The course was developed by experienced therapeutic community and therapeutic environment practitioners and ex-service users to enable effective application of skills in the workplace. It is aimed at anyone who is working in an environment where providing a therapeutic milieu is central to patient care, such as an enabling environments, therapeutic communities, Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs) and Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs).
The course has been developed around the Handbook of Democratic Therapeutic Community Theory and Practice (2017), which is required reading, and is included in the cost of the course. The course uses mixed styles of learning to ensure interactive participation at all levels. Expert staff deliver training and supervision. All academic papers are provided in electronic format. Please note, there is a substantial amount of reading for each theory weekend. Students are advised to commence study a month beforehand.
The course runs over 3 residential weekends, which are 6 months apart, although for some trainees they may wish to extend this and complete it over 3 years. During the 6 months between each residential, students are expected to receive monthly supervision which is included in the cost of the course, and to complete self-directed study as set out in the curriculum. They also complete a project which is presented at their workplace.
In addition the weekends offer the opportunity to spend time with staff from other centres to network and support one another in learning.