Classic Therapeutic Community Summit Fall 2021

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The Other Side Academy

667 East 100 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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Please join us in for this content-filled summit with sessions taught by practitioners and experts from existing Therapeutic Communities.

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Summit Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

5:30 – 8:00 pm – Welcome dinner and Opening Reception

  • Dinner provided by The Other Side Academy

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Classes and Sessions

  • Lunch and snacks provided
  • Evening – Tour and Dinner at Red Barn Academy and an overview of their Culinary Arts program and their new social enterprise.

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Classes and Closing Session

  • Lunch and snacks provided
  • Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 pm – Games (Limited availability – must RSVP)

Optional Activities

Full day intensive training (Optional)

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

  • 9 am – 9 pm
  • Learn the 3 core principles of the Peer Accountability Model found at the heart of the Classic Therapeutic Community Model in a classroom and learning lab environment.
  • Practice these principles in role-play scenarios with students and staff of The Other Side Academy
  • Culminate your day of training by participating in Games Tuesday evening at 7 pm
  • Cost: $500 per person. Group rates available.
  • Lunch and Dinner provided
  • Please email if you are interested in attending.

Deep Dive into The Other Side Academy (Optional)

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

  • 9 am – 4 pm
  • Tour of The Other Side Academy
  • Review of The Other Side Academy policies and processes
  • Review of The Other Side Academy finances
  • Tour of The Other Side Academy Social Enterprises
  • Observe Mock game with students and staff
  • Lunch provided
  • Cost: Free

What topics will be covered in the sessions?

In our last TC Summit that we held in 2018, we had sessions on Leadership Development, Impact Measurement and Data Collection, Retention Strategies, Financial Sustainability, and Effective Re-Entry and Aftercare. We are still developing our topics for our upcoming sessions, but they will be of a similar, operationally-focused nature.

We will invite existing practitioners to teach the sessions and the focus of the sessions will be primarily on operational procedures of the classic TC model as currently practiced. We plan on inviting academic and experts in the TC model to also join and present to us.

Who is this for?

  • Existing practitioners of Therapeutic Communities
  • Those in the Recovery Community who want to adopt the Peer Accountability Model
  • Those interested in starting their own Therapeutic Community
  • Those supportive of the classic TC model and are interested in learning more about it.
  • We welcome guests from anywhere in the globe that feel drawn to these principles.


  • There is no cost to attend the TC Summit.
  • There is no cost to attend the optional Deep Dive into The Other Side Academy.
  • There is a $500 cost per person to attend the optional 1-day Intensive Training. Please email if you are interested in attending.


There are many fine hotels and AirBNBs within 5 miles of our campus.


The TC Summit will be hosted on site at The Other Side Academy Campus. It is a smoke-free campus, so please no smoking, tobacco products or vaping. We are located at 667 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84058.

We are located in downtown Salt Lake City and are only 9 miles from the SLC International Airport. Uber and Lyft are active in Salt Lake and you can also reach us through the public transport system as well.

Hosted by The Other Side Academy

This summit is hosted by The Other SIde Academy in an effort to share best practices with other practitioners as well as invite others to adopt the effective practices of the classic TC model. Part of our mission is to help others replicate and implement these powerful principles and practices so more people can get the help they need faster.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 801-953-0409 (main office)
  • Email:

What is a Classic Therapeutic Community?

We are a group of organizations that have embraced or maintained many of the effective principles found in many of the early Therapeutic Communities (TC), such as Delancey Street, Phoenix House, Daytop Village, Samaritan House, and many others.

Many of these early TCs started receiving government funding to help expand, but with that funding, many started to modify and eventually abandoning many of the transformative principles and practices due to outside pressures. Today, many of these early TCs still exist and even still use the term Therapeutic Community, but they do not practice those core elements that were so effective, As such, most contemporary “therapeutic communities” are indistinguishable from traditional rehabs; the treatment is short, has no work component, and embraces traditional therapy.

However, a few of the early TCs maintained their independence and self-reliance, avoiding governmental interference and have maintained the fidelity to the early effective practices. These organizations include Delancey Street, Habilitat, and San Patrignano. There have been a few additional organizations that have since either been started by graduates of Delancey Street or have adopted many of the practices of the early Therapeutic Communities, including TROSA, The Other Side Academy, John Volken Academy, and Red Barn Academy.

Some key features we are using to define a Classic Therapeutic Community include long-term (two or more years), institutional self-reliance, peer-run (not professionalized), and classic peer accountability systems with practices such as Pull-ups, Passing, Games, and discipline.

We hope to re-establish this effective, proven model across the country and around the world and we invite you to help us in this mission.

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667 East 100 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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The Other Side Academy provides a two-year live-in vocational and life-skills training program for those who have hit rock bottom that teaches our participants how to live successful, productive lives free from the toxic and destructive behaviors of the past.  The Other Side Thrift Boutique is one of our vocational training school entirely run and operated by our students.

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