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Social Therapy Project II


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
September 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles of biography as developed out of anthroposophy; bring forward a leading image of the individual; create a written up-to-date biography of an individual; combine experiential learning with self-reflection and an increasing degree of narrative research.  


The course consists of a biographical research project, in which the student works for at least four months with a person with disabilities (project partner) to help recall and explore his/her/their life story, and combines experiential learning with self-reflection and research about the life span and the principles of biography from an anthroposophical perspective.This entails weekly hour-long meetings, assembling photographs, speaking with relatives and friends, discussing significant turning points and changes, discussing the different life periods and opening the opportunity to develop a healing picture of the entire life path. The student will keep a journal of these meetings. This culminates in a festive biography-sharing event, including relatives and friends. The student is also expected to create a written text, outlining the actual biography as well as the learning process of working with the project partner. In this, the student is expected to demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles of biography as developed out of anthroposophy and bring forward a leading image of the individual.

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 Therapy, Social Work, Human Services, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (10/10) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).