The Therapeutic Community (3-Video Series)
George De Leon, the leading authority today on Therapeutic Communities, provides an in-depth look at the history and core principles of Therapeutic Communities.
Since the 1950s therapeutic communities (TCs) have effectively treated people with the most severe cases of substance abuse. The focus on an all encompassing community and peer support model is still thriving in TCs today. George DeLeon, author of the classic text, The Therapeutic Community, blends his expert lectures with historical and contemporary footage from active TCs in this comprehensive series on the framework, methods and components of an ideal TC.

What therapists are saying…

"I use both the Encounter Groups for Addictions and The Therapeutic Community DVDs as part of our training package. What I like best about both series is the time spent on understanding the underpinnings of our clinical work. That focus allows skilled helpers coming into the field to both understand the origin and the evolution of our work with residents in treatment. I highly recommend these training series for all levels of practitioners."

-- Bob Neri, Chief Clinical Officer, Westcare
"Congratulations to Rod Mullen and George DeLeon for these two excellent DVD series, Encounter Groups for Addictions and The Therapeutic Community. These are essential training resources that provide valuable lessons to help guide treatment professionals in the substance abuse field."

-- Shaamiel Davids, PhD, Director, Western Cape Therapeutic Community Centre
"De Leon is a thoughtful and insightful presenter and this series offers an opportunity to hear an acknowledged expert on the drug-free TC speaking with both authority and passion about the principles of TC methodology....All in all, this is a well-crafted and comprehensive training package that can provide an extremely useful input either to formalised staff training or as a short seminar for TC residents."

-- Rowdy Yates, Reviewed in the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities
In Depth
By watching these videos, you'll be able to:

• List the common personality characteristics of people with substance abuse disorders that TCs address.
• Utilize the TC model of recovery including mutual self-help, motivation, and developmental and social learning.
• Discuss the beliefs and values that encompass the TC’s “right way of living.”• The importance of creating psychological separateness from the outside culture and creating space that reflects a community environment.
• The structure of day-to-day life including the resident work program, phase format, pathways of communication, duration of program and community activities.
• The roles and functions of staff versus community members and the importance of maintaining the peer support model.
• The use of encounter groups, awareness training, and emotional growth training to help community members change.

Length of Series: 2:57:00

English subtitles available

George De Leon, PhD is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of substance abuse and a leading authority on research in Therapeutic Communities. He is the founder of the Center for Therapeutic Research (CTCR) at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University. He provides training in Therapeutic Community practice to mental health care professionals in treatment programs, and is the author of the book, The Therapeutic Community: Theory, Model and Method.
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