Management Functions in Recreational Therapy

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Author(s): David R. Austin
Bryan P. McCormick
Marieke Van Puymbroeck

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This book provides students and practitioners with perspectives on the management of recreational therapy heretofore unavailable to them. Many of the management concepts apply to middle-level managers, but the focus of the book is on first-line recreational therapy managers and the areas of management identified by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

In-depth coverage is given to the five basic functions of management: planning, organization, staffing, influencing, and controlling. In addition, chapters are provided on key concepts integral to the management of recreational therapy programs. Included are chapters on internship supervision, clinical supervision, volunteer management, and managing marketing.

The final chapter, Issues and Concerns for Managers, is unique in that it contains areas of substantial importance to managers that have received little attention in the recreational therapy literature.

The format for the book is readable and easy to follow. Each chapter lists objectives for the chapter, gives definitions of key terms used within the chapter, and ends with a conclusion or summary of the chapter. 


About the Author(s)

David R. Austin

Dr. Austin’s research has focused upon the social psychology of recreational therapy and professional preparation. Topics of over 140 publications have included attitudes toward serving persons with disabilities, burnout, and recreational therapy curricula.

He is the author or coauthor of five widely used textbooks:

Dr. Austin produced 23 instructional videos through the federally funded Recreation Therapy Video (RTV) Project, and he is author of the Health Protection/Health Promotion Model of Practice. Dr. Austin has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Leisure Research, Schole, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, and Leisure Today.

He is a past president of ATRA, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, as well as a past member of the NRPA Board of Trustees. Dr. Austin is a fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences and a founding fellow of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists.

He is the only individual to have received the NTRS Distinguished Service Award, the ATRA Distinguished Fellow Award, and the SPRE Distinguished Fellow Award. He has been awarded Indiana University‘s highest teaching award, the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching.

He has been named to the Union College Hall of Fame and was presented the Brightbill Award by the University of Illinois. In 1998, Dr. Austin received the NRPA Literary Award.

Bryan P. McCormick

Dr. Bryan P. McCormick has worked in the field of recreational therapy for more than 25 years as a practitioner, educator and researcher.

He has been on faculty at Indiana University since 1995. He also served on faculty at East Carolina University. He has served on boards of directors of the Recreation Therapists of Indiana (RTI) and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). He is also an ATRA past president.

As an author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 11 book chapters, Dr. McCormick’s work focuses on the social and community functioning of adults with severe mental illness. He has conducted research and trainings in psychiatric rehabilitation in the US as well as Eastern Europe.

He was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research and lectures in psychiatric services at the University of Kragujevac, Serbia. Dr. McCormick is a fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences and a Fellow in the National Academy of Recreational Therapists.

His work has appeared in journals such as: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, Disability and Rehabilitation, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Journal of Leisure Research, Journal of Rehabilitation, Journal of Travel Research, Leisure Sciences, Schizophrenia Research, Therapeutic Recreation Journal and World Leisure Journal.

Marieke Van Puymbroeck

Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT is the recreational therapy coordinator and an associate professor at Clemson University. She has just celebrated her 20th year as a CTRS, and over the years she has worked in psychiatric, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing settings.

More recently she has worked in higher education, starting her career at the University of Illinois, and more recently at Indiana University. She considers it a tremendous honor to be training students to enter what she considers one of the best professions there is!

Dr. Van Puymbroeck is known as a champion for recreational therapy, and she serves on a number of national and international boards as the recreational therapy representative.

She has published over 60 research articles, many in leading rehabilitation journals, 7 book chapters, and 128 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

Further, Dr. Van Puymbroeck has been an investigator on almost $2,500,000 in research funding, focusing primarily on the use of yoga as a therapeutic intervention, and influences on participation for individuals with chronic stroke.

Her most notable awards include: Fellow, National Academy of Recreational Therapy; Scholarly Achievement Award from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association; Clinical Research Loan Repayment from the National Institutes of Health; Outstanding Young Alumni from the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida; Outstanding Teacher; and Best Poster at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Van Puymbroeck currently serves as President for the National Academy of Recreational Therapists.