Adolescent therapeutic community treatment: an Australian perspective

Jaimie Chloe Northam, Lynne MAGOR-BLATCH

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the adolescent therapeutic community (ATC) literature - drawing on studies primarily from the USA with consideration made to the Australian context. Design/methodology/approach: A review of the efficacy research for ATCs is considered, and the characteristics of Australians accessing ATC treatment are discussed in the context of developmental needs. Findings: Similarities are found in what precipitates and perpetuates adolescent substance use in the USA and Australia, and therefore, what appears to facilitate effective treatment utilising the therapeutic community model. Originality/value: The paper provides a valuable perspective for Australian services, and explores the application of the ATC model within the Australian treatment context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalTherapeutic Communities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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