A Revised Conceptualization of Social Role Valorization

Date: September 25, 2017 Contact: Amanda FenlongPhone: 613-345-4092 ext. 43Email: cominv.bdaci@ripnet.com

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 Southern Ontario Training Group and Brockville & District Association for Community Involvement

Monday, September 25 – Thursday, September 28, 2017

8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each day

New Hope Tabernacle 2811 Second Concession, Brockville, ON K6V 5T1



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 one of the most influential thinkers in the field of intellectual impairment 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 tend to get done to people who are seen 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, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing 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, 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 power point presentation. 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 .


For more information:

Please contact Amanda Fenlong, 613-345-4092  ext. 43 or email: cominv.bdaci@ripnet.com

For online information about SRV, go to http://www.socialrolevalorization.com/ OR www.srvip.org OR www.srv-sotg.ca/