PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to highlight theoretical and clinical similarities between therapeutic communities (TCs) and group analysis (GA).Design/methodology/approachLiterature review shows comparison of TC and group-analytic concepts with illustrative case material.FindingsFindings reveal many similarities between TCs and GA, but also significant divergences, particularly in practice.Practical implicationsThis paper provides theoretical basis for TC practice, and highlights the need for greater theorising of TC practice.Social implicationsThis paper highlights the importance of group-based treatment approaches in mental health.Originality/valueThis is the first paper to review the relevant literature and compare theory and practice in TCs and GA, highlighting their common roots in the Northfields Experiments in the Second World War.
Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 12, 2017
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