We treat around 150 patients, who we refer to as residents, each year. Most of the people who we work with have histories of longer-term mental health and/or complex psychosocial problems, most have attracted formal psychiatric diagnoses of mental illness or mental disorders but some others have problems related to experiences family breakdown or social exclusion.
We run and manage several houses in and around London and the South east of England. Some of these are shared households, others are groups of flats, but in both models, the idea of living together in a Community context is the main therapeutic focus of our work. This involves a structured weekly programmes of activities comprising Community meetings, individual and group therapies and a range of leisure and activity groups which are negotiated with residents by way of structured key working sessions.
CHT’s staff team comprises of approximately forty-five clinical staff all of whom are University graduates, many have post-graduate level qualifications and some are undertaking further and advanced specialist trainings in Psychological Therapies or Social Work. We also run a comprehensive Post Graduate level training programme in therapeutic community practice which is attended by all new staff and which is accredited by Middlesex University.
CHT’s staff are involved in a number of other external organisations and professional bodies in the field including;-
The Community of Communities programme, Centre for Quality Improvement, the Royal College of Psychiatrists http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/qualityimprovement/ccqiprojects/therapeuticcommunities/communityofcommunities.aspx
The Planned Environment Trust (PETT) archive http://www.pettrust.org.uk/
The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities. http://www.therapeuticcommunities.org/
The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS UK), http://www.ispsuk.org/
The Mental Health Providers Forum. http://www.mhpf.org.uk/
Organisation for the Promotion of Understanding of Society (OPUS) http://www.opus.org.uk/
International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations (ISPSO) http://www.ispso.org/
Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS) http://www.psychosocial-studies-association.org/