Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience
Social Therapy Project III
Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH
Independent study (variable – over several weeks).
September 2011 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles of social therapy in research project involving and benefiting the community and its members-develop an activity with a group of persons with disability based on a question around the value and role of a particular activity in the development of both the individual and the community, such as “how does participation in food preparation increase one’s social competent?” or “how can the art of drama enhance confidence and sense of self-healing for the individual and the group?”; combine experiential learning with self-reflection and an increasing degree of narrative, literary, and action research; create an activity with a group of persons with disabilities (project partners) in that particular field over a period of at least four months.
This third year project is a practical initiative upon which the fourth year final project is based. Students choose an aspect of Social Therapy which interests him/her/them and create an activity with a group of persons with disabilities (project partners) in that particular field or research area. This could be, for example, in the field of agriculture, crafts, home life, community bulding, therapy, the arts etc. This is not merely an activity, but an action-research, based on a question, for instance “How can the art of drama enhance healing for the individual and the group?” The student will keep a journal of the process of this activity, which should unfold over a period of at least four months. The group will give a demonstration of their research activity at the end of the Third Year. This experiential process, as well as the journal and notes will be monitored and assessed by the Personal Tutor and create an activity with a group of persons with disabilities (project partners) in that particular field. This course combines experiential learning with self-reflection and action research.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Education, Special Education, Waldorf Education, Social Therapy, Social Work, Human Services, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (11/15) (10/20 revalidation).