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.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Think Tank on RT by NART in May

Dr. Frank Basile, President of the National Academy of Recreational Therapy (NART),in a NART Newsletter,announced the "Think Tank on Recreational Therapy in the 21st Century:Time for a Metamorphosis!" Below is part of Basile's announcement:

The National Academy of Recreational Therapists (NART) is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring a Think Tank in Omaha, Nebraska on May 10 and 11, 2012. All NART Fellows and Associate Fellows are encouraged to participate in this important effort to lead our profession into a new renaissance.

The world of health care is changing dramatically. The need to reshape recreational therapy practice is essential for our success in the future. President-Elect Sharon Nichols is leading the charge for this task force and she has asked Mary Ann Keogh Hoss and Sandra Negley to assist her in these efforts. This Think Tank will explore current trends in health care, evidenced based practice, care delivery models as indicators of the change that is needed in preparing our profession for the future. It is hoped that we can produce a “white paper” from this. The “white paper” can be a useful tool to drive our professions strategic directions and priorities. Sharon is developing a collection of materials that people will need to read in advance of the Think Tank.

The Think Tank discussions will be held at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Omaha. Rooms (rates from 99.00 USD/Night) must be reserved by April 24, 2012. In order to assure that you can leave town, if you wish to do so, on Friday, May 11 the meetings are scheduled to end by noon on that day.


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