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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:  http://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/top-five-skills-in-a-social-worker%E2%80%99s-professional-toolkit/ http://www.wcu.edu/11844.asp http://www.academia.edu/621774/Teaching_Social_Work_Writing http://careers.socialworkers.org/documents/WritingSkillsLL.pdf http://tinyurl.com/bguywoy 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 […]

Globe and Mail article: ‘The awful truth about social programs’

This Globe and Mail article comments on the lack of efficacy of human service programs in Toronto, particularly those aimed at serving poor people. These comments should sound familiar to those who have studied Social Role Valorization (SRV) and the related assessment tool PASSING, and by no means is limited to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, or […]

article: ‘New psychiatric treatment center opening today’

The 16 August 2012 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette entitled ‘New psychiatric treatment center opening today’ describes the first new psychiatric facility built in Massachusetts since the 1950s. The new building is located on the grounds of the Worcester State Hospital, built in the 1830s. A couple SRV-relevant points: • The article mentions […]