The Arc celebrates at annual picnic

Jun 25, 2014
Photo by: Donated Sarah Parham, Arc Woodlawn group home coordinator presents the NC Provider Association Clinical Professional of the Year award to David Thompson, Psychologist for the group home residents.

The Arc of Haywood County held their annual picnic at Allen’s Creek Park in late May. The picnic provided the organization an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of receiving the agency’s third consecutive 3-year CARF accreditation. Achieving accreditation requires a service provider to commit to quality improvement, focus on the unique needs of each person the provider serves, and monitor the results of services. It assures the public that the organization has made a commitment to continually enhancing the quality of services and programs.

“To maintain national accreditation it takes everyone working together,” said Denise Coleman, executive director. “We wanted to take the opportunity at the picnic to thank all of the residents, staff and board for their commitment to quality services at The Arc.”

In addition to celebrating the CARF Accreditation, the group also celebrated with the Woodlawn Group Home psychologist, David Thompson. Thompson was selected by the NC Provider Association as the Clinical Professional of the year for the state association. Thompson was nominated by The Arc for his dedication to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. The clinical professional award goes to someone that has consistently set the standard by which all clinical professionals should perform. This person must demonstrate loyalty, teamwork, leadership, as well as advocate for the individuals we serve.

“We feel David demonstrates all of those characteristics, and then some. He has been a wonderful asset to the Woodlawn team,” said Sarah Parham, coordinator for The Arc’s Woodlawn group home. “David has developed therapeutic relationships with everyone he serves and displays a wonderful person centered approach.”

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