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Social Therapy Project I


Independent study (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

January 2008 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: begin to cultivate an understanding of what it is to be human through shared experience with a person with disabilities; identify an appropriate activity to share with another person based on mutual interest, ability, and skill; engage with another in a collaborative process of learning through experience; learn to perceive another person without judgement through social engagement; form a relationship with a person with disabilities; develop a reflective practice as part of the learning process.  


This course is a hands-on, service-learning, interactive experience that allows students to be both tutor and learner as they support a person with disabilities (project partner) in developing a new life experience, such as learning a new hobby, sport, or mode or artistic expression by spending at least an hour once a week for twelve weeks. The purpose is not only to impart a new experience, but also to develop a relationship with the person involved and to reflect on this process. The student is required to keep a journal of each week’s activity. Student and project partner then share the results of their activity in an open forum with members of the community. The entire process is also brought together in a binder, including photographs, artwork and an assessment of what the student has learned through this project. Student assessment consists of journal reflection and final portfolio or project.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Education, Special Education, Waldorf Education, Social Work, Human Services, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (10/10) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).