The Therapeutic Community

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The Therapeutic Community

SKU# 9780826113498

Theory, Model, and Method

Author: George De Leon PhD

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This volume provides a comprehensive review of the essentials of the Therapeutic Community (TC) theory and its practical "whole person" approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders and related problems. Part I outlines the perspective of the traditional views of the substance abuse disorder, the substance abuser, and the basic components of this approach. Part II explains the organizational structure of the TC, its work components, and the role of residents and staff.

The chapters in Part III describe the essential activities of TC life that relate most directly to the recovery process and the goals of rehabilitation. The final part outlines how individuals change in the TC behaviorally, cognitively, and emotionally. This is an invaluable resource for all addictions professionals and students.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 15, 2000
  • Page Count 472
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826113498
  • EISBN 9780826116673

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Table of Contents 

List of Tables and Figures
    Part I: Introduction
  1. Therapeutic Communities: Evolution and the Need for Theory
  2. In Search of an Essential Therapeutic Community

  3. Part II: The Perspective and Approach
  4. View of the Disorder
  5. View of the Person
  6. View of Recovery and Right Living
  7. The Community Approach

  8. Part III: The Model
  9. The Physical Environment
  10. The Social Organization
  11. Work: Therapeutic and Educational Elements
  12. Staff in the Therapeutic Community
  13. Peers in the Therapeutic Community
  14. Relationships
  15. Program Stages

  16. Part IV: Therapeutic Community Methods
  17. Privileges and Sanctions
  18. Surveillance and Security
  19. Community Meetings
  20. Community Groups
  21. The Encounter Group

  22. Part V: The Process of Change
  23. Individual Change: Behaviors, Cognitions, and Emotions
  24. Individual Change: Essential Experiences
  25. Individual Change: Essential Perceptions
  26. The Individual in the Community: Participation in the Change Process
  27. Internalization and Identity
  28. The Treatment Process: A Conceptual Framework
  29. Therapeutic Communities: The Challenge of Evolution

A: Glossary of Therapeutic Community Terms
B: Therapeutic Community Philosophies
C: Assessment Instruments Available for Use in Therapeutic Communities