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7th International workshop at San Patrignano

Fall Session: Friday 7 – Saturday 15 October, 2016
Fall Special session will focus on our prevention activities and annual event dedicated to students, the WeFreeDays The program of the October workshop has been integrated with this additional topic.
Spring Session: March/April 2017, dates TBD
The Spring Special Session has a focus on a new economic model that serves society and promotes the growth of responsibility, sustainability and inclusivity advancements in social issues; participation to the Positive Economy Forum is included
Experiential learning labs for social workers, social practitioners working on addiction,
researchers and NGOs interested in getting to know the prevention, rehabilitation and social
reinsertion model of the biggest community in Europe.

San Patrignano, one of 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 1400 residents, the average age of which is dropping year by year.
Primary prevention initiatives are also part of our daily commitment: we organize theatrical presentations, interactive debates and study trips to the community using “peer to peer” education on the dangers of drug use. This complex project of prevention, called We Free, reaches 50,000 students all over Italy every year.
Aim of the workshop:
San Patrignano welcomes NGOs, government delegates, academia, social workers, students, professionals and individuals interested in deepening their knowledge on our method in addressing drug problems, studying our model and educative approach. The workshop has been developed to respond to the large number of request for visits and internships at San Patrignano, to share our expertise and offer a unique experience of our community. The International staff in cooperation with the University of Bologna created the format, based on previous visits of government and civil society delegations from around the world in recent years.
San Patrignano, Rimini, Italy and San Patrignano, Botticella of Novafeltria, Italy
7 whole days (Saturday to Friday, both included)
The course will take place from Saturday to Friday. Please make the necessary travel arrangements to be able to arrive on Friday, and leave the following weekend on Saturday morning.
1250 euro (The fees include: lectures, learning material, accommodation and meals, full board for the duration of the course)
The accommodation is spilt into rooms with 2 to 4 beds, to experience firsthand the true community life-style.
Day 0 – Friday
Arrival into Rimini Railway Station between 3 and 6 pm, pick-ups and transfers to Botticella
Day 1 – Saturday in Botticella
Welcome breakfast and a get-together for the participants.
Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work.
– Drug related diseases and initial check-up.
– Introduction to the community program.
Lunch with the residents
Short visit to Botticella and free time to rest.
Day 2 – Sunday in Botticella
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 for the admission
Lunch with the residents
Meeting with the residents of Botticella and their tutors.
Free time until dinner.
Dinner with the residents
Day 3 – Monday in SP, Rimini:
Visit of the San Patrignano premises, preliminary tour of the community.
Lunch with the residents
After lunch the visit continues and introduction to the experiential learning labs
Dinner with the residents
Day 4 – Tuesday in SP, Rimini:
The whole day will be spent participating in the different activities organized during WeFreeDays, the annual prevention event organized by San Patrignano.
Day 5 – Wednesday in SP, Rimini:
The whole day will be spent in the assigned experiential learning labs, with the tutors, participating in the daily activities of the residents
Day 6 – Thursday in SP, Rimini
Job training, Sport and leisure time: nurturing each one’s talent. The complex process of recovery through a range of engaging activities with the residents.
· Leisure time: cultural activities and sports
Special needs for special groups. Addressing age, gender and parenting issues.
Lunch with the residents
Experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops
Dinner with the residents
Day 7 – Friday in SP, Rimini
Organization and economic aspects: some hints
– Organization and structure.
– The challenge of sustainability and social reintegration.
Lunch with the residents
The WeFree project; Life is uau!
– Q&A Replicability of the model: final wrap up
Farewell dinner at Sp.accio
Day 8 – Saturday
Breakfast and departure.
Note: this program might be subject to minor changes due to logistical or organizational issues
Deadline for registration: 16 September 2016