An Introduction to Therapeutic Communities / Edition 2

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Therapeutic communities provide, in addition to safe accommodation and twenty-four hour care, a highly structured environment with set rules and timetables. This comprehensive introduction to the nature and work of such communities sets them within their historical and social context, looking in detail at the influence of leaders in the field, such as Maxwell Jones, to create a backdrop against which current practice can be viewed. The author examines communities specifically aimed at certain sectors of society, including drug abusers, offenders, those with a diagnosed mental illness and people with a severe personality disorder. The second part of the book describes the day-to-day running of a therapeutic community and the responsibilities, rewards and anxieties experienced by members of staff.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Kennard (The Retreat, York and the Tuke Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) discusses the historical context and benefits of therapeutic communities as well as their day-to-day operation. Topics include therapeutic communities for drug abusers, the mentally ill, and people with severe personality disorders; anti-psychiatry and alternative asylum; the future of therapeutic communities; and working in a therapeutic community. The final section lists professional organizations and therapeutic communities in the UK and in other parts of the world. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853026034
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Preface to the first edition 11
Acknowledgements 14
Acknowledgements to the first edition 15
Pt. I The development of therapeutic communities
1 Different origins - common attributes 19
2 The rise and fall of moral treatment 30
3 Democracy, psychoanalysis and planned environment therapy 43
4 Psychiatry meets World War II: the hospital as a therapeutic community 51
5 From innovation to application: therapeutic communities for people with severe personality disorders 60
6 The therapeutic community approach in the treatment of the mentally ill 70
7 Concept-based therapeutic communities for drug abusers 80
8 Anti-psychiatry and alternative asylum 100
9 The future of therapeutic communities 113
Pt. II Working in a therapeutic community
10 The first day: an imaginary narrative 123
11 Staff roles and some dos and don'ts for beginners 136
12 Questions of training 143
Pt. III Further information
Key professional organizations in the United Kingdom 169
Therapeutic communities in the United Kingdom 172
Rest of the world contacts for further information 173
Recommended reading 177
References 179
Subject Index 187
Author Index 191
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