Welsh Researchers find, in an audit of data from North Wales, that a 40% rate of voluntary and involuntary hospital admissions in the context of Community Treatment Orders raises questions about the orders’ effectiveness. Results appear in
Lepping, P., Malik, M., Community treatment orders: current practice and a framework to aid clinicians.
The Psychiatrist (2013) 37:54-57
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at