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Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 2024 Candidate 

CARF International is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of rehabilitation services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. 


The CARF standards have evolved and been refined over 50 years with the active support and involvement of providers, consumers, and purchasers of services. CARF standards are upheld by a consultive accreditation process and the continuous improvement of services offered to persons served. 

CARF believes in the following core values: 

  • All people have the right to be treated with dignity & respect

  • All people should have access to needed services that achieve optimal outcomes

  • All people should be empowered to exercise informed choice


(CARF Child & Youth Services Standards Manual, 2023)
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The Mandt System

“The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behaviour of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others. 


The focus of the Mandt System is on building healthy relationships between all the stakeholders in the human service settings in order to facilitate the development of an organizational culture that provides the emotional, psychological, and physical safety needed to teach new behaviours to replace the behaviours that are labelled ‘challenging’ “

(The Mandt System Student Workbook, 2020, p.1).

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Developmental Relationships Framework

“Developmental relationships are the roots of thriving and resilience for young people, regardless of their background or circumstances. Through these relationships, young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. 


Just as trees rely on a system of roots to support and nourish them, young people need to experience developmental relationships in their families, schools, programs, and communities. However, too many young people miss these opportunities due to bias, prejudice, and systemic exclusion based on their race, ethnicity, income, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, or other differences. Ensuring that every young person experiences the developmental relationships they need is a vital challenge for the 21st century” (Search-Institute, 2020).

The Developmental Relationship Framework is based on five elements and 20 actions:

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Express Care – “Show me that I matter to you”

  1. Be dependable

  2. Be warm

  3. Listen

  4. Encourage

  5. Believe in me

Provide Support – “Help me complete tasks and achieve goals”

  1. Navigate

  2. Advocate

  3. Empower

  4. Set boundaries

Expand Possibilities – “Connect me with people and places that broaden my world”

  1. Inspire

  2. Connect

  3. Broaden horizons

Challenge Growth – “Push me to keep getting better”

  1. Expect my best

  2. Hold me accountable

  3. Stretch

  4. Reflect on failures

Share Power – “Treat me with respect and give me a say”

  1. Respect me

  2. Collaborate

  3. Include me

  4. Let me lead

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