Care is therapy


Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By JOHN BURTON E: jb@johnbbrixton.demon.co.uk www.standardsforpractice.co.uk In common with several colleagues of “a certain age” (my fellow Caring Times columnist, Martin Wigg, for example), most of my early years in social care were spent working with children and young people. My qualifying training is “the certificate in the residential care of children and young people” (CRCCYP). In the 1960s and ’70s, those of us who took this profession seriously aspired to do “therapeutic work”. Our models were places such as The Mulberry Bush and later The Cotswold Community and Peper Harrow. Among our “gurus” were Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, Richard Balbernie and Melvyn Rose. *The care home as a therapeutic environment* I was fortunate to have had further training from people such as Chris Beedell and Roger Clough at Bristol University, at the Tavistock Clinic, and later training as a counsellor, group worker and organisational consultant. With this background, working in and with care homes for all a





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