Message from Conference Chair


For those of us  in  the TC movement, the term “community” is heavily imbued with meaning and significance.  It is a central  concept that  guides the way we organize and operationalize our unique  service delivery model.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the core TC principle of “Community as Method”.   In the past TC were characterised by a rather rigid and doctrinaire approach to the manner in which they operationalized  and implemented “Community as Method” .  In recent years the closed nature of many TC’s has given way to a more responsive and open stance to the way they do business – both inwardly and outwardly.    This has involved a deconstruction and partial reconstruction of the place and role of community within the TC model

The theme for our 2013 ATCA Conference: Building Communities, invites and challenges us to engage in  a wide ranging dialogue around  the phenomenon of community   – one that courageously explores the options and  implications of moving beyond a restricted and limiting conceptualization  of the term.

In addition to showcasing an impressive line-up of  national and international speakers Building Communities  will  provide opportunities for networking, peer support and professional development.

This conference provides an opportunity to explore possible futures – to think about  the concerns, constraints, considerations that might shape  the service delivery landscape of tomorrow and   how Therapeutic Communities might adapt and evolve in such a landscape.

I encourage you to attend and look forward to seeing you in October.


Mitchell Giles
Chair, ATCA Organising Committee
Board Member, ATCA and CEO, Lives Lived Well