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Trainees in a Therapeutic Community for Adolescents

  • Peter Wells (a1)
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The experience of working with disturbed adolescents—many of whom manifest conduct disorders—in a therapeutic community is in many respects contrasting and different from the more conventional psychiatric setting. Studies have shown that doctors' attitudes to the therapeutic community approach are very polarized, as are attitudes to psychological and organic methods. When faced with a choice of using psychotherapy, behaviour therapy, social psychiatry, or biological methods, doctors again exhibit strong preferences. The opportunity to experience therapeutic community methods is not usually available in teaching hospitals, and is not uncommonly a source of friction when sited in a hospital. Relationships between psychotherapists and other psychiatrists in teaching hospitals are not always harmonious.

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