Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Eric Broekaert RIP

Eric was the man who held the whole of the TC movement in one breath and sentence: we were planning a 2017 festschrift on his retirement as Professor of Orthopedagogy to the University of Ghent. But sadly, he died before it happened - so his senior lieutenants there, Wouter and Stejn, organised it as an evening conference, memorial and celebration.

Steve Pearce and I were regular visitors to his department, and here is a video clip of one of his last conversations with us - beer in hand!

A very thick and erudite issue of the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities was published in his honour, and I was invited to present it to the audience. Here is the Prezi: http://bit.ly/2i1vQfr

Dear Eric - we miss you very much. I only hope that there is somebody with your breadth of vision and intellect to break through our increasingly territorial divisions, in the world of democratic mental health, therapeutic communities and enabling environments...

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