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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Social Therapy I


45 hours (variable – over several weeks).

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; 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: discuss the concept of “leading image” and its significance to forming healthy relationships; form a “leading image” of a person with whom they live and work; examine the concept of the “mask”; discuss the background and application of the three pillars (i.e. the college meeting, the bible evening and the fundamental social law) in the overall context of Camphill; apply ideas put forth by Rudolf steiner about the threefold organism to a healthy social life, particularly in a camphill context; extend aspects of what goes into making a household a home to their own experience living with adults with disabilities; explain the relevance of koenig’s ‘three essentials of Camphill for a healing environment; relate the principles of the “three essentials” of camphill to their own experience in the community.   

This course covers the Three Pillars of Camphill, the Threefold Social Order, Three Essentials of Camphill, Inner background of homemaking and covers the Village Conference lectures of the first conference 1962. It is taught in a combination of study, artistic experience, self reflection, and class discussion.
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).