This is a topic I struggle with in a huge way… There are SO many places recreation professionals can obtain certification in what I will refer to as Other Therapies (aka Specialities). So why is this a problem? I mean, who complains about a lot of opportunities? I do. The girl who easily becomes distracted online and follows the silver ball across the internet. Because of the abundance of opportunities, how do we guarantee that the ones we register for will be recognized by our professional associations? How do we ensure our investments will serve us well?
Most people enjoy decorating Easter eggs; it often reminds us of times with our children, our family, and even when we were children ourselves. (Yup, we could also list the many physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects, but I’m assuming we’re already on the same page…)
What normally happens when you are looking for a fresh idea for a program or activity? Perhaps you end up on Pinterest… And if you’re anything like me, four hours later, you realize you can’t even remember what you were looking for in the first place, but you have 73 tabs open!
“Promotional products are imprinted or decorated items that are used by businesses and organizations to promote products, services, or company programs. Effective use of promotional products can enhance name and brand recognition, multiply sales, intensify client loyalty, and motive employees.” (Carson, 2009, p. 1)
Have you read Steven Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”? I haven’t actually read the book yet, but I’ve listened to about every version of the audio book that you can find, so we’ll call that close enough.
Do you like free pens and sticky note pads as much as I do?!
I’ve spent the last month surveying as many healthcare professionals as I can, trying to find out which promotional products really are being utilized. I would say that I’m a functional or logical person, I like things in my life to serve a purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I love free stuff, but I don’t like free stuff that has no functional value.
There is little research that assesses healthcare interdisciplinary team member’s attitudes towards the role of a therapeutic recreation professional and how those attitudes affect their professional perspective of and ability to work collaboratively with them. Continue reading “How does Recreation Therapy fit into the healthcare team?”
My name is Jennifer, and I am a wife, mother, part-time recreation therapy assistant, and currently a full-time student at NorQuest College, working towards my Therapeutic Recreation Diploma (graduation is right around the corner!)
It all started with my final assignment for one of my TR specific courses; literature summary of evidence-based practice in therapeutic recreation and a resulting project that related back to that evidence. Several of my classmates focused on intervention resources, but I wanted to hone in on our entire profession and the importance of being recognized as an essential part of the healthcare team.
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Ever think about the connection between health and recreation?
Consider this: children cope better with being hospitalized when given a chance to play. People recovering from physical injuries or adapting to disabilities stay healthier longer when they are physically and socially active. Older adults maintain a sharper mind and a higher level of social involvement when they recreate. Continue reading “What is Recreation Therapy?”