The Therapeutic Community, Volume I - ORGANISATIONAL

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The Therapeutic Community, Volume I: The Therapeutic Community Perspective

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.

De Leon lays out the framework and theory underlying a therapeutic community, including the TC approach to substance abuse treatment and recovery. He explains that the TC is different from other treatment models in that it views substance abuse as a disorder of the whole person, and aims to treat that whole person, not just the drug addiction. Thus, TCs create social living situations where all aspects of a person’s personality is displayed in work, formal groups and social activities, and then addressed directly by the community.

From watching this video, 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.”

This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes. Comes with Group License only.


About George De Leon, PhD

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.


Dispatched from United Kingdom. International delivery available: Europe (excluding Poland).


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