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Washington Post article: ‘In transition to independent living, the ‘dignity of risk’ for the mentally ill’

A sadly revealing article about the societal devaluation and wounding which too often surrounds mental disorder and poverty. Note the use of ‘dignity of risk’ language, though it hardly seems to reflect what Perske meant, nor how it is described in Social Role Valorization. Marc Tumeinski   Tweet

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 6:41 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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NY Times article: To Siri With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

This recent article in the NY Times would make a good basis for a Social Role Valorization-based exercise or discussion, in an agency, study group or university class. It would require thinking about multiple elements–first individually, and then collectively. This is one of the strengths of SRV and PASSING: that it teaches people how to think […]

‘A Damaging Distance’

The NY Times article entitled ‘A Damaging Distance: For Israelis and Palestinians, Separation is Dehumanizing’ bears relevance to the SRV theme of interpersonal identification (Wolfensberger, A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorization, 1998, pp. 118-120). Some of the facilitators of identification include positive contact between people, and helping people to experience the world the way another person does. […]

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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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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recent blog post: “GPS – the debate on tracking equipment for people with dementia”

Read the following blog post and consider what an Social Role Valorization perspective (valued social roles, image and competency enhancement, culturally valued analog, heightened vulnerability, greater access to the good things of life, etc.) would add.   Tweet

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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first welcome video for the 2015 SRV conference

Please check out and share our first welcome message for the 2015 International Social Role Valorization conference being held in Providence, Rhode Island in the US. More messages to come! Tweet

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SRV on the Brockville & District Association website

Read about why this Association for Community Involvement adopted Social Role Valorization as its guiding framework. Marc Tumeinski Tweet

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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update on the 1999 Institute of Medicine report

In 1999, the US Institute of Medicine published a report concerning dangers to all patients in hospitals. From the report: At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented, according to estimates from two major studies. Online […]

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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looking for brief videos to use in teaching about SRV

Based on my last blog post, and a question from a university professor about using videos, I am going to repost some of the videos which we have shared on this blog in the past (see below). I am also going to invite our blog readers to share links to brief videos that you have […]

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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brief video on unconsciousness/selective awareness Think about the points made in this 4 minute video in terms of what Social Role Valorization (SRV) teaches about unconsciousness/lack of awareness about the social processes of devaluation. Can you make any points of connection with SRV theory? Marc Tumeinski Tweet

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · 2 Comments
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