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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 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.

Download Workshop Booking Form

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.

10 September 2014: An Introduction to Therapeutic Community Core Competencies 

 - This workshop is now fully booked.

An introduction to the Core Competencies and an opportunity to explore how to work with these in your organisation.

5 December 2014: An introduction to group work

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

5 March 2015: Effective Leadership for Therapeutic Communities

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

To reserve a place at any of the training workshops listed, please download and complete the booking form and send it to Josie Thorne.  For more information and general enquiries please contact Josie Thorne Tel: 020 3701 2679.

Download Workshop Booking Form



Peer Reviewer Training 26 September 2014  - This workshop is now fully booked.

Community of Communities is peer reviewer training, 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.  Please complete the booking form with the details of the attendees from your community. 

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

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.

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.


Other events

Grendon Open Day
HMP Grendon Open Invitation
Date: Ongoing


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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:

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