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"Understanding Social Devaluation and the Service Worker's Role" May 13-14th


CVL will be offering

"Understanding Social Devaluation and the Service Worker's Role"

a Social Role Valorization (SRV) based Workshop

May 13 and 14, 2019 at the Lafayette Training Center 

presented by Jo Massarelli and Joe Osburn.


This two-day event will provide an overview of social devaluation and some of its manifestations, as well as a brief orientation to Social Role Valorization (SRV) which has great relevance for addressing devaluation in the lives of the service recipients. SRV is a theory about the relationship between the social roles that people have and the way they will be treated in society. We know that certain groups are routinely devalued in our society and that those who are devalued are often treated poorly. A goal of SRV is to enable those who are devalued or at risk of devaluation to have valued social roles so they can have access to more of the good things in life. 

This workshop explores the reality of social and societal devaluation, the processes by which certain groups of people become devalued within society, some of the impacts this has on their lives, what we mean by valued social roles and how promoting these can make a difference. 

Promoting Social Role Valorization Training & Related Safeguards


Where:  Community Ventures in Living  60 Professional Court  Lafayette, IN 47905

When:   May 13 -14   8:30-4:30 pm  
Price: $75 fee for attendees not affiliated with CVL; includes materials and lunch



Jo Massarelli is Director of the SRV Implementation Project (SRVIP) based in Massachusetts (USA). She divides her time between teaching Social Role Valorization (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, New Zealand, 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).

Lunch is provided each day. If you have dietary requirements or other support requests for your workshop attendance please describe above.