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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Home Life and Care Practicum I

Minimum 600 hours of guided practicum (30 weeks), 15 hours of mentor meetings, and 30 hours of house team meetings.
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA; Social Therapy Program, Copake, NY; Soquel, CA; N. Vancouver, BC; and instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.

September 2004 - October 2020.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion, students will be able to: provide appropriate support in personal care; address and relate to children and adults in a respectful way; show interest in children and their lives; recognize learning opportunities and begin to work with them in daily life; report health concerns promptly; participate in and support common celebration and ceremony; take initiative in hosting a celebration; show openness and interest in the role of religious elements in the life of the house community; carry out responsibilities for specific tasks; socially integrate into an extended family-type house community; show openness to suggestions and guidance from house parents; perform basic home management tasks; recognize the home in its potential as a healing environment; appreciate the economic foundations of household management; and show basic safety awareness.


This experience is a ten-month hands-on practicum in life sharing with children and/or adults with developmental disabilities. Students become members of a house community and are assigned specific responsibilities in relation to course aims and objectives. Students are supported and supervised by their mentor and other senior staff. The practicum provides an opportunity and challenge to recognize that the ability to share a home and take responsibility for the well-being of a house community requires conscious and deliberate attention. A written learning agreement is made between student, mentor, and the course coordinator, which specifies the respective roles and responsibilities of student and mentor in relation to the pursuit of the course objectives. In addition to ongoing task-oriented instruction and advice, students are provided with weekly mentoring sessions, weekly home team meetings, mid-year review, and end-of-year review.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as Guided Practice in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Residential Care and Management, Human Services, , Social Work, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation).