JHPER Newsletter's National Recreational Therapy Section News
compiled by Jeff Mansfield
JHPER Newsletter's National
Recreational Therapy Section News
section of the AAHPER Recreation Division, formed at the
April 1952 Convention by B. E. PHILLIPS
||B. J. Rudquist,
chairman, AAHPER's Recreational Therapy Section, and chief,
Special Services, VA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Palo Alto,
Calif. shares some of his observations on the clinical application
of recreational therapy in the mental hospital.
||Council for the
Advancement of Hospital Recreation drew up tentative standards
for personnel employed in recreation for the ill and disabled
in a medical setting.
Paul Haun, M.
D., clinical director, Graylyn Hospital, Winston-Salem,
N. C., at last year's National Recreation Congress in
Philadelphia, presented a paper on "Recreation in
the Total Hospital Program."
Section of the American Recreation Society, the National
Association of Recreational Therapists, and the National
Recreation Association, met to develop tentative standards
for three levels of employment in hospital recreation.
on Evaluation. Evaluation is an area of our professional
endeavor in which one can clearly differentiate between
the professional and the lay person; there is probably no
other area in which the differentiation is so pronounced.
on Recreation for the Mentally Ill at the Hotel Woodner
in Washington, D. C., November 17-20. Twenty-two national
professional societies and agencies have been invited to
cooperate in this Conference and an estimated 100 or more
invited delegates will participate. Some of the topics to
be presented include: Professional Attitudes and Practices, Pre- and In-Service Education, Facilities and Equipment, Evaluation and Research, Qualities of the Professional, Recreation for
Suggestion.... "...they should confine their recreation
service on prescription, and their written reports on patient
behavior, to those relatively few, selected patients for
whom specific needs have been identified..."
therapist can draw on many sources outside the recreation
field for assistance in doing a better job for his patients.