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Fountain HouseCreating Community in Mental Health Practice$
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Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157100

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157100.001.0001

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Core Principles of a Working Community

Core Principles of a Working Community

(p.43) 3 Core Principles of a Working Community
Fountain House

Alan Doyle

Julius Lanoil

Kenneth J. Dudek

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the nature of the Fountain House as a working community. The Fountain House is structured as a workplace during the day, followed by social and recreational activities in the evening. More than a workplace, visionary John Beard envisioned the Fountain House as an “intentional community” purposely designed to provide a restorative environment for severely disabled psychiatric patients. The notion of community refers to a place that encompasses a relational ethic and one's awareness of being a part of a group. The notion was deeply embedded into the units or working areas that Beard formed at the Fountain House. The Fountain House working community emanates from the daily application of the following core principles: the need for member involvement; the need to be needed; member choice in all matters; and the collaborative nature of human interaction.

Keywords:   Fountain House, working community, John Beard, intentional community, psychiatric patients, member involvement, member choice, collaborative human interaction

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