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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy: An adjunct to evidence-based treatment for substance abuse disorders

Hawaii Island Recovery utilizes a resident pod of wild, free-swimming Spinner dolphins to create meaningful experiences for their clients receiving treatment for addiction. Program Director and Experiential Therapist, Eliza Wille, shares how she combined her master’s degree in psychology and years-long interest and research in cetaceans to develop this unique program.



The essential philosophy of serving youth with diverse SOGIE (Part 2 of 2)

4 practices to develop a SOGIE-literate culture: CARF spoke with Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), about what it does to create and maintain a SOGIE-conscious culture. CEO Mark Supper identified four cultural competency practices that help LAYN stay inclusive of diverse SOGIE.



The essential philosophy of serving youth with diverse SOGIE (Part 1 of 2)

In this case study, we follow a youth named Adam through his decision to come out as transgender, the resulting trauma and homelessness, and the services provided to get him on a path to success. The challenges he experienced were a direct result of his gender identity and new expression of it. Valuing that part of his identity was an important element in creating a service environment for him to succeed.



Announcement about MED 101 training opportunities for 2017

Beginning in 2017, CARF’s Medical Rehabilitation unit will offer 101 trainings exclusively in a downloadable recorded format rather than conducting physical-locations trainings. Here is the information you need to know about the change.



Artwork exhibit artists visit CARF

CARF’s office in Washington, DC, was recently visited by two people connected with some of the art pieces featured in the 50th anniversary artwork exhibit. Thank you to Amanda Doemland and Noella Cypress-West for stopping by and taking some photos.



Rescuing victims of human trafficking—education, awareness, and training

Health Management Systems of America (HMSA) is a leader in the State of Michigan in providing training on human trafficking. Two years ago, HMSA embarked on a mission to develop education, awareness, and training programming for this topic following a meeting with the Ambassador from Australia, who is also a member of the Global Freedom Network. Human trafficking trainings are now being presented in the community, and HMSA is in the process of putting together community groups to focus on the health of victims, housing, and education. Videos, booklets, and other actionable pieces of information are available online.



The effects of ageism on quality of life for seniors

Schlegel Villages manages multiple accredited long-term-care programs and retirement housing in Ontario. Earlier this year, in response to feedback from its quality of life survey, Schlegel Villages conducted the #ElderWisdom Green Bench project. This campaign addressed ageism by inviting community members to engage in conversation with elders to gain knowledge and receive advice. This article discusses ageism and shares feedback from Resident, David Kent.



The newest quality frontier: child and youth services

As part of CARF’s 50th year anniversary celebration in 2016, we are sharing snapshots of the industries in which we offer accreditation. This is part 5 of a series: Child and Youth Services. Leslie Ellis-Lang, CARF’s managing director of child and youth services, discusses how CARF’s development and advancement of distinct child and youth standards parallel how society itself has viewed children and young persons over time.



Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention

Responsible, quality-based practitioners in the health and human services industry should educate and train themselves to act in a responsible and timely manner when presented with a person at risk for suicide. We know through research that applying evidence-based practice and delivering comprehensive and integrated prevention programs can reduce the rate of suicide. In regard to Suicide Prevention Month, please access CARF’s Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention for first step resources to saving a life.



TIRR Memorial Hermann—Past, Present and Future

As part of CARF’s 50th year anniversary celebration in 2016, we are sharing snapshots of the industries in which we offer accreditation. This is part 4 of a series: Medical Rehabilitation. TIRR Memorial Hermann was one of the first providers to receive CARF accreditation in 1967.


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