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‘Teddy the guardian’

An interesting example of paying attention to imagery (personal appearance and possessions), and to what is normative and valued in a culture for a specific age group (children, in this case), among other things. This helps to communicate the role of cute kid, as opposed to the patient role. Relevant to imagery and the […]

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:29 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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the wealth of concrete SRV implementation strategies

The principles of Social Role Valorization (SRV) contain a wealth of practical and highly concrete implementation strategies, both broad and deep, that can be carried out by individuals, groups or on the societal level. No helping approach, no social movement, no human service program will be able, either on its own or in combination, to […]

NY Times article: ‘Designing for calm’

The NY Times Sunday Review piece from 13 January 2013 entitled ‘Designing for calm’ touches on a number of SRV and PASSING relevant points, and might be seen as a nice counterpoint to an earlier blog post linked to an article entitled ‘Architecture of insanity.’ The writer points out links between the nature of many […]

‘Not In My Backyard’ (NIMBY)

Thanks to Margaret Boyes and John Armstrong for sharing the following news article with me, concerning the proposed opening in a suburban neighborhood of a group residence for adults with addiction. In my reading, the article briefly raises several Social Role Valorization-relevant points: • the wounds of rejection and distantiation; regardless of whether you agree […]

Writing in human services

One of the things I learned from Wolf Wolfensberger was the power of writing in relation to leadership development, social and societal change, and human service broadly. Even a quick Internet search finds great emphasis on writing within human services: My question for our readers is: how is writing important […]

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:56 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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‘Architecture of Insanity’

Jack Yates recently shared with me an article entitled the ‘Architecture of Insanity: Boston Government Service Center’ by Michelle Koh and Gwen Lee. Located in Massachusetts (US), the Government Service Center has two parts, one of which is the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center. The photos and description of the Lindemann Center are particularly relevant to Social Role […]

SRV training: leadership development

Wolf Wolfensberger and the Training Institute which he founded in 1973 was committed to leadership development for the human service field. After his passing in 2011, the work of the Training Institute has continued to support this goal. The goal of fostering leadership development shaped the way that Wolfensberger (and many of his students) designed […]

SRV training: key parts

In leadership oriented introductory Social Role Valorization workshops, as originally developed by Wolf Wolfensberger, we cover the following five interrelated parts: 1. Introductory orientation, including a preliminary sketch of SRV and some key concepts 2. Social evaluation and social devaluation, and its impacts, including a review of groups most vulnerable to being devalued in contemporary […]

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Physiological reactions to the wounds of rejection, distantiation

This essay from the NY Times Sunday Review describes a study which pointed out one of the involuntary physiological reactions we have to being rejected, excluded, cast into societally devalued roles (such as ‘other’): namely, a drop in body temperature in our extremities (such as our fingertips). This study underscores the reality and depth of […]

article: Client Oriented Role Evaluation

Darene Toal-Sullivan & Peter R. Henderson. (March/April 2004). “Client-Oriented Role Evaluation (CORE): The Development of a Clinical Rehabilitation Instrument to Assess Role Change Associated With Disability.” The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58(2), 211-220. This article describes an assessment tool (CORE) which the authors recommend be used in rehabilitation and occupational therapy services. The article […]