TC BEHIND THE WALLS. Challenges to Creating a Therapeutic Community in a Prison Setting. 9 Essential Elements of the Therapeutic Community . Use of Participant Roles Use of Membership Feedback Use of Members as role models Collective Formats for individual change (DeLeon, 1995).
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Challenges to Creating a Therapeutic Community in a Prison Setting
Resident Activity Coordinator
Peer MentorPARTICIPANT ROLES
Cross-training with custody staff to increase understanding of appropriate confrontation.
Positive role modeling reinforced through:
Providers must harness negative modeling and peer pressure and redirect.
Learning occurs in all collective gathering.
Custodial Counseling note to inmate file
Disciplinary report with loss of privileges
Removal from program with loss of time earning statusSHARED NORMS AND VALUES
Graduated incentives for increased responsibility
This challenges the bounds of “overfamiliarity” within a correctional setting
A healthy in-custody therapeutic community that incorporates all of the essential elements of the TC:
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