Established at the end of 2013, Trustees of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust created the role of PETT Fellow as a tool for extending and developing its working relationships, and to provide a home base for research, thinking, and the development of work and projects together.
Dr. Carolyn Mears
A founding Trustee of the Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative, Carolyn turned her experience as the parent of a child trapped inside Columbine High School during the 1999 shootings into an outstanding oral history project with other parents, gaining her PhD from the University of Denver with "Experiences of Columbine Parents: Finding a Way to Tomorrow". Her dissertation was named the Outstanding Qualitative Dissertation of the Year by the American Educational Research Association in 2005, and is available in the Archive and Study Centre Library.
The unique oral history approach Carolyn developed was described in her first book, Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach, a finalist for the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Qualitative Book of the Year Award in 2010. Her most recent book is Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma, which brings together the experiences of a variety of educationalists and students in the wake of trauma as diverse as the Columbine shootings, Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks on New York City, and school shootings in Finland. Both these books are available in the Library as well.
Co-founder with Anando Chatterji of the Hank Nunn Institute in India, Shama is a psychologist and therapeutic community psychotherapist with a passion for communication, for learning about, developing and sharing therapeutic community practice and understanding worldwide. In her podcast features on the PETT website, Letters from Shama, Shama shares her exploration of the field and the work that is being created in India and elsewhere, introducing us to others in the field, bringing other voices in, and building a resource of creation and communication on which others can draw and grow from.
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Historically, the Planned Environment Therapy Trust has engaged with researchers and other friends and colleagues through Fellowship.
Dr. Lesley Caldwell, 1996-1998
In 1996 the Trust appointed psychotherapist and Greenwich University lecturer Dr. Lesley Caldwell as its first Archive Fellow. Later Director of the Squiggle Foundation and Chair of the Winnicott Trust, and currently an honorary reader in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, the one-year Fellowship included a research grant, which enabled Dr. Caldwell to immerse herself in the Cassel Hospital archives and to carry out related research. The Fellowship and grant were renewed in 1997-1998. One outcome was Dr. Caldwell's article “Continuities and Discontinuities at the Cassel Hospital Richmond 1977-1982”, published in Psychoanalytic Studies 3:3/4, pp. 363-379.
Prof. Lawrence J. Friedman, 1999-2001
In 1999 Prof. Lawrence J. Friedman of the University of Indiana was awarded an Archive Fellowship and grant to support his research into innovations in psychology and psychiatry in Britain during the Second World War, with a particular reference to developments in therapeutic community. The Fellowship and grant were renewed for 2000-2001. Author of the recent "The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love's Prophet" (Columbia University Press, 2013), and currently Visiting Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, while an Archive Fellow Prof. Friedman provided the focal point for two PETT "Leaderless Group" residential seminars, in which the history of British psychotherapy, psychiatry and therapeutic environments were explored with leading groups of historians, psychiatrists and psychotherapists, and research students. When he was awarded the Archive Fellowship in 1999, Prof. Friedman wrote to the Chairman of the Trust, "As you have probably already discovered, I regard Church Lane in Cheltenham as my British research home and look forward to returning for another good research stint."
In 2007, without the resources on its own to develop the new and exciting outreach and engagement programmes it envisioned, the Planned Environment Therapy Trust joined with the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Birmingham to create a new organisation, based in the Archive and Study Centre, called the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments.