This hospital offers psychiatric treatment within the National Health Service, but it is unique in rejecting the medical model. No one at the Cassel receives any physical treatment, no drugs or E.C.T.; instead there is a therapeutic community which seeks to do away with the normal authority structure – everyone takes part in decision-making including budgeting and care of the residents. The film shows therapy sessions and includes interviews with staff and patients. One doctor says their methods, which include having whole families resident, would not be suitable for treating all psychiatric disorders but it offers lessons for all who work with people with psychiatric problems.
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