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Date(s) - May 7, 2017 - May 12, 2017
All Day

Seneca College

Presented by:

  • Southern Ontario Training Group (SOTG)
  • Brampton Caledon Community Living (BCCL)
  • Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement (BDACI)
  • Community Living Ontario (CLO)

About the 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 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 (or impede) the development of valued social roles.

The workshop begins with an introductory session on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. where, along with some useful information, you will have the opportunity to meet your team leader and fellow team members.  Monday begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp with a plenary session that provides an overview of the PASSING process, after which the teams meet to prepare for the site visit. The first site visit begins after this meeting. Teams return 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.  The third day begins with a second site 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 spend 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.

The Workshop Leaders

Judith Sandys  (Senior Trainer):  Judith’s 35 + years of experience with Social Role Valorization have included human service management, teaching, research 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 about 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

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