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Processes of Change in a Therapeutic Community: a case study

Lu, Kevin and Howe, Andrew and Jones, Meryn and Bowden, Chris (2022) 'Processes of Change in a Therapeutic Community: a case study.' Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. ISSN 0266-8734 (In Press)

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Relationships are central to therapeutic community treatments and the process of change facilitated within these settings. In this paper we present a systematic critical case study of a service user who went through a course of treatment at a now closed therapeutic community day service in south London. Using the contents of electronic patient notes, outcome measures, review letters, staff reflection and a post treatment interview, we show the importance of relationships within TC care. While literature regarding the efficacy of TCs does exist, there is less research concerning in-depth case studies of treatment. The importance of relationships within the TC model has been theoretically explored but not clinically demonstrated in literature. Our case study supports findings from a recent RCT concerning TC care versus ‘treatment as usual’ for borderline personality disorder. Our research further supports an approach emphasising the importance of relationships to TC work with personality disorder beyond any specific therapeutic modality.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 13:27
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