Study Inclusive Social Development

Inclusive Social Development is an interdisciplinary field concerned with building inclusive communities within which individuals of all abilities can find wholeness in life and biographical fulfillment. Its concerns are thus broader than those of conventional social work and human services. They include all aspects of individual and community life, from physical and psychological health to social and spiritual wellbeing. These different aspects are seen together as integral components of an unfolding biography.

Students studying Inclusive Social Development are integrated into the daily life and activities of 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.

Internationally, practitioners in the field of Inclusive Social Development 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

Additionally, students enrolled at certain participating communities may have the option to pursue a concentration in the area of Curative Education or Social Agriculture and Biodynamic Studies.

Levels of Certification

The Camphill Academy offers three full-time academic programs in Inclusive Social Development which are offered within the context of community life at one of its participating communities dedicated to the practice of inclusive social development on an anthroposophic foundation and which correspond with three consecutive levels of certification: 

  • The Foundation Studies Program
  • The Paraprofessional Certification Program
  • The Diploma Program

Degree Completion Options

The Camphill Academy provides pathways for students who choose to complete bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in a field related to Inclusive Social Development through partnerships with several colleges and universities. 

For complete details about the program and Camphill Academy, refer to the Social Therapy Program Handbook (PDF).

Participating Communities

To view the various communities’ websites, visit Our Affilitions page.

Camphill Communities California (Soquel, CA)

Camphill Village USA (Copake, NY)
Students from Camphill Hudson (Hudson, NY) and Triform Camphill Community (Hudson, NY) may also join this cohort.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills (Kimberton, PA)

Heartbeet Lifesharing (Hardwick, VT)

Plowshare Lifesharing (Greenfield, NH)

The Camphill School (Chester County, PA)