Community of Learning
Camphill has a long history as a community of lifelong learning and continued professional development. As part of its commitment to training, the School offers core training and continued professional development trainings in specialised areas of work. The School runs a Foundation Year Course for all co-workers in their first year of work in Camphill.
The BA in Social Pedagogy (BASP) is a practice-based training offered by Camphill in partnership with Aberdeen University. It seeks to integrate theoretical teaching with practical experience in the Social Pedagogical areas of care, education, therapeutic activities and crafts. The teaching is informed by the philosophical principles of Rudolf Steiner which adopt the view of the human being as a biological, social, psychological and spiritual entity. In its interdisciplinary character, the BASP represents a challenge to traditional concepts of professional training.
A number of practice placements are offered for social work students as well as teachers in training from Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University.
Camphill organises and hosts a number of professional conferences with international speakers. Camphill also offers continued professional development training in autism, play therapy and Nature Nurture® for staff within Camphill as well as from other organisations. Autism training is currently offered to schools, parents’ group and other professional bodies throughout the UK, and to other countries including South Africa, Lebanon and India. A postgraduate course in Nature Nurture® is in development with the University of Aberdeen.