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Guidance for Authors

1. Key issues This book will be a practical guide to therapeutic community and therapeutic communities in Europe. Some people may read it cover to cover, but most are likely to use it to identify resources, and to brief themselves on issues, background, and contexts in the different European countries. They may be preparing to visit, or to learn about and compare therapeutic communities within a particular country or among several countries, for example.

Authors are asked to address each of the main areas of Therapeutic Community provision in their country - or where appropriate, to recruit or work with contributors who can write a section relating to the specific area of work with which they are familiar: e.g., Mental Health, Addictions, Prisons, Special Populations, Children and Young People. The overall intention is to illustrate the diversity, and the similarities and differences, in therapeutic communities across Europe; as well as to consider the effect of ongoing European integration (within and without the EU) for the kind of reviewing of communities represented by the Community of Communities (http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/cru/communityofcommunities.htm ). Community of Communities are also working towards creating a European Community of Communities network intended to help to develop communication, standards and review practices among Therapeutic Communities across Europe, and this book forms part of that process.

2. Target audience Primary market: Therapeutic Community practitioners and commissioners; service managers; academics in mental health, and mental health practitioners, addictions, criminology, social care, social work, social policy; European, national and local policy makers and regulators.

Secondary market: Client members, their family and friends; staff in or working with therapeutic communities; referrers; students, researchers.

Level: The book will assume that the majority of readers have some knowledge of or experience in working with health, social care, child care, prison or similar services.

3. Style and Structure

The aim is to give a basic description of the range of clients and settings (children and adults, people with personality disorders, people with psychoses, people with learning and physical disabilities, in prisons, the health service, social care and the not-for-profit sector and the context of therapeutic communities – democratic addiction TCs and therapeutic living communities, in each country covered, while also allowing any important issues to be identified and explored. Broadly speaking, the style you adopt is up to you; but it should be simple without becoming informal, and can be academic as the need arises. Each country will be covered in a single chapter, and to facilitate comparison among countries, it is important that information follows as closely as possible the attached Chapter Template. Each chapter will be published in English.

For each area of Therapeutic Community about which you will be writing, it would be helpful if you could cover:

  1. i A brief history, giving dates and examples of the first therapeutic communities to be founded, and any senior/influential figures in the field (c250 words).
  1. ii The theoretical framework that surrounds it, giving examples of the different models that are currently in use (c400 words).
  1. iii A description of the specific overarching policy and regulatory context within which therapeutic communities work, giving examples of relevant national and local legislation, regulation and policies, and the relevant statutory regulators and standards (c550 words).
  1. iv The service context, giving examples of different treatment methods, the types of client typically admitted, typical routes of admission, service agencies and the place of therapeutic communities within them, and sources and nature of funding (c250 words).
  1. v The practical approaches taken in Therapeutic Communities, giving examples of staffing, the outline of a typical day, programme structure, etc c(800 words).
  1. vi Identifying current issues, addressing, for example, the strengths and weaknesses of Therapeutic Communities, and current pressures and opportunities (c500 words).
  1. vii Some thoughts about the future of therapeutic communities in your country (c500 words).

It will be helpful if you can stay within the general word-limits (3000) given in the Chapter Template. But if you feel it is necessary to go over these limits in order to do the work properly, please feel free to consult with an editor.

4. Current Texts

These books may help you to familiarise yourself with academic writing on Therapeutic Communities:

Jessica Kingsley Publisher\'s series "Community, Culture and Change" (within which the book will be published). Series Editors: Rex Haigh and Jan Lees. Web-site: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/index.php/ser/therapeutic . "Community, Culture and Change has developed out of the Therapeutic Communities Series to encompass a wide range of ideas and theoretical models related to communities and cultures as a whole, embracing key Therapeutic Community concepts such as collective responsibility, citizenship and empowerment, as well as multidisciplinary ways of working and the social origins of distress. The ways in which our social and therapeutic worlds are changing is illustrated by the innovative and creative work described in these books." And particularly:

Campling, P. & Haigh, R., Editors, 1999, Therapeutic Communities. Past, Present and Future, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Rawlings, B & Yates, R., Editors, 2001, Therapeutic Communities for the Treatment of Drug Users, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Also: Campling, P., Davies, S. & Farquharson, G., Editors, 2004, From Toxic Institutions to Therapeutic Environments: Residential Settings in Mental Health Services, London, Gaskell

5. Timescale

We plan to have the whole book ready for publication within 18 months. This means we will need, if at all possible, to receive your manuscript no later than the end of June, 2006, and earlier than this if you can manage this.



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