And so to Rome again...
To the second conference of the international network of democratic therapeutic communities, where Jan Lees and I have been asked to explain what British TCs are all about to an Italian audience.
It was another standing room only conference, at an adolescent TC about five miles out of the centre of Rome - but clearly, from the state of the decor and furnishings - a state sector TC.
But a good day seemed to be had by all.
Here's our prezi: http://tinyurl.com/uktctalkrome
And the text, which we needed to have pre-written for the live interpreter:
Therapeutic Communities in the UK 1942-2014
Until recently, there were two models of TC operating in the UK – the British democratic therapeutic community model, and what was once known as the American model – also known as concept-based, and hierarchical TCs, but now widely referred to as addiction TCs. In the past, these models were regarded as very distinct, but more recently they have begun to become more similar – democratic TCs are increasingly treating people with substance misuse issues, and forensic histories, and addiction TCs are increasingly treating people with mental health as well as substance misuse issues. Rex and I named these cross-over TCs ‘Fusion TCs’, in a paper we wrote for the TC journal in 2008, and the similarities and differences are discussed at length there.
We think all these developments demonstrate the creativity and adaptability of the TC as a mode of treatment in Britain.