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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.

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Annual Forum

The 15th Community of Communities Annual Forum was held on the 30-March-2017. A summary of the day and presentations can be accessed here.


See the CofC Annual Forum 2016 page for a detailed summary of last year's Annual Forum Event.

For an overall summary of the events planned for the 2017-2018 cycle, please click here for our Events Leaflet. More details will follow online and via email when they have been confirmed.



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 ( ).

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


1)  Accreditation and Audit Training- 19 September 2017

Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB (10.30 -16.00)

This training will be relevant to those who are interested in training as a TC Specialist, a Psychologist auditor or a Prison service auditor (operational auditor) for both accreditation and HMP audit visits. Peer reviewers who wish to attend accreditation and audit visits are also welcome to attend.

If you would like to book onto this training, please click here to complete the booking form.


2) Effective Leadership 

This event has been postponed.


3) Group Work Training

This event has been postponed.


To express your interest for any the training workshops listed, please contact Arun Das on  for any general enquires please contact Community of Communities Tel: 020 3701 2674.


PEER and Lead reviewer training

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

Independent Peer-reviewers

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 read the Independent Peer Reviewer Specification.

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. Please review this  Lead Reviewer Specification for more information.


Peer and Lead Reviewer Training - 22 June 2017

Thank you to all those who attended the training.


Peer and Lead Reviewer Training - 23 October 2017

Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB, UK  (10.00- 16.00)

This is a great opportunity to train to become a peer or lead reviewer for CofC. For those who have already attended reviews as a peer reviewer, this will be a brilliant refresher and a chance to share tips!

To view the flyer, please click here

In order to reserve your place on this training, please complete the online booking form


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 have 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.

 The dates of  advisory  groups for 2017 are TBC.

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


Previous Events

CofC Annual Forum - May 2016

Thank you to all who came to the Annual Forum this year which explored 'Celebrating the diversity of psychosocial environments'.

We were delighted to have Dr Rex Haigh as the keynote speaker, presenting on 'TCs for the Future'. A fantastic array of workshops were also on offer this year, showcasing topics from dance to prisons.

See our CofC Annual Forum 2016 page for summaries of the workshops, videos and presentations.


CofC Annual Forum - April 2015

Thank you to all who came to the annual forum this year which explored "The Role of Play in Therapeutic Communities".

We were delighted to have Nick Benefield as the key note speaker, presenting on Play - its meaning and importance in therapeutic environments.

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

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


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

Windsor Conference 2016 

This year, Katie and Francesca from the team presented the below poster to the Windsor Conference. The poster details the aims of the project, and how the project runs.

Click on the poster to enlarge


HMP Grendon Open Invitation
Date: Ongoing

Grendon Open Day




External Training

Where next...

Community of Communities, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB    
Tel: 020 3701 2674   Email:

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