Seasons Center Achieves Certification As An Evidence-Based Organization


Seasons Center Achieves Certification As An Evidence-Based Organization

EBP Society PR News – July 25, 2016 – Atlanta, GA - In a statement the Society for Evidence-Based Professionals, EBP Society and Joyfields Institute for Professional Development jointly announced today that Seasons - Center for Behavioral Health of Spencer, Iowa achieved Certification as an Evidence-Based Organization (CEBO).

For the past few years the leadership and staff at Seasons - Center for Behavioral Health have trained and implemented evidence-based approaches in a concerted effort to enhance care and services they deliver to clients, as well as the staff.  As part of that effort they underwent a rigorous organizational self-evaluation to successfully earn a coveted certification as an evidence-based organization.  Certified Evidence-Based Organizations (CEBO) consistently demonstrate abilities and accomplishments in the area of evidence based policies, programs, and practices. The certification process examines five areas at such organizations;

  • Knowledge and use of evidence based policies, programs, and practices
  • Demonstrating of effective leadership
  • Organizational culture and assessment
  • Strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation
  • Building capacity and sustainability

Sobem Nwoko, President, Joyfields Institute, and Founder, the EBP Society, congratulated the team for its commitment to proven methods which insure clients' success, saying, "This is a standard to which every organization charged with working with people ought to aspire".

In a statement Seasons Center for Behavioral Health Executive Director, Kim Scorza said, “We have been working diligently over the last few years to ensure those who come to our agency receive the best care possible and that they leave with a positive experience. Part of our process has been on having an outside entity, Joyfields Institute, review the work we are doing and have us make necessary changes so that employees are well-trained and educated on evidence-based care. We are excited to earn this Certification for Evidence-Based Organization.’

Mr. Nwoko further stated, ‘...employees and their clients seeking supports and services, voluntarily or otherwise, must have confidence organizations' practices are sound, proven, and produce desired outcomes."

Ms. Scorza contined, “We believe the work we are doing now will have a positive impact on our patients, employees, and our overall region for many years to come."


Seasons - Center for Behavioral Health is a comprehensive Behavioral Health Center offering a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral health services to the people and communities in Northwest Iowa since 1959. Seasons is a registered not-for-profit organization.  Learn more at

EBP Society is the Society for Evidence-Based Professionals.  The organization is dedicated to enhance capacity and help drive human and social services careers by;

  • Easing access to streamlined training and capacity building programs for professionals
  • Providing a one-stop on-line access to evidence-based education and resources, and
  • Facilitating professional certifications to strengthen career development for evidence-based professionals

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Joyfields Institute standardized evidence based & strength-centered programs and supports training and performance evaluation through its annual workshops, conferences and webcasts.  The institute introduced EvalMeasures Software, featuring apps to help evidence-based professionals gather, evaluate and report performance data.  Learn more at


Joyfields Institute
George Cousar, Director, Evaluations & Certifications
[email protected]
(678) 542-0038

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health
Jennifer Lacewell, Industrial and Organizational Psychologist
[email protected]
(800) 242-5101 Ext. 1334

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