SRV Conference is coming

Preliminary information below on 2011 SRV conference in Australia; see link for more complete information.

The conference will address the question of what it takes to secure The Good Life for those people who live lives apart from society. Delegates and presenters will explore strategies and approaches that provide a genuine alternative to the continuing reliance on human service approaches – especially ones that bring much formality and bureaucracy and consider the compelling outcomes of a service that is truly beneficial.

The conference will address social marginalization through:

Meaningful and Sustainable Relationships:
What is the glue that makes relationships sustainable; how might reciprocity be obtained; how do people identify with each other when a party is devalued?

When do people really belong; what brings sufficient safety and security; what is it that people become connected to so that belonging is a legitimate experience?

When are people free to contribute; what does it take for observers to recognise the contributions of a devalued party; when do the contributions of severely impaired people become recognised?

Keynote Speakers
Susan Thomas
Susan has been an associate of the Training Institute for many years and holds degrees in psychology and special education. She is author of several articles on Normalization and Social Role Valorization and is co-author, with Professor Wolfensberger, of PASSING and other publications. Ms Thomas has also worked for many years in voluntary, informal service to people with disabilities, and poor and homeless people. She has presented workshops with Professor Wolfensberger in many countries. Susan is the Coordinator of Training for the Training Institute.

Ray Lemay
Ray holds a M.Sc. in the Education of Emotionally Disturbed Children and is the Executive Director of Integra pour enfants et adultes de Prescott-Russell / Integra Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell in Plantagenet, ON, Canada, a $36 million multi- service organization with over 450 employees. He has authored articles and books on resilience, normalization and Social Role Valorization (SRV), management.

Janet Klees
Janet has been coordinator with the family-governed Deohaeko Support Network for the past 15 years and has been deeply affected by the lives of the people that she has come to know. Janet is the author of two books which are directly rooted in the Deohaeko     experience, (We Come Bearing Gifts; Our Presence has Roots) as well as numerous other reports, documents, tools, and writings. Janet also works closely with other Scarborough, Ontario families, and several family groups and projects across Durham Region.

Debbie Killroy
Debbie was imprisoned for drug trafficking in 1989 for six years. After her 1992 release, she established Sisters Inside, which advocates for the human rights of women in the criminal justice system. Debbie undertook a Social Work degree, was awarded an OAM for services to the community in 2003 and the National Human Rights Medal in 2004. Debbie was the first person in Australia who has serious convictions to be admitted by the Supreme Court of Queensland to practice law in 2007.

George Durner
George is an American and a graduate of the University of Loyola in New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, he lives with his wife, Danielle, in a L’Arche community in France and is coordinator of training for the International Federation of L’Arche communities, founded by Jean Vanier. From 1986 to 1989, George worked for the Georgia Advocacy Office in Atlanta, Georgia, and was responsible for the Citizen Advocacy program offices throughout the state.

Mike Rungie
Mike comes with 30 years perspective in the development of SRV. His particular interest has been in the bettering of human services and how to make services more able to support people to be citizens and have good lives. In his CEO role at the ACH Group and more broadly, Mike continually challenges people to be innovative in their thinking around what constitutes the good life especially in regard to vulnerable older people. Mike will bring motivation and enthusiasm to the conference through his presentation that will challenge our thinking.

Dr Michael Kendrick
Michael will provide a summary of the day’s proceedings and his own thoughts on these topics. Dr Kendrick is currently an independent consultant in human services and community work with a focus of both national and international work in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as well as many other countries. In his work he has occupied a variety of roles including being the Assistant Commissioner for Program Development with the Massachusetts Government, the Director for the Institute for Leadership and Community Development and the Director of the Safeguards Project. He is very sought after internationally as a public speaker and trainer as well as an evaluator, consultant and advisor to advocates, governments, agencies and community groups.

Further information about presenters will be advised on completion of the Call for Papers process in February 2011.

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