CVL will be offering a Social Role Valorization (SRV) 4 day Introductory Workshop February 12 through February 15 at the Lafayette Office training center presented by Jo Massarelli and Joe Osburn.
Social Role Valorization, Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Socially Devalued People, & For Structuring Human Services
This workshop is specifically oriented to leadership development and is Part I of a two part workshop. It introduces the learner to Social Role Valorization (SRV), using the 10 core themes developed by Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, one of the most influential thinkers in the field of human services broadly, and mental retardation specifically. His work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, deinstitutionalization, and safeguarding of individual rights.
A central goal of SRV is to enable socially devalued people to attain culturally valued roles, with an eye towards having a typical life and gaining access to all that typical citizens enjoy. SRV will be reviewed with the implications of its positive assumptions about the worth of all people and their belonging in our communities. Since competency and image enhancement are essential building blocks of valued social roles, both concepts will be thoroughly explained. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the typical life experiences of socially devalued people, with an eye towards deeper identification with the people they serve. A past participant said of this workshop, “This training has changed my outlook on human services and has provided me with a better understanding of how expectancies can affect success or performance. Thank you all for your helpful suggestions and educated experiences, it was a truly informative and beneficial training!”
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Jo Massarelli is Director of the SRV Implementation Project (SRVIP) based in Massachusetts (USA). She divides her time between teaching Social RoleValorization (SRV) theory, PASSING workshops, related topics, and working to effect positive change for individuals with impairments, and elders. She has lectured and consulted to medical personnel, families and agencies in Australia, NewZealand, Canada, and Japan.
Ms. Massarelli is an associate of Shriver Clinical Services Corporation. She is a consultant to its Medical Safeguards Project, an effort of physicians and nurses who seek to protect the lives of impaired people in medical settings. She also works with an in-home nursing agency called Family Lives, which provides around-the-clock nursing support for medically compromised children so that they can live at home. Ms. Massarelli assists families and nurses to view the person served in more than the “patient” role. She has a particular interest in advocacy in hospitals. She presents workshops on protecting vulnerable people in hospitals and on medical decision-making.
Joe Osburn is a long-time SRVIP associate and colleague of Jo Massarelli. He has worked in human services since 1964, in a variety of direct service, administrative, and consultative positions primarily with poor families and families with handicapped children. Since 1974, his work has focused particularly on the dissemination and application of normalization and SRV as a major safeguard in the lives of handicapped, poor, elderly, and other socially vulnerable and societally devalued people.
He directs Indiana Safeguards Initiative, a non-profit SRV- based effort involved with planning and conducting SRV and related training for providers and recipients of services; coordinating and leading comprehensive in-depth evaluations of the quality of human service programs, agencies, and service systems as experienced by their service recipients; as well as writing and other related SRV-based projects. He has assessed a variety of human services throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. He was the first social worker assigned specifically to the emergency room in the largest public hospital in Baltimore (MD), and also the first social worker in a large private hospital in Indianapolis (IN).