An occupational activity is one of the essential components of the Therapeutic Community. In CCTT users are busy all day in meaningful activities that involve social learning. Through these activities, responsibilities are acquired and skills learned in the therapeutic field are practiced. This educational aspect constitutes a daily opportunity to test therapeutic achievement and, at the same time, constitutes a way to obtain information and proof of behaviors that are, in therapy, intentions and words.
We have to assume that these occupational workshops in the therapeutic community are not strictly formative-labor and therefore do not involve so much technical learning, but rather represent time spent on significant and real activities, activities that simultaneously inspire education in action.
There are many occupational workshops that demonstrate the variety of things that can be done in a Therapeutic Community. Some hold a clear cultural content such as academic training, theater, film-forum, press and reading, music, photography. Some are more related to trade, such as horticulture, painting, plumbing and electricity, locksmith training, forging, carpentry, maintenance and construction work…