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An Introduction to Social Role Valorization

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Monday, 9 April 2018 at 09:00 - Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 15:00

An Introduction to Social Role Valorization

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Workshop Fee 9 Apr 2018 €350.00 €0.00
Workshop Group Fee: 10 for 9
TIP: To avail of the group discount and get 10 places for the price of 9, first enter the promotional code "Gortgroup", and then enter the number of places i.e. 10.
9 Apr 2018 €350.00 €0.00
Rate for Family Members & Students 9 Apr 2018 €200.00 €0.00

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Social Role Valorization (SRV) is described as the pursuit of the good things of life, with people who are vulnerable or at heightened risk of being devalued, by developing and maintaining valued social roles.

This is an intensive four day workshop which presents the idea of assisting people with disabilities, and other disadvantaged groups, to have positive social roles as a productive and helpful response to wounding life experiences.  People wishing to understand the life experiences of people they support, the implications of those life experiences, and are committed to the work of making life better for them are encouraged to attend. This foundational material is essential to those wishing to serve others in meaningful ways, and who are impassioned to make a difference in the lives of others. Many participants experience the learning within this event as the most helpful, inspiring, and clarifying body of knowledge they have been exposed to in their professional development, and it assists in long-term understanding and focus on being of service to others in ways that matter.

The workshop will be conducted by Ms Jo Massarelli and Mr Donald Easson who are both highly respected and inspiring presenters from North America with broad range of experience in establishing community initiatives.  Participants should be prepared for significant presentations with an opportunity to ask questions.

Jo Massarelli is Director of the SRV Implementation Project, a human service training and consultation concern based in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA).  She divides her time at the project between teaching Social Role Valorization-based workshops, and working with families, human service staff and people with impairments to bring about positive change, one person at a time.

She has taught at workshops and lectured at conferences across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to a variety of human service workers serving a wide range of people devalued due to mental and/or physical impairment, mental disorder, old age, and poverty.  Jo has also evaluated dozens of human service programmes for children, adults and elders, including residential, day and work programmes, schools, hospice, prisons, and homeless shelters.

Jo is involved in teaching workshops on two crucial topics: how to provide service that is morally coherent in a disfunctional human service world, and how to craft a coherent protective stance in the face of serious societal threats to the lives of socially devalued people. Jo has a particular interest in advocacy in medical settings. She teaches a variety of workshops on protecting vulnerable people in the hospital, and on medical decision making. She is also a member of the Medical Safeguards Project, a group of nurses and doctors in Massachusetts who are committed to safeguarding the health and lives of mentally impaired people with significant medical needs.  Ms. Massarelli serves as a consultant for Family Lives, a programme for children with multiple impairments who require twenty-four hour nursing care.  Family Lives is committed to providing the medical support necessary for the children to live at home, and Ms. Massarelli works to assist family and nurses alike to envision and realize more than the "patient" role for those served.  

Jo is also involved in training Citizen Advocacy boards and advocates in how social devaluation affects human service recipients.

Jo Massarelli and her husband Marc Tumeinski are members of a community responding to the needs of vulnerable people in Worcester, Massachusetts, where they live.  Appreciating the ideal of freely-given hospitality, they share their home and their lives with poor and homeless people.

Donald Easson lives in Toronto and taught at Centennial College for almost thirty years. As a professor he has worked to integrate Social Role Valorization into human service worker training. His keen interest in what it takes to build community led him to start a pan-college performing choir. Donald’s concern for vulnerable people has taken him to Uganda, Pakistan and India in a variety of volunteer positions as teacher, evaluator and hospital worker.

He is a founding member of the Southern Ontario Training Group, which arranges Social Role Valorization and PASSING workshops in Ontario.  He is a presenter at SRV workshops in Canada and the US and he helps to direct PASSING courses. Donald was a member of the North American SRV Council, as well as the Moral Coherency Study Group. He has a background in developing and providing residential services for people with behavioural, physical and intellectual disabilities.  Donald Easson is currently an associate of the SRV Implementation Project, an international human service training and consultation effort based in Worcester, Massachusetts.



9th – 12th April 2018

9:00 am-5:00 pm,  9:00 am-5:00 pm
9:00 am-5:00pm,  9:00 am-3:00 pm



Lady Gregory Hotel,
Ennis Road, Gort, County Galway, Ireland




The workshop fee is:  €350

Discount:  10 places for the price of 9

(family members and students: €200)

inclusive of teas, coffees, lunch and handouts




For those needing hotel accommodation, please contact the Lady Gregory Hotel and ask for the special rates agreed for our workshop delegates:

Lady Gregory Hotel, Leisure Centre & Spa
Ennis Road, Gort, County Galway, Ireland

 T: +353 (0) 91 632333
Click Here for Lady Gregory Hotel website


If you have any questions please contact Mary Kealy or Mary Hennigan:   Vita House, Abbey Street, Roscommon 


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