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Introduction to Social Therapy


45 hours (variable – over several weeks).

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

September 2008 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define social therapy in the context of Camphill or other anthroposophical life-sharing communities; describe many aspects of the role and task of the social therapists in both the home and work situation; assist with set up and support a festival related activity and/or other social events; explain the role of rhythms in promoting health and well-being; describe and practice attitudes of respect and dignity towards adults with special needs; summarize the history of Camphill and its aims; relate the role of inner development and contemplative practice to social therapy; discuss aspects of the history of disability; support others, with supervision.  

This course covers a broad range of topics fundamental to work with adults with special needs and is taught through hands-on activities and text. It aims to equip students with background knowledge and practical tools to adopt a reflective attitude toward their work and recognize the scope, attitude and contest of social therapeutic practice.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Inclusive Social Development, Social Therapy, Human Services, or Special Education (10/10) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).