What is Therapeutic Community
Therapeutic Community is a structured method and environment for changing human behavior in the context of community life and responsibility. Therapeutic Community (TC) treatment offers a radically different group-based approach for serious neurotic, personality disordered and long-term mentally ill people. Its principles can be applied to the therapeutic care of a wide range of patient groups in different settings, including the community. The TC embraces a set of methods which aim to treat people suffering from emotional disturbance in a communal atmosphere. TC principles are based upon a collaborative and democratic approach to staff-patient interaction. Highlighting this approach, patients are generally referred to as residents or members of the community. Traditional staff/staff and staff/member hierarchies are replaced by a more liberal, humane and participative culture.
Structure of Therapeutic Community
A central part of the therapeutic community treatment model is a structure board that has many job functions. The lines of responsibility or chain of command of the structure board are clearly marked and must be followed. Participants will be taught the different job functions as thoroughly as possible so they may understand how the community operates. Having a well-run structure is critical to a successful treatment community. You must be willing to learn all job functions, teach other members of your community and hold one another accountable in order for the structure to function properly
Important Concepts of Therapeutic Community
The therapeutic community program helps participants learn how to be accountable for their choices and behavior in a positive, caring environment. As a member of the community, you will be helped in your efforts to learn about yourself and model appropriate behaviors for others by learning and practicing the following 10 key concepts