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The TC residents' process of change examined from a psychotherapeutic perspective: lessons based on 21 single cases

Virginie Debaere (UGent) and Stijn Vanheule (UGent)
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Outcome studies have demonstrated that Therapeutic Communities (TCs) are effective in providing a drug-free lifestyle. However, from a psychotherapeutic perspective, little is known about the residents’ mental and relational processes of change. To investigate this ‘black box’, we followed all 21 residents that started treatment in a Belgian TC in 2010. 8 residents accomplished Primary Treatment; 13 dropped out at an early or intermediate stage. Next to administrating The Inventory of Interpersonal Problems at four stage transition moments, we conducted individual interviews every three weeks focusing on participants’ TC experiences. We investigated how the residents’ use of TC tools and their coping with TC sanctions have an impact on affect regulation patterns, on interpersonal relations and on subjective well-being. Based on the data of the 8 ‘successful’ cases that we compared with the 13 ‘unsuccessful’ cases we identified process characteristics of effective TC treatment and described mental and relational changes.
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treatment process, drug-free Therapeutic Community, follow-up, Inventory of Interpersonal Problems

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Debaere, Virginie, and Stijn Vanheule. 2012. “The TC Residents’ Process of Change Examined from a Psychotherapeutic Perspective: Lessons Based on 21 Single Cases.” In 25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities, Abstracts.
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Debaere, V., & Vanheule, S. (2012). The TC residents’ process of change examined from a psychotherapeutic perspective: lessons based on 21 single cases. 25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities, Abstracts. Presented at the 25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities.
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Debaere V, Vanheule S. The TC residents’ process of change examined from a psychotherapeutic perspective: lessons based on 21 single cases. 25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities, Abstracts. 2012.
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Debaere, Virginie, and Stijn Vanheule. “The TC Residents’ Process of Change Examined from a Psychotherapeutic Perspective: Lessons Based on 21 Single Cases.” 25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities, Abstracts. 2012. Print.
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  abstract     = {Outcome studies have demonstrated that Therapeutic Communities (TCs) are effective in providing a drug-free lifestyle. However, from a psychotherapeutic perspective, little is known about the residents{\textquoteright} mental and relational processes of change. To investigate this {\textquoteleft}black box{\textquoteright}, we followed all 21 residents that started treatment in a Belgian TC in 2010. 8 residents accomplished Primary Treatment; 13 dropped out at an early or intermediate stage.  Next to administrating The Inventory of Interpersonal Problems at four stage transition moments, we conducted individual interviews every three weeks focusing on participants{\textquoteright} TC experiences.  We investigated how the residents{\textquoteright} use of TC tools and their coping with TC sanctions have an impact on affect regulation patterns, on interpersonal relations and on subjective well-being. Based on the data of the 8 {\textquoteleft}successful{\textquoteright} cases that we compared with the 13 {\textquoteleft}unsuccessful{\textquoteright} cases we identified  process characteristics of effective TC treatment and described mental and relational changes.},
  author       = {Debaere, Virginie and Vanheule, Stijn},
  booktitle    = {25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities, Abstracts},
  keyword      = {treatment process,drug-free Therapeutic Community,follow-up,Inventory of Interpersonal Problems},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Bali, Indonesia},
  title        = {The TC residents' process of change examined from a psychotherapeutic perspective: lessons based on 21 single cases},
  year         = {2012},
}