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The mission of the World Federation of
Therapeutic Communities

The goal of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) is to join together in a worldwide association of sharing, understanding and cooperation within the global TC Movement as well as to widen recognition and acceptance of the Therapeutic Community and the Therapeutic Community approach among health organizations and health delivery systems of international and national bodies.

The WFTC calls for a holistic approach to healing – drawing upon all the disciplines, including medical, psychiatric, and social services, as well as TC trained professional service providers. The WFTC recognizes the importance of adapting the TC model to the respective cultures of programs in countries worldwide.

GOALS of the WFTC:

Relate, as the international voice for the Therapeutic Community movement to other segments of the worldwide treatment, prevention, enforcement and research areas;

Articulate definitions and standards of practice for the international Therapeutic Community Movement;

Create an international repository and distribution center for worldwide Therapeutic Community data and information;

Coordinate training teams and programs in assisting treatment colleagues to establish and enhance viable Therapeutic Communities;

Secure funding for the WFTC and its efforts in training and research from government, corporate and foundation sources;

Build bridges with other professional disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, sociology, management, etc.) for the purpose of developing mutual understanding and partnership in health delivery;

Establish official liaison with international governmental as well as professional and private bodies;

Establish and maintain a Secretariat/Headquarters for implementation of the foregoing goals;

Sponsor the World Conferences of Therapeutic Communities.


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