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‘Act-as-if you are infected and infectious:’ what has the global therapeutic community movement learnt from COVID-19?

Gosling, HJ and Yates, R (2020) ‘Act-as-if you are infected and infectious:’ what has the global therapeutic community movement learnt from COVID-19? Therapeutic Communities: International Journal of Therapeutic Communities. ISSN 0964-1866

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is twofold: to reflect upon what the global therapeutic community (TC) movement has learnt from coronavirus and to consider how TCs will continue to adapt and evolve in a post-pandemic climate.
Design/methodology/approach: This is a viewpoint paper based on the authors’ participation in an international learning event whereby speakers from TCs from around the world spoke about how they adapted their services to overcome adversity.
Findings: The findings are usefully thought out as shelter, creativity, reintegration and employment, technology and roots. Based on the material discussed in the learning event, it would seem that the global TC movement has engaged in a process of looking to the past to move forward by drawing upon founding principles and prescriptions of the TC tradition, rooted in humanistic and indeed humanitarian responses to staff, client and sociocultural needs.
Originality/value: According to the author, this paper is one of the first attempts to capture how TCs from across the globe have responded to the threat of coronavirus.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact permissions@emerald.com
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 09:54
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 09:54
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/TC-07-2020-0017
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14090

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