October 3-6, 2016 leadership SRV workshop in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Alliance for Personal Action is pleased to announce a four-day workshop on

A Revised Conceptualization of Social Role Valorization, Including 10 Related Themes: A High-Order Concept for Addressing the Plight of Socially Devalued People, & For Structuring Human Services (Part I)

from Monday October 3 through Thursday October 6, 2016 (8:30 am to 5:30 pm)

at Nemasket Group, 56 Bridge Street, Fairhaven, MA

Taught by Jo Massarelli & Associates of The SRV Implementation Project

Description of the workshop:

This is part one of a two-part course. (For more on part two, visit http://www.srvip.org/ or email info@srvip.org). This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV), using the ten core themes, developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the field of human services worldwide. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, & the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic & universally applicable concept for structuring human services, anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, & broad human experience. SRV posits a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, & whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities & other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, & good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored include: the universality of social devaluation; the defining power of roles in people’s lives; strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles, for devalued people, with an aim toward improving their life conditions; enhancement of people’s social images; & enhancement of people’s competencies. The workshop offers a critical SRV-based look at many contemporary human service practices.

Format of the workshop:

The workshop is specifically oriented to leadership development. The language used, as well as the physical & intellectual demands of the workshop, are structured accordingly. It is taught in lecture format, with use of overheads & slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion & questions. The schedule is 8:30 to 5:30 each day, with coffee & check-in beginning at 8:00 am each day.

Who the workshop is intended for: 

Service recipients, members of their family (including parents, sisters & brothers, & adult children), advocates, citizens, & paid or unpaid service workers, planners & managers who are interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual or physical impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), or learning impairment (children & adults). The workshop is taught at a college-level, with long hours & hard work. The information presented is complex in its entirety, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas.


The tuition is $500 which includes handouts & lunches. 

For employees of the Southeast Region of DDS:


Lunch will be provided on-site.

Registration and payment:

Payment can be made via check or credit card. For DDS only, payment can also be made via electronic transfer. Please contact the registrar register@srvip.org for more information.

• Send your name, address, phone number & email address, plus tuition check made out to Shriver Clinical Services (federal id # 04 317 5325), to: Workshop registrar; 74 Elm Street; Worcester, MA 01609. Email register@srvip.org

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