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Date(s) - March 20, 2017 - March 23, 2017
All Day

Aviva Centre (formerly the Rexall Centre) at York University, Toronto

A Revised Conceptualization of Social Role Valorization, Including 10 Related Themes

A High-Order Concept for Addressing The Plight of Societally Devalued People and for Structuring Human Services

Co-Sponsored by The Southern Ontario Training Group, The Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, Brampton Caledon Community Living and Community Living Ontario


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, considered to be 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 a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services, strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things often happen to people in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

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, or at least less devalued roles, for devalued people, with an aim toward improving their life conditions; enhancement of people’s social images; and enhancement of people’s 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. The information presented is quite complex in its entirety, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas. It should be noted that while past SRV participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement. 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 impairment, 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, with extensive use of overheads and slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions, although there are no small group exercises in this format. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.


The tuition is $525.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day. There will be a reduction of 15% if 3 or more people 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 if less than 7 days notification.

Send registration form(s) and payment to: SOTG 2495 Parkedale Ave, Unit #4 Brockville, ON K6V 3H2. Note: If registering
as a group, please complete one registration form for each person and send the forms together.

More information:

Please contact Amanda Fenlong, 613-345-4092 ext. 43 or email: cominv.bdaci@ripnet.com
For  more information about SRV see www.socialrolevalorization.com OR www.srvip.org

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