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Title: Collected writings on the therapeutic community
Author: Millard, David Walter
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1994
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SYNOPSIS This thesis has two objectives: ( i ) to place on record work on the therapeutic community published between 1976 and 1994; ( i i ) to substantiate the argument that therapeutic community approaches offer a well defined and empirically established (but perhaps neglected) method of treatment in the mental health and related fields. In respect of the first, the printed work comprises four book chapters, seven papers from the professional literature and fifteen signed editorials from the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities. Some hitherto unpublished pieces have been added in support of the second objective. Concerning the second, the previously printed work is not presented chronologically but is organised in the following sections: The Characteristics of the Therapeutic Community Evaluation Applications of the Model in Practice Contributions to Therapeutic Community Theory Staff Issues. In addition there is a general introduction (The Writer to the Readers) and a separate Introduction to each Section designed to make clear my thesis that (i) therapeutic community approaches can be soundly characterised; (ii) substantial efforts have been made to tackle the question: does it work?; (iii) there is well-described experience of the application across a range of situations of therapeutic community principles; (iv) an intellectually convincing set of theories underlying this approach exists; and (v) the problems of equipping staff to function in a demanding form of social therapy can be adequately addressed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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