Counseling programs interested in joining the Samaritan Institute and its network of affiliated Centers typically evaluate the viability of affiliation through the following four steps. Click on each step below for more information.
- Step 1 – Interest Level
A center’s executive director decides if he or she is seriously interested in investigating the value of their center being part of the Samaritan network. This is done through reading information on the website, particularly The Benefits of Samaritan Affiliation and discussing this possibility with representatives of its administrative staff and board.
- Step 2 – Contact SI President/CEO
Once the executive director decides to continue with the evaluation process, he or she contacts Robert Johnson, MS, Samaritan Institute president. If following an exchange of phone calls and/or emails there continues to be sufficient interest, Bob will meet with the center’s staff, board, and other representatives. The purpose of the meeting is for the two organizations to learn more about each other and determine if an affiliation is viable for both the center and Institute. The trip is at the Institute’s expense.
- Step 3 – Orientation Program
Assuming an affiliation is feasible and of interest to both organizations, the executive director then attends a director orientation program in Denver to learn more detail about Institute services and how to best use them.
- Step 4 – Reference Check/Final Decision
After the orientation program the executive director and/or board members do reference checks with representative Samaritan Center executive directors and board presidents. The Institute completes its reference checks of the proposed center. Upon completion of the reference checks, the board makes a final decision.
While the affiliation decision may be determined prior to attending a director orientation program, an onsite visit by the Samaritan Institute is required. The success of the association is dependent upon active support and use by affiliated participants. These affiliation steps have proven worth the investment of time and money. Centers seldom disaffiliate from the Samaritan network due to unmet expectations or expense.