The International Journal for Therapeutic
and Supportive Organizations is published four times annually.
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International Advisory Panel
Peter Bott, Group Analytic Society, Sydney
AIf Clark, La Trobe University, Victoria.
Tom J. Andersen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
Hans Komerup, Jystrup.
Matti Isohanni, University of Oulu.
Martin Teising, Fachhochschule, Frankfurt.
loannis K. Tsegos, Open Psychotherapeutic Centre, Athens.
Stanley Schneider, Hebrew University and Michlalah, Jerusalem.
Luisa Brunori University of Bologna. Aldo Lombardo, Rome Enrico Pedriali,
Jocelyn Handy, Massey University.
Sigmund Karterud, University of Oslo.
Milos Kobal, UKC-Univerzitetna Psihiatricna Klinika, Ljub]jana-Polje.
Goran Ablin, Langbro 1-lospital, Alvsjo.
Joseph Berke, Arbours Association
Liam Clarke, University of Brighton
Steffan Davies, Leicester David Glenister, University of Hull Bob
David Kennard, The Retreat, York
Jane Knowles, Winterboume House, Reading
Jan Lees, Nottingham
Nick Manning, University of Nottingham
Gill MeGauley, St Georgeís Hospital Medical School, London
David Millard, University of Oxford
L. Mitcheson, SLAM, London
Sarah Paget, Sussex
Nikolas Ragiadakos, London
Vega Roberts, The Cassel Hospital, Surrey
Melvyn Rose, Sussex
Tom Ryan, Arbors, London
Meg Sharpe, Group Analytic Practice, London
Graham Stew, University of Brighton
Dorothy Whitaker, University of York
Stuart Whiteley, Surrey
Gary Winship, Reading
Rudolf Moos, Stanford University, California
Jack F. Wilder, Albert Einstein College, New York
James Zeigenfuss, Penn State Medical College
Patrick Zimmerman, University of Chicago.
Therapeutic Communities were born out of the radical and creative forces
that established alternative forms of mental health care from the 1950s
to the present day. Therapeutic environments, influenced by the ideas
developed by this movement, exist in psychiatric, social work or penal
institutions, in community schemes, in projects for the homeless, drug
and alcohol field, educational and industrial settings. The Journal aims
to build upon this creative legacy by stimulating a continual critical
re-thinking of the possibilities for developing therapeutic and
relational potential, in whatever communities readers work and live
within. It aims to provide a forum in which those engaged in developing,
managing and sustaining therapeutic cultures can communicate their
experiences, the effects of political and social policy on their own
settings; their ideas developments and findings; disseminate good
practice and explore what happens when things go wrong.
The Journal publishes
academic papers, case studies, empirical research and opinion. The
Journal is interested in publishing papers that critically creatively
engage with ideas drawn from a range of discourses: the therapeutic
community movement and other related professional practice,
psychoanalysis, art, literature, poetry, music, architecture, culture,
education, philosophy, religion and environmental studies. It will be of
value to those who work in health services, social services, voluntary
and charitable organizations and for all professionals involved with
staff teams in therapeutic and supportive organizations.
Original contributions that fall within she scope of the journal are
welcomed, including articles on current issues, practice and research
(academic papers), case studies of particular communities or
organizations, and personal contributions arising from the experience of
the author. The Editorial group uses different criteria to assess
contributions in these categories, and the following guidelines are
provided. It will assist us in assessing papers if authors indicate
which guidelines they have followed.
Final articles for publication should be typed in double spacing and
submitted as an email attachment where possible, to the Editorís
Articles should be anonymised, with author contact details (name(s),
c-mail and mailing address(es)) provided on a separate sheet. All
articles are submitted for Ďblind review by assessors drawn from the
Editorial Board of the journal, and the International Advisory Panel.
Authors will be acknowledged when sending in papers for review upon
Note: For authors submitting an article where English is a second
language, it is recommended that the article be proof read by a fluent
interpreter prior to sending. in order that intended meanings can be
checked in the translated article.
These can include reports of original research, papers developing
original links between theory and practice, review articles and
critiques of current practice. The normal conventions of academic papers
should be observed, with a brief abstract (up to 150 words), followed by
a review of the relevant literature, statement of the problem, method,
findings, discussion and conclusion. References should follow the style
of the journal Academic papers should normally not exceed 5000 words
Case Studies from
These describe examples of practice, innovation, action research or
evaluation in the practitionerís own unit. They should include: a brief
description of the setting, of the piece of work undertaken and the
reasons for doing it: a clear account of the process and findings wish
relevant data in easy to read tables or graphics; a brief conclusion
wish discussion of the findings and their implications for practice
within the unit and perhaps more widely. A small number of relevant
references may be included, following the style of the journal, but no
literature review is needed. Case studies should normally not exceed
The journal would welcome short papers (up to 2000 words), which address
topical issues. These issues may arise from recent themes or views
addressed within the papers in the journal, from within therapeutic
communities, they may emanate from strategic developments within the
Association of Therapeutic Communities (for example the issue of
accreditation of communities and training), or be generated by national
and international policy initiatives that have an effect on therapeutic
practice, the way in which it is thought about or conducted. We are
seeking relevant commentaries which are reflective and thoughtful, yet
critical and perhaps at times controversial; views and opinions which
will stimulate debate, provoke thoughtfulness and hopefully new ideas,
with which to approach contemporary issues.
We would welcome short letters (up to 200 words) from readers picking up
on issues raised within the Commentary response section, that develop
and debate issues further
Readers are invited to send in personal accounts of some aspect of their
work that may be of interest to others. The intention of such
contributions is to share experience and problems, raise questions and
encourage discussion. These may describe an event or situation involving
the writer, occurring at the individual, group or organizational level.
Contributions from experienced practitioners as well as novices are
welcomed. The account should begin with a brief description of the
setting, participants and background, followed by details of the
particular event or situation and, if appropriate, the responses of the
writer and others involved. No literature review, theoretical exposition
or references are needed. Confidentiality should be maintained by
disguising the identities of individuals or organizations and authors
may request that contributions are published without attribution.
Personal contributions should normally be limited to 1500 words. With
the authorís permission comments may be sought from practitioners with
relevant experience to appear alongside personal contributions.