Date(s) - 24/11/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
“Research Evidence & Findings in Therapeutic Communities”
Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ (download detailed campus map)
What is the seminar about?
The seminar will feature two components of research findings within TCs. The first part of the seminar, led by Steve Pearce, will set out the discussions that led up to TaCIT randomised controlled trial (RCT) of democratic therapeutic community treatment, in which some TC practitioners argued that such a trial was either impossible or unethical. It will describe the main findings of the trial, along with the implications of the results and the challenges involved in carrying it out. Finally it will consider the implications for future research in DTCs, and what light the trial throws on the previous disagreements in the TC community.
The second part of the seminar will feature research from the Mulberry Bush School (MBS). The presentations explore the dynamics of love and shame, aggression and fragility and how they are processed day to day by the staff group. Ray Burrows will present findings from a 7-year quantitative study. Heather Price will discuss the findings of a recent psychoanalytic ethnographic study of the work of the school, showing how the continuous processing of intense relational and emotional pressures yields positive therapeutic outcomes. Caryn Onions’ research explores how the school works with carers and parents, and their experience of caring for a child moving between home and residential care. Recent policy trends have not favoured residential care options, but some children need to be cared for ‘beyond the family’. Other research by MBS shows that this model works. This seminar reveals how.
Who is it for?
The seminar is for those who wish to learn about research evidence within TCs, including RCTs in TCs, how staff can address and process pressures from therapeutic work and working with children and young people. There will be opportunities for reflection and discussion about these types of research in TCs. The seminar does not require prior knowledge of RCTs or research methods in general.
Who are the speaker?
Dr Steve Pearce is a psychiatrist working in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire NHS Complex Needs Service, a service for people with personality disorder and related conditions. He is a past editor of the Therapeutic Communities journal, and past chair of the Community of Communities.
Dr Heather Price led the research team which studied MBS’s therapeutic work. She is senior lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at UEL.
Dr Caryn Onions has worked as a child psychotherapist at The Mulberry Bush School since 2004. Her doctoral research focused on the school’s work with parents and carers, particularly what it is like looking after a child who is also in a residential setting.
Ray Burrows is an experienced teacher and art therapist. Integral in establishing the SUCCESS project (Sharing Understanding of Children’s Communication for Emotionally Successful Schooling), Ray also delivers outreach work with mainstream and special schools across the region. Ray oversaw a seven year quantitative longitudinal research project undertaken by the Institute of Education / UCL’.
This event is being organised by the TCTC Research and Development group
‘Promoting and disseminating Research and Development within Therapeutic Communities’
Queen Mary University of London