The Social Role Valorization Implementation Project
sponsored by Shriver Clinical Services Corporation
About SRVIP Upcoming Workshops SRV Journal Contact SRVIP Blog Home

Workshop Descriptions

Part 1: Introduction to SRV

This workshop introduces the learner to Social Role Valorization (SRV) developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, one of the most influential thinkers in the field of intellectual impairment. Dr. Wolfensberger's work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of individual rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement. A central goal of SRV is to enable socially devalued people to attain culturally valued roles with an eye towards having a typical life. SRV will be reviewed with the implications of its positive assumptions about the worth of all persons and their place in our communities. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the typical life experiences of socially devalued people, with an eye towards deep identification with the people they serve. A past participant said of this workshop “my eyes have been opened to things I didn't realize before.” This workshop is taught at a leadership level, for the serious student.

Part 2: SRV Practicum with PASSING

The PASSING (Program Analysis of Service Systems' Implementation of Normalization Goals) workshop completes the learning of the
Part I: Introduction to SRV course. The PASSING workshop emphasizes the impact of services on the lives of their recipients. This workshop is an opportunity to work with the ideas of SRV to craft a vision of good service, and is particularly helpful for those designing services and/or assessing service quality. The work of this course is done in teams; each team will visit a residential and a ‘day’ service, meeting service recipients and conducting interviews with staff and administrators. The event involves extensive personal reflection and analysis, group conciliation, and thought provoking discussion. A past participant said after this workshop “when I go back to work, I won't be the same.”

Persons attending PASSING must have first attended an SRV course. To create a focused, reflective atmosphere, this workshop is intentionally designed to be an intensive experience, with both long days and nighttime work. You can expect to work well past dinner each night.

Description of PASSING workshop: PDF (4 pages - 378 K) >>