The Philadelphia Association was founded in 1965 by RD Laing and others to challenge accepted ways of understanding and treating mental and emotional suffering. This continues to be our aim.
We do this through our;
Community households where people with serious emotional difficulties can live with others for substantial periods of time and try to make sense of their difficulties and live more productive lives.
Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.
Psychotherapy training programme which encourages critical thinking and open mindedness.
Introductory course which provides an introduction to some of our ideas and ways of working.
We continue to hold the values which brought our founders together, above all:
A recognition and respect for the individuality of each person.
A belief in the value of ordinary ways of living and being together.
A scepticism towards ways of thinking that are too often taken for granted.
A commitment to conversation as a way of articulating what disturbs people.
We believe in the value of community as a way out of isolation and despair and as a way of fostering dignity, responsibility and greater autonomy.
How you can help
The PA needs money to maintain the two houses that it has and to help residents pay for their therapy. In the longer term we would like to have a third house. This might be one that was loaned to us for a reasonable period.
You can support the work of the houses by giving to the Community Houses Support Fund.
Please also remember the Philadelphia Association in your will. The organisation 'Remember a Charity' offers a will guide, highlighting the benefit of including a charity in your will. For further information please go to rememberacharity.org.uk.
Contact us on 0300 123 1708 or email@example.com
PA Introductory Course 2014
The Introductory Course is the first step to applying for the training at the Philadelphia Association. If you would like further information please contact the PA office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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