People Need People – A Therapeutic Community

The following paper has been chosen by our Senior Archivist Nicky Hilton. The author gives a lively account of group work in an experimental psychiatric ward of a US Naval hospital in the early 1950s. Interactions between patients are used to explore how group therapy can be used to improve the health of the individual. At a time when it is necessary for us to stay physically apart to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the article is a reminder of how reflective practice and person-centred treatment can help the group thrive even in challenging times.

Please note, this article uses contemporary language to describe Black Americans.

Thank you to Nicky Hilton and Jen Galloway for unearthing such interesting items from The Mulberry Bush Third Space (MB3).

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