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David Austin
Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies

Tracy James
University Communications

Last modified: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

IU recreation therapy videos available to students, therapists

July 8, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has made the entire collection of 23 videos produced by the Recreation Therapy Video (RTV) Project available via streaming technology so they may be viewed by students on their home computers, in university classrooms and by recreation therapists in healthcare centers.

David Austin

David Austin

The video project, developed by David Austin, professor emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the RPTS department, which is part of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The instructional videos cover a wide variety of topics, including therapeutic communication, professional ethics, clinical supervision, interacting with persons with disabilities, recreation therapy practice models, behavioral observation, documentation and the history of recreation therapy.

"This is a very significant event not only for the IU recreation therapy program but for the entire profession," said Bryan McCormick, associate professor and coordinator of the therapeutic recreation specialization in the RPTS department. "These videos should be of use to recreation therapists and students preparing for careers in recreation therapy throughout the world -- or for anyone wishing to learn more about recreation therapy."

John Winninger, a senior producer/director with the IU Radio and Television Services, worked closely with Austin in producing the recreation therapy videos.

The video streaming was made possible through IUScholarWorks. IUScholarWorks is supported by the IU Libraries and the IU Digital Library Program -- a collaborative effort of the IU Libraries and University Information Technology Services.

IUScholarWorks is managed by Julie Bobay, associate dean for collection development and digital publishing with IU Bloomington Libraries and a driving force in bringing about the streaming of the RTV videos. IUScholarWorks Librarian Jennifer Laherty was instrumental in overseeing the digitizing of the RTV collection.

"IU is known for having one of the best university libraries and one of the best university technology environments," Austin said. "I'm very appreciative that IU Libraries and the Digital Library Program has shown such support of recreation therapy by making the RTV videos available to the world."

To view any of the 23 RTV videos viewers use the link

For more information about IUScholarWorks, visit or e-mail

For more information about the RTV videos, contact Austin at 812-332-8278 or