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17th International workshop at San Patrignano

Spring Session: April 2 -10, 2020

The International Workshop will allow participants to live one full week within the premises of the community, attending experts’ lectures combined with experiential learning labs. This can offer social workers, social practitioners working on addiction, scholars and NGOs interested in the San Patrignano model, a unique opportunity to get to know closely the 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 forty one 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 26,000 young people with an independently verified drug free success rate of over 70%. Currently San Patrignano is home to roughly 1350 residents, the average age of which is dropping year by year.
Drug use 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.
Besides the analysis of the therapeutic model, 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 Sustainable Economy Forum – SEF is included. For further information
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 study 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 and Milan created the format, based on previous visits of government and civil society delegations from around the world in recent years.
Venue: San Patrignano, Rimini, Italy and San Patrignano, Botticella di Novafeltria, Italy (from now on San Patrignano and Botticella)
Language: English
Duration: 8 days: the course will take place from Thursday to Friday. NB Please make the necessary travel arrangements to be able to arrive on Thursday 2 and leave the following weekend on Friday 10, late morning or in the afternoon
Fees: 1350 euro (The fees include: lectures, learning material, accommodation and meals, full board for the duration of the course)
Accommodation: The accommodation might be split between two branches of the community: Botticella (the pre-admission center) and San Patrignano, where the actual program is developed, into rooms with 3 to 4 beds, to experience firsthand the true community life-style.

Day 0 – Thursday 2:
Arrival into Rimini Railway Station on Thursday 2, between 3 and 6 pm, pick-ups and transfers to San Patrignano
Day 1 – Friday 3 in San Patrignano
The whole day will be dedicated to the participation to the Sustainable Economy Forum.
Lunch and dinner with the residents
Day 2 – Saturday 4 in San Patrignano:
Welcome coffee and a briefing for the participants.
Morning: Lecture
* Organization and structure: San Patrignano, a social enterprise.
Lunch with the residents. Free time to rest.
Dinner with the residents
Day 3 – Sunday 5 in San Patrignano
Morning: Lecture
* Initial check-up, drug related diseases and introduction to the community program.
Lunch with the residents and free time until dinner
Day 4 – Monday 6 in San Patrignano:
Transfer to Botticella, the preadmission center
Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work
*Getting prepared for the admission
* The Gambling Program
Lunch with the residents, short visit to Botticella and transfer back to San Patrignano
Day 5 –Tuesday 7 in San Patrignano:
Morning: Visits to the San Patrignano premises and the vocational training departments.
Lunch with the residents.
Afternoon: After lunch the visit continues with an introduction to the experiential learning labs.
At 4pm Lecture: 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
Dinner with the residents.
Day 6 – Wednesday 8 in San Patrignano:
Morning: Lectures
* The empowerment
* Job training, Sport and leisure time: nurturing each ones talent. The complex process of recovery through a range of engaging activities with the residents
* Special needs for special groups. Addressing age, gender and parenting issues.
Lunch with the residents.
Afternoon: Experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops.
Dinner with the residents.
Day 7 –Thursday 9 in San Patrignano:
Morning: Lectures
* The challenges of sustainability and social reintegration
*An extensive network to support families and their loved ones
* Q&A Replicability of the model: final wrap up
Lunch with the residents.
Afternoon: Experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops.
Farewell dinner at SP.accio
Day 8 – Friday 10 in San Patrignano:
Morning: getting prepared for the departure and departure
Lunch with the residents.
Afternoon: last departures