Please come and join us for all or part of the day!

Sunday 1st July 2012

(10.00 – 12.30)  Morning Sessions

Welcome and introduction the Planned Environment Therapy Trust

Attics of the Mind: PETT and Researching a Therapeutic Community [Dr. Tom Harrison]

Therapeutic Community in a Prison Setting: History, Challenges and Opportunities [Phil Hawkins - HMP Grendon]

The role and value of archives and oral history [Dr. Craig Fees]

(12.30-1.30)  LUNCH

A complimentary cold buffet lunch will be provided along with refreshments throughout the day.

(1.30 – 3.00) Afternoon sessions

Working with traumatised children at the Mulberry Bush School [John Diamond – The Mulberry Bush School]

Why Play Matters: the healing power of play [Dr. Linnet McMahon]

Therapeutic work with ex-soldiers, and other adults with mental health problems [London-based Community Housing and Therapy (CHT)]

(3.00 – 3.20) Final session

The work and the way forward [PETT Executive Director Richard Rollinson]

(3.30-4.00)  Tea, cake, discussion

Please contact Chris for more information or to confirm your attendance

As the Planned Environment Therapy Trust enters an exciting new era, we would like to invite you to join us for a 'Working Open Day' on Sunday 1st July (10am-4pm) at our base at the Barns Centre, Gloucestershire. The day will be an opportunity to learn more about the history of the Trust and its future direction, and also a chance for you to meet with others involved with, and interested in, our work.

groupOur mission at PETT is one of active engagement with and for as many as possible of those - past, present or future - who live and work in therapeutic communities and environments for the personal, social and emotional growth of each person and of everyone together as a group. This is the heart of our activity, our primary task. 

By bringing people together, old and new, familiar and not-yet-familiar, we aim to create a networking and sharing event, where we can exchange ideas about the work we do, and can do. It's a day to ask questions, generate ideas, and discuss issues that are important and relevant to this work – so we have called this a 'Working Open Day'.

Workshop sessions and short talks will be happening throughout the day, giving a taste of the work of the Trust, as well as the work and interests of some of those we work closely with. Short sessions will be led by:

  • PETT trustee and author Dr. Linnet McMahon on play therapy
  • John Gale and/or a colleague from London-based Community Housing and Therapy (CHT) on their
 therapeutic work with ex-soldiers, and other adults with mental health problems
  • Dr. Tom Harrison of the University of Birmingham speaking about his current research into the
history and practice of therapeutic communities, and his work with the Royal College of
  • A representative from Kent-based ISP therapeutic fostering talking about therapeutic environments
in foster care 
  • A member of the therapeutic community programme at HMP Grendon Underwood near Aylesbury,
cited in a recent BBC documentary as the only therapeutic community prison in Europe
  • A member of the therapeutic team at the Mulberry Bush School near Oxford, talking about the
internationally-known work they do with traumatised children.
  • There will be tours of the Archive and Library, chances to see some of the material we hold, and of course, plenty of time to ask questions about the Archive and about the recently completed and highly-acclaimed HLF-supported project, 'Therapeutic Living with Other People's Children'.

But it won't be all hard work! Whether you have known us for many years, visited perhaps once, or only just heard of us and are simply curious, we hope you'll feel able to come and spend the day with us. You will certain be made to feel welcome! A lunch will be provided, and weather permitting, we'll be enjoying plenty of alfresco informal time in the beautiful grounds of Barns House.

If you're interested in attending or have any questions please get in touch with Chris.

instacam_2012-05-31_10-07-35-pm-1PETT's Executive Director Rich Rollinson and Communications Officer/Oral Historian Gemma Geldart went to London on Thursday 31st May for the Community of Communities Annual Forum 2012.  

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Community of Communities is a peer review body and process, which offers accreditation and regulates core values for current therapeutic communities as well as providing a way for different TCs to communicate with each other.  

The Forum, a key event in C-of-C's calendar, offered a rich and diverse programme, with a range of different communities represented (adults / children and young people / prisons ) and a mix of community members, staff and service users.  International TCs were well represented with delegates from Italy, Greece and India, and contributions from as far as India and Sri Lanka.  

The keynote address was delivered by Professor Peter Fonagy, 'Mentalization and Attachment: The Implication for Community-Based Therapies', and plenty of time was allocated for informal conversation, affording the opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues and of course providing the chance to meet new ones.

Rich was invited to speak on the panel debate at the end of the day, and PETT had a presence in the form of a poster presentation which was a source of interest throughout the day (we hope!).

More information about the Community of Communities and how to join can be found on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website.

We're already looking forward to next year!

e-newsletter4Haven't received a copy of our latest PETT newsletter (Spring 2012)?

Download your copy here!

Formally the last of four in our 'Therapeutic Living with Other People's Children' project series, this latest newsletter from PETT also promises to be the first in a new series that takes us beyond the project.

In this edition you'll find more information on the final stages of the project: Trinity Catholic School's performance of 'Mal-er-juhs-ted', the final community event, the final project statistics.  You'll also find more about our activity since September, and what we're moving towards...

If you're on our mailing list, you'll also have recieved your invitation to our Working Open Day on July 1st.  Since the publication of our newsletter we've had several speakers confirm and can now give much more information about the day.

Download more information here!

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If you didn't receive your newsletter and invite by post or via email, that probably means you're not on our mailing list.  If you'd like to join the list or to request a hard-copy of the newsletter, please contact Chris on 01242 620125 or by email


 John Armstrong (1913 – 2011) Gathering of Celebration

To be held 6th July 2012, at the Mulberry Bush School, Standlake, Oxford

jarmstrong2The Mulberry Bush School and the family of John Armstrong would like to invite people to join together for a celebration of John's life and work on Friday, 6 July 2012 at the School in Standlake, Oxfordshire.

This is an opportunity for people connected with John and the Mulberry Bush across the years to come together and honour him and all that he did to make the Bush a place that affected so many children and adults, quite often changing the course of their lives.

Such a Gathering will be a fitting and much deserved tribute to John himself. Equally, for all of us who come together on this day and for the Bush itself it will serve as a vital reminder not only of the nature of the commitment required to sustain the therapeutic task but also of the character and substance of the kind of person who can see it through over many years and the many hours and weeks of daily living and learning.     

A more detailed programme for this occasion will be available in due course. For now we can confirm that the event will begin at 3 PM and its formal end will be at 7PM.  Many people when remembering John will likely associate him with events like Open Days and Friends of the Bush evenings held on the front field in the lovely summer brightness and warmth. Therefore it will be no surprise to learn that the Gathering itself will begin at 3 with an informal mingling of all participants around food and drink. This will be followed by a session of slightly more formal spoken recollections and tributes from those who knew and worked with him, and as part of this there will be a chance for anyone else to share their thoughts and memories of John.  

jarmstrong1Further informal conversations can recommence after this, with further opportunity to look at some of the displays about John and the Bush of that era. If anyone has an item – photo, object or..? - that you wish to send on to be included or to bring on the day, please do so. Alongside recording the event, we shall also have a facility to record at least some people's brief memories of John to add to the Mulberry Bush Archive held at the Planned Environment Therapy Trust.

If you wish to come along, please write directly to the Mulberry Bush confirming your intention, or email Richard Rollinson, former Director of the Mulberry Bush. We also request that if someone knows another person who might wish to attend they alert him/her to this information, or send us contact details so we can advise them.

Last week you may have caught 'Great Lives' on Radio 4 featuring Tom Robinson who spoke about George Lyward, and reflected on his own time spent at Finchden Manor (at time of writing the programme was still available to listen to on iplayer).  Now another programme, 'All in the Mind' will see Claudia Hammond visit HMP Grendon, 'the only prison in Europe which operates wholly as a therapeutic community'.   This programme will be broadcast on Tue 8 May 2012 at 9pm and Wed 9 May 2012 at 3.30pm on BBC Radio 4, more information about the programme is available here on the Radio 4 website.