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The Power of Social Roles


Exploring the Power of Social Roles

An ­­­introduction based on Social Role Valorization

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in participating in this learning opportunity. We look forward to spending time with you and expect a lot of great discussion with deep exploration into the importance of the roles that we hold. During this journey together we will be looking at the plight of people who are devalued. We will be examining how our roles and our place in society affect the quality of a person’s life.

You will participate in a variety of exercises and discussions that will not only provide an interactive learning environment but will help you to truly engage and identify with the material. You will be encouraged to look at how you can provide services differently to support people to have full, meaningful lives. Throughout the course of our four meetings, we will introduce specific concepts of Social Role Valorization (SRV) as they relate to the work that you do.

Our hope is that this experience adds to your toolbox, leaves you with a fresh perspective, and inspires you to continue your education in Social Role Valorization.

Some things to expect and ground rules for participation.

·       We will meet 1 day a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

·       We are exploring these concepts together and expect to learn just as much from you as you will from us, please come prepared to join in both large and small group discussions.

·       To enhance the learning experience there will be independent and group work done during our time together with additional ‘homework’ between our sessions to deepen and personalize concept exploration.

·       We will hold space for each one of us to be open, honest, and vulnerable as we talk about the difficult realities of devaluation and stereotyping.

·       You can expect us to create an atmosphere where we can all be open minded and engaged, feeling free to express any questions or concerns that arise during our time together.

·       To facilitate practical application, you will be exploring some concepts with a specific person in mind that you are supporting on a weekly basis.

o   Please come prepared with this person in mind.

o   Ask their permission beforehand to think about their lives and the roles that they hold.

o   Be ensured that all information will be kept confidential.

o   It will be imperative that you meet with this person between our sessions for concept exploration.

·       You will leave with some foundational tools and (we hope) a desire to go further so be prepared to continue doing the amazing work that you do with a fresh outlook and a renewed desire for change!


Again, we are so glad you are here and very much look forward to experiencing this journey with you!


May 2024 Dates and Times

Each session will take place in the Lafayette CVL office

May 22 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

May 29 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

June 5 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

June 12 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Note that participants are also expected to spend an hour of reflective time outside of our time together completing concept exploration assignments.


Have questions or need more information?  Contact us at maggie.jacobson@cvl-in.org and/or ashley.canaday@cvl-in.org


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