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Preparing future professionals to serve as moral agents

James B. Wise, PhD, CTRS

Abstract


Therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy (TR/RT) is a value-laden, moral, learned-service profession in which professionals are called to enhance the well-being of people with illnesses and disabling conditions. Functioning well entails being competent with requisite technical knowledge, skills, and abilities and learning of, adopting, and acting in accordance with the profession’s calling. This brief article concentrates on the second aspect, the development of future professionals who adopt and act in accordance with the profession's calling. The hope is this inquiry spurs dialog on the best way to develop future professionals who serve as moral agents.


Keywords


calling, learned-service profession, moral citizenship, values, virtues

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2018.0150

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