The Therapeutic Community approach

Posted on: Wednesday, 04 April 2012

The Therapeutic Community approach to alcohol and drug issues will be discussed at a Turning Point seminar on April 18.

The seminar, titled Client Progress and Assessment in Alcohol and other Drug Therapeutic Community Treatment’, will be presented by Richard Chenhall from the University of Melbourne.

The Therapeutic Community approach is conceptualized as a unique peer led social psychological approach to the problems of alcohol and drug misuse. While assessment of the outcomes of Therapeutic Communities is employed widely, this does little to assist in understanding why programs are more or less effective, nor what components of TC programs have the greatest effect on resident progress. One approach to gain such understanding is to assess the way in which residents of Therapeutic Communities progress through programs based on a series of specific indicators that can help predict positive outcomes. This presentation will discuss research related to understanding resident progress in Therapeutic Communities through the application of theory-based assessment processes.

Richard Chenhall is Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology in the Centre for Health and Society in the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. He is currently working on a number of projects focusing on Indigenous substance misuse, youth sexual health, the social determinants of health and alcohol and drug therapeutic communities and self-help groups.

The seminar will be held at Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, 54-62 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, on Wednesday April 18 at 1pm.

Entry is free. Bookings essential: 8413 8413 or