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Guest post: Lenin, Stalin and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Steven Tiffany: I’d like to share some Social Role Valorization (SRV) insights I gleaned while reading the book “Lenin, Stalin and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe” by Robert Gellately (2007). The level of violence, terror and death described in the book is overwhelming, but it also […]

Language surrounding “Alzheimer’s”

Driving home the other day, I turned on the radio and caught the end of a radio news broadcast concerning “Alzheimer’s.” (Note: I put the quotes around Alzheimer’s because my experience is that this term is too often loosely thrown around as a label or confirmed diagnosis, both by non-professionals as well as human service […]

Image juxtaposition: “Stage management 2.0”

A 29 May 2011 NY Times article about US President Obama’s visit to the UK mentions an event relevant to image juxtaposition and crafting positive images: “Before Mr. Obama took his seat, an aide asked that two fax machines behind him be removed. The machines, which would have appeared in photographs just above his head, […]

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 6:00 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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‘Work and Social Role Valorization’

I recently ran across this 2 page information sheet, from an agency in Australia, which describes an employment service from a specifically Social Role Valorization perspective. The info. sheet makes reference to the 2006 article published by Joe Osburn, An Overview of Social Role Valorization Theory [published in the 1(1) edition of The SRV Journal]. […]

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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‘Bent, not broken’ article in NY Times

This NY Times article about a teacher has some good potential as a teaching exercise: in a workshop, staff meeting or university classroom. It can be used to raise questions and issues relevant to Social Role Valorization, such as: • What language is used to refer to the person who is the main subject of […]

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 6:44 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Book notice #3

If you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, I recommend reading the 2009 book from Wolfensberger: Wolf Wolfensberger. Observing, Recording and Addressing Personal Physical Appearance by Means of the APPEAR Tool. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry; Plantagenet, ON: l’Institut Valor Institute. For those of you […]

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 10:26 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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‘Therapy from dusk to dawn’

A 14 June 2009 NY Times article entitled ‘For Dementia’s Restless Minds, Therapy From Dusk to Dawn’ described a human service program at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale (NY, US). From the article: The patients were on the loose again, moving their shrunken frames through the nursing home’s shadowy halls, chattering and giggling like children […]

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Language/imagery: ‘homeless bums’

In a debate about adding attacks against homeless people under existing hate crime legislation, Rep. Paige Kreegle, R-Punta Gorda (Florida, US) referred to homeless people as ‘bums.’ From the article: Kreegle then noted that he liked to read the police blotter in his newspaper, where he noticed crimes committed against “homeless bums.” “They tend to […]

Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Social Role Valorization teaches us to consider the image messages sent by certain practices, including how we name our services and programs. We should consider for example: Do service names send messages that the people served are more like socially valued people or more unlike? Do program names send messages that the people served are […]

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What about George?

Thanks to Bill Forman for bringing this article to my attention. This NY Times article would be a good basis for an instructive exercise on valued and devalued roles, imagery, language, competency or heightened vulnerability, for example. It could be used as an exercise in an SRV workshop, an agency staff meeting, a college class, […]