Upcoming Workshops

Workshop on Valued Social Roles

Workshop: Social Devaluation and its Address:
The Importance of Valued Social Roles
Thursday April 19, 2018 9:00-5:00 Holiday Inn Calgary
For many, this workshop will present a new way of understanding the lives of marginalized people and groups. Social devaluation is presented as the crucial problem; this workshop looks at some of the wounding experiences that fill their lives and the impact these experiences have upon them.
With this new understanding, workshop participants typically start to ask “what should I do?” Participants will be introduced to the importance of social roles and how helping devalued people to fill valued social roles is useful in counteracting the social devaluation in their lives.
The concepts explored in this workshop are all derived from the theory of Social Role Valorization (SRV), developed by Wolf Wolfensberger, PhD. This one-day workshop covers several concepts of SRV. SRV is taught more fully in 3 and 4-day workshops, which all participants of this one-day workshop who want to continue to understand and apply SRV are encouraged to attend.
Who the workshop is intended for
Anyone who is concerned about the life conditions, treatment and social status of marginalized persons and groups. This could include marginalized persons, family members, friends, paid and unpaid supporters, advocates, teachers, board members, managers, funders, policy makers and others interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised due to intellectual impairments, physical impairments, poverty, homelessness, age, and/or mental disorders.
Pre-workshop preparation
Come prepared to listen, take notes, and frame and discuss your questions. Also come prepared to think about the devalued people you know, their life experiences and the social roles they fill in life. This course is delivered via lecture, questions and discussion.
Peg Jenner lives in Toronto ON with her family. She served many years on the Board of Directors for Toronto Citizen Advocacy, where she was introduced to Social Role Valorization and PASSING. For over 25 years she taught SRV at Centennial College, and guided her students to implement SRV in their practicums. Since 1995 she has taught many full four-day SRV leadership courses, as well as shorter 1 – 3-day SRV-related events. Ms. Jenner has served on the board and committees of several human service organizations, using SRV theory at those tables for decision making. Peg has participated in evaluations of both Citizen Advocacy Programs and many different human service programs. Since her retirement, Peg has consulted to several organizations regarding SRV training and implementation. She is a long-time member of the Southern Ontario Training Group and a member of the North American SRV Council.
Bill Forman lives in Calgary, Alberta. Bill has worked for 35 years with or on behalf of persons with disabilities, their families and their communities in a variety of capacities. He has been a classroom teacher, adult educator, community developer, advocate and agency director. Currently, Bill is CEO or Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary, an agency founded on the principles of Normalization and Social Role Valorization (SRV). Bill is a member of the North American SRV council, and senior trainer at introductory (3-4 day) SRV workshops. He has also led or participated in many PASSING teams, including some formal, paid assessments. Bill was a board member, and later president, of Calgary Citizen Advocacy.
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm- With registration and coffee beginning at 8:30am
Location: The Holiday Inn – 4206 Macleod Tr. South, Calgary (in the Drumheller Room) *Heading South on Macleod- Turn left on 42nd Ave- turn left into the parking lot *Heading North on Macleod- Turn right on 42nd Ave.- turn left into the parking lot
Fee: $100.00- Please indicate if you wish to be invoiced for payment.
*Free Parking On Site
*This is a scent-free environment.
Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. A catered lunch will be provided, as outside food is not permitted.
For more information or to register by phone or email, please contact Shonna Boles by April 13th. (403)262-8515 or email: info@pasc-calgary.org.
Registration form: (Please Print)
Name: ____________________________________________________
Organization (if applicable):___________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________________
Dietary restrictions: _________________________________________
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Please make cheques payable to:
Alberta Safeguards Foundation
c/o Progressive Alternatives
#211, 4014 Macleod Trail S.
Calgary, AB T2G 2R7




The Alberta Safeguards Foundation

Social Role Valorization:

A Framework for Assisting People to have Full, Meaningful, and Inclusive Lives

May 14 – 17, 2018 at Sunnyside Retreat Centre near Sylvan Lake, AB

8:30 am to 5:30 pm each day

Social Role Valorization (SRV) is one of the best ways to understand and address issues of marginalization, oppression and exclusion of people who are devalued in our communities. This event will challenge participants to think deeply about these complex issues. As such, it is important that participants attend the workshop in its entirety. This workshop includes lecture and small group discussion.

SRV was developed by Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, considered to be one of the most influential thinkers in the field of intellectual disability in the world.  SRV today represents one of the few well organized theories that positively addresses the plight of people who are devalued by society. SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services, strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology and long and broad human experience.  SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life.  Bad things often happen to people in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.  This workshop contains many positive principles and broad strategies to assist in overcoming devaluation and attaining the good things in life. While not a detailed “how to” workshop, participants will leave with a dynamic conceptual framework to use for problem solving and practical action in their work and personal lives.

Who Should Attend?:  Anyone who seriously seeks a deeper understanding of the common life experiences of devalued persons because of intellectual impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, age (elderly), physical impairment or learning impairment will find it relevant.  It will be of particular interest to those who are service recipients, family members, advocates, ordinary citizens and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

Format of the workshop:  The workshop is taught in lecture format with extensive use of PowerPoint, overheads and slides.  The content is taught at a college-level.  Past SRV participants report that this is one of the most demanding workshops they have attended but have rarely expressed dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement.

Workshop Fee:  $500.00 (includes registration, handouts, welcome breakfast, daily coffee and lunch).

Meals:  Welcome breakfast will be hosted on the first day of the workshop for all participants.  Lunch and coffee will be provided daily for all participants.

Accommodation/Breakfast/Supper Package:

4 nights (Sunday arrival with check out Thursday) in Private Bedroom (shared bathroom) and includes all meals up to and including lunch on Thursday is $350.00 per person.

4 nights (Sunday arrival with check out Thursday) in Shared Bedroom and includes all meals up to and including lunch on Thursday is $300.00 per person

Monday, May 14 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

*Registration and Breakfast begins at 8:00 am

Wednesday, May 16, 9:00 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 – 5:30 pm Thursday, May 17, 9:00 – 5:30 pm

Workshop Schedule:


“SRV helped me to understand the impact of my work with vulnerable persons”

This introductory SRV workshop incorporates 10 themes. It will address the following topics (among others):

  • The dynamics of social devaluation and its consequences as represented in the common life experiences of people who are marginalized and devalued, as well as its effects on human service workers.
  • The basic tenets of SRV as a means of addressing the impact of devaluation and as a means of enabling people who are marginalized to become valued community members.
  • Critical issues concerning the provision of quality services, including how vulnerable people are portrayed or are perceived by others in the community.
  • The importance of inclusion in community.
  • The importance of developmental growth for all people.
  • The importance of considering personal values when responding to social devaluation.


Bill Forman has worked for over 30 years on behalf of people with disabilities and their families in a variety of roles, including advocacy, community development and adult education. His focus is training and development on values issues, especially the understanding and application of SRV theory. Currently, he is Executive Director of Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary. Bill is a senior SRV trainer and a member of the North American SRV Council. He is also a founding member of the Alberta Safeguards Foundation. Bill will be joined by several colleagues, who will share the role of presenting the material.  

For online information about SRV, go to www.absafeguards.org OR www.socialrolevalorization.com OR www.srvip.org

Social Role Valorization

May 14 – 17, 2018

Workshop Registration Form


Name: ________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________________________
Organization: _______________________________________________________________________________

Phone: (____) ________________________________



Please indicate your registration and accommodation needs below:


____ Workshop – includes registration/welcome breakfast/daily lunch/coffee): $500.00 (includes GST)
____ 4 nights private room (shared bathroom) & includes all meals – $350.00 per person (includes GST)
____ 4 nights shared room & includes all meals – $300.00 per person (includes GST)
Total cost: $_________________


Registration Deadline:  Monday April 30th, 2018

Method of Payment:

Cheque enclosed___ Please Invoice ___

Please note, no refunds will be available after Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Please make cheques payable to Alberta Safeguards Foundation

To register, contact Yamina at (403) 342-4550 or email registration info to: cars@carsrd.org

Mail cheque (if applicable) and completed form c/o:  Central Alberta Residence Society

Unit 101 – 5589 47th Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1S1

SRV May 2018 FINAL



The Alberta Safeguards Foundation, & The Syracuse University Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry are pleased to announce a 3 day workshop on…


The Philosophy of “Personalism” & its Most Relevant Implications

to Contemporary Life & Human Services


Personalism 2018 workshop flyer


Dates: Monday, October 1st through Wednesday October 3, 2018.

Each day begins at 8:15 am and goes until approximately 5:00 pm the first two days, and will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. on the last day.


Place:  Sunnyside Retreat Centre, 202 Birchcliff Rd, Birchcliff, AB Canada (Sylvan Lake, AB)

Phone: (403) 748-2197.  Website: www.sunnysidecamp.org  Participants are urged to take accommodation at the retreat centre.


People interested in attending are strongly urged to register early

as the workshop will be cancelled if there are not enough registrations


Content: This workshop presents Dr. Wolfensberger’s interpretation and synthesis of philosophical and value traditions that have been called “personalism,” focusing especially on those from France in the late 19th – early 20th centuries and personalist thinking since then. Personalism, like other philosophies, has implications to a wide range of issues in life, and this workshop interprets the relevance of personalist ideas to a number of concerns of contemporary life, society, and human services.

There is a long history of personalist thinking, and many schools and formulations of personalism. They all tend to emphasize the importance of the human person, especially vis-à-vis structures and absolutisms. The personalism movement that started in the late 19th – early 20th centuries, and that is the particular focus of this event, responded to totalitarian ideologies such as communism and fascism, and to the depersonalizing oppression of industrialized economies. The insights and recommendations of personalists to those concerns of one hundred years ago are still very timely. More recently, developments such as media control of society; computer driven objectification, depersonalization, and centralization; the invasion of people’s minds and their privacy, as via surveillance; and the tyranny of political correctness, as in academia – all these are making personalist analysis and ideals very relevant once again.

Some versions of personalism are more religious than others; some step into the domain of psychology and personality theory. This workshop will mention both religious and psychological ideas, meanings, and implications of personalism, but even people who do not share the religion of some personalist philosophers — even people who do not consider themselves at all religious — can find much food for thought in personalism ideas.

However, the workshop does not get into heavy-duty or specialized philosophical territory, but stays on the level of ‘the intelligent layperson or non-specialist’.  No previous versions of this workshop have been criticized as being beyond the grasp of the ordinary intelligent person.

The workshop will cover the history and nature of personalism, who were some of its more prominent thinkers and writers and what they had to say, and many of the teachings of personalism. The bulk of the workshop is devoted to the following common ‘themes’ that Dr. Wolfensberger identified in personalistic thinking:

  1. Seeking to grasp the nature of entities (especially human nature), taking this nature into account, and working with it in any enterprise, rather than ignoring the nature of an entity, or trying to defeat it.
  2. The primacy of the spiritual over the material.
  3. The intrinsic value and dignity of humans collectively, and of each and every human being, including those who are very reduced or impaired.
  4. The uniqueness of each individual human.
  5. Human freedom.
  6. The “relational” nature of human beings, and implications to sex, family, community and state.
  7. The imperative for each person to assume personal moral responsibility in life, and to act morally within any structures to which one belongs, regardless of the sanctions this may draw — if need be, acting in contradiction or disobedience to authorities that de-dignify the human or to try to destroy personal conscience. This assumption of personal responsibility also includes taking direct action to respond to the needs of others without waiting for action by organizations or government, or putting hopes in those, as well as recruiting others to embrace the same kinds of actions and stances. All this also implies helping needy, rejected, or devalued people directly, with one’s own bodily and mental resources and engagements.
  8. What personalism calls ‘subsidiarity’, which means trying to address problems at the lowest feasible level of complexity, technology, organization, and hierarchy.

For each theme, there will be some elaboration of action implications, and some interpretation of what personalist thinking and analysis would imply, including to developments that the earlier personalists did not confront or anticipate — for instance, modernistic attacks on the value of the person, and contesting the very humanness of some people.

As time permits, a few other personalism ideas/ideals will also be sketched, such as the implications of personalism to economics, and to the human relationship to the environment.

Format: The workshop is conducted in lecture style, with a sequential series of presentations that use overheads and slide illustrations as teaching aids.  At the conclusion of each presentation, there will be ample time for comments, questions, and discussion on what has been covered so far.  Also, participants will be offered a number of reflection questions for their own individual private meditation on the material that has been presented, and its implications for themselves.


Note: This workshop goes into depth on some topics that are briefly mentioned in two other Training Institute workshops: the 5-day workshop on Crafting a Coherent Stance on the Sanctity of Human Life, and the 7-day workshop on How to Function with Personal Moral Coherency. People who have been to either or both of those workshops will find this workshop a good follow-up, but people who have not been to either workshop can still attend this one and get a lot out of it.



  • $600 for residents at the retreat center, which includes three nights of single accommodation; refreshments on all three days; breakfast, lunch, and supper the first two workshop days; breakfast and lunch on the last day. $555 for shared accommodation.
  • $450 for commuters, which includes refreshments on all three days; lunch and supper the first two workshop days; lunch on the last day.


Payment:        Payment can be made by cheque or e-transfer (by request). Cheques should be made out to Alberta Safeguards Foundation.


To Register:     To register, please send your name, address, phone, email address, agency name and work title, and cheque to:  Alberta Safeguards Foundation, Attn: Carla Hamarsnes

                        Suite 211 – 4014 Macleod Trail South, Calgary AB T2G 2R7

Phone in registration (Carla Hamarsnes) and for information about e-transfer (403) 701-1385.

Email information to absafeguards@gmail.com.   REGISTRATION DEADLINE September 17, 2018