The origins of the therapeutic community in England are most often associated with the work of and W.R.
Bion, Richman, Harold Bridger, S.J. Foulkes, Maxwell Jones and Tom Main. In Italy with Franco
Bassaglia and Diego Napolitani. But while it is true that psychoanalytic thinking only ever takes place
within a specific tradition of thinking, there is always scope for a cross over. This conference – the second
in a series – aims precisely at a mutual sharing of ideas between clinicians and academics across
divergent discourses, dialects and traditions.
In the last two years over 1,500 professionals from 65 different countries have joined INDTC. Why is
interest in therapeutic communities growing so fast? What is the experience of international cross cultural
cooperation like? Is it relevant for you - should you be getting involved?