Often people have a number of questions about Therapeutic Communities. We’ve tried to answer some of them here for you.
How do I get into a TC?
TCs vary and it is often best to speak directly to the TC you are thinking of joining. In most cases you will need to be referred by a doctor or social worker but there are some that will take self-referrals.In the NHS TCs working with people diagnosed with a personality disorder generally use a complex admission procedure, rather than straightforward inclusion and exclusion criteria.
What is the theory behind it?
There are various theoretical models on which the clinical practice is based, drawing on systemic, psychodynamic, group analytic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic traditions.
When were TCs invented?
Early fore-runners of therapeutic communities, such as village communities like Geel in Flanders, existed at least as long ago as the thirteen century.
Who works in them?
Staff teams in therapeutic communities are always multidisciplinary, drawn mostly from the mental health core professions including direct psychiatric input and specialist psychotherapists.