How to Combat the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

April is child abuse prevention month, and there is no better time to raise awareness around the long-lasting effects of child abuse, neglect, and other types of childhood trauma. This article will explain Adverse Childhood Experiences, share relevant findings from the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study), and explore how to put science into practice in order to mitigate and prevent the consequences of childhood adversity.  

My Journey as a COA Volunteer

My name is Stan Capela and I have been a COA Peer Reviewer and Team Leader since 1996. By the end of April, I will have completed 112 Site Visits. At the glorious age of 65 after devoting 40 years to the field of social services, I’m beginning to reflect back at my journey. I want to share my experiences with you in honor of Volunteer Month.

When in Doubt, Improvise

When you think of improvisation, Christopher Guest movies like Waiting for Guffman or television programs like Whose Line is it Anyway? might come to mind. But improv does more than inspire laughter. It teaches us to be mindful, adaptable and collaborative.

Applying the principles of improvisation to your work in human services isn’t about making it up as you go along – although, let’s face it, we all do that a little bit from time to time – it’s about fostering trust, respect and acceptance at your organization in order to galvanize your staff to be fearless, open and inventive. Let’s explore some elements of this mindset and discuss how it can influence your work.

The Story of a Standard: Updated Child & Youth Development Standards, An Ode to Afterschool

For Kimo Richardson, February is the perfect month to write about our release of updated standards for afterschool programs/services. Among the really important things we celebrate this month is love, and as COA's Director of Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation, Kimo loves the afterschool field! He's  spent more than 15 years in the field and continue to be inspired by the creative methods used by organizations and the commitment of staff to helping youth learn and thrive. In this article, Kimo tells the story of devloping the standards and explores the "big ideas" incorporated throughout the udpates.

Animal Assistance: A Cause for Paws?

The human-animal connection is nothing new. However, the increased awareness and utilization of animals offering aid and support brings up a lot of questions around definitions, legal protections, and associated benefits. This post will examine all of these areas and explore how this hot topic issue can impact social service providers in their everyday work with clients. 

How to Conduct a Risk Assessment

To say that the term risk assessment has many meanings is an incontrovertible understatement. My Google search of the phrase "what is a risk assessment" yielded more than 127 million results in an astonishing .88 seconds! From time to time at NRMC we ponder what the phrase means, and why it’s relevant-to the mission of the people and community-serving organizations we serve. Here's why risk assessment matters and how nonprofits evaluate their risks.

3 Ways Communities are Using Naloxone to Fight the Opioid Epidemic and Save Lives

The relentless pace of opioid overdose deaths has taken a toll on communities and left friends, family and neighbors of individuals struggling with opioid dependency feeling powerless.  As the country struggles to keep up with the relentless pace of opioid overdose deaths, local communities have galvanized to develop and promote innovative strategies to get naloxone into the hands of any potential life savers, looking at a greater range of first responders and beyond to play a role.

Will Declaring a National State of Emergency Solve the Opioid Epidemic?

There is no doubt that something needs to change in order to effectively provide the help and care individuals need to combat Opioid Use Disorder. But is declaring a national emergency the solution? This article explains what an official state of emergency actually means, the various laws the administration can use for this kind of declaration, and whether it's an appropriate solution.

9 Tips for Effective Succession Planning

As an organization evolves, it will inevitably face changes in leadership. While many of these transitions are anticipated, as when additional leadership roles are established or when a leader retires, other times the agency faces the dilemma of filling an unexpected opening. The key to making any leadership transition a seamless process for staff and clients alike is to develop a thoughtful succession plan that will guide decisions when the need arises. Here, we offer fundamental succession planning tips that can help your organization to Prepare for Greatness!™ 

Children's Aid Society of Alabama - 32 Years of Wisdom

At the Council on Accreditation (COA) we are continuously inspired by the work and dedication of the staff at our accredited organizations and their voracity to provide unparalleled services to their clients. In honor of COA’s 40th anniversary, we would like to highlight Children’s Aid Society of Alabama (CAS), an organization that has partnered with COA for many years and continues to reap the benefits of the accreditation process.

Be the One to Save a Life

In this post, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline discusses their campaign, #BeThe1To 5-steps to Save a Life. Lifeline initially launched this widely successful campaign in 2016 to recognize that year’s National Suicide Prevention Month and provide people with concrete, actionable tools. For 2017, the campaign has established partnerships with over 30 suicide prevention and mental health organizations across the country and will host Facebook Live and Twitter chats throughout the month of September. The author Chris Maxwell paints a picture of someone in crisis and walks the reader through ways to successfully address this type of situation and the individual's needs. 

The Story of a Standard: The Development of COA's Adult Foster Care Standards

In this article, we will be examining some of the puzzle pieces of the Adult Foster Care (AFC) standards. A crucial player in the standard development process are experts in the field. As we walk-through elements of the AFC standards, make note of your thoughts and recommendations. We’ll give you guidance on how to share your voice with us and participate in the development process at the conclusion of this post.