National Therapeutic Community Symposium
March 5-8, 2012
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC
The Nanaimo Addiction Foundation and Nanaimo Region John Howard Society would like to invite professionals supporting the needs of individuals struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues to attend the Symposium.
What is a Therapeutic Community?
“A therapeutic community is a drug-free environment in which people with addictive (and other) problems live together in an organized and structured way in order to promote change and make possible a drug-free life in the outside society. The therapeutic community forms a miniature society in which residents, and staff in the role of facilitators, fulfil distinctive roles and adhere to clear rules, all designed to promote the transitional process of the residents.”(Ottenberg 1993 in Broekaert: 2001:29).
Who should attend?
Professionals providing programs and services or offering support for individuals challenged by addiction and/or mental health issues are invited. Targeted guests include: Academics, R.C.M.P. Corrections staff and management, health authorities, government program managers and leaders, Canadian Forces staff, addiction treatment staff, researchers, employment assistance program providers, planners and policy makers, community workers, legal professionals, justice system staff, and others.