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What's Your Education?

What's Your Education?  

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  1. 1. What's Your Education?

    • Occupational Therapist
      2
    • Recreational Therapist
      12
    • College Degree and NCAAP Certified
      7
    • High School Diploma NCAAP Certified
      7
    • High School Diploma (no education requirement)
      9
    • Other
      16


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Hey everyone, please take the time to fill out this poll. I am doing a mini research project on Activity Directors and their education and it would really help me out! Thank you in advance!

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I tried to add my "vote" and it said I already voted...mine was "other" because there was not an option for college degree non certified (but am working on it and taking the class starting Friday...whoo hoo).

 

Thanks,

 

Tiff

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Guest Guest_ErinE

I've tried to register for this board and I'm still listed as guest. I would like to vote, don't know what I'm doing wrong here. Any help?

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I am one of the "others" so I thought I would specify a little for research sake. I have my bachelors in counseling and as of now I am not certified. I am considering it but my ED is dragging her feet a little bit because I think she wants me to get my Administrator's license.

 

JANICE

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Guest Tinki

Come on Guys I know there is more than 18 folks on this website!!!

 

I want to see what happens with this poll too!

 

Karen

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Guest Searcher

This is an interesting pole, i read recently that recreational therapists were taking over the AD feild, is this actually coming true? Its hard to tell with only 25 votes though.

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Guest Starlife

I am a CTRS and have been in LTC for over 20 years. Its great to see other Recreational Therapists finding a career in LTC. It has been good to me! I am not a member, so did not vote, but thought I'd give input anyway.

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Guest Tinki

I believe the reason TR end up in this field is because it is so closely related and already have access to the field. I think that other people end up as AD's because they happen upon it, or were in other jobs in the LTC field, like CNA or CMA, etc...

 

TR and I believe social workers are already qualified to work as AD's in LTC and everyone else has to take courses to become qualified. Many TR's have been working in LTC for over 30 years, I myself know many. It is not a new concept that TR professionals are working in LTC.

 

One reason why adminstrators like to have a TR professionals on staff, is they don't have to spend money and time on getting the employee the apporpriate courses. It makes sense that more TR people are ending up in this field. I am not saying one is better than the other, because a good AD has a certain personality and posesses leadership skills, etc. Those people could be TR's or a person waiting tables at Bennigan's. I think the type of people that get a degree in TR are usually those types of personalities mentioned above so they fit the mold.

 

 

I am TR and after graduation I did not know where to look for a job, I found 2 or 3 AD positions and that is were I got my first job. I loved it!

 

 

I don't look at it as a take over, just qualified people trying to make a difference in the lives of seniors.

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I have an Associates in Liberal Arts and going back to complete my RN. But I started from being a Certified Nursing Assistant wanting to make my residents have fun.

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What is the purpose of this vote..Does it matter how much education you need to have..I'm not saying I don't but, is it required for the resident's to know how much education you have..What happened to being there for the residents and not so much on how much education you are to have.I thought it was all about them anyways.

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Guest Tinki

I think this poll is for interest sake, no one is saying that you have to have more education to be a better Activity Director. This is not my poll but, I have been interested in it because, I like to know what kind of people are out there doing this job!

 

I will say that learning new ideas and techiques can only help you as an Activity Director, as well as, bring quality of care to your residents! The more knowledge you obtain about AD, geratrics, leadership techiques, etc, the better AD you will be as a Activity Professional! The more networking and continuing education workshops you attend only help bring new ideas to help satisfy your residents!

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Guest Tinki

Please don't forget to vote, I want to submit this statistical poll into the Activity Director's Quarterly!

 

Karen

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Hi, it was showing that I already voted and I didn't get to see the poll. Anyhow my

education is that I am a high school grad, i've been in managment, live in babysitter, worked in day care with children and have a neice and 2 nephew's that

I get weekly. I'm not sure if that's what you were wanting to know but that's my experience.

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Hey, I am just now getting my certification. I have a Bachalors degree in Science in Elementary Education. I taught many years.......Now I am going to help the elderly. I love it.

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Hey, I am just now getting my certification. I have a Bachalors degree in Science in Elementary Education. I taught many years.......Now I am going to help the elderly. I love it.

I have met quiet a few ADs that started out as teachers. I taught in a private school as a sub and was working on my teaching cert (all I have left is student teaching). I find it interesting to see who al has an education background.

 

Tiff

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Hey everyone, please take the time to fill out this poll. I am doing a mini research project on Activity Directors and their education and it would really help me out! Thank you in advance!

8-)

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Guest turtle

I was also a school teacher for five years. I taught in a private school in classes with up to five different age groups in them. Talk about being able to work with a variety of skill levels at one time. I was influenced to try the activity profession by a former student's parent who was HR for our facility at a time when I was looking for a little more challenge. The transistion seemed natural to me. I enjoy my residents more than I did my students. I am currently working towards my certification.

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