"The Planned Environment Therapy Trust and 'The Work': An Overview"

Richard Rollinson , Executive Director, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

Introduction and Extroduction by Tom Harrison

Richard Rollinson

Richard Rollinson

Richard is (in 2011) the new Executive Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust and an Independent Consultant in the fields of Child Care, Education and Mental Health across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors, as well as in commercial business. He is a Fellow of the Dartington Social Policy Group at Warren House and of the Portuguese Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

He has a long association with Therapeutic Communities, having worked at the Mulberry Bush for over 20 years, where from 1991 to 2001 he was its Director, and at the Peper Harow Foundation from 2001 to 2005, where he was Director, Children and Young People. He was a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Work at Reading University (1986 – 1991) and continues to teach on such professional training courses here and abroad. He qualified as a Social Worker with an MSc from Oxford University in 1983 and in 2005 completed the MA in Organisational Consulting at Ashridge Business School, where he was awarded ”The Dragon” for exceptional contribution to the programme. On several occasions from the 1990s he was Chair of Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities and remains the Chair of the Care Leavers’ Foundation.

Increasingly in recent years his interest and practice has focussed on Transitions - understanding and managing both them and even more ourselves while in the midst of them.