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Category — Material arising from the work of the Cotswold Community

Principles of The Cotswold Community

In 1975 Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, consultant child psychotherapist, enabled the one of the households to formulate some principles (not rules) to guide and inform their day-to-day living.

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Need Assessment: II Making an assessment, 1970

Barbara Dockar-Drysdale’s discussion and examples of a particular kind of need assessment that came into being as the result of a collection of experiences at a school for deeply disturbed and deprived children (the Mulberry Bush) and in a therapeutic community which evolved from an approved school (the Cotswold Community).

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The Experience of Breakdown and the Breakdown that Can’t Be Experienced

In this paper, Patrick Tomlinson writes about the significance of breakdown in the lives of traumatized and abused children, highlighting the implications for those attempting to provide treatment for these children, potentially enabling them to recover.

The paper is included on this site as a PDF document.

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A Critical Historical Analysis of an Approved School Transforming into a Therapeutic Community: The Journey of a Healing Culture.

Jessica Phillips lived at the Cotswold Community as a young child as her parents worked there. While at university she took the opportunity to re-appraise the work of the Cotswold Community through the research project which lead to this dissertation.

The paper is included on this site as a PDF document.

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Interview: Paul Van Heeswyk

In this clip of film Paul van Heeswyk explains the nature of therapeutic care and the complexities of helping children with attachment problems.

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