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Community of Communities


Members Toolbox

Therapeutic Community Core Competencies

Core Competencies have been developed for therapeutic community organisations as a guide to the knowledge and skills which TC staff members can develop over time and with experience.

Download your copy of the Core Competencies here.

To watch a presentation about the Core Competencies provided by Dr Chris Nicholson, please click here.


Space House

A data collection tool for children and young people

Children and Young People communities who are members of Community of Communities have been provided with a unique log in and password to access the Space House Tool.

Instructions for use:

Click on the log in image below, this will take you to the log in home page.

Find your community in the list and enter your unique password.

Select whether to use the version with the story (approximately 20 minutes) or the version with just the questions (approximately 5 minutes).

Complete the questions and remember to press 'submit' at the end of the story.


Reviewer Guidance

Are you preparing to take part in a peer review?

Download a copy of the peer reviewer handbook, which outlines the role and expectations of a peer-reviewer.

Not managed to attend the peer-reviewer training?

If you would like to learn a bit more about the peer-reviewer role and become more familiar with the review process, click here to access a training presentation and click here for our training exercises.


Feedback your experience of the review process

Have you recently taken part in a review visit or hosted a review visit?

We would love to get your feedback on your experiences of the review process.  Please complete our feedback form, it should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and your responses will help us to shape our processes to make sure they are valuable and helpful to everyone who gets involved.


Membership Project Lead Packs

Would you like more information on how to complete your self-review and to prepare for your peer review?

Full Members: Download the handbook for full members.  The handbook includes a guide to the self-review workbook and a checklist to help you prepare for your peer review. 

Developmental Members: If you currently have Developmental Membership with Community of Communities, please download your handbook for developmental members which guides you through the developmental membership year.

Associate members: Access your handbook for associate members which outlines the requirements of your membership and how you can get involved with the Community of Communities network.

Undergoing an accreditation visit this cycle?

Download your handbook for accreditation members.  The handbook includes important information about the evidence requirements of accreditation.


Therapeutic Community Lectures and Workshops

Nick Benefield provides a lecture on: Play: Meaning and Importance.


Dr Gary Winship provides a lecture on: Recovering Recovery: How TCs invented Recovery, and where it all went right.


Dr Eric Broekaert provides a lecture on: The Therapeutic Community as an educational process in an evidence-based world


Putting the CofC Standards at the heart of Quality Assurance.  A workshop to reflect on what quality assurance is and connecting the core standards to working practice. 

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