RTCI: RadioTC International (2006)
RadioTC International flourished between 2006 and 2009, during which almost 300 podcasts on therapeutic communities were created and "broadcast" to the World Wide Web.
It brought the vision and scope of the old Joint Newsletter [of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities, Planned Environment Therapy Trust and (latterly) the Community of Communities] (2001-2004) to the Internet, using the digital platform provided by the Therapeutic Community Open Forum to share music, interviews, conferences, meetings, lectures, art work, archives, literature, news, research and the enthusiasm of therapeutic community members and professionals around the world. It was the radio and media station for an online community of therapeutic community.
It was brought to an end as a living, growing, working medium largely as a consequence of the rapid changes in the world of the Internet, and the inability within the tightly stretched resources of the Archive and Study Centre and the Therapeutic Community Open Forum to keep up: there was simply one too many software conflicts. With one or two exceptions the recordings stayed where they were and can still be downloaded from the Therapeutic Community Open Forum website, if you read the special "how-to" instructions and disregard the "download" and "stream" buttons for each programme. But by the time reliable tools had come along to make it possible to reinstate the links in a readily accessible way, it was too late to revive the station itself as a growing entity.
This means that RadioTC International is now a legacy enterprise, of considerable ongoing value. The original files remain on the Therapeutic Community Open Forum server. We have used the resources of the Archive to reinstate what we hope will be reliable and sustainable tools for accessing them, as a form of historical preservation in the digital/Internet age. They are also stored and can be accessed at the Archive and Study Centre itself.
To access programmes, please see the "RadioTC International: Complete List of Programmes" web-page below.
RadioTC International called itself "The station created by and for the therapeutic community world". It began broadcasting on March 20th, 2006 on the Therapeutic Community Open Forum website. Proposed by PETT archivist Craig Fees, who acted as station manager and programme producer throughout its life, and nursed into reality by Ian Milne, it was conceived as "a portal into the vigorous and challenging world of therapeutic community, therapeutic environments, milieu therapy and planned environment therapy, where it is the people involved in therapeutic community who make and present the programmes themselves, for a world wide audience of people who are involved in therapeutic community, and people who are not..."
Over the next three years it produced 298 individually crafted audio programmes; 21 PowerPoint presentations; 8 videos; 14 scripts; speakers broadcasting in 8 languages, globally representating countries from Japan to Israel, ranging over sixty years of therapeutic community practice, and representing every type of therapeutic community from addictions to children's.
Programme makers included residents, staff, practitioners, family members, and even academics.
Among the most exciting and creative were programmes by European Federation of Therapeutic Communities President Anthony Slater, bringing the voices of Monsignor O'Brien, George De Leon, and a host of other therapeutic community leaders, practitioners and members from around the world.
An early feature were the Audio Diaries of former Association of Therapeutic Communities Chair Rex Haigh, a leading British figure in the mental health therapeutic communities field, which explored the growth pains of new therapeutic communities and took listeners to the cutting edge of current issues and debates.
RadioTC International carried historical recordings from the archives, as well as current conference recordings: ATC's Windsor Conference, Community of Community Annual Forums, and the inaugural conference of the Child Care History Network among them. Enjoy the programming.