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Date(s) - May 26, 2019 - May 31, 2019
All Day

Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto

 Co-sponsors: Southern Ontario Training Group (SOTG), Community Living Ontario (CLO), Brampton Caledon Community Living (BCCL), and Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement

Description of Workshop:   PASSING is an instrument based on Social Role Valorization theory that provides a framework for analyzing formal and informal service practices for devalued people.   During this workshop participants use the PASSING instrument to visit and analyze two different human service programs  The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to build on what they have learned in the SRV workshop they will have attended previously and to deepen their understanding of devaluation and of how the promotion of valued social roles may enable people who are disabled or devalued to experience “the good things of life”. This is a very intensive workshop, with long days and a number of very late nights.  While past PASSING participants report that this is one of the most demanding workshops they have attended, they also report that they appreciate its intensity and find it to be one of the most engaging and memorable workshops they have attended.

Workshop format:  The workshop  begins on Sunday evening with a plenary session that includes an orientation to the workshop and a brief overview of PASSING.  However, this is a very participatory workshop with most of the work taking place in small teams. Participants are organized into teams of approximately six people plus a team leader (who has had previous PASSING experience).  Each team visits two different formal human service programs (e.g. a group residence, school program, adult day support program, shelter,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 service practices contribute to (or impede) the development of valued social roles. 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.  There is also the opportunity to clarify PASSING issues, to engage in some reflection on universality of devaluation, to learn about resources and upcoming events, and to provide feedback about the workshop and its potential impact.

Who this workshop is intended for:  This PASSING workshop is a LEADERSHIP-oriented event; it attracts those who have been impassioned by their previous exposure to SRV theory, who are prepared  for an intellectually challenging experience, and who want to bring about change.  The workshop is relevant to people who are interested in understanding the life experiences of those who are devalued or at risk of devaluation for reasons that include (among others)  intellectual impairments, physical impairments, mental disorders, old age, homelessness, poverty, etc.  Participation is welcome from human service workers, managers, family members, service users, advocates, board members and others.

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.

Tom Doody (Floater): Tom  has been involved with disabled people for over forty years, in direct service, management, training and consultation roles and with SRV for over 35 of these. Tom retired recently as the senior coordinator of North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, an organization exclusively focused on initiating and supporting freely-given relationships involving people with intellectual disabilities. He is a member of the North American SRV Council.

Please contact Erum Nasir at: erumn@bramptoncaledoncl.ca for any questions regarding this workshop.

 Important note:  Previous attendance at a four-day SRV workshop is a prerequisite for this PASSING workshop.

Introductory PASSING Workshop 3