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 […]

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Communicating the valued social role of student … or not?!

Social Role Valorization (SRV) and PASSING teach us that social roles (valued or devalued) can be communicated to observers, as well as to role incumbents themselves, through such channels as: • setting • activity, schedule, routine, time use • personal presentation and appearance • language use and other miscellaneous imagery • social juxtapositions, associations and […]

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 […]

NY Times article: ‘My Brother’s Keeper (Assembly Required)’

The NY Times ran a column on August 22 in an ongoing series of columns entitled ‘Modern Love.’ This particular column was by a sister describing her brother with Down’s syndrome. * Reflect on how her brother is described in the column. How is he described as spending his days? Think about what roles and […]

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Training idea #1

The role communicators give us a good and practical tool to analyze, evaluate and plan for (valued) social roles. What are the role communicators? • physical setting • personal presentation and appearance • social juxtapositions, associations and groupings with other people • activities, schedules, routines, use of time, rhythms • language, program and agency logos […]

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NYT article: Using Theater As a Salve To Soothe Minds

This New York Times article describes a European drama school where people with disabilities not only learn their own lines but also design and make sets and costumes, do their own makeup and, finally, conceive dramatic plots. The drama school is called Pathological Theater (NB: role communicator of what we name programs). Pathology means the […]

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Is hearing about someone or meeting them more powerful?

An article in the 17 May 2010 issue of The New Yorker, entitled The Poverty Lab, reports on an economist/professor at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US). Esther Duflo studies poverty and poor people. The article mentions an ongoing study in India that Dr. Duflo is conducting, in which she looks at what influences public perceptions […]

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Dr. Elaine Smokewood

In Social Role Valorization (SRV), one of the points we make in teaching about social roles is that a valued role can be protective, even when someone ends up with a significant impairment after acquiring the role, and how important it is to shore up someone’s valued roles, particularly if they do become quite sick, […]

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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 […]

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Physical setting: prison architecture

In Social Role Valorization theory and in the PASSING manual, we talk about the power of the physical setting when it comes to communicating roles and images, setting expectations, affecting competency, and so on. This 2009 NY Times Magazine article describes a prison in Austria that is architecturally quite different from most prisons. From the […]