Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Two York College faculty members were recently recognized for their accomplishments within the field of recreational therapy by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).
Jeff Witman of Mount Joy, associate professor and chair of the Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Sport Management, received the Distinguished Fellow Award, the highest award presented by ATRA. Teresa Rash of Glenville, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and director of therapeutic recreation at The Margaret E. Moul Home in York, received the Frank N. Basile Clinician of the Year Award.
In presenting the award to Witman, ATRA recognized his service "as an influential leader within the field for over 35 years." Witman has worked extensively as both a practitioner and an academic and has served on many national boards and task forces dedicated to the advancement of the profession. His work in curriculum development and competency assurance has served as a model for many academic programs in the field. In addition, he has contributed significantly to professional service projects and has assisted many colleagues in developing active research agendas. Witman has also been involved in presenting seminars and sessions at professional conferences throughout the United States and Canada, establishing himself as one of the most sought after speakers within the field of recreational therapy.
Rash's award recognized her outstanding contribution to recreational therapy through creative and innovative programming in a clinical setting through promotion of the profession and service to developing professionals. "This year’s recipient has devoted her life and work to helping individuals with neuromuscular disabilities live fulfilling and happy lives," according to ATRA. Rash has done this by introducing modalities such as adapted water sports, snow skiing, climbing, scuba diving, equestrian, biking, and traveling vacation programs. Just in the past year, she has taken residents of The Margaret E. Moul Home to Disneyland and Ocean City, Md., for group trips. In addition to her work with residents, she also collaborates with community organizations, teaches and provides clinical supervision to students, and maintains involvement in multiple professional organizations.