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Introductory PASSING Workshop- Ontario Canada

May 5 - May 10

Who this workshop is intended for: PASSING workshops are designed to enabled participants who have previously attended a four-day Social Role Valorization (SRV) workshop to gain a deeper understanding of devaluation and of how the promotion of valued social roles may enable people who are disabled and/or devalued to experience “the good thing of life”. The workshop is directed at anyone who is interested in bringing about change in the lives of devalued people, including human service workers and managers, service users, family members, students, advocates, board members, and others. (Note: Details regarding attendance at a four-day SRV workshop will be requested upon registration.)
Workshop format: There are plenary sessions at the beginning and end of the workshop – at the beginning to provide introductory remarks and an overview of the PASSING process, and at the very end, to share and reflect upon what we have all learned. In between, participants are organized into teams of about six people plus a Team Leader (who has had previous PASSING experience). The teams visit two different human service programs (e.g., a group residence, school program, adult day support program, etc.). Each study visit includes a lengthy interview with the program managers, spending time with the service users, and observing the program. Following each visit, the team uses the PASSING manual to analyze how the program contributes (or impedes) the development of valued social roles.
The first plenary session begins on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. Teamwork begins Monday at 8:00 a.m. The final plenary session concludes on Friday at approximately 1:30 pm.
Important note: PASSING workshops require an intense commitment of time and energy. Participants should arrive well rested and plan to forego all outside involvement during the workshop. Participants are expected to review the PASSING Manual prior to the workshop. Participants must be fully present and participate throughout the entire workshop, including all evening sessions. It should be noted that while past PASSING participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigor and high level of engagement.

Event Sponsors:

Southern Ontario Training Group

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May 5
May 10
Event Contact Name
Erica Baker-Tinsley
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Residence and Conference Center -Toronto (at Seneca College, Newnham Campus)

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