ERIC Number: ED158189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Eufaula Adjustment Center: A Progress Report.
Paul, Waters C.; Caro, Paul W.
The first year of operation of the Eufaula Adjustment Center, a residential facility of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, is described and evaluated in this report. The Center's approach is based on the concept that certain mental illnesses are the result of having learned inadequate or inappropriate coping skills and behavior rather than disease. The staff, largely nonprofessionals previously inexperienced in the field of mental health care, are selected and trained by the Center to help residents unlearn negative responses and learn new more socially and personally supportive behavior. The residents, primarily young adults, progress at their own rate through individualized programs featuring courses in vocational and personal development, individually prescribed instruction (IPI), and physical education, and recreational activities. The Center operates a token economy system with reinforcement for positive behavior. The Department of Mental Health was assisted in the development of training and treatment programs by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). (Author)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Contingency Management, Individual Development, Individualized Programs, Mental Disorders, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Reinforcement, Residential Programs, Therapeutic Environment, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alabama State Dept. of Mental Health, Montgomery.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
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