WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Brewer-Porch Children's Center

James W. Thompson, Executive Director

The COA standards as applied to the operations at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center at The University of Alabama has given the administration an opportunity to examine best practice and improve the quality of care provided to clients.
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Purpose

Youth who participate in Wilderness and Adventure-based Therapeutic Outdoor Services expand individual capabilities, develop self-confidence and insight, ameliorate symptoms, and improve interpersonal skills and relationships.

PA-WT 4: Service Philosophy, Modalities, and Interventions

The program is guided by a service philosophy that:

  1. sets forth a logical approach for how program activities and interventions will meet the needs of the participant;
  2. guides the development and implementation of program activities and services based on the best available evidence of effectiveness; and
  3. outlines service modalities and interventions that personnel may employ.

Interpretation: A program model or logic model can be a useful tool to help staff think systematically about how the program can make a measureable difference by drawing a clear connection between the service population’s needs, available resources, program activities and interventions, program outputs, and desired outcomes.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Include service philosophy in the Narrative
    • Policies for prohibited interventions
    • Procedures for use of non-traditional or unconventional practices
    • Table of contents of training curricula
    • Documentation of training
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Personnel
      3. Youth or families served
    • Review case records

  • PA-WT 4.01

    The program is guided by a philosophy that provides a logical basis for the services, supports, and activities to be delivered, based on program goals and the best available evidence of service effectiveness.


  • FP
    PA-WT 4.02

    If the agency permits the use of service modalities and interventions it defines as non-traditional or unconventional, it:

    1. explains any benefits, risks, side effects, and alternatives to the youth or a parent or legal guardian;
    2. obtains the written, informed consent of the youth or a parent or legal guardian;
    3. ensures that personnel receive sufficient training, and certification when it is available; and
    4. monitors the use and effectiveness of such interventions.

    Interpretation: Non-traditional or unconventional service modalities or interventions are those that step beyond the scope of wilderness treatment. These include, but are not limited to: hypnosis, acupuncture, and modalities or interventions that involve physical contact, such as massage therapy.

    NA The agency does not permit non-traditional or unconventional modalities or interventions.


  • FP
    PA-WT 4.03

    Agency policy prohibits:

    1. corporal punishment;
    2. the use of aversive stimuli;
    3. interventions that involve withholding nutrition or hydration, or that inflict physical or psychological pain;
    4. the use of demeaning, shaming, or degrading language or activities;
    5. unnecessarily punitive restrictions including cancellation of visits as a disciplinary action;
    6. forced physical exercise to eliminate behaviors;
    7. unwarranted use of invasive procedures or activities as a disciplinary action;
    8. punitive work assignments;
    9. punishment by peers; and
    10. group punishment or discipline for individual behavior.

  • FP
    PA-WT 4.04

    An intervention is discontinued immediately if it causes adverse side effects or is deemed unacceptable according to prevailing professional standards.

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