Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience
Care & Community Practicum III
Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH
375 hours (over 10 months).
September 2019 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explore your personal relationship to the ideals and practices of the community or group (empathy); recognize the effects of curative or social therapeutic exercises and activities; participate in co-creating a curative or social therapeutic atmosphere; take an active role in the development and evaluation of formal and informal practical, social, educational, and/or therapeutic plans based on the principles of anthroposophic curative education, social therapy, or other relevant field (versatility); continue to refine your ideas of the role of artistic processes in your own development and engage in some systematic practices on that basis; broaden and deepen your range of skills and influence (creativity); recognize and pursue opportunities to develop particular capacities in yourself based on a practice of self-discipline, objective self-assessment, and self-education (self-initiative); relate and apply your understanding and experience of anthroposophy with your work and your relationships, perceive clearly, free from personal judgment (active interest); take active responsibility within your team and beyond; effectively communicate with a diverse group of individuals regarding an individual’s or group’s program and needs; support all members in working through social difficulties; take an active role in conflict resolution; help facilitate group processes, including orienting new team members and adapting processes based on individual needs (cooperation); give guidance and supervision to newcomers regarding routine activity, in consultation with your team leader; assist the leader in carrying groups; complete formal written and oral reports in a professional manner with relative independence; engage with new developments and trends in the field (vocational integrity); be responsible to carry oversight of others’ needs; maintain ongoing awareness; recognize potentially harmful or extraordinary situations and take initiative and action; instruct and supervise less experienced team members (personal care, health, and safety); carry an awareness and understanding of various festivals, such as when they occur and their significance, especially major ones; participate in the planning of festivals (festivals and celebrations); carry awareness and significant responsibility for the space; support others, including less experienced coworkers, in caring for and maintaining the space; replace team leaders as needed (awareness for the space and community); expand your ability to approach social situations creatively depending on individual needs and preferences; explore ways of helping others experience the distinctive quality of various activities (social artistry); explore ways of accompanying a small group of individuals or community processes meditatively in consultation with your team leader; use structured meditative and contemplative tools, including anthroposophic ones, in my ongoing personal and professional development (contemplative practice).
Building on the experience of the first two years, this practicum provides students opportunities to take on greater responsibility, acting as significant support to their supervisor and beginning to share in the functions and responsibilities in tasks related to homemaking and community building, including care for individuals, groups, and the environment.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Social Work, Education, Special Education, Ecology (10/20).