Welcome to BATRA
Greetings BATRA Members!
Yes, it's that time again for a new BATRA President. First and foremost I would like to thank those before me who have helped make BATRA what it is today. We wouldn't be where we stand here today without you. As an organization we are only becoming stronger and stronger. We are striving to become the most active ATRA affiliate chapter in the nation. Still there is much work to be done, and this work affects us all whether we choose to pay attention to the issues at hand or not.
As stated in the President's Message before me:
"Part of the BATRA mission is to further ATRA's mission on a local level, working in a grassroots, member oriented fashion committed to the encouragement and enhancement of: professional networks; education; advocacy; professional preparation; political involvement; and research."
BATRA is now advertising our events on ATRA's website and in their newsletter. Check ATRA's "Onlne Calendar" on their main page for future. Hopefully in the future we can coordinate with some ATRA affiliates too. We want to try to be a "go to" source for RT CEUs. Our competitive price for members beats ATRA's teleconference rate by being 4-5x cheaper not even including food and beverages. This year we plan on hosting a total of 3 workshops for our community.
Spread word of our organization to other professionals as well, because even nurses, social workers, psychologists, PTs, OTs, and other non-RT professions receive CEU certificates from ATRA. Our ATRA accredited CEUs may be accepted through their organizations if the topic is relevant to their field. Spreading awareness of our field to other healthcare professionals is vital to keeping the field viable and will prove advantageous towards our efforts in obtaining licensure. The gravitas of our field is being realized as the collective consciousness of healthcare evolves. This is a pivotal time in the history of Therapeutic Recreation. The stars are aligning and we should seize the moment while the opportunity is within reach.
Lastly, BATRA is a non-profit organization and all the board members work hard to make everything possible. We do not receive any monetary compensation for our work. Every dollar given to BATRA goes back towards providing services for you and the RT field. As a transparent organization, BATRA always lists budget information, future plans, and other pertinent information in our newsletters, email, and workshops. I want to continue this tradition as President. So please join us and have fun participating, making our efforts worthwhile. We are not an organization without the support of our members, regardless of however small or large your participation is. We are always looking into how we can provide better services for YOU so do not hesitate to contact BATRA with suggestions and ideas.
Swapan Munshi CTRS, RYT
ATRA Chapter Affiliate
"You can learn more about a man in an hour of play than a year of conversation." - Plato