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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Introduction to Curative Education

Location: 
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA
Length: 
50 hours (across several weeks - varies).
Dates: 
September 2004 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: give an overview of the history of the Camphill Movement; describe basic attitudes of care; describe the role and task of the educator with special emphasis on home life and direct care; demonstrate exercises to promote sensory integration and explain their function; explain the role of rhythms in promoting health and well-being; demonstrate techniques for painting with children and explain how this promotes sensory development; explain the difference between empiricist and phenomenological diagnostic approaches; give a phenomenological account of some common syndromes and pathologies; describe therapeutic attitudes and gestures towards specific syndromes and pathologies; describe the major temperaments and use these descriptions to reflect on one's own tendencies and predispositions; reflect on the role of inner development and contemplative practice in curative education.

Instruction: 
This is a year-long course covering a broad range of topics fundamental to working with children with special needs. The course aims to equip students with practical tools and encourages them to adopt a reflective attitude towards their work and recognize the scope, attitude, and context of curative educational practice. It is taught by a team of instructors, who cover such topics as overview of the history of the Camphill Movement, attitudes of care, sensory integration, the importance of rhythm in health and well-being, social games and activities, syndromes and pathologies, and an understanding of temperaments as a tool for education and self-education.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Curative Education, Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, Waldorf Education, Social Work, Human Services, Social Science, and any discipline which could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation).

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