Training and events

CofC Training and events

The Annual Forum enables people from therapeutic communities to meet others in similar settings, reflect on practice, exchange ideas and support each other to meet the demands of modern TC practice.

The Annual Forum will be taking place on 3rd July 2019. The theme for the forum will be “The Trouble with Groups…”

Register here for a place at the Annual Forum.

We are still looking for additional speakers, workshops and posters for the event. If you are interested in giving a presentation or running a workshop, please contact Beth, the Deputy Programme Manager, at Bethan.Thibaut@rcpsych.ac.uk.

The purpose of the advisory group (pdf) and reference groups (pdf) 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 do 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 our advisory groups for 2019 are TBC.

If you would like to attend any of these groups please contact cofc@rcpsych.ac.uk 

We are providing training for Peer Reviewers and Lead Reviewers, for both our to current member organisations and prospective independent peer/lead reviewers.

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 and the peer review process.

Registration is now closed for Peer Reviewer Training. Please email Connor.Murphy@rcpsych.ac.uk  if you want to make any changes to your booking.

The Lead Reviewer Training date is yet to be confirmed, but we will be updating the network shortly.

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 (pdf).

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 (pdf) for more information.

Every year Community of Communities holds a creative competition where members can submit their artwork.

We welcome submissions from any of our members and these can be paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, poetry or short stories.

We have received some fantastic submissions over the years. Winning entries will receive a certificate and will be displayed on our website.

Winners will also have their art included in the reports we send to our members. Submissions can be sent via e-mail to cofc@rcpsych.ac.uk

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.

We are currently finalising the event dates for our 2018-2019 cycle. More details will follow online and via email when they have been confirmed.

To express your interest for any the training workshops listed, or for any other enquiries, please contact our team by email at cofc@rcpsych.ac.uk or by phone at 020 3701 2674.

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