Danny Pettry presented a free webinar for recreational therapists on Wed. Aug. 7, 2019 titled: Using Positive Psychology in Recreational Therapy.

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What did you enjoy about this training session with Dnny Pettry? 

Here are the answers:

  • insightful
  • The jokes.
  • The balance wheel
  • Different activity ideas
  • More of a review for me.
  • Worry time (activity idea)
  • worry time; balance wheel
  • Some of the interventions
  • The interventions suggested.
  • I learned a lot of new things
  • Yes, very interesting webinar
  • The balance wheel was awesome!
  • The impact psychology has on RT
  • Yes What positive psychology is
  • Like all information presented
  • everything was great information
  • Always fun to get ceu’s from home
  • I thought it was very interesting.
  • Positive ways of looking at things
  • Not really but a great refresher!!!
  • liked the activity ideas you shared
  • Liked the idea of the gratitude walk
  • I just love how he presents subjects
  • The positive ways of looking at things
  • Different methods like a positivity jar
  • How we can provide +influence on patients
  • The ways to go from negative to positive
  • I liked the pencil in the mouth idea, lol.
  • Definitely gained new ideas for practice!
  • Enjoyed the examples provided in the webinar
  • I enjoy laid back atmosphere the objectives!
  • How to incorporate the ideas into treatment.
  • Fun and light! Always encouraged to do more!
  • …..gave new ideas on how to journaling
  • Positivity spreads from my personal experience.
  • Learned some new tips to help self and clients.
  • Great topic! Reinforced the power of positivity!
  • Always good to get inspired and re energized.
  • All the ideas for promoting positive psychology.
  • The tools on implementing the positive psychology
  • I like the idea of the name applied psychologists
  • As you said mostly just a refresher but much needed.
  • Hearing other recreation therapist input on the topic
  • Psychology needs to be focused on more in this field
  • yes all activities were noted and will be implemented!
  • Learned how to concisely implement positive psychology
  • Things to help in my own life when things get stressful
  • got me prepared for my interview later this evening. Thanks
  • I learned a couple of new ideas to implement with my patients.
  • I’m excited to try the pencil trick with the youth I work with.
  • Examples of groups to run. Hearing responses from other listeners
  • Informative interesting presentation delivery and content 5 stars!
  • Your webinars always refresh my knowledge and give me new insight
  • Yes, I enjoyed it very much. I can applied it to my Job and to myself.
  • Psychology is a very interesting topic! More to it than I ever thought!
  • A new perspective of this and how to utilize in a recreational setting.
  • I learned a few new theories and ways to help others become more positive.
  • I was reminded of some good interventions that I had forgot I used to use!
  • Good information and I continue to learn new information from your webinars!
  • Enjoyed how he specifically implements positive psychology working with his kids
  • Would like to know where the pages of positive thinking are to offer my residents.
  • Yes I learned new interventions and ways to assist my patients in the setting I am in.
  • How to implement positive psychology. Different methods that can be use during sessions.
  • Every time I watch, I learn new items about how I can help the people I serve! Thank you!
  • I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the balance wheel and the pencil in the mouth to smile.
  • Learning different techniques such as the balance wheel when teaching positive psychology.
  • I learned about the three pillars of positive psychology: experiences, traits, institutions.
  • I really enjoy how he structures his webinar and that he offers up the slides and extra materials.
  • Positive Psychology is an area I have been interested in for a while. Thank you for the presentation.
  • Yes! I always did journaling, however I never thought to do gratitude journaling which is an excellent idea.
  • All of the aspects of positive psychology, we use on a daily basis to encourage our clients to continue along in rec therapy
  • Yes, I learned more ways to implement positive thinking through activities such as movies, music, making lists and smiling.
  • I enjoyed the facts shared. I learned a lot of techniques to implement including thank you cards, cinema, and changing cognition.
  • I learned more about individuals who study positive psychology and how implementing it in my setting would be helpful for patients.
  • The secrets were fantastic and I was happy to be able to use this for my patients in previous years. So glad Im doing things right!
  • I actually really enjoy the idea of setting aside time to worry. That is a fantastic idea, and I hope I can utilize it appropriately!
  • I liked that you can use positive aspects for psychology to work on the negative- taking time for yourself- helping clients with self.
  • I’m a big over thinker, so remembering that our experiences, bx, attitudes, happiness, etc make up that positive psychology is important.
  • I liked hearing other attendee’s responses. I noticed that no one said that social media brings them happiness. Something to think about!!
  • Positive psychology is easier to implement than I had thought and I didn’t realize that I have already practiced it many times with clients!
  • It gave me an opportunity to extend my knowledge in my new place of employment, I find the information I gained is going to help my new caseload.
  • I am very interested in the mindfulness section of positive psychology. I would love to learn more techniques for mindfulness and supervising staff.
  • It’s a nice refresher on activities and the need for outcomes to be happening during those activities. Not just doing it for the sake of the activity.
  • I actually learned a lot of things. And as a new employee in the health care system I can totally see myself using some of the things I learned last night
  • My patients really like it when I joke around and make them laugh. Sometimes my coworkers are just too serious and I like to make things lighter and more fun.
  • Honestly, I even work in psychiatry and I didn’t realize how little of a focus the positives have been in research compared to the counter parts such as depression.
  • i loved the topic. People focus on negatives and we as RTs need to change their thinking and focus on the positives, especially working with the geriatric population
  • I loved how you talked about various ways Rec therapists can apply positive psychology and also how you mentioned that we’re basically positive psychologists already! So true!
  • I think I will implement the humor therapy into our groups (at a adult day center) in the form of having a group in the morning read through some jokes or have a joke of the day!
  • The first T chart was a good way to re-think what and how we help people in their day to day lives. Not depression but happiness, turning the non-positive to more positive outlook.
  • I’m often surprised when reflecting on how our leisure and what’s important to us is really right in front of us. Being happy and content does not have to involve lots of money and high tech and large adventures.
  • Having cartoons, quotes, and humor included in the webinar about positive psychology helped me have a more positive I learned the fun fact that if you hold a pencil in your mouth, you are forced to smile!!
  • I agree most RT’s already do provide positive psychology and it was neat to see the different ways people provide it. I did learn some things we already do can be considered positive psychology I just never thought of it that way!
  • I think in 30 years of my RT career in psych / residential and now with seniors I have been doing this!! Focusing on strengths, optimism, life satisfaction, happiness, well-being, gratitude, compassion, self-esteem and self-confidence & hope.
  • I learned some new interventions such as the satisfaction wheel, the pencil smiling trick, and the scheduling worry time. Prior to this webinar I wasn’t aware that positive psychology was a legitimate focus for treatment. Thank you for the information.
  • I enjoyed learning about Positive Psychology and how the information was presented. As mentioned, I really liked Danny’s presentation style. I also really gained a lot of ideas from learning about RT Interventions that are based in Positive Psychology.
  • Having learned about positive psychology previously, it was great to learn how it connects with RT and how to implement these practices with our clients/participants. I also felt the presentation was well presented and did not just feel like a course lecture.
  • The different examples of activities were interesting to me. I usually shy away from lessons like that and do more activities because I’m afraid the population I work with (behavioral health) won’t respond well. But I might try some of those and see how it goes. I also like the positive psychology assessment questions, and I feel like my facility’s RT program could use some updating.

How could this webinar have been improved? 

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  • Thanks”
  • Thanks!”
  • Wonderful!
  • It was great
  • It was great!
  • It was good.
  • It was great
  • I enjoyed it!
  • Start on time. — I admit that we did have problems getting this session started on time.  — Thank you for your patience.
  • I liked it as is
  • Very informative
  • All good. thanks
  • You do a great job!
  • It was a good session
  • It was great, thanks!
  • It was a great webinar
  • “I enjoy these a lot!
  • No complaints here 🙂
  • Everything was great.
  • The webinar was great!
  • It was well presented.
  • This webinar was great!
  • Nothing I can think of.
  • More content less Fluff  —  I appreciate your feedback and I’ll definitely take it into consideration.
  • Everything was well done
  • It was very good already.
  • A handout would be great
  • Thought it was good as is
  • Great training! Thank you.
  • Webinar was great thank you!
  • thank you for all that you do
  • No feedback, it was fantastic!
  • Enjoyed the webinar. Great job
  • Maybe have it on a different day
  • Making the CEU approved by NCTRC —  The self-study courses in my main content section are pre-approved. However,  It cost money to get courses approved and I typically don’t submit to get my FREE webinars approved. 
  • He did a great job!! I loved it!!
  • Everything was great! Thank you!!
  • Giving more specific interventions
  • For 1 CEU, I thought it was great!
  • More activities those were awesome.
  • It was great and fit in the hour well.
  • Overall it was awesome, thank you! “
  • I felt it was very good, don’t have any.
  • It was very detailed and full of knowledge
  • Get to the content of the material faster. –  I’ll keep that in mind.
  • N/A. I loved all the information presented.
  • More activities to share to groups please!
  • Webinar was great. Love how it’s interactive.
  • Enjoyed the session. No suggestions at this time.
  • Was well presented and no improvements recommended.
  • Updated graphics and a few more interactive pieces. — Danny’s comments: Thanks for the info!
  • This webinar about Positive psychology was great!
  • i think your presentation was great, you did a great job
  • I can’t think of anything. I really enjoyed the webinar.
  • Confirmed that what we are doing aligns with other programs.
  • There were times when the video lagged a bit from the audio.
  • It was a good webinar. To the point and I learned quite a bit.
  • I enjoyed the webinar and do not have suggestions at this time.
  • I think it was great! Looking forward to the materials being sent
  • I thought the webinar was perfect. Thank you for the replay!
  • I think including more examples of RT activities and their outcomes.
  • I think this was great. I really appreciated the intervention examples.
  • I would have liked to see the live webinar but I was working at this time. — Danny’s comments: there was difficulty getting the technology part of the webinar to start on time. thanks for your patience. 
  • Include more ways that Rec therapist can implement this type of intervention
  • I think it was great. Was trouble at beginning due to technical difficulties?
  • I think this is a wonderful topic and that another webinar could be done on it.
  • Could I please have a print out of the powerpoint??? I like to go back and read them! 
  • Maybe less questions to participants and more information presented on actual research.
  • It was good, always love when you show how we can use what you taught us in our practice.
  • Wonderful presentation and interesting topic. Definitely can benefit from using this approach!
  • “The webinar was presented very clearly………..some of the slides could be “”dressed-up”” a bit.
  • I thought that the objectives were met during this webinar. I look forward to the positive psychology work book
  • I thought the webinar was very good. I think Danny does a good job with keeping it moving with visuals and humor.
  • It was great the way it was except for getting kicked off the phone 5 times before it started. lol  Gotta love technology
  • Part 3 was most interesting to me, examples of positive psychology at work in different activities used in TR programming.
  • is there a way to make your powerpoints a little more updated and less like the look of powerpoints That I saw in college 15 yrs ago? — Danny’s comments: Thanks for the suggestion. 
  • More direct information on how one could implement strategies as well as more explained definitions vs. common (i.e. advanced training)
  • I thought the presentation had good information that was backed by research. Good audience involvement. Thank you for providing this opportunity.
  • Nothing with the webinar, but maybe just an email that it wasn’t connecting right away because I almost gave up when it wouldn’t let me join. Glad I didnt 🙂 — Danny’s comments: — I’m so glad you were able to stay. I felt frustrated with the connection problem at the start. 
  • It was very good! I think it’s good to engage people and you did in the beginning. Maybe do another engagement halfway through to make sure people are paying attention.
  • This was my 1st webinar and I absolutely loved it. I learned a lot about Positive Psychology and it sparked my interest in this topic. Thank you kindly Danny, A++, Jacqueline
  • Initially I wasn’t sure if I got in on computer or by phone as it hadn’t started @7pm. Glad to know it was just technical issues.  I’m glad I hung in there.  Thanks for all you do!
  • I love your webinars, they are to the point. I wish there was a way to view what everyone was typing or responding to your questions. Or just chatting via typing with everyone else participating
  • I thought the interactive part was great (even though I listened to the replay) and enjoyed hearing other attendee’s responses. To improve, providing some of the information in writing would be helpful to reference later on.
  • This was one of the more general (less specific) detailed webinars I have attended from Danny. I seem to enjoy the ones with more specific applicable ideas and suggestions. Could have just been that most of the subject matter wasn’t new to me.
  • Good information, but I felt like it was about 85 or 90% stuff I already knew. Maybe that’s what the 5 contact hour positive psychology course is for, though. One complaint I do have, and I know it’s minor. But you were talking about what if we called recreation therapy something different – one of my teachers in college made it a point to call it recreation therapy rather than recreationAL therapy. He pointed out that “recreationAL therapy” makes it sound like we do therapy in our spare time, and I think he was right and that it’s an important distinction. I would be curious if you agree with that or if you think that’s silly? Just food for thought. Thanks for the webinar!