Studying Social Therapy

Social therapy is the art of building inclusive communities with adults in complex life situations. The emphasis is on creating life situations appropriate for people with a diverse range of needs and abilities. This includes supporting individuals in finding and maintaining meaningful and fulfilling work, as well as social and cultural lives. The Social Therapy programs are offered within the context of community life at one of the participating communities dedicated to the practice of social therapy on an anthroposophic foundation.

Students in the Social Therapy programs are integrated into life and work at their community, gaining practical experience while pursuing their studies. The curriculum includes academic and artistic coursework, as well as supervised practice in home life and care and in cooperative work within the context of various craft workshops, biodynamic agriculture and other inclusive enterprises. The experience of life and work in the community forms an integral part of their educational experience and provides the foundation for the growth of their personal and professional capacities as practitioners of social therapy.

Internationally, practitioners of social therapy serve in a wide variety of contexts, including:

  • Home-based support
  • Accompaniment and work with the elderly, individuals struggling with psychiatric conditions and other marginalized groups
  • Workshops and community initiatives
  • In-reach and outreach, education and volunteer support
  • Inclusive community-building in a wide variety of setting

Foundation Studies

Stage one (first year of full-time studies) leads to a Certificate in Foundation Studies in Anthroposophic Social Therapy. It may be used to fulfill foundation studies requirements for many other anthroposophic courses.

Paraprofessional Certificate

An intermediate level qualification is awarded to those who complete the first two stages of the program (two years full-time) and an additional one-year internship in an assistant capacity.

Diploma in Social Therapy

A Diploma in Social Therapy is awarded after completion of years three and four (full-time) and an additional six to twelve month internship. The Diploma is recognized by the International Council for Curative Education and Social Therapy. Its holders are entitled to use the professional designation ‘Certificate in Social Therapy’ or ‘CST.’

BA Completion Options

BA completion may be pursued during a fifth year, concurrently with the internship, through transfer into a BA completion program at one of our partner colleges (including Prescott College, SUNY Empire State College and Excelsior College.

Participating Communities

The Camphill Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students at the Camphill Village USA, Camphill Communities California, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, and Heartbeet Lifesharing locations.

How to Apply to this Program

The Social Therapy programs are field-based courses of studies, delivered in partnership with participating communities. Admission and continued participation is contingent on membership in a participating community and sponsorship by that community. Individuals cannot apply independently to participate in this program. Communities that are not currently participating in the Social Therapy programs of Camphill Academy must establish affiliation before they can sponsor their members for enrollment.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: If you are a current coworker of one of the North American Camphill communities, please email [email protected] before proceeding with the online application.

Camphill Communities California
Camphill Hudson
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Camphill Village USA
Heartbeet Lifesharing
Maison Emmanuel
Plowshare Farm
Triform Camphill Community


Social Therapy Program Handbook (PDF)