Want to see recovery in action? Attend San Patrignano's (Italy) International Workshop in July 2015

Want to see recovery in action? Attend San Patrignano's (Italy) International Workshop in July 2015

San Patrignano are hosting a 7-day intense workshop at their base outside Rimini from July 3 to July 10, 2015. Perfect for those who would like an in-depth visit to the community to study the model first hand.

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Summer session: 3 -10 July, 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

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)

Accommodation 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.

Preliminary Program

The participants will have a full experience of the community, having lectures in the morning and interactive workshops in the afternoon in the vocational trainings with the guys in the recovery program.

Make the necessary arrangement in order to arrive on Friday 3 July, between 4 and 7 pm: pick- ups at Rimini Railway Station and Transfer to Botticella.. Overnight in Botticella


Day 1 – Saturday in Botticella

Welcome meeting and getting together for the participants.

Afternoon, visit to Botticella and free time to rest.


Day 2 – Sunday in Botticella

Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work.


• Drug related diseases and initial check-up

• Introduction to the community program.



• The role and dynamics of the admission: first meetings with the applicants for the admission in community, assessment of the motivational elements.

• Getting prepared to the admission: basic information on the recovery program and informed consensus

Dinner in Botticella


Day 3 - Monday in SP, Rimini:

Transfer from Botticella to Rimini

• Visit of the SanPatrignano Premises, preliminary tour of the community: vocational training workshops, daily life activities, interactive relations between residents and between residents and staff

Lunch in the dining room in San Patrignano

• 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 to the residents.

• Special needs for special group. Addressing age, gender and parenting issues: analyzing the implications of female and minors dependency; supporting parents in their educational role.


• 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


• Legal Issues: drug related crimes and alternative sentencing. An overview of the Italian model and the San Patrignano experience in reducing recidivism.

• Replicability of the model: how to create new centers inspired by San Patrignano.


• 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

Lecture (at 10.30)

• Organization and structure


• Afternoon: experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops.

Transfer back to Botticella for dinner


Day 7 – Friday in Botticella

• 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: 19 June 2015


Registration procedure:

In order to register please send a motivational letter and a copy of your CV to mbarzanti@sanpatrignano.org and valbertini@sanpatrignano.org

Once you have been formally accepted we will provide instruction for the payment, which should be done via bank transfer.


Monica Barzanti- mbarzanti@sanpatrignano.org

Virgilio Albertini valbertini@sanpatrignano.org

Phone: 00390541362111