roles versus activity

An emphasis that often comes up in SRV training is to encourage those learning about and implementing SRV to think, plan and act in terms of roles, not just of activities. Social roles are clearly at the center of Social Role Valorization. Roles are a much richer construct than activities, and touch on a person’s […]

Posted on September 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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NY Times article: ‘Hand of a Superhero’

An article to read and discuss from an SRV perspective. What valued social roles might this open the door to, and thus increase the probability of greater access to the good things of life? (Note the reference to a role in the 4th paragraph, but what other roles are mentioned and/or could be envisioned?) Use […]

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 9:04 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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role theory on the ‘everyday sociology’ blog

I just read an entry on the ‘Everyday Sociology’ blog sponsored by Norton Publishing. The entry is about role theory, and touches on: expectations, social status and behaviors. I like the idea of trying to blog about this (and other) sociological concepts in a simple way that invites readers to think about a particular concept. […]

Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2013 online SRV Journal conference! Please email journalATsrvip.org to register. Once registered, a link to the site and registration information will be emailed to you. Please join us for our first annual SRV Journal online conference starting in September of 2013. The event will be entirely online and will […]

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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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 […]

Globe and Mail news item: when prison feels like home

Thanks to Bill Forman for sharing this news item from the Globe & Mail. The brief anecdote is an example of being socialized into the devalued role of prisoner, so that the role eventually becomes internalized (Wolfensberger, SRV monograph, 2004, p. 27). This example touches on many elements of role theory, such as the power […]

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:54 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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NY Times Magazine article: Autism, Inc.

The 2 December 2012 NY Times Magazine article ‘Autism Inc.: How Thorkil Sonne discovered that his son’s disability could be turned into a competitive advantage‘ could make for an interesting read to analyze from a Social Role Valorization (SRV) perspective. For example, the article focuses on the role domain of employment (Wolfensberger, 1998, 30). It […]

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 […]

bandwidth of social roles

In his later writing about Social Role Valorization, Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger taught about the concept of bandwidth applied to social roles, whether socially valued roles or socially devalued roles (SRV monograph, Wolfensberger, 1998, 3rd rev. ed. published in 2004, pp. 31-32). Social role bandwidth ranges from broad and life defining to narrow and circumscribed. In […]

‘almost friends’?!

An interesting recent post by Jeff McNair at CalBaptist University touches on a common question raised during Social Role Valorization (SRV) workshops, about the nature of the role of friend versus the role of staff or volunteer. This question often raises lots of defenses, which can be a sign that much unconscious devaluation is present. […]