The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the adolescent therapeutic community (ATC) literature – drawing on studies primarily from the USA with consideration made to the Australian context.
A review of the efficacy research for ATCs is considered, and the characteristics of Australians accessing ATC treatment are discussed in the context of developmental needs.
Similarities are found in what precipitates and perpetuates adolescent substance use in the USA and Australia, and therefore, what appears to facilitate effective treatment utilising the therapeutic community model.
The paper provides a valuable perspective for Australian services, and explores the application of the ATC model within the Australian treatment context.
Northam, J.C. and Magor-Blatch, L.E. (2016), "Adolescent therapeutic community treatment – an Australian perspective", Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 204-212. https://doi.org/10.1108/TC-01-2016-0002Download as .RIS
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