Key themes and methods of working

Curative education and social therapy based on anthroposophy

Anthroposophical curative education and social therapy, established in 1924, have developed on the anthroposophical, methodological and ethical basis of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. A wide range of services, centres and initiatives with and for people of all ages with special needs for education and development is available in more than 40 countries.

The aim is to educate, support and encourage individuals who are in need of special care, to create individualized and communal spaces for development, and to integrate people with disabilities in society. The focus is on individual development in the bodily, psychological and spiritual dimensions, on being part of society, and on the individual’s need to live in community with others.

Anthroposophical curative education and social therapy exists in a world-wide setting of people and organizations as a network based based on the need to work together on the spiritual, scientific and practical basis of curative education and social therapy, mutual support and aid, and work on current issues, tasks and challenges in our time.

Curative Education and Social Therapy Council

The Curative Education and Social Therapy Council is an organ of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum.

The work of the Council bases on the anthroposophical view of essential human nature originally developed for curative education and social therapy by Rudolf Steiner. The Council cultivates the spiritual-scientific basis of curative education and social therapy and takes up current issues in its professional field.

It provides opportunity to meet, gain mutual perception, support and develop initiative. It is a place for community building where questions, concerns and problems can be considered and worked on in a fruitful and committed way across national boundaries.

Collaboration

As a rule, the Council has a closed meeting once a year; the event is organized, run and followed up by a Coordination Group elected by the Council.

World-wide networking and the work of the Council and its groups are coordinated by a secretariat in Dornach, Switzerland.

The Council establishes the organs and groups needed to work on specific issues, and these are accountable to the Council.

Council members represent their country or a sphere of work, report on current developments and present the relevant issues and work needing to be done to the Council. In their country or sphere of work they represent the work of the Council by communicating and presenting its current concerns.

Membership

Countries and regions as well as specialist groups and spheres of work have the right of active participation in the Council. The number of representatives per country and specialist group is establishing using a key.

On the basis of relevant arrangements and with the Council’s consent, the bodies concerned send delegates to serve on the council for a period of three to five years (individual countries determine the length of the period). Re-election is possible, the election of new delegates must be submitted in writing.

Delegates are expected to represent their region or sphere of work and to have an inner connection with anthroposophy and the life-sphere of curative education and social therapy. They are also required to show an interest in and commitment to the world-wide field of curative education and social therapy and the further development of the professional sphere.

Delegates are responsible for the flow of information between the Council and the sphere or body they represent.

Attendance at the Council meetings is mandatory; apologies for absence to be submitted in writing. The dates are announced a year in advance, with all information communicated by the secretariat and on the Council’s website.
In case of dispute concerning a delegation, the Coordination Group may be called on to make a decision.

Finance

The work of the Curative Education and Social Therapy Council is financed from contributions paid by participating countries. These determine the sum paid themselves using a contribution key based on mutual support. Financial planning is the responsibility of the Curative Education and Social Therapy Fund in collaboration with the members of the Finance Group.

Groups

International Training Group
Its function is to promote international collaboration among centres for training and further training in curative education and social therapy. This includes networking, training research, transmission of information, and mutual support at personnel and material level. Membership may be applied for.

The Training Council as the Training Group’s organ for initiative is elected by the latter.

The Training Group can grant member institutions recognition within the Medical Section. A specific recognition procedure has been established. The organ responsible for this is the Recognition Group, which is elected by the Training Group.

The International Training Group establishes its own functions and methods, which are laid down in its own regulations.

Social Therapy Group
The group concerns itself with all issues and concerns arising in the work with adults with different disabilities. The Group organizes regular meetings and specialist conferences.

Membership is by cooption. Countries or spheres of work in social therapy can also send representatives. The Group establishes its own procedures.

Physicians in Curative Education and Social Therapy
Physicians working in curative education and social therapy collaborate in this Group. They have an annual meeting.

The group of physicians has no definitive membership. Every physician is invited to participate in the work.

ECCE, European Cooperation for Curative Education and Social Therapy
ECCE is an umbrella association working at European level, the members of which are parent and family associations and associations of centres. It is above all concerned with social policy issues within the European Union. ECCE has its own legal entity with an elected board and its own secretariat.
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Science Group
This group deals with scientific issues in curative education and social therapy. It also provides a platform for sharing information on individual research projects.
Participation in the group is open to anyone who wishes to join others in working on these issues.

Finance Group
Individuals appointed by the countries undertake to collaborate with the Fund for Curative Education and Social Therapy on the financial issues and functions of the Council.

Coordination Group
The function of the Coordination Group is to organize, run and follow up the annual meetings of the Curative Education and Social Therapy Council. The Council may give the Coordination Group further mandates.

The members of the Group are elected for a four-year period by the Council. Council members have the right to propose members for the Group. The secretariat compiles a list of proposed candidates which is then submitted to Council for ratification.

Curative Education and Social Therapy Fund
The legal entity for the Curative Education and Social Therapy Council is the Curative Education and Social Therapy Fund, which has its seat in Arlesheim, Switzerland. It is a non-registered charitable association according to Swiss law. Membership is by cooption.

The president and members of the board are elected by the members of the association, as per statute, to serve for one year.

The Curative Education and Social Therapy Fund manages the finances of the Council and is responsible for producing the annual budget and statement of accounts. The annual statement of accounts is audited externally, submitted to Council members and published in the journal Seelenpflege.

The leadership of the secretariat is accountable to the Curative Education and Social Therapy Fund for its use of those finances.

Secretariat of the Curative Education and Social Therapy Council

The Curative Education and Social Therapy Council maintains its secretariat within the Medical Section at the Goetheanum.

The functions of the secretariat are:
coordinating the international network,
representing the Council in the Section, the curative education and social therapy movement, the specialist field and the public domain,
collaborating with the national anthroposophical curative education and social therapy associations and with centres in the different countries,
organizing conferences and further training events,
publishing books and journals,
maintaining the library and electronic media,
maintaining the website,
promoting research and scientific work,
providing information and advice for centres and individuals,
managing the finances of the Council and the financing of projects.

Staffing and equipment for the secretariat is laid down by the Curative Education and Social Therapy Fund. Where the financial means of the movement demand this, decisions are made by the Council.

Leadership of the secretariat

This is determined by the leadership of the Medical Section and an ad-hoc commission appointed for the purpose. The Section leadership appoints this commission in agreement with the Coordination Group.

Current documents

are regularly made available to Council members and may be found in the limited-access internal members’ sub site on the www.khsdornach.org website. 

 

This document "Key themes and methods of working" has been adopted by the Curative Education and Social Therapy Council in October 2006.