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Community of Communities

Training and Events


Community of Communities runs events throughout the year, including training and workshops.  Please find details below about up-coming events being run by the Community of Communities.
 

 

Community of communities annual forum - 30 April 2015


The topic this year will explore the Role of Play in Therapeutic Communities and we are pleased to announce Nick Benefield as the keynote speaker for the forum. Nick will be presenting on ‘Play – its meaning and importance in therapeutic environments’.

 

Cost: £50 for CofC members and £95 for non-members. Service users and students are welcome for free.

 

 

 

BOOKING NOW OPEN: PLEASE COMPLETE THIS ONLINE BOOKING FORM TO REGISTER YOUR PLACES

 

 

 

 

 

Community of Communities Workshops


The Community of Communities is running a series of workshops throughout the annual cycle which are free for members to attend and are designed to support members to develop and share Therapeutic Community practice within the context of Community of Communities.  All member organisations are encouraged to attend these workshop sessions, including community managers, front line staff and service users. To book a place on one of the workshops please contact Arun Das on adas@rcpsych.ac.uk.  

If you are not a member of Community of Communities and would still like to attend one of the workshops below please contact Josie Thorne to discuss booking places.

 

1)  Effective Leadership for Therapeutic Communities - 5 March 2015

An opportunity to explore how to develop effective leadership with a Therapeutic Community.

Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB

 

2) An Introduction to the self-review process - 25 June 2015

An introduction to self-review process and an opportunity to explore how to work with the standards in your organisation.

Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB

 

3) Group work for Beginners - 30 Sep 2015

An opportunity to begin exploring models of group work, and reflect on the anxieties and challenges relating to working in groups.

Venue: The Orange Rooms, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester, LE1 5SN

 

4) Group work for Intermediates - 11 Dec 2015

An opportunity to continue exploring models of group work, and reflect on the anxieties and challenges relating to working in groups.

Venue: The Orange Rooms, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester, LE1 5SN

 

To reserve a place at any of the training workshops listed, please contact Josie Thorne.  For more information and general enquiries please contact Josie Thorne Tel: 020 3701 2679, jthorne@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 

PEER reviewer training


Peer reviewer training is open to current member organisations and independent peer reviewers. 

Current member organisations are encouraged to nominate staff and service users who will be taking part in peer reviews this cycle to attend the training session which provides an introduction to the peer reviewer role. 

Ex-staff and ex-service users are encouraged to apply to become independent peer reviewers. This enables you to maintain a link with TCs by continuing to take part in the review cycle whilst no longer being directly involved in a service.  To apply to become an independent peer reviewer please download the Independent Peer Reviewer Specification and complete the application form at the end of the document.  Please return completed application forms to Josie Thorne

 

1) Peer Reviewer Training 1: 17 Jun 2015  

Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB 

 

2) Peer Reviewer Training 2: 19 Oct 2015

Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

 

Lead Reviewer Training


Staff members and ex-service users with peer-review experience are invited to apply to become a lead reviewer.  The training will equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead the peer review process and give you an introduction to report writing.  To book your place at the training day, please download the Lead Reviewer Specification and complete the application form at the end of the document.  Please return completed application forms to Josie Thorne.

 

1)  Lead Reviewer Training: 27 May 2015

Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB 

 

Reference and Advisory  Groups


The purpose of the advisory group and reference groups is to advise and further the work of the Community of Communities whose purpose is to improve the quality of TCs by supporting standards-based peer-review and accreditation.  The Community of Communities has a diverse membership with a range of services across all sectors. Whilst all communities have signed up to the same standards, (addiction TCs have a supplementary set) the needs of each sector does vary. We are keen to host an inclusive network and want to hear from all members to support and improve the Community of Communities.

We have developed an approach that invites all members of the Community of Communities to attend sector specific reference groups prior to the advisory group four times per year. The group will have a number of standing agenda items as well as space for members to contribute to the overall aims of the group. The dates of this years groups are:

  • 20 March 2015

  • 13 July 2015

  • 9 October 2015

  • 20 January 2016

  • 11 March 2016

If you would like to attend any of these groups please contact Josie Thorne.

 

Previous Events


CofC Annual Forum - May 2014

Thank you to all who came to the annual forum this year which explored "Therapeutic Communities: Isn't it obvious?"

We were delighted to have Dr Gary Winship as the key note speaker, presenting on the recovery model.

Some of the presentation slides and video recordings of the key presentations and debate are available here.

A summary of the feedback given on the day is available here.

If you would like any information about the previous Community of Communities Annual Forums, please get in touch with the team.

 

 

External events


Grendon Open Day
HMP Grendon Open Invitation
Date: Ongoing



External Training


ATC Living-Learning Experiences

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Where next...

Community of Communities, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB    
Tel: 020 3701 2679   Email: jthorne@rcpsych.ac.uk

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