A new therapeutic community: Development of a compassion-focussed and contextual behavioural environment

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621754
Title:
A new therapeutic community: Development of a compassion-focussed and contextual behavioural environment
Authors:
Veale, David; Gilbert, Paul ( 0000-0001-8431-9892 ) ; Wheatley, Jon; Naismith, Iona
Abstract:
Social relationships and communities provide the context and impetus for a range of psychological developments, from genetic expression to the development of core self-identities. This suggests a need to think about the therapeutic changes and processes that occur within a community context and how communities can enable therapeutic change. However, the ‘therapeutic communities’ that have developed since the Second World War have been under-researched. We suggest that the concept of community, as a change process, should be revisited within mainstream scientific research. This paper briefly reviews the historical development of therapeutic communities and critically evaluates their current theory, practice and outcomes in a systematic review. Attention is drawn to recent research on the nature of evolved emotion regulation systems, the way these are entrained by social relationships, the importance of affiliative emotions in the regulation of threat and the role of fear of affiliative emotions in psychopathology. We draw on concepts from compassion-focussed therapy, social learning theory and functional analytical psychotherapy to consider how members of a therapeutic community can be aware of each other’s acts of courage and respond using compassion. Living in structured and affiliative-orientated communities that are guided by scientific models of affect and self-regulation offers potential therapeutic advantages over individual outpatient therapy for certain client groups. This conclusion should be investigated further. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Affiliation:
King's College London; University of Derby
Citation:
Veale. D. et al (2015) 'A New Therapeutic Community: Development of a Compassion-Focussed and Contextual Behavioural Environment', Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22 (4):285
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Issue Date:
14-Apr-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621754
DOI:
10.1002/cpp.1897
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/cpp.1897
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
10633995
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Psychological Research

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dc.contributor.authorVeale, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorWheatley, Jonen
dc.contributor.authorNaismith, Ionaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-19T11:30:26Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-19T11:30:26Z-
dc.date.issued2014-04-14-
dc.identifier.citationVeale. D. et al (2015) 'A New Therapeutic Community: Development of a Compassion-Focussed and Contextual Behavioural Environment', Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22 (4):285en
dc.identifier.issn10633995-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/cpp.1897-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621754-
dc.description.abstractSocial relationships and communities provide the context and impetus for a range of psychological developments, from genetic expression to the development of core self-identities. This suggests a need to think about the therapeutic changes and processes that occur within a community context and how communities can enable therapeutic change. However, the ‘therapeutic communities’ that have developed since the Second World War have been under-researched. We suggest that the concept of community, as a change process, should be revisited within mainstream scientific research. This paper briefly reviews the historical development of therapeutic communities and critically evaluates their current theory, practice and outcomes in a systematic review. Attention is drawn to recent research on the nature of evolved emotion regulation systems, the way these are entrained by social relationships, the importance of affiliative emotions in the regulation of threat and the role of fear of affiliative emotions in psychopathology. We draw on concepts from compassion-focussed therapy, social learning theory and functional analytical psychotherapy to consider how members of a therapeutic community can be aware of each other’s acts of courage and respond using compassion. Living in structured and affiliative-orientated communities that are guided by scientific models of affect and self-regulation offers potential therapeutic advantages over individual outpatient therapy for certain client groups. This conclusion should be investigated further. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/cpp.1897en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectCompassion focused therapyen
dc.subjectTherapeutic communityen
dc.subjectAttachmenten
dc.subjectCompassionen
dc.subjectFunctional analytical psychotherapyen
dc.subjectReinforcementen
dc.subjectSystematic reviewen
dc.titleA new therapeutic community: Development of a compassion-focussed and contextual behavioural environmenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentKing's College Londonen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalClinical Psychology & Psychotherapyen
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Psychiatry; King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; London UK-
dc.contributor.institutionMental Health Research Unit; Kingsway Hospital; Derby UK-
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Psychiatry; King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; London UK-
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Psychiatry; King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; London UK-
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