Sociotherapy in Day Care Facilities: Examining Sociotherapeutic Day Rooms in Gdańsk, Katowice and Poznań


Sociotherapy as a form of helping practice is rapidly evolving. Sociotherapeutic day care facilities are places dedicated to conducting sociotherapeutic activities for children and youth. Therefore, the analysis aims to confront the definition of sociotherapy with the information about this form of therapy that individuals seeking assistance in a sociotherapy day facility can obtain from websites, social media profiles, and telephone conversations with staff members. The data collection method in this project is desk research supplemented with
information from the statements of people working in the researched facilities. The method of data analysis is template analysis. The analyses covered 40 socio-therapeutic day care
facilities in Gdańsk, Katowice, and Poznań. The information on how the establishments communicate about their work largely coincides with how sociotherapy is defined in the literature. The data obtained indicate, however, that sociotherapy, understood as a form of work with a small group based on a group process, is not the only form of help realized in day care facilities (and perhaps not the most important one) and that in-depth therapeutic work may not be realized in all centers due to the way work is organized.


sociotherapy; psychological-pedagogical support; sociotherapeutic day care facility; children and adolescents

Published : 2024-02-02

Brzezińska, A., Jankowiak, B., & Soroko, E. (2024). Sociotherapy in Day Care Facilities: Examining Sociotherapeutic Day Rooms in Gdańsk, Katowice and Poznań. Resocjalizacja Polska, (26), 117-135.

Adrianna Brzezińska 
Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu  Poland
Emilia Soroko 
Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu  Poland

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