June 22-23, 2016 ‘History of human services’ workshop in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Alliance for Personal Action & The SRV Implementation Project

are pleased to announce a two-day workshop entitled

The History of Human Services

Tracing the Origins of Some of Our Major Contemporary Service Patterns, & Some Universal Lessons for Service That Can Be Learned from This History


Dates & Times: Wednesday, June 22 to Thursday, June 23, 2016; 9 am to 4:30 pm each day


Place: University of Massachusetts Auditorium, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545


Description of the presentation: History is known to be one of the best teachers, and yet there is very little teaching of the history of human services. This presentation addresses that gap. Several hundred slides document the evolution of major human service concepts and practices from ancient, informal, voluntary, unpaid personal helping forms to the largely commercialized patterns that we see today. 

There are two parts to the presentation, and each takes up a full day. In both parts, paintings, and illustrations of the architecture of human service settings, are used to show the service patterns and assumptions in a given historical period. The presentation as a whole demonstrates how the following current human service ideas evolved:

• that bigger services are better services

• that afflicted people are a menace to society

• that segregated services are preferable to integrated ones

• that service recipients should be thankful for what they receive from service workers


The presentation compellingly shows that human services are full of practices that are now carried on unconsciously, but are actually vestiges or distortions of practices that were originally instituted with high consciousness and very good and strong rationales.

The first part of the presentation takes all of the first day. It sketches important antecedents of current human service patterns, from pre-history and the pre-Christian era, and shows that the history of human services of all types is inextricably intertwined with the history of care for the poor, and of residential services. This part shows how the nurses’ station evolved, and how specialized institutions–such as tuberculosis sanitoria, prisons, and “mental hospitals”–grew out of the multi‑purpose institutions and workhouses for all kinds of afflicted and poor people of the 1600‑1700s, which in turn grew out of small, early Christian hospices. This first part traces the evolution of human services into the late Medieval period, and shows the impact of the collapse of medieval services preceding and during the Protestant Reformation. The negative effects on services of political and economic changes during the period of absolutism in the 16‑17th centuries is also explained. The first part concludes by showing how certain service designs and practices are now the opposite of how they started out. 

The second part of the presentation takes all of the second day. It elaborates on one particular theme that was raised in the first part, namely the interpretation of service recipients as menaces, and the structuring of services on that assumption. It shows how this “menacizing” eventually displaced the remnants of earlier, more benign perceptions and interpretations of recipients, and how it has come down to services of the present.     

There is a break for lunch and short breaks in mid‑morning and mid‑afternoon of each day. At several points during each day, and at each day’s end, there will be time for questions and discussion.


Format of the presentation: The presentation is conducted in lecture style, and is very visual. Both pictures and text projetions are shown, using current and older technologies. As noted above, lectures are interspersed with periods for discussion.


Who should attend: The presentation is relevant to everyone involved in any way in any kind of human service to any societally devalued group in any service field, from those on the direct clinical level to those at the highest planning levels, whether they are professionals or non‑professionals, advocates, volunteers, administrators, legislators, theorists, analysts, architects and designers. Anyone who attends the presentation can gain a better understanding of current service challenges, some of the dangers that lurk everywhere, and what sorts of service patterns to strive for. 

Many people who have attended this presentation in the past have remarked that it fundamentally altered their perception of many human service patterns, and that it helped them to understand, often for the first time, some of the things they had witnessed or were part of, or had contributed to. People who have been through PASS and PASSING training will also find that parts of the presentation speak to the concept of culturally valued analogues, and of “model coherency” of human services.


Tuition: $180.00, which includes refreshments and lunch. Agencies that send 5 or more people get a 20% discount. We will not turn people away for lack of funds; if you require tuition assistance, please email register@srvip.org.


Registration & payment: Payment can be made via check or credit card.


• Register online at https://srvip.wufoo.com/forms/registration-form/


• Or send your name, address, phone number & email address, plus tuition check made out to Shriver Clinical Services (federal id # 04 317 5325), to: Workshop registrar; 74 Elm Street; Worcester, MA 01609. Email register@srvip.org.


Upon registration, registrants will receive further information, including about accommodations.

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June 5-11, 2016 ‘moral coherency’ workshop in Alberta, Canada

The Alberta Safeguards Foundation, Inclusion Alberta, & The Syracuse University Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry are pleased to announce a 7 day workshop on

How to Function Morally, Coherently & Adaptively In a World that is Disfunctional, Including its Human Services


Dates: Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, June 11, 2016

Each day begins promptly at 8:00 am; the first six days include evening sessions. The workshop ends at approximately 4:30 pm on the last day.


Place: Ambrose University, 150 Ambrose Circle S.W., Calgary, AB T3H 0L5.

Details & directions will be provided with confirmation of registration.


Web: moralcoherency.com

People interested in attending are strongly urged to register early.


Workshop content and format: The Training Institute developed this workshop to equip people with a special combination of worldviews, preparation & support they will need in order to survive with high moral ideals, with integrity intact, & hopefully also with some effectiveness in such a world & human services.

Some of the assumptions underlying the content of the workshop are:

there are powerful dynamics of disfunctionality in the world;

these dynamics endlessly express themselves in derivative disfunctionalities in society, as well as in human service approaches, systems & structures;

most people are not aware, or do not want to be aware, of these dynamics;

it is imperative that people who want to function with greater moral coherency become aware of these dynamics;

many of these dynamics can be known & understood;

once one is aware of these dynamics, one is in a position to respond & act much more adaptively in the world;

there exists an array of adaptive strategies for living with these realities;

many of these adaptive strategies can be taught & learned.

This workshop is not intended to provide participants with specific solutions to specific problems. Instead, participants will learn an array of universally applicable strategies that they can then apply to whatever situations confront them.

Even in a workshop of this length, many of the strategies can only be covered in enough depth to delineate the essentials, to awaken consciousness, to enable participants to identify adaptive strategies themselves, & to point participants toward further study & progress in these various strategies. A great many handouts will be distributed, including ones that point to further resources on several of the topics.

The format of the workshop is physically & intellectually demanding. It is conducted in lecturestyle, with a series of presentations given in a logical sequence of topics, some of which are quite lengthy. Following each presentation there is ample opportunity for participant comment & general discussion. Some opportunities for private reflection on the material & for informal discussion are provided at the end of each of the first six days to assist participants to deal with the challenging nature of much of the material. Further information on format will be sent with confirmation of registration.



 Tuition fee is $1,000.00 per person, which includes meals.

 This fee does not include overnight accommodations (please see below)

 Accommodation fee for 7 nights at the university is $270 for double occupancy or $385 for single occupancy.

 Each room contains 2 single beds, & 2 desks with chairs. There is one shared bathroom for 2 sleeping rooms.

 Participants may arrive June 4th & must check out of their rooms on the last day of the workshop (June 11th). If participants require a room on the last day of the workshop they will be billed an additional fee.

 Total cost of tuition, meals and overnight accommodation is $1,270.00 for shared accommodation and $1,385.00 for single accommodation. The commuter rate (no overnight accommodation) is $1,000 for tuition and meals for the entire workshop.

*There is a possibility of some subsidy for workshop fees. To inquire contact Carla Hamarsnes (contact information below).


Payment: Payment can be made by cheque or credit card. Cheques should be made out to Alberta Safeguards Foundation. Credit card payments will be processed through Inclusion Alberta.


Register: To register, please send your name, address, phone, email address, and either a cheque or credit card number to: Alberta Safeguards Foundation, 2723 – 16 Ave SW, Calgary, AB. Canada T3C 1A3.

Phone in registration (Carla Hamarsnes) (403) 249-1213. Email information to absafeguards@gmail.com.

*Please make note if you are registering for shared or single accommodation.

*Please inform us of any dietary restrictions.

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May 16-20, 2016 PASSING workshop in Massachusetts

workshop announcement

SRV Study Visit Using PASSING: Understanding the Service Recipient’s Perspective

to be held from

Monday May 16 (starting at noon) through Friday May 20 (ending at 1 pm), 2016

at the

Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts

sponsored by

• The SRV Implementation Project

• The Massachusetts Alliance for Personal Action

workshop description

The PASSING workshop builds upon the Introduction to SRV course by providing a hands-on experience with an actual human service program. This workshop emphasizes the impact of services on the lives of their recipients. Workshop participants are invited to see services “through the eyes” of its recipients. This is an opportunity to work with the ideas of Social Role Valorization (SRV) to craft a vision of excellent service.

The work of this course is done in teams. Many teams will include family members, support workers, administrators & others. Each team will go either to a residential or a “day” service, to spend time with service recipients & conduct interviews with staff & administrators. The event involves extensive personal reflection & analysis, group conciliation, & thought-provoking discussion. A past workshop participant said “when I go back to work, I won’t be the same.”


Persons attending PASSING must have first attended a 3 or 4 day SRV workshop. To create a focused & reflective atmosphere, this workshop is designed as an intensive experience.

Monday will run from 12 to 6 pm. Tuesday will run roughly from 7:30 am to 6 pm; Wednesday & Thursday will run roughly from 8:30 am to 6 pm. Friday will go from 8:30 to 1 pm.

tuition plus lunches, rental of manual & handouts

Cost of tuition, manual rental, workshop materials & lunches is $625. Payment can be made via credit card or check. (For DDS only, payment can also be made via electronic transfer.)

  1. For a credit card invoice, please email register@srvip.org.
  2. To pay by check, please make checks payable to Shriver Clinical Services (federal id # 04 317 5325).

to register for the May 2016 passing workshop:

a) Either register online at



b) send name, address, phone number & email address (with check if applicable) to

Workshop Registrar


74 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609

important note about the scheduling of this workshop

This workshop requires a minimum number of participants, and will be rescheduled for a later date if there is an insufficient number of registered participants. Please plan accordingly.

for more information, contact

Workshop Registrar at register@srvip.org OR at 508 752 3670

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April 19-22, 2016 SRV workshop in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Alliance for Personal Action is pleased to announce a four-day workshop on

A Revised Conceptualization of Social Role Valorization, Including 10 Related Themes:

A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Socially Devalued People, & For Structuring Human Services (Part I)

from Tuesday April 19 through Friday April 22, 2016 (8:30 am to 5:30 pm)

at Nemasket Group, 56 Bridge Street, Fairhaven, MA

Taught by Jo Massarelli & Associates of The SRV Implementation Project

Description of the workshop:

This is part one of a two-part course. (For more on part two, visit http://www.srvip.org/ or email info@srvip.org). This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV), using the ten core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the field of human services worldwide. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, & the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic & universally applicable concept for structuring human services, anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, & broad human experience. SRV posits a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, & whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities & other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, & good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored 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; enhancement of people’s social images; & enhancement of people’s competencies. The workshop offers a critical SRV-based look at many contemporary human service practices.

Format of the workshop:

The workshop is specifically oriented to leadership development. The language used, as well as the physical & intellectual demands of the workshop, are structured accordingly. It is taught in lecture format, with use of overheads & slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion & questions. The schedule is 8:30 to 5:30 each day, with coffee & check-in beginning at 8:00 am each day.

Who the workshop is intended for:

Service recipients, members of their family (including parents, sisters & brothers, & adult children), advocates, citizens, & paid or unpaid service workers, planners & managers who are interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual or physical impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), or learning impairment (children & adults). The workshop is taught at a college-level, with long hours & hard work. The information presented is complex in its entirety, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas.


The tuition is $500 which includes handouts & lunches.

For employees of the Southeast Region of DDS:


Lunch will be provided on-site.

Registration and payment:

Payment can be made via check or credit card. For DDS only, payment can also be made via electronic transfer. Please contact the registrar register@srvip.org for more information.

• Register online at https://srvip.wufoo.com/forms/srv-registration-form/

• Or send your name, address, phone number & email address, plus tuition check made out to Shriver Clinical Services (federal id # 04 317 5325), to: Workshop registrar; 74 Elm Street; Worcester, MA 01609. Email register@srvip.org.

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article ‘In school for the sake of keeping the mind stimulated’

The 2 January 2016 NY Times article entitled ‘In school for the sake of keeping the mind stimulated’ describes a program model that would be interesting to analyze from an SRV and PASSING perspective, including elements such as:

Each of these could be analyzed separately based on the information contained in the article about the program model, and perhaps further research on specific Osher programs. Part of what SRV and PASSING teach is how to look at a service from multiple perspectives, and then also to look at how these combine into an overall impact on people served.

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Glen Campbell “I’ll be me”

The documentary film “I’ll be me” about musician Glen Campbell would make an interesting example to analyze in an Social Role Valorization workshop, a topic for discussion in an SRV study group, or an SRV-based review assignment for a university class.

From the website for the film:

In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.”

The film is a mix of biography, interview and concert film. It has a lot of material, including various viewpoints on Alzheimer’s, that would be appropriate subjects for SRV analysis. It could be looked at in relation to SRV implementation strategies, including image and competency enhancement, guidelines for applying SRV measures, role goals, role communicators, access to the ‘good things of life,’ safeguarding societally valued roles, etc.

Several elements of the Glen Campbell website could also be analyzed from an SRV perspective, including blog posts from Campbell’s family and friends.

We would welcome submission of written reviews of the film for The SRV Journal.

Marc Tumeinski

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Jack London

Jack London was one of the most prolific American writers in the early 20th century. He wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and articles. London grew up in poverty and worked a number of different jobs, including such roles as oyster pirate, deputy patrolman for the California Fish Patrol, able seaman, coal heaver, laundry worker, coal stoker and gold prospector. He was a war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War. When he was 18, he spent 30 days in jail for vagrancy. London was a member of the Socialist Party, until resigning from the party in 1916. His second wife Charmian Kittredge was also active in socialism and was a strong voice for feminism. The Londons eventually lived on a 1000 acre ranch in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California.

In 1891, the California Home for the Care and Training of the Feeble Minded was opened on a 1640-acre parcel. This institution is about 3 miles from the site of London’s ranch.

London published a short story entitled ‘The Drooling Ward.’ The narrator of the story is named Tom, and is one of the institution residents. Tom helps to care for some of the other residents, a not uncommon practice in residential institutions.

Several elements of the story would be particularly interesting to review from a Social Role Valorization perspective, such as interpersonal identification, language and labels, personal appearance, non-programmatic issues, relationship dynamics, and the desire for the ‘good things of life,’ among others.

A major thread of the story includes Tom along with three other residents running away from the institution, though in the end, they return after a day. One of the interesting elements of this part of the story describes an encounter that takes place while they are climbing a hill and crossing a ranch property. They run in to the ranch owner and his wife, and exchange a few words. Although the rancher’s name is given as Endicott in this scene, they clearly represent Jack and Charmian London.

A collection of London’s writings edited by Earle Labor (Penguin, 1994) includes a copy of a note written to Jack London in 1911 by Dr. William Dawson, medical superintendent of the Sonoma State Home: “I have read [‘The Drooling Ward’] with a great deal of interest and find it in greater part to be true to life. The ‘hero’ of the story I think is our old inmate, Newton Dole.’

A reading and analysis of London’s story could make an interesting lesson or assignment for a university class studying the history of human services.

updated SRV website

Please see the following announcement from Elizabeth Neuville:

The International Association for SRV announces the launching of an important new resource for Social Role Valorization. 


Find updated information about workshops, training organizations, trainers, and activities. The website is live but still developing. Check back often for more resource materials, more news, and more ways to get involved with SRV.

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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free articles to read from The SRV Journal

Interested in reading some articles from The SRV Journal?

Check out the following links:


Scroll down to download free copies of all the REVIEWS from past issues.

Scroll down also for copies of full issues.



Download free articles from the The SRV Journal and elsewhere.

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 2:00 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SRV action implications

The SRV monograph includes a useful chart laying out categories of SRV action implications that can help us think about how to implement SRV, with an eye towards helping societally devalued people to have greater access to the ‘good things of life.’ The chart is on pages 103-105 in the 2014 edition of the SRV monograph (4th expanded edition). The content of the chart is also discussed at leadership level SRV workshops.


The chart is divided into action implication strategies on the level of:

1 an individual person

2 an individual’s primary social system (e.g., family or friends)

3 an individual’s secondary social system (e.g., workplace, gym, church)

4 the larger society


At each level, we can think of action implications related to:


The following chart does not replicate the full chart in the SRV monograph, but selectively shares a few examples in each category simply as a way to encourage further discussion on this implementation issue. I strongly encourage you to look at the full chart.


PERSON age appropriateness

culturally valued analog


relevance and potency


forming helpful habits


role models and imagery juxtaposition

role modeling related to competency enhancement
INTERMEDIATE SOCIAL SYSTEM personal social integration and valued social participation

model coherency

setting access

demanding settings

model coherency

LARGER SOCIETY attitude shaping


funding patterns

positive media portrayals

public modeling of positive attitudes


public settings

staff training

funding of settings that facilitate competency enhancement


In light of this four-fold framework, what implementation examples and strategies can you think of? Please respond to this post and share:

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