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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.

WT 12: Physical Environment

The service operates according to legal requirements for land or facility use and with respect for the physical environment.

Rating Indicators
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Environmental protection procedures
    • Personal hygiene procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth and families served

  • WT 12.01

    As applicable, and as required by law or regulation, the organization obtains land-use permits and other required permission to use or gain access to an area.


  • WT 12.02

    Outdoor activities are conducted in a manner that is respectful of the environment and minimizes harmful effects.

    Interpretation: Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics will be practiced whenever feasible.


  • FP
    WT 12.03

    The organization provides for the personal hygiene of participants and personnel in a manner that ensures privacy and protects the environment.

    Interpretation: Personal hygiene includes bathing, oral health, toileting, and feminine hygiene.


  • FP
    WT 12.04

    The organization provides for a safe, hygienic environment and has procedures for infection control.

    Interpretation: Infection control procedures should address issues related to wilderness living including safe drinking water, toileting, food, and response to illnesses.

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