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Date(s) - October 20, 2014 - October 23, 2014
All Day

A Revised Conceptualization of Social Role Valorization, Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing The Plight of Socially Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

Sponsors: Brantwood Community Services, Rygiel Supports for Community Living, Southern Ontario Training Group

Dates: Monday, October 20 to Thursday, October 23, 2014 (8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. each day)

Location: Hamilton/Brant Area (details to follow)

Presenters: Jo Massarelli and Members and Associates of the Southern Ontario Training Group.

Description of the workshop:

This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV), using the 10 core themes developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, one of the most influential thinkers in the field of intellectual disability in the world. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is rooted in the study of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests that assisting people to maintain and acquire valued social roles such as neighbor, student, employee, and family member will increase the likelihood that they will receive the “good things of life”.Social devaluation explains why people with intellectual or other disabilities so often receive “the bad things of life”instead – poverty, rejection, exclusion from opportunities for belonging. Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles with an aim toward improving their life conditions, and enhancement of peoples’social images and competencies.

Who the workshop is intended for:

This is a LEADERSHIP-oriented workshop, and is therefore taught at a college-level, with long hours and hard work. People who attend should be prepared for an intellectual challenge. Anyone who is interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual disability, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), physical impairment or learning impairment (children and adults) will find it relevant, whether they are service recipients, family members (including parents, siblings, and adult children), advocates, ordinary citizens, and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

Format of the workshop:

The workshop is taught in lecture format. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. each day.


The tuition is $495.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day. There will be a reduction of 15% if 3 or more from the same group/organization register.


75% of fees will be returned up to 7 days prior to the workshop. There will be no refund provided if less than 7 days notification.

Send registration form(s) and payment to: Rygiel Supports for Community Living, 200-1550 Upper James Street, Hamilton ON L9B 2L6. Note: If registering as a group, please complete one registration form for each person and send the forms together.

For more information: Please contact Joanne Cimini, 905-525-4311 ext. 211 or email: