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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Association of Therapeutic Communities and Community of Communities respond to NICE guidelines

Embargoed until 28 January 2009

The Association of Therapeutic Communities and Community of Communities respond to NICE Guidelines on borderline and antisocial personality disorder:

"Personality disorders are a cause of great suffering to many people, their families and carers. We welcome NICE’s recognition of the importance of a good therapeutic alliance and the involvement of people with a personality disorder in their care. However, the two guidelines underplay the value of Therapeutic Communities - despite these communities having been used to successfully treat people with personality disorders for the last 60 years. Therapeutic Communities should be promoted as part of the range of services provided for this client group."

For further information, please contact:
Claire McLoughlin or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538


Note to editors:

Therapeutic Communities are safe, communal environments designed to help treat people with personality disorders, addictions, offending behaviour, learning disabilities, schizophrenia and other long-term mental health problems. Group-based therapy is often central to the treatment. The Association of Therapeutic Communities is a professional organisation which supports the work of therapeutic communities. The Community of Communities brings together TCs in the UK and internationally, setting standards for good practice and quality improvement.


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