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World Federation of Therapeutic Communities Institute.
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Lerici Castle near Cinque Terre
Rod Mullen and Naya Arbiter are among the 200 international experts gathering in Genoa, Italy for the IV World Federation of Therapeutic Communities Institute.
Rod Mullen and Naya Arbiter are among the 200 international experts gathering in Genoa, Italy for the IV World Federation of Therapeutic Communities Institute.
International TC specialists gather in Genoa, Italy for the IV World Federation of Therapeutic Communities Institute.

Recognized nationally and internationally for their personal dedication and professional expertise in TC methodology, Rod Mullen, President and CEO, Amity Foundation, and Naya Arbiter, Principal, Extensions LLC, are among the 200 invited specialists participating in the IV World Federation of Therapeutic Communities Institute: The future of the Therapeutic Community in the Changing World in Genoa, Italy from the 14th to the 18th of October 2010. The institute, organized by the WFTC and by the Centro di Solidariettà di Genova, is dedicated to the discussion of critical issues including the changing needs of TC residents, model effectiveness, and future directions of the TC initiative. Worldwide there is a critical need for successful in-prison and offender re-entry programs. To address this issue, the WFTC Scientific Committee has invited Rod Mullen to present studies from US prison programs, including the Amity TC initiative in California, as examples of evidence-based research on Therapeutic Communities.

The World Federation of Therapeutic Communities was established to create an association of sharing, understanding and cooperation within the global TC movement. A goal of the WFTC is to create an international repository for worldwide Therapeutic Community data and information to widen recognition and acceptance of the Therapeutic Community approach among health organizations and health delivery systems of international and national bodies. The 200 invited participants, representing 42 countries within the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, will analyze the challenges facing today’s Therapeutic Communities and how to orient the TC in the light of the present and future social changes. Results obtained from this intensive dialogue will be presented, and a publication will be created describing the guidelines for all the Therapeutic Communities of the world working together to restore dignity to marginalized populations impacted by drug addiction and criminality.