First EFTC President Prof. Eric Broekaert included in the 2nd Orthopedagogische Reeks Gent, Special Education publication entitled Therapeutic Communities a quote from American Author Thomas Wolfe(Wolfe 1940) who wrote’: ‘We had a ‘concept’ about truth and beauty and love and reality – and that hardened our ideas about what all the words stood for. After that, we had no doubt about them – or at any rate, could not admit that we did. This was wrong, because the essence of belief is doubt, the essence of reality is questioning’.
EFTC Conferences, Institutes and other occasions provide our members and other colleagues from all disciplines of drug treatment provision the opportunity to present, question, clarify and communicate the results, and evaluation of our collective contribution to individuals and families who suffer from the malaise of addiction, the related physical and life issues. The EFTC congresses continue to provide a channel of information within Europe on Rehabilitation and Drug Policy. EFTC also works in collaboration with EWODOR and other providers to offer annual symposia on evidence-based addiction treatment.
EFTC 2017 Conference, Dublin, Republic of Ireland – 20-22 September 2017.
We look back on a very well organised and inspiring conference with more than 250 delegates. Plenary speakers (and around 50 other presenters, both TC practitioners and researchers):
- Naya Arbiter – Amity Foundation, USA
- David Best – Sheffield Hallam University, England
- Catherine Comiskey – Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- George De Leon – New York University, USA
- Michael Donnellan – Irish Prison Service, Ireland
- Sharon Dawe – Griffith University, Australia
- Gilberto Gerra – UNODC, Italy
- Eamon Keenan – National Drug Treatment Centre, Ireland
- Rod Mullen – Amity Foundation, USA
- Wouter Vanderplasschen – Gent University, Belgium
- Rowdy Yates – EFTC, Scotland
Coolmine TC (Ireland) and Phoenix Futures (UK) sailed (From Kinsale and Portsmouth respectively) to Dublin using crews of TC residents. Further details at: