRA announcement on LEADERSHIP ATRA:

The LEADERSHIP ATRA experience has an immediate, positive effect on the participants and their Therapeutic Recreation practice. Each person is better informed and more skilled in active organizational leadership. The real value of the program is evidenced, as graduates become leaders in positions of responsibility in the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

LEADERSHIP ATRA was founded to help develop this most precious resource and to recognize the valuable contribution of great leadership in the past, present, and future. Participants that complete all class requirements will receive 15 hours of continuing education unit contact.

The successful completion of the LEADERSHIP ATRA experience includes five dimensions of the program. These include Comprehensive Education Training, Teamwork Development, ATRA Board Observation, ATRA CQI Project Completion, Mentoring and a Practical Application Phase of the program.

LEADERSHIP ATRA includes 18 contact hours of continuing education training through active participation in teleconference and onsite program days. Participants become more aware of the dynamics of the American Therapeutic Recreation Associations organizational structure and operations and the potential impact on our membership.

LEADERSHIP ATRA provides an opportunity to develop and apply teamwork skills through assigned projects and activities. The teamwork experience provides for the application of knowledge and skills, as well as, the development of professional network contacts. Teamwork is critical in the development of high performing teams.


LEADERSHIP ATRA requires attendance and direct observation of a meeting of the ATRA Board of Directors. The experience provides a practical observation of the Association's governing body.


LEADERSHIP ATRA participants plan and implement a Continuous Quality Improvement project working in small groups. These projects are designed to address priority and emerging issues for the profession and the Association. The ATRA CQI Projects culminate in a report to the Board of Directors during the Annual ATRA Conference.

LEADERSHIP ATRA facilitates discussion and interaction with Association leaders and experts during session presentations. Each participant is provided an ATRA Mentor for as a professional resource for the 12 months following the completion of the formal LEADERSHIP ATRA training.

LEADERSHIP ATRA includes a final practical application of knowledge and skills following successful completion of the education sessions. Participants develop an Individual Professional Growth Plan that they work at completing during the 12 months following their LEADERSHIP ATRA graduation.

Participants must participate in all sessions, complete team assignments and attend March On-site Class and Annual Conference sessions.


Current ATRA members may submit an application for the coming LEADERSHIP ATRA class. Applications must be received by October 23rd to be considered for the upcoming class. Each LEADERSHIP ATRA class will be limited to no more than 12 participants to facilitate individual professional growth, teamwork and mentoring. All applications will be reviewed and scored according to demonstrated current and talent and desire to serve the Association through their work with ATRA Chapters, Teams or Treatment Networks.

Registration cost per participant - $325*

*does not include participant registration, hotel and travel expenses for Mid-Year On-site Class and ATRA Annual conference

Questions? Contact Nancy McFarlane at


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