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4th International workshop in San Patrignano

 4th International workshop in San Patrignano: 6 – 13 November, 2015
Experiential learning labs for social workers, social practitioners working on addiction, researchers and NGO interested in getting to know the rehabilitation and social reinsertion model of the biggest community in Europe.
Brief description of the community:
San Patrignano, the world’s largest residential treatment center, has been working for the last thirty five years for the full recovery of those suffering from drug addiction. Offering a program of rehabilitation, skills training and full social reintegration completely free of charge, the community has given a new chance to more than 25,000 young people, with an independently verified drug free success rate of over 70%. Currently San Patrignano is home to roughly 1300 residents, the average age of which is dropping year by year.
Aim of the workshop:
San Patrignano welcomes NGOs, government delegates, academia, social workers, students, professionals and individuals interested in deepen their knowledge on drug rehabilitation and social integration, studying our model and educative approach. The workshop has been developed to respond to the large request of visits and internship in San Patrignano, to share our expertise and offer a unique experience of community. The international staff in cooperation with Bologna University created the format based on visits and stage of government and civil society delegations from around the worlds in the latest years.
Venue: San Patrignano, Rimini, Italy and San Patrignano, Botticella di Novafeltria, Italy
Language: English
Duration: 7 days (Saturday to Friday)
The course will take place from Saturday to Friday. Please make the necessary travel arrangement to be able to arrive on Friday, the previous week end and leave the following week-end.
Fees: 1150 euro (The fees include : lectures, learning material, accommodation and meals full board for the duration of the course)
in Botticella, cosy satellite community in the Novafeltria hills.
The accommodation will be into 2 to 4 beds bedrooms, to experience firsthand a true community lifestyle.

Day 0: Friday
Arrival to Rimini Railway Station between 3 and 6 pm, pick-ups and transfers to Botticella
Day 1 – Saturday in Botticella
Morning: welcome meeting, visit to Botticella and getting together for the participants. Free time to rest.
Lectures: Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work.
• The role and dynamics of the admission: assessment of the motivational elements, alternative sentencing measures
• Getting prepared to the admission.
Day 2 – Sunday in Botticella
Lectures: Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work.
• Drug related diseases and initial check-up.
• Introduction to the community program.
Meeting with the Botticella residents and their tutors
Dinner in Botticella
Day 3 – Monday in SP, Rimini:
Transfer from Botticella to Rimini
• Visit of the SanPatrignano Premises, preliminary tour of the community.
• After lunch the visit continues and introduction to the experiential learning labs
until 4.30pm
• Transfer back to Botticella for dinner and community activities.
Day 4 – Tuesday in SP, Rimini:
Transfer from Botticella to Rimini
• Job training, Sport and leisure time: nurturing each one talent. The complex process of recovery through the range of activities engaging the residents.
• Special needs for special groups. Addressing age, gender and parenting issues.
• Afternoon: experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops.
Transfer back to Botticella for dinner
Day 5 – Wednesday in SP, Rimini:
Transfer from Botticella to Rimini
• Organization and structure
• The challenge of sustainability and social reintegration
• Afternoon: experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops.
Dinner at Sp.accio and transfer back to Botticella after dinner
Day 6 – Thursday in SP, Rimini
Transfer from Botticella to Rimini
• The whole day will be spent with the residents in different activities, so experiencing their daily life.
Transfer back to Botticella for dinner
Day 7 – Friday in Botticella
• Replicability of the model: wrap up and farewell lunch.
• Afternoon: get prepared for the departure (the same day or the following day (Saturday, in the morning)
Deadline for registration: 20 October 2015
Registration procedure:
In order to register please send a motivational letter and a copy of your CV to and
Once you have been formally accepted we will provide instruction for the payment, which should be done via bank transfer.
For more information visit:
Monica Barzanti-
Virgilio Albertini
Phone: 00390541362111
Registration part 1
Registration part 2