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Introductory PASSING Workshop (Ontario)

Date: November 17, 2019
Location:  Show map Homewood Suites by Hilton
40 Bay St. South
Hamilton, Ontario
Contact: Kathleen BarrettEmail: kbarrett@rygiel.ca

The Southern Ontario Training Group (SOTG), Community Living Ontario, and Rygiel Supports for Community Living present an Introductory PASSING Workshop. 

Description of Workshop: PASSING is an instrument based on Social Role Valorization (SRV) theory that provides a frame-work for analyzing formal and informal service practices for devalued people. During this workshop participants use PASSING to observe and analyze two different human service programs. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to build on what they have learned in the SRV workshop they will have attended previously and to deepen their understanding of devaluation and of how the promotion of valued social roles may enable people who are disabled or devalued to experience "the good things of life". This is a very intensive workshop, with long days and a number of very late nights. While past PASSING participants report that this is one of the most demanding workshops they have attended, they also report that they appreciate its intensity and find it to be one of the most engaging and memorable workshops they have attended.

Workshop format: After a plenary session on Sunday evening, most of the work takes place in small teams of approximately six people plus a team leader (who has had previous PASSING experience). Each team visits two different formal human service programs (e.g. a group residence, school program, adult day support program, shelter, etc.). These study visits include a lengthy interview with the program managers along with time spent meeting the service users and observing the program. Following this, the team engages in a lengthy and intensive process through which they seek to understand how the program is experienced by the service users and how various service practices contribute to (or impede) the development of valued social roles. The team meets on the final morning to reflect on their workshop experience. At the final plenary session, team leaders share their team's findings with the larger group, enabling all participants to more fully appreciate some of the broader issues pertaining to services for devalued people. There is also the opportunity to clarify PASSING issues, to engage in some reflection on universality of devaluation, to learn about resources and upcoming events, and to provide feedback about the workshop and its potential impact.

Who this workshop is intended for: The workshop is relevant to people who are interested in understanding the life experiences of those who are devalued or at risk of devaluation for reasons that include (among others) intellectual impairments, physical impairments, mental disorders, old age, homelessness, poverty, etc. Participation is welcome from human service workers, managers, family members, service users, advocates, board members and others. This PASSING workshop is a leadership-oriented event; it attracts those who have been inspired by their previous exposure to SRV theory, who are prepared for an intellectually challenging experience, and who want to bring about change.

The workshop leaders:

Judith Sandys (Senior Trainer): Judith’s 35 + years of experience with Social Role Valorization have included human service management, teaching, research, writing and consulting. Judith, who recently retired from the Ryerson School of Social Work, is a member of the Southern Ontario Training Group, the North American SRV Council, and the Editorial Board of the SRV Journal. She has been organizing and leading PASSING workshops for over two decades.

Peg Jenner (Floater): Peg has been teaching SRV in a variety formats for 30 years. She is a member of both the Southern Ontario Training Group and the North American SRV Council. Peg retired from Centennial College a few years ago, where she was the Co-ordinator of the Developmental Services program.

Registration details:

See the event flyer and registration form by downloading the PDF version.

Starting: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Registration at 7:00 p.m., first session at 7:30 sharp) Ending: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m.

$575.00 (until September 15, 2019) $625.00 (after September 15, 2019)

NOTE: Previous attendance at a four-day Social Role Valorization workshop is a prerequisite for this PASSING workshop

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