Advocacy Training in RT -- Needed?
In discussion of U of T’s 15 credit hour advocacy training and a practicum in social justice, the article states that “On top of traditional training in research and counseling the model teaches students to advocate for policy change—a component that enables students to help people beyond the therapy room.”
I couldn’t help but wonder just how much advocacy training our RT graduate students are receiving today. While 15 credit hours appears to be a lot, I wonder if any university offers a single RT course on advocacy. I seriously doubt that any RT graduate program has such a course. I even wonder how many graduate students are receiving even a major unit on advocacy in any of their RT courses.
As I have written in my book, Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners (Sagamore Publishing, 2011): “I have come to believe that advocating for our profession is a responsibility that all recreational therapists should assume.” I hope that those RT educators who agree with my sentiment will make sure that their students receive training in advocacy.