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Date(s) - May 6, 2018 - May 11, 2018
All Day

Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto

Introductory PASSING Workshop

Sponsors: Southern Ontario Training Group (SOTG), Community Living Ontario, and Brampton Caledon Community Living

Dates and times: Starting on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (Registration at 7:00 p.m., first session begins at 7:30 sharp) and ending on Friday, May 11, 2018  at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton  Toronto -Markham, Ontario, 50 Bodrington Court, Markham, Ontario

Fees: $525.00 (until March 1, 2018); $575.00 (after March 1, 2018)

Description of Workshop: PASSING workshops are designed to enable participants who have previously attended a four day Social Role Valorization (SRV) workshop to gain a deeper understanding of devaluation and of how the promotion of valued roles may enable people who are disabled or devalued to experience “the good things of life”.  This workshop is directed at anyone who is interested in bringing about change. While most participants are involved in human services, participation is welcome from service users, family members, students, advocates, board members, and others. Please note that previous attendance at a four day SRV workshop is a prerequisite for this event.

In this workshop, participants are organized into teams of approximately six or seven  people plus a team leader (who has had previous PASSING experience).  Each team visits two different human service programs (e.g. a group residence, school program, adult day support program, etc.). These. study visits include a lengthy interview with the program managers along with time spent meeting the service users and observing the program.  Following this, the team engages in a lengthy and depthful process through which they seek to understand how the program is experienced by the service users and how various aspects of the program contribute to (or impede) the development of valued social roles.

The workshop begins on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. sharp, with a plenary session that provides an overview of the PASSING process, after which  there is a very brief team meeting. Monday morning begins early with a lengthier team meeting to prepare for the first study visit, which follows immediately after. Teams return to their team rooms in the early evening and then spend 2-3 hours doing their individual ratings.  The second day begins with a lengthy discussion about the service recipients in the program visited, reflecting on their characteristics, life experiences, wounds, most important needs, etc., and thinking about the extent to which the program is or is not meeting these needs.  (This is referred to as the “foundations discussion”). After this, each PASSING rating is  discussed until the team reaches a consensus on the service’s performance, a process (“conciliation”) that is likely to extend into the very late evening.  Wednesday begins with a second study visit, followed by individual ratings, the foundations discussion, and the start of the conciliation process, again working into the late evening. Conciliation of the second site concludes on Thursday by dinner time.  Following the completion of each conciliation, the team spends some time reflecting on what they believe to be the most important issues in the program they visited.

The team meets on the final morning to reflect on their workshop experience and to think about how they might want to be involved in future PASSING and/or other SRV events. At the final plenary session, team leaders share their teams’ findings with the larger group, enabling all participants to more fully appreciate some of the broader issues pertaining to services for devalued people.  This final session provides an opportunity to clarify PASSING issues, to share experiences. to learn about resources and upcoming events, and to provide feedback about the workshop and its potential impact. The workshop ends after the final plenary session on Friday, by early afternoon.

PASSING workshops require an intense commitment of time and energy.  You should arrive well rested and plan to forego all outside involvements during the workshop. You are expected to have read the PASSING Ratings Manual prior to the workshop. You must be fully present and participating throughout the entire workshop, (including all evening sessions, with your team. It should be noted that while past PASSING participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they very rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigor and high level of engagement.


The Workshop Leaders:

Judith Sandys  (Senior Trainer):  Judith’s 35 + years of experience with Social Role Valorization have included human service management, teaching, research, writing and consulting.  Judith, who recently retired from the Ryerson School of Social Work, is a  member of the Southern Ontario Training Group, the North American SRV Council, and the Editorial Board of the SRV Journal.  She has been organizing and leading PASSING workshops for over two decades.

Susan Thomas  (Floater) Susan worked closely for many years  with Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, until his death in 2011. She is the co-author. with Dr. Wolfensberger, of the PASSING Ratings Manual used in PASSING workshops,  has published numerous articles on SRV, and  regularly presents a wide variety of workshops on SRV and related topics.  Susan is a founding  member of .the North American SRV Council and directs the Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership & Change Agentry  as well as serving as the Training Director.

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PASSING flyer May 2018