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, September 12, 2012

Article on Lessons Learned in RTI Newsletter

The following appeared in the recent issue of the Recreation Therapists of Indiana (RTI) Newsletter:

Lessons Learned: Newest Book from David Austin
Last year Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners was published. The book’s author is IU Professor Emeritus and RTI Founding Member David R.Austin, Ph.D..

Austin wrote in the preface of Lessons Learned: “The profession of recreational therapy has been very good to me. It has provided me with a passion, as well as a living. I truly cherish the years I have had in my beloved profession and I would like to see it continue and prosper.” He sees Lessons Learned as a means to give back to our profession and to help it to grow and flourish.

Victoria Dawn Shelar, Ph.D., CTRS, of Middle Tennessee State University, wrote this following her review of Lessons Learned: “The outstanding features of this text include personal insight byDr. Austin based on decades of his passion for recreational therapy; 69 lessons (chapters) that cover a breadth of issues that all practitioners encounter during the course of their careers; and the manner in which the lessons are written provides an opportunity for readers to feel that it is written specifically for them from someone in the know.”
Others said this about Lessons Learned:

“This is an excellent read – every recreation therapist, either starting out or a veteran, should read this wonderful book.” -Charlie Dixon, M.S., CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Directory

“I think this is a 5-star/ must-read book for any student in a TR/RT degree program or recreational therapist. If you've not done so already -- read this book.” -Danny Pettry, M.S., CTRS

"I am using Lessons Learned in my foundations of TR class this semester. It is a positive addition to the other TR books I use. Lessons Learned has given the students in my course some very good first-hand information and I think it makes it easier for them to relate to things they do and see in their volunteer experiences." -Joe Wilson, Ed.D., CTRS, CPRP, University of Northern Iowa

Lessons Learned is available in paperback from the Sagamore Publishing website. It is also available in ebook format from Sagamore and


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