Guest Guest_Annie Report Share Posted September 9, 2006 The biggest problem we all speak of is that we are not taken seriously in our profession. We have gone from Activity Director to Activity Professional and that has not changes how we are treated or respected. We do so much more than just activities, why does our title only reflect this? Maybe we as Activity Directors/Professional need to make a stand and come up with a name we all agree on that reflects what we do? What do you think? Also, I am working on my State certification right now and am hoping to get in under the Grandfather clause. During our quartly Activity Director meetings; our president has been pushing the directors here to get State certified with no results. Out of the 30 directors that attend our meetings, only 5 are certified and I know of 5 of us that are working on gettting State certified by November. That still leave 20 directors that only have their Basis training; and you know what, they are the one that complain the most about wages. For those of you who are getting by with just your Basis training and your 8 hours of CEU's, that is not enough anymore. This profession requires daily learning and research to improve your programs. State wil come in and say, you want the pay, go to school and earn it. Get your State Cerftication as soon as possible, before State makes it a requirement and then don't stop there, go on for your National Certification. If this is the area you want to work, we all need to stick together and find a way to open everyones eyes. Start in your own center/home and make the best program you can. Let everyone see what you are doing is making a difference not only to your resident's but to your staff too. If your not happy, just like life, don't complain about it, do something about it. I have only been in this business for 2 years. I found that I did not like how things were being handled or the programs that were being done. In one year I was moved up to Activities Director and I have more than doubled my resident partisipation. This is still not good enough for me, so I am working on doubling that as well. My results in partisipation all are due to continuing my education and looking for new ideas. Keep it fresh. I wish everyone well and I hope to hear your response to this topic. From deep in the heart of Texas Annie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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