Dr. Sandra Parker was my professor and academic adviser during my undergraduate degree program in therapeutic recreation from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

I first met Dr. Parker in the fall of 1999. I had scheduled an appointment to meet with her to discuss getting started in the program. Dr. Parker is the author of Activities for the Elderly.

Dr. Parker had a wall with her degrees, certifications, and awards.

I was looking over her degrees in her office once and I can vividly recall her once telling me, you’ll have a wall like that one day too. At the time, I thought, maybe Dr. Parker thinks I’m going to go on and get a Ph.D. I didn’t ask her, but I believe that is what she was hinting at.

I was visionary. I could vision seeing my B.S. degree and my CTRS certification on a wall in my head. I knew in 1999 that it was going to happen. I didn’t get my B.S. degree until 2002 and my CTRS until 2003, but I visioned it three years in advance.

I’m proud of my little wall.

Here is what is displayed:

  • Top left: M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Kentucky
  • Bottom left: National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential
  • Middle top: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Middle bottom: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with Behavioral Health Specialization
  • Far right: 2013 Clinical Staff of the Year Award by the West Virginia Child Care Association

I don’t have two of my degrees posted on the wall:

  • M.S. in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia).

How do you display your degrees, licenses, and certifications?

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