Director of Health Science and Wellness
"Set value-driven goals and action steps for achieving them, even down to weekly tasks of class. If you keep your values and associated goals in mind, it will help you get through difficult times and ensure you are spending your time on what's important."
Dr. Terry Long has taught recreation and therapeutic recreation courses at Northwest for 20 years, has served as the program coordinator for therapeutic recreation, the graduate coordinator for the health sciences and has been school director for 5 years. He has served on the board of directors for the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and as the editor-in-chief for Therapeutic Recreation Journal. He is co-editor of the widely used textbook "Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation" and has contributed to several other popular textbooks within the field. Throughout his time at Northwest, Terry has engaged in practice through partnerships with agencies such as Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living, The Wounded Warrior Project, 4th District Juvenile Court of Missouri, the National Sports Center for the Disabled, and the National Center for Health and Physical Activity and Disability.
Which online degree program(s) do you teach?
In what ways do you connect with online students?
For the strength-based class, we look to challenge students to bring strength-based concepts into their place of practice. This is done through applied assignments that draw connections between course material and real-world practice. Threaded discussions, online lectures and videos, and an applied writing project are used to make these connections.
What do you want your students to take away from class?
The primary takeaway from the class is for learners to examine their own practice philosophies and identify the potential benefits of integrating a strengths approach into their daily work.
Why did you start teaching?
It was a way for me to engage in the academic environment of learning and discovery while still contributing directly to the field.
What advice would you give to your online students?
Set value-driven goals and action steps for achieving them, even down to weekly tasks of class. If you keep your values and associated goals in mind, it will help you get through difficult times and ensure you are spending your time on what's important.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?
In the therapeutic recreation world, these qualities are empathy, commitment to excellence and organization.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl
What do you do when you need a laugh?
Spend time with my kids.
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