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

  • Interactive Masterclass
  • Personalised supervision
  • Access to weekly drop-in sessions

Ready to implement workshops

  • Facilitator manual
  • Participant worksheets
  • Slide templates for workshops

Ongoing support

  • Online resources and exercises
  • Community of educators
  • Regular program updates

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What’s included in the training?


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.

Supervision and guidance

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.

Workshop materials

  • 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.

Updates and online library

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.

Money-back guarantee

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.

How many participants attend the training?

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

Who teaches it?

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.

What are some examples of projects?

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.

How long does the Maac Social Online Training take?

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

How long does the Maac Social Program take to deliver?

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.

What about the current situation with coronavirus?

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

How much does it cost?

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 September, October and November. Each session is strictly limited to 8 participants, so we recommend registering now to express your interest.

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Doing my maac made me want to get back into life again. And especially I noticed that on days when I was doing my maac, I would walk past the liquor store and not really be tempted to go in.
BertandMaac-maker, Lyon
After being a ‘patient’ for so many years, it’s so important to know that you’re still capable. Doing the maac made me feel better about myself, made me want to be around other people again. I hadn’t invited anyone over for 5 years before doing the maac program.
EricMaac-maker, Lyon
The social workers loved doing the workshops as well. They appreciated their ‘maac time.’ It was as good for them as it was for the participants!
ChristineHead of service, Grenoble
It makes you feel human again, less like just a patient. It makes you feel like you’re someone who has projects, and – at least during the workshops – you forget you’re a patient.
ChrisMaac-maker, Lyon
I completely felt a sense of inner well-being in doing my maac, and it made me realize how powerful this kind of thing could be.
JessicaMaac-maker, Geneva
It allowed me to open my perspective, to be interested in life again. It gave me a new approach to the future, maybe with other projects to be done…
DavidMaac-maker, Lyon
It made me feel better, it gave me more confidence. As a patient, we forget about having projects, and that’s so important, because you feel like doing things and it gives you responsibility. It made me think about the future. It gave me dignity.
MarleneMaac-maker, Lyon
Personally, it really helped, it made me more motivated actually. And also, I just felt better, I had more confidence in myself, it shifted a bunch of little things in my life. I realized that I was able to do things, that I was … capable.
StephanieMaac-maker, Grenoble
I discovered that this project had meaning for me… I saw that I was having an impact on people, and that really moved me, it was then that I realized that this maac really worked.
AminaMaac-maker, Grenoble
It allowed me to be more independent. You realise that you can still be useful. It changed the way I saw myself, made me realise that I had skills.
CaroleMaac-Maker, Lyon
We hear a lot about empowerment, but we don’t have a lot of tools. The Maac Program makes empowerment concrete.
NathalieSocial Worker, Grenoble
I was so happy to spend this time with the other patients, to share our ideas and passions and dreams. Being a part of this group brought me so much and I hope others will be lucky enough to have the same opportunity.
JoanaMaac-maker, Geneva
Maac is concrete, innovative, and fundamentally human. It is concrete because the objectives are clear, innovative because this is the first time I’ve seen this kind of program in addiction clinics, and human because it is based on a sincere belief in human goodness and potential.
EmilieClinical Psychologist, Lyon
Doing the maac gave me a huge confidence boost, like to find a job, to talk in front of the social workers. I’m someone… I was… a little shy, and well, it changed me a bit…
ChristelleMaac-maker, Grenoble
There was so much good feeling in the group. We all had different backgrounds and yet we really listened and were kind to each other. There was no judgement, it was interesting, this kindness we had.
AminaMaac-maker, Grenoble
People have skills, people have areas of competence, but they’re just just under the surface. Maac, like other group workshops, allows these skills and abilities to come to the surface, but they’re already there, they exist. Maac helps people see they’re there.
CatherineSocial worker, Grenoble

“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