Date of Award

5-13-2015

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Nicole Taylor

First Committee Member

Peter Buirski

Second Committee Member

William Staudenmaier

Keywords

Therapeutic community, severe and persistent mental illness, change, trauma

Abstract

In order to gain better understanding of how therapeutic communities instigate change, this interpretative phenomenological study explores the recognized agents of change as reported by current and recent community members of a particular therapeutic community. Four superordinate themes were discovered: the structure of the program, engagement in the community, intentionality/mindfulness, and applied knowledge. While the results from this study are similar in several ways to the current literature, they also expand the literature about therapeutic communities in one important way. The change agents reported as leading to healing strongly resemble current best practice for the treatment of trauma. Limitations and suggestions for further research are discussed.

Extent

39 pages

Included in

Psychology Commons

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