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By Dennie Briggs

Starting with their first assembly in 1956 and finishing with Maxwell Jones' dying in 1990, A lifestyles good Lived follows the expansion of a friendship among key figures in social psychiatry and tracks the evolution of healing groups from their experimental beginnings to the confirmed practices that exist this present day. As an in depth buddy and widespread collaborator, Briggs is ready to recount intimately Jones' innovative paintings in psychological hospitals, prisons, groups and colleges, and gives a unprecedented and fascinating perception into the brain of 1 of crucial pioneers within the healing group box.

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I was very impressed with Max’s achievements in such a short time. His mental health teams had jurisdiction over the communities the patients had come from and where they would be returning. Whilst hospitalized, the patients were housed with their “neighbors,” enabling support groups to form that could continue when they left hospital. The teams spent a good deal of their time in the community in prevention that cut down the need for hospitalization. Max was able to so reduce that need that they had closed some of the wards—but not without strong resistance.

Pupil: They don’t make sense to me. Max: My feelings are that this would be a good place to stop and involve the audience. And there he ran into trouble. The children would have none of it; they would end the discussion when they were good and ready. Max tried again. They ignored him. He was fast becoming fidgety, checking his watch every few minutes, shifting around in his chair, crossing and recrossing his legs. The meeting continued for 42 A LIFE WELL LIVED another ten minutes and I felt that I had to rescue Max, so called it to a close myself.

He suggested we collaborate on a paper outlining, and 38 A LIFE WELL LIVED giving reference to Doug’s and others’ ideas in criminology that psychiatry could use. He also suggested his long-time colleague, Joy Tuxford, as a collaborator. She was working there in the community phase of his project and had spent time with me at Chino. ” There are many therapeutic communities to be found in mental hospitals, but where the [California] Department of Corrections has something to teach us in mental hospitals is that their therapeutic communities are being developed for quite explicit reasons, these being specific treatment for “types” of individuals based on experimental classification schemes.

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