Curative Education Program
Curative Education is an interdisciplinary approach to the education and support of children and adolescents with special needs. It includes education and therapies, but also a recognition that a child’s lifestyle and overall life situation can help or hinder development. Curative Educators do not look at classroom or therapy settings in isolation, but work with the totality of a child’s life circumstances. Like Waldorf education, Curative Education is based on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific view of the human being, Anthroposophy. The Curative Education Program is located at Camphill Special School in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Social Therapy Program
Social Therapy is closely related to Curative Education, but differs in practical approach and method. In supporting the lives of adults with disabilities, the emphasis shifts towards creating inclusive communities that can offer life situations appropriate for people with a diverse range of needs and abilities. This includes supporting adults in finding and maintaining meaningful and fulfilling work, as well as social and cultural lives. The Social Therapy Program is located at Camphill Village in Copake, New York.
Community-Based Extension Program
The Community-Based Extension Program allows resident coworkers in any participating member community of the Camphill Association or the North American Council for Anthroposophic Curative Education and Social Therapy to pursue studies in Curative Education, Youth Guidance or Social Therapy. The flexible format gives considerable scope for adaptation of the curriculum to the circumstances of a participating community and a local student cohort, while maintaining the standards for professional certification in Curative Education and Social Therapy.