The Therapeutic Community: Theory, Model, and Method

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This volume provides a comprehensive review of the essentials of the Therapeutic Community (TC) theory and its practical "whole person" approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders and related problems. Part I outlines the perspective of the traditional views of the substance abuse disorder, the substance abuser, and the basic components of this approach. Part II explains the organizational structure of the TC, its work components, and the role of residents and staff.

The chapters in Part III describe the essential activities of TC life that relate most directly to the recovery process and the goals of rehabilitation. The final part outlines how individuals change in the TC behaviorally, cognitively, and emotionally. This is an invaluable resource for all addictions professionals and students.

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George De Leon, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of substance abuse and is acknowledged as the leading authority on research in therapeutic communities. He is the director of the Center for Therapeutic Community Research (CTCR) at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA), and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University. In addition to numerous research publications, Dr. De Leon has made notable contributions in the areas of clinical practice and professional education. He provides training in therapeutic community practice to psychiatric fellows, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals in treatment programs. He is also project coordinator for Therapeutic Communities of America in developing national standards for accreditation of therapeutic community programs in correctional settings. He is on the advisory board of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders and a member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Chemical Dependency of the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology. He is a founding member of the New York State Psychological Association's Division on Addictions, as well as a founding member and past president of the American Psychological Association's Division 50 on Addictions.

Dr. De Leon is a recipient of several awards. The most notable are the Therapeutic Communities of America award for Distinguished Service (1978); the Eugenia Maria De Hostos and Jose Marti award for dedication and contribution to the field of psychology presented by the New York Society of Clinical Psychologists (1984); the award for Distinguished Service to Psychology (1990) presented by the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors (SPAB), and the 1993 NIDA Pacesetter Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pioneering Research on the Therapeutic Community Approach to Drug Abuse Treatment. He has maintained a private clinical practice in New York City for over 30 years. De Leon's work is also featured in the 3-DVD series, The Therapeutic Community, published by Psychotherapy.net.

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"The Therapeutic Community is an essential addition to any bookshelf of drug abuse treatment. In detailing the history, conceptual framework and practice of the therapeutic community, Dr. De Leon achieves the rare distinction of producing a highly readable resource volume. The reader can be assured of obtaining the most comprehensive description and analysis available of a treatment form whose influence has pervaded the whole of drug abuse treatment."--Barry Brown, PhD, Former Chief Services Research Branch, National Institute of Drug Abuse


Dr. De Leon has written a definitive work on one of the key models for addiction treatment. He draws on a generation of his own clinical and research experience, and on a comprehensive review of the available literature. The book provides readers on all levels of experience with an understanding of what takes place in therapeutic communities, and how they themselves can play a role in the TC setting."--Marc Galanter, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New York University School of Medicine


This is a wonderful book. It is the most comprehensive treatise on the thearapeutic communitites to date, clarifying the rationale for the policies and practices that often appear mysterious to those working in other arenas. It is thorough enough to serve as the basis for an operations manual for those who work in therapeutic communities, and general enough to illuminate important issues for thsoe working in TC's other areas of the addiction field, and related fields. Dr. De Leon has synthesized decades of clinical experience and research to produce the definitive textbook."--Joan Ellen Zweben, PhD, Executive Director, Founder, 14th Street Clinic & East Bay Community Recovery Project, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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