SRV Theory Outline
DATES: Please refer to the location listings to find out when a workshop is being held near you.
COSTS: Will vary, refer to you local SRV group for details.
An Overview of the Purpose of these Workshops
These workshops present Social Role Valorisation (SRV) theory in a reflective format rather than the typical three-day lecture style. The events will comprise not only lecture and discussion, but time will be devoted to personal and group reflection. There will be evening sessions on the first two days of each event.
A reflective SRV event is intended to help people who are involved with people who are devalued to:
- Understand devaluation and its consequences (eg .the 'common life' experiences of people who are devalued and the effects of devaluation on human service workers).
- Learn the basic tenets of SRV as a means of addressing those experiences of devaluation.
- Gain clarity of personal values vis-a-vis issues of devaluation and one's personal service to people who are devalued.
- Strengthen, support and confirm one's commitment, stand and purpose to individuals who are wounded by devaluation.
We decided to offer SRV in this reflective format because many participants have told us they'd like more time for discussion and reflection in workshops. We hope that this format will give participants a better opportunity to gain insight into their own, the human service system's and society's contribution to social devaluation.
These workshops provide an extensive theoretical overview of SRV theory. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the process whereby people who are socially devalued in some way (perhaps because of such conditions as being old, disabled, mentally ill or poor)j are excluded from valued social roles that form the basis of our participation in ordinary community life. The presentations will examine how individuals, human services and the wider society contribute to this devaluation process, and what positive steps can be taken to prevent this from happening. There will be opportunities to break into groups (six group sessions in all) to discuss and reflect upon the material presented in the lecture presentations.
The topics addressed include
- A review of the common life experiences of people who are socially devalued.
- The theory of social devaluation and its relevance.
- The role of unconsciousness in human activity.
- Role expectancy and role circularity.
- Positive compensation for social or personal disadvantage.
- The developmental model and personal competency enhancement.
- The role of imitation and modelling.
- The role of imagery in shaping consciousness and behaviour.
- Social integration in community life.
Who should attend
These events will be intensely clarifying for people who are searching for ideals, values and strategies to guide them in their roles in relation to people who have disabilities or impairments which prevent them from pursuing ordinary roles in community life. Participants should also be prepared to examine the material seriously and in depth. People who are 'sent' by their employers, and are without this interest will probably not benefit from the experience. Participants have included people with disabilities, their friends, families and advocates, as well as people employed in, or on the management committees of human services which provide services to people who are disabled, elderly or mentally ill.
Refer to the Trainer listing.
To Register, refer to the name &/or Email address of the closest SRV Group near you