Calling professionals to action


  • James B. Wise, PhD, CTRS



leisure, recreation therapy, therapeutic recreation, treatment


Professionals who advocate for cleaving the present therapeutic recreation practice along philosophical lines are called to step forward and lead preparations for the separation. The primary and most crucial task facing each group of advocates is developing a philosophical foundation. A foundation is critical because it guides every aspect of a practice including the identification of requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to excel as practitioners, and determination of the profession’s name and practitioners’ title. Developing philosophical foundations for the two desired practices and completing the concomitant tasks ensures the formation of viable practices that can benefit everyone.

Author Biography

James B. Wise, PhD, CTRS

Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota


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How to Cite

Wise, PhD, CTRS, J. B. (2016). Calling professionals to action. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 15(3), 6–7.




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