10th International workshop at San Patrignano

Fall Session: October 6 -13, 2017

Next Spring Session, 11th International Workshop: April, 2018

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.

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, researchers 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, as well our initiatives in the field of prevention from drug use.

San Patrignano, one of the world’s largest residential treatment center, has been working for the last thirty nine 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 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.

Besides the analysis of the therapeutic model, the Fall Session will focus also on our prevention activities and annual event dedicated to students, the WeFreeDays. The program of the October workshop will include the participation to the event WeFreeDays for one whole day.

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

Language: English

Duration: 7 days: the course will take place from Saturday to Friday both included). Please make the necessary travel arrangements to be able to arrive on Friday 6 and leave the following weekend on Friday 13, late afternoon (or on Saturday morning)

Fees: 1250 euro (The fees include: lectures, learning material, accommodation and meals, full board for the duration of the course)

Accommodation: 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 on Friday 6, 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.
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 for the admission

* The Gambling program

Lunch with the residents. Short visit to Botticella and free time to rest.

Day 2 – Sunday in Botticella (or in SP, Rimini, tbc):

Morning: Lecture
Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work 2.

* Introduction to the community program, drug related diseases and initial check-up.

Lunch with the tutors and first acquaintance with the community lifestyle.
Free time until dinner.
Dinner with the residents.

Day 3 – Monday in SP, Rimini:

Morning: Visits to the San Patrignano premises and the vocational training departments.
Lunch with the residents.

Afternoon: After lunch the visit continues and introduction to the experiential learning labs
Lecture at 4pm: Preliminary contacts and admission process in the community, the preliminary work 3.

* The role and dynamics of the admission: assessment of the motivational elements, alternative sentencing measures

Dinner with the residents.

Day 4 –Tuesday in SP, Rimini:

The whole day will be spent with the tutors, participating in the WeFree events and activities.
Dinner with the residents.

Day 5 – Wednesday in SP, Rimini:

Morning: Experiential learning labs in assigned vocational training workshops.
Lunch with the residents.

Afternoon: Lectures
Organization and economic aspects: some hints

* Organization and structure: San Patrignano, a social enterprise

* The challenges of sustainability and social reintegration

Dinner with the residents.

Day 7 –Thursday in SP, Rimini:

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.
Farewell dinner at SP.accio

Day 8-Friday in SP, Rimini:

Morning: Lectures

*An extensive network to support families and their loved ones

* Q&A Replicability of the model: final wrap up

Lunch with the residents.

Afternoon: getting prepared for the departure and departure

Day 8 – Saturday:

Breakfast and last departures.


Note: This program might be subject to minor changes due to logistical or organizational issues.

Deadline for registration: 15 September 2017

Registration procedure:

In order to register please send the Registration Form part 1, a motivational letter and a copy of your CV to workshop@sanpatrignano.org

Once you have been formally accepted we will provide instruction to finalize your registration with the Registration form part 2 and for the payment, which should be done via bank transfer.

Registration form part 1 October 2017
Registration form part 2 October 2017

Past Workshops:

1st Workshop (2014)
2nd Workshop (2014)
3rd Workshop (2015)
4th Workshop (2015)
5th Workshop (2016)
6th Workshop (2016)
7th Workshop (2016)
8th Workshop (2017)
9th Workshop (2017)