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Therapeutic Communities : Past, Present and Future - Penelope Campling

Therapeutic Communities

Past, Present and Future

By: Penelope Campling (Editor), Rex Haigh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781853026263
Number Of Pages: 272

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Examining the tradition of therapeutic communities, their principles and their context, Therapeutic Communities: Past, Present and Future is a wide-ranging introduction to both theory and practice. Including contributions by some of the most eminent figures working in therapeutic communities, the book explores the creative and original approaches of such communities to psychiatric care. It describes the historical and social backgrounds from which the therapeutic community movement has grown, and the diversity of the institutions which embrace its ideas. Good practice is discussed from different perspectives, and the contributors look forward to future developments. Their book acts as a stimulating and inspiring challenge to all those who work in the mental health field.

Industry Reviews

This book will be useful for persons who want to learn about therapeutic communities in England and, to a lesser extent, how English treatment philosophy and modalities differ from those in the United States. -- Psychiatric Services The book is readable, covers theory, research, work with different client groups and includes an interesting thread woven throughout the book concerning the issue of how the TC has evolved variously in different countries and in different communities within the UK... all contributions are from experienced practitioners with a great deal to say. I enjoyed reading the book and would thoroughly recommend it to governors and prison staff of all grades as a first class summary of much that it important in the therapeutic community enterprise, in which learning the difficult lessons is an essential part of ensuring survival. -- Prison Service Journal It is a multi-author book several of the contributors having written their own authoritative works. It embraces the roots of the therapeutic community movement and goes on to scan present practice and possible future development. It is easy to read and there is a considerable factual content, not only of the historical development of the therapeutic community movement but the basic concepts of therapeutic communities, their psychoanalytic roots and their application - including the application of group analytic approaches and understanding. -- British Journal of Psychiatry for anyone working with people with mental health problems or "personality disorders" (PD's) there is an important alternative perspective here which should not be ignored, particularly given the current policy moves towards detention of people with PD's. There are numerous insights to be gleaned which have relevance for all social workers as an overview of the distinctive practice and perspective of TC's it is of undoubted value and thought-provoking interest. -- Rostrum 'Therapeutic Communities achieves a high overall standard and maintains the reader's interest throughout. The core ideas of the therapeutic community movement are forcibly expressed and there is a clear celebration of the diversity of therapeutic communities. But along with this comes a willingness to engage with current agendas even though these are in many respects anathema. We are reminded of the roots of therapeutic communities and the distinguished line of key people whose ideas and practice have been so instrumental in the development of the diverse settings that are fascinatingly described. [The chapters] on research and the importance of demonstrating clinical effectiveness linked to financial efficiency are well written and welcome. [This book] is a serious attempt to reaffirm the integrity of the therapeutic community movement and to explore ways in which the richness and creativity of the tradition can be used to engage and persuade those who influence policy and allocate resources that the work of such communities is soundly rooted and efficient'. -- Community Care The theory and practice of large group work, the ability to flatten the hierarchy yet to ensure firm leadership, and the recognition that our patients and residents are sometimes better able to assist each other, are important insights... The radical and alternative strategies for patient care that come across from the contributors to this book are the life blood for any renewal of community psychiatry. -- From the Foreword by John Cox, Royal College of Psychiatrists,

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Our Roots
A Momentous Experiment: Strange Meetings at Northfieldp. 19
Social Psychiatry: The Therapeutic Community Approachp. 32
Psychoanalytic Origins and Today's Work: The Cassel Heritagep. 39
Group Analytic Ideas: Extending the Group Matrix to TCsp. 50
Nursing: The Importance of the Psychosocial Environmentp. 63
Modern Practice
Joining and Leaving: Processing Separation, Loss and Re-Attachmentp. 79
Boundaries: Discussion of a Difficult Transitionp. 90
Ethics and Consent: Trying to Get It Right When It is so Easy to Get It Wrongp. 99
Sound and Fury: Grief and Despair in the Large Groupp. 107
Creativity and Play: Reflections on a Creative Therapies Groupp. 116
Specialist Communities
Chaotic Personalities: Maintaining the Therapeutic Alliancep. 127
Schizophrenia: Hospital Communities for the Severely Disturbedp. 140
Community Care: The Therapeutic Approach and Learning to Carep. 151
The Prison Communities: Therapy within a Custodial Settingp. 162
Children and Adolescents: The Renaissance of Heart and Mindp. 174
The Future
Training: Establishing a Professional Identityp. 189
Research: The Importance of Asking Questionsp. 207
Survival and Growth in the Marketplace: Does Every District Need a TC?p. 223
Therapeutic Communities in Europe: One Modality with Different Modelsp. 235
The Quintessence of a Therapeutic Environment: Five Universal Qualitiesp. 246
The Editorsp. 258
Subject Indexp. 259
Author Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9781853026263
ISBN-10: 1853026263
Series: Therapeutic Communities
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41