The Ingrebourne Centre (1954-2005) vicissitudes in the life of a therapeutic community

Harrison, Thomas Michael (2019). The Ingrebourne Centre (1954-2005) vicissitudes in the life of a therapeutic community. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The Ingrebourne Centre, in South West Essex, was a community serving people who having difficulties in their relationships, and who had been referred to NHS psychiatric services. It was unusual in that it endured longer than similar units, apart from the Henderson and Cassel Hospitals. The thesis seeks to examine the internal and external social environments that enabled it to continue for so long. The evidence was collected from both archival sources and oral histories. It offers insights into the factors that lead to the demise of such units, as well as suggesting a different model through which to understand their operation. Employing the model of a transitional space, developed by Harold Bridger, it offers a different frame of reference for understanding the operation of such units, emphasizing the necessity of leadership to sustain the community in the face of a hostile external political and cultural environment. The findings also emphasise that the therapeutic community approach is uniquely both founded on, and has the capability for promoting, compassion. The unit aimed to develop a sense of trust in the participants that enabled those receiving treatment to gain insights into their behavior from their colleagues as well as the staff.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: Institute of Applied Health Research
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)


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