Tom Harrison, Chair, Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments
Tom Harrison is a psychiatrist who is at present (in 2011) working part-time, whilst doing a PhD on Richard Crocket and the History of the Ingrebourne Therapeutic Community. He has worked for nearly 40 years in the NHS, three of which in a therapeutic community service in Birmingham. He later helped to set up a couple of units which incorporated aspects of the Therapeutic Community approach. He has recently stepped down from chairing the Enabling Environments Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Community of Communities : He still remains a member and is "very excited about the possibilities it presents of incorporating some of the principles of Therapeutic Communities in everyday work of the NHS, prisons, teaching, management and housing."
Tom chairs the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments, which is jointly supporting this conference with PETT and the History of Medicine Unit at the University of Birmingham.