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The rise and fall and rise again of the therapeutic community

The rise and fall and rise again of the therapeutic community PurposeTherapeutic communities (and many other residential services) have been effectively marginalised in recent years with the increasing popularity of community-based outpatient responses to a variety of social issues including addiction, learning difficulties, mental health issues, etc. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachThis has inevitably led to a low profile and has resulted in a lack of knowledge about therapeutic communities and how the methodology differs significantly from other approaches.FindingsThis situation is beginning to change in a number of fields and it is important that the therapeutic community movement adapts its methodology to the needs of their respective client groups and clarifies its approach (and the efficacy of that approach) to funders and service commissioners.Originality/valueThis paper is a personal contribution. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities Emerald Publishing

The rise and fall and rise again of the therapeutic community

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0964-1866
DOI
10.1108/TC-05-2017-0014
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Abstract

PurposeTherapeutic communities (and many other residential services) have been effectively marginalised in recent years with the increasing popularity of community-based outpatient responses to a variety of social issues including addiction, learning difficulties, mental health issues, etc. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachThis has inevitably led to a low profile and has resulted in a lack of knowledge about therapeutic communities and how the methodology differs significantly from other approaches.FindingsThis situation is beginning to change in a number of fields and it is important that the therapeutic community movement adapts its methodology to the needs of their respective client groups and clarifies its approach (and the efficacy of that approach) to funders and service commissioners.Originality/valueThis paper is a personal contribution.

Journal

Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic CommunitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 12, 2017

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