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Embargoed until 28 January 2009
"Personality disorders are a cause of great
suffering to many people, their families and carers. We welcome
NICE’s recognition of the importance of a good therapeutic alliance
and the involvement of people with a personality disorder in their
care. However, the two guidelines underplay the value of
Therapeutic Communities - despite these communities having been
used to successfully treat people with personality disorders for
the last 60 years. Therapeutic Communities should be promoted as
part of the range of services provided for this client group."
Therapeutic Communities are safe, communal environments designed to help treat people with personality disorders, addictions, offending behaviour, learning disabilities, schizophrenia and other long-term mental health problems. Group-based therapy is often central to the treatment.
The Association of Therapeutic Communities is a professional organisation which supports the work of therapeutic communities.
The Community of Communities brings together TCs in the UK and internationally, setting standards for good practice and quality improvement.
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