An accreditation is a process in which a certification of credibility and/or competences is delivered if targets are met. AMHACI is using the systemic analysis with specific management & mental health international standards to ensure compliance. The standards are set to be in line with each type of activity and environment. Because of our mental health specificity we also use human factors indicators to establish the level of challenges which need to be addressed. Accreditation could be compared slightly to an audit but we don’t work in a same state of mind. We partner and support our clients step-by-step until successful ending.
Getting accredited is an investment in ethical practices for sustainability, success and recognition. It provides not only a visibility, it has a direct impact on the credibility of the certified professional or entity. When human collateral damages are high, this has great negative consequences and often more costly than we think. And the loss is measurable. The key word? TRUST. Trust is crucial to efficiency, collaboration and continuous learning for improvement. For the mental health service providers, it is about building trusting and ethical relationships with their clients/patients, because we know, a diploma is not a guarantee of competence and ethics.
Absolutely. the accreditation is good from an internal point of view but also from the outside. When the entity or the professional with the desire to implement ethical practices or reduce stress factors in the workplace take actions and get certified, it contributes to the good reputation and can be very attractive. Today, more and more clients, corporations, funding agencies, even banks are looking at investing and building partnerships with entities that have a true organisational ethic. It is not because we advertise a long list of values or ethical codes of conduct that we truly apply these throughout. For sure, this is surely far from being any kind of guarantee.
Since more than twenty years we know that unhealthy work environments increase the level of rotation, absenteeism, and mental health diagnosis such as burnout, depression, anxiety. Unhealthy workplaces have a direct impact on the human resource and because of this, it means they affect also the capacity to innovate, to be creative, to have a desired productivity and quality of work. But the most crucial to remember is, higher the level of dysfunction we find, higher are the human collateral damages. Subsequently, unhealthy workplaces can eventually represent a challenge to hire and find competent resource.
AMHACI believes in empowerment, works for the people well-being and knows quite a bit about human beings. And, AMHACI is a member of the International Mental Health Standards Board and this international agency is specialized in developing standards for different work environment to ensure ethical practices related to human resource. Also, we have now HR specialists, psychologists accredited in Organisational Health who have long experience in the work environment and systemic analysis. We also state that the well-being can’t be dissociated from the professional environment, as it is a great part of where we spend time.
An accreditation process can be implemented in any type of work environment, for health professionals, services, INGO’s, corporations or small businesses. What matters are the objectives. An accreditation process is a true collaborative teamwork between AMHACI and his client. The objectives are discussed and all other aspects as well because what we want is to make people more successful and this can’t be without having a sense of well-being in our professional tasks. There is no specific time frame to achieve the objectives set, as each one can go to its rhythm, but there are minimal conditions to ensure along the process.