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NAAP Mission Statement
To provide excellence in support services to activity professionals through education, advocacy,
technical assistance, promotion of standards, fostering of research,
and peer and industry relations.
About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group that represents
activity professionals in geriatric settings exclusively.
NAAP serves as a catalyst for both professional and
personal growth and has come to be recognized by
government officials as the voice of the activity
profession on national issues concerning long-term
care facilities, retirement living, assisted living, adult
day services, and senior citizen centers. NAAP is
nationwide in scope with a growing membership in
Canada and Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity Professionals
recognizes the following values:

The quality of life of the
client/resident/participant/patient served is the
primary reason for our services.

The strength of NAAP lies in the diversity of its
members.  NAAP recognizes the rich cultural, and
educational backgrounds of its members and values
the variety of resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in the development
and promotion of scientific research which further
defines and supports the activity profession.

NAAP values the development and maintenance of
coalitions with organizations whose mission is similar
to that of NAAP's for the purposes of advocacy,
research, education, and promotion of activity
services and activity professionals.

NAAP values members who become involved at the
state and national level to promote professional
standards as well as encourage employers to
recognize them as professionals.

NAAP affords Activity Professionals across the
country the opportunity to speak with a common

NAAP successfully worked with members of Congress
to secure a change in the nursing home reform title
of the 1987 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
(OBRA). Through our efforts, it became mandatory
that an activity program, directed by a qualified
professional, be provided in every nursing home that
receives Medicare and/or Medicaid funds.

NAAP was the only professional activity association
to participate in HCFA's workgroups that revised
OBRA's interpretive guidelines now in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the state level to
promote certification of activity professionals,
working toward uniform professional standards for
activity practice.
By Mariette Cappuccilli, B.Ed, M.A.
NAAP International Relations Trustee

Change makes up a great part of our lives. It is all around us. Though it is inevitable, change
is a part of life. It can provide the spice of life.

Before you continue reading:

  1. Name three things you would choose to change if you could.
  2. Name three changes in your life where you had no choice in the change.
  3. Name three changes you would like to make in the future.
As you know, there are many different types of change: organizational change, operational
change, strategic change, cultural change, political change, etc.

In the workplace, change management is the process in which managers help and assist
employees pass from an old way of seeing and doing, to a new one. As Activity
Professionals, we can learn from this process to help us initiate and facilitate change with
our staff, in our activity programming and with our clients.

One definition of change according to the Webster’s Dictionary is: To make different or to

Change can be positive or negative; in any case, change happens. When there is change,
attitudes come into play, yours and everyone else’s affected or involved with the change.

Ask yourself:

  1. Why is there change?
  2. Do the employees or clients like or dislike the change?
  3. Is there any resistance to change?
  4. Why is there resistance?

Productive change only happens when each one makes a decision to implement the
change. The more input individuals have into defining the changes that will affect their work,
the more they’ll assume ownership and pride in the results. A good manager will recognize
that all are capable of contributing to improvement. No one need be satisfied with the status

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when and where change is necessary:

1)    Preparation:
  • Inform the individuals about the upcoming changes and prepare and assess        
    their readiness.
  • Explain the reasons for change.
  • State the pros and cons.
  • Describe the change as completely and thoroughly as you can.
  • Change the most important things, one at a time.
2)    Participation:
  • Actively involve people in the change.
  • Involvement in decision-making.
  • Involvement in implementation.
  • Collect data and when doing so, it is important to remain optimistic and to
    appreciate the success of what is already in place.
3)    Understanding:
  • Clarify.
  • Make sure change is needed.
  • Bring everyone on board. (memos, newsletter …)
4)    Planning.
  • Think of options and anticipate unforeseen behavior, attitudes, and reactions to the
    proposed change.
  • Set goals and prioritize areas for change.
  • Encourage input and discussion each step of the way.
  • Foresee how people will be trained, informed and made part of the change. Then,
    provide training to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the change.
  • Know who is doing what and when.
  • Set objectives and a timeframe to measure the progress.
5)    Put a respected person in charge of the process.
6)    Reinforce the new values and behavior.
7)    Bring in outside help if needed.
8)    On-going evaluation:
  • Monitor progress and effectiveness of the change.
  • What are the impacts and the results?
  • Were the methods used effective?
  • Does the change need to be refined?
  • Reassessment: This assures the individuals that their input is still valued.
9)    Maintain areas of stability.
10)  Allow grieving time during the adjustment to the change.
11)  Reward people.

To complement the guidelines, here are a few reflective quotes:

“They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the
things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Reinhold Niebuhr

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”                           
Gail Sheehy

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is
threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging
because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists
to make things better.” King Whitney, Jr.

After a period of reflection, answer the following questions or make up your own:

  1. What is change?
  2. How do I perceive change?
  3. How could I improve the process?
  4. Why must there be change?
  5. Can I learn to enjoy change?
  6. Can employees or clients be taught to enjoy and accept change?

Now, with a definition of change and guidelines to help implement the changes in our
programs and with our clients, hopefully, the next time we face change we will be better

There are so many benefits when you belong to
NAAP!  Each member will receive a newsletter
which will give the updated reports on Government
Relations, Special Interests, International Updates,
Professional Development, Nominations, Standards
of Practice, Financial Updates and a Membership
Report. Along with this comes an update from our
President, Diane Mockbee, and our Executive
Director, Charles Taylor.

Members will also receive a discounted rate at the
Annual Conference which is held in March/April of
each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership dues are:
Active Membership = $75 US dollars
Associate Membership = $65 US dollars
International Membership (outside US) = $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US dollars
Supportive Membership = $99 US dollars

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