The Joint Newsletter of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities, and the Planned Environment Therapy Trust (2001-2004)
The Joint Newsletter of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities, and the Planned Environment Therapy Trust (and the Community of Communities when it first came along) was an ambitious joint venture of the three main British charities devoted to therapeutic communities and environments. It published from 2002 to 2004, and the twelve issues are still available online. Hardcopies are available from P.E.T.T.
The Archive housed the editorial offices, and performed the main tasks of Executive Editing, desk top publishing, liaising with the printer, and posting. The Joint Newsletter - an interim, provisional title which stuck - brought together News and Current Affairs, Opinion, Archives and History, the Arts, Cartoons and Humour, and Correspondence, in an accessible way which involved the full spectrum of the therapeutic community world: therapists, residents, administrators, researchers, ex-staff, former residents, children of current adults, family-members, friends, writers, publishers...psychiatric, prison, addictions, children and young people...
Writing in issue Number 7, American subscriber and Clinical Psychologist J. Tyler Carpenter captured the essence of the Joint Newsletter project:
"...I found that reading the entirety of The Joint Newsletter No.6 was akin to me actively listening to a long and complex musical composition comprised of tone poems, chord changes, different movements, and intermittent solo and choral activity. By turns I was engaged, lulled, soothed, and surprised. At the end of the experience, when I had metabolized the individual contributions and a sense of the whole emerged in my mind, I realized with some subtle shock, that the effect of the Newsletter was to expand my sense of the multifarious milieu into cyberspace, and in doing so extend the shared sense of community."
This was a great exercise.
The Back Page of the Joint Newsletter was regularly used for art and poetry. On this occasion, each member of the Webb House Therapeutic Community had written a haiku. Using the primitive desktop publishing program then available, these were hand-crafted into a Large Group Community meeting.