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Opinion & Essays - Dec, 1997 Issue #49

PHILOSOPHICAL & ETHICAL STANDARDS 

OUTDOOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
INDUSTRY COUNCIL (OBHIC)
Mark Hobbins, Aspen, 800-283-8334
Mike Merchant, Anasazi, 602-892-7403

(The following is the adopted statement by OBHIC which is striving to develop standards of excellence for outdoor programs - Lon) Members serve children and families with understanding, patience and integrity, promoting personal dignity and self-worth.

Members offer a journey of self-discovery that models sound values and principles. 

Members do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or cultural background and shall acknowledge these individual differences as important in the treatment process. 

Members provide quality experiences that are guided by competent and professional staff. 

Members promote the protection and beneficial uses of our natural resources, with respect and attention to our impact upon them. 

Members acknowledge and practice the effective use of outdoor programming as part of the existing continuum of behavioral health care and therapeutic approaches. 

Members acknowledge the risk associated with outdoor programming and take reasonable and responsible steps to manage that risk. 

Members provide services after a process of appropriate screening and informed consent. 

Members have appropriate licensure and permits when required by regulating agencies or bodies. 

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