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Social Therapy III


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 2011 - 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: demonstrate a full understanding, in his or her area of practical responsibility, for the individual’s need to discover a personal vocation; assist the individual to adapt this discovery of personal vocation to their ability within the overall context of community needs; integrate ideas of reincarnation and karma (as articulated by Rudolf Steiner) into all areas of community life and particularly their respective fields of activity; support a healthy work environment in a leadership capacity out of an understanding of the importance of dignified work and vocation for every human being; engage their evolved capacities of inner flexibility and imagination, which they have developed through study, observation and artistic work with Goethe's Metamorphosis over the past four years, and apply to living and working situations, such as being able to perceive other human beings as always having hidden new capacities and to help to draw them forth. 


This course focuses on questions of the transition from education to vocation, of the morality of work, of individual destiny versus the social context as well as the creation of viable and authentic work opportunities for mentally challenged individuals. This course is conducted through a combination of presentations, conversations, observations, reflection, group work and shared insight through interviews and group work based on prior reading of the text (Third Village conference lectures by Karl Koenig). 

Credit recommendation: 

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