Maac Social

Training for social workers, psychologists, and other professionals in the social sector.

Maac Social

Training for social workers, psychologists, and other professionals in the social sector.

Make empowerment concrete.

Empowerment, self-determination, initiative… Few professionals doubt the value and importance of these concepts, particularly when working with vulnerable populations, but many find it difficult translating that understanding into action.

The Maac Social program ‘makes empowerment concrete’ (as one social worker described it) through an easy-to-implement eight session program.

The Maac Social program distills decades of research in altruistic motivation, engagement, and behavioural change into a series of practical exercises.

Based on the idea that is it sometimes easier and more rewarding to help others than help oneself, Maac Social makes feeling useful accessible to all. People frequently on the receiving end of the helping equation rediscover themselves as actors, and report a new sense of energy and motivation.


Developed from an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of engagement, altruistic motivation and empowerment.


Tested over three years with continuous feedback and positive results from professionals and participants.​

Adaptable framework

Core principles that can be adapted to different populations in eight 1.5 hour weekly sessions

Certified training for social work professionals.

Our training allows social workers, psychologists and other professionals to carry out the Maac Social Program.

The Maac Social Program is a series of workshops to help people create small, personalised projects with positive impact. The workshops are designed to be done in small groups, but can also be done in one-on-one sessions. The Maac Social Program is specifically designed for more vulnerable populations who may not be used to seeing themselves in an active role.

Maac Social online training.

Personal online training

Ready to implement workshops

Ongoing support

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Done over six 90 minute Zoom sessions, the masterclass includes the theoretical background behind Maac, a description of the 18 exercises that make up the Maac Youth Program, and discussion.
- Theoretical Background: Self Determination Theory, Altruistic Motivation, Behavioural Change
- The Maac Youth Program: The 18 core exercises, suggestions for running a group, additional tips for smooth workshops.
- Discussion: With a small group of diverse, but like-minded people, discussions are often the richest learning experiences. Here we share ideas of why certain exercises may work better in certain situations, possible hiccoughs, and other ideas.

After attending the Masterclass, you are not left on your own! The masterclass can feel like a lot of information to digest and apply effectively. We hold weekly drop-in meetings to discuss issues, questions, and reflections that come up during your sessions. This is also a way for professionals to share best practices and feel a part of the larger Maac community.

  • Facilitator Manual: This is your personal workshop guide, with a description of the 18 exercises, including Objectives, Background, Procedure, Instructions, and Additional Tips. Available as a pdf, or as a hardcopy upon request.
  • Participant Workbook: To make the exercises easier for your workshop participants, this includes worksheets for the exercises, and space for taking notes and exploring ideas. Available as a pdf, or as hardcopies upon request.
  • Slide Templates: We provide you with a deck of slide templates to make preparing your workshops easier. This includes Introduction, Objectives, Instructions for each of the exercises, as well as links to videos and other material.

We regularly update exercises and add others. We also plan to create videos of additional theory and an online resource library; all ‘early-adopters’ will have full access.

If you feel the training hasn’t been useful, we would be grateful if you let us refund your payment. Having clients who are less-than-enthusiastic is bad for a small-but-growing business like ours. In addition, ethically it doesn’t sit well with us. So we have a money-back guarantee, no questions asked. Just tell us within 30 days if you don’t think it brought you the value you expected and we will give you a refund.

Class size is limited to 8 people. This ensures an interactive and personalised training session where everyone gets to know each other.

The Zoom sessions will be taught by Evie Rosset, PhD, co-founder of the Maac Lab.
The supervision/guidance will be done with Evie or Matthieu Fouché, clinical psychologist, and co-founder of the Maac Lab.

There are so many! And so many more to come. Some recent maacs include creating street art with words of wisdom from the elderly, or taking children with autism fishing.

The training for professionals is done over three 3-hour sessions, delivered via Zoom

The program is designed to be done over a series of eight sessions, each lasting 1.5 to 2 hours. We recommend sessions occur at least weekly, if not two times a week.

Although originally designed to be done in person, it can be well adapted to an online environment.

The training costs 285€ per person.

We are a non-profit, so there is no additional VAT.

Don't hesitate to contact us with any other questions.

Register for our next scheduled training

We plan training at regular intervals and our next dates are in Spring 2021. Each session is limited to 8 participants, so we recommend registering now to express your interest.

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“It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson