Ageing and the Good Things of Life: The Application of Social Role Valorization to Supporting People as They Age

As they age, many people lose valued social roles and their value in the eyes of others and this opens a big door to other bad things happening to them. They get cast into negative roles, such as burdensome, dependent, child once again, or object of pity. They get surrounded by negative imagery that interprets them as useless, sick, and as good as dead. They get rejected and put at physical and social distance from the larger society. These things lead to declines in competence and health, reduced well-being, even abbreviation of life itself.

This book addresses the plight of older people by looking at how they are valued in society, and the roles they are given and permitted to fill. It proposes the creation and the support of valued social roles for older people as key to their getting and holding on to the good things of life. This is embodied in a service principle called Social Role Valorization, or SRV.

Held, R., Armstrong, J., Lemay R. & Thomas, S. (Editors)  (2020) 

 

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A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorization

“A long-held rationale of those of us who teach SRV Theory is that the material helps students to see the world from the perspectives of those who receive services and supports, rather than the service provider.  Time and again, we hear students describe this as the single most important aspect of taking an SRV Theory course. They … now have new, or different, eyes with which to see … When they changed their perceptions of another person, they then changed their expectations of this person, along with their ideas of what the person actually needs and how to effectively address these needs”  (from the foreword by Zana Marie Lutfiyya PhD and Thomas Neuville, PhD).

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A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorization - Hardcover

“A long-held rationale of those of us who teach SRV Theory is that the material helps students to see the world from the perspectives of those who receive services and supports, rather than the service provider.  Time and again, we hear students describe this as the single most important aspect of taking an SRV Theory course. They … now have new, or different, eyes with which to see … When they changed their perceptions of another person, they then changed their expectations of this person, along with their ideas of what the person actually needs and how to effectively address these needs”  (from the foreword by Zana Marie Lutfiyya PhD and Thomas Neuville, PhD).

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Valoriser par les rôles sociaux, une dynamique pour l’inclusion

Synopsis :

L’inclusion des personnes en situation de handicap ou d’exclusion sociale est un enjeu majeur de notre société. Pourtant, malgré les incantations pour sa mise en œuvre, et parce qu’elle impose une profonde transformation sociétale, elle n’avance pas assez vite. Dans cette entretien avec Laetitia Delhon, Raymond Lemay, spécialiste de la Valorisation des rôles sociaux (VRS) montre que cette approche de l’intervention sociale constitue une voie d’excellence pour l’intégration réelle des personnes vulnérables. Cet outil pourra permettre aux professionnels du travail social et médico-social de s’approprier les principes de la VRS et de transformer le quotidien des personnes accompagnées pour leur redonner leur juste place, avec les autres et comme les autres.

Auteurs :

  • Raymond Lemay est directeur général des Services aux enfants et familles de Lanark, Leeds et Grenville en Ontario (Canada) et membre fondateur de l’Association internationale pour la VRS(AIVRS).
  • Laetitia Delhon est journaliste, spécialisée dans le travail social et médico-social. 
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La Valorisation des Rôles Sociaux

Wolf Wolfensberger (1991)

Ce texte d’introduction à la théorie de la Valorisation (VRS) de W. Wolfensberger constitue un document de référence dans le domaine des services humains et pour tous ceux qui veulent porter leur réflexion dans le champ de l’intégration communautaire.

W. Wolfensberger, auteur, penseur et chercheur, est reconnu pour la fermeté de ses convictions et sa rigueur intellectuelle, il a réussi depuis vingt ans à guider un réseau international de personnes qui partagent ces valeurs en développant entre autre des programmes de formation à la VRS et des stages d’initiation à l’évaluation des systèmes de services avec la méthode PASSING.

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The Future of Children with Significant Impairments

Wolf Wolfensberger (2003)

The book is first and foremost written for parents, with some reference to research but mostly through the telling of vignettes and short stories about how families have fared with the responsibilities for raising and supporting impaired family members. Written as it is for parents and coming from one of the foremost authorities on community services for person with developmental disabilities in the world, this brief monograph is also important reading for professionals.

The book is divided into three major sections, including the first part that reviews the conditions that are likely to arouse concern for families of an impaired family member, the second part which covers some of Wolfensberger’s thoughts on parental responsibilities, and a third section on five common mistakes made by parents of children with impairments.

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A Guideline on protecting the health and lives of patients in hospitals, especially if the patient is a member of a societally devalued class 3rd edition

Announcing : Wolf Wolfensberger’s

A Guideline on Protecting the Health and Lives of Patients in Hospitals,

Especially if the patient is a member of a societally devalued class 3rd edition

“This guide is a practical tool that should be at every hospitalized patient’s bedside. One can only hope that such safeguards will catch on. If patients and their caregivers follow the tips contained in this guide, their hospital stay is more likely to help them recover their health with the fewest possible number of incidents. (from the foreword by André Blanchet, MD).

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Advanced Issues in Social Role Valorization Theory

About Social Role Valorization (SRV)

Social Role Valorization (SRV), a human service theory based on the principle of normalization, proposes that positively valued social roles are needed for people to attain what Wolfensberger has described as the good things of life (well-being). This is of particular importance for individuals with impairments or otherwise at risk of being socially devalued by others, and therefore of great importance for human services to them.

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The Limitations of the Law In Human Services (rev. ed.)

About the book (from the Preface)

Since the publication of the first edition, Dr. Wolfensberger developed extensive material and taught widely on the limits of a law- and legal rights-based approach to addressing human needs. His teaching came to emphasize more and more that the foundations for an adaptive, or even merely a functional, service system were in the minds, hearts, and values of the members of a society; and that so often, recourse to the law was either an attempt to bypass the long and difficult work of persuading the citizenry to adopt certain attitudes and values, or a de facto declaration that such an attempt at persuasion would fail. However, this does not mean that recourse to the law is to be totally rejected, only that its limitations must be understood, and it must be put and kept in its proper place.

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The Limitations of the Law In Human Services (rev. ed.) - Hardcover

About the book (from the Preface)

Since the publication of the first edition, Dr. Wolfensberger developed extensive material and taught widely on the limits of a law- and legal rights-based approach to addressing human needs. His teaching came to emphasize more and more that the foundations for an adaptive, or even merely a functional, service system were in the minds, hearts, and values of the members of a society; and that so often, recourse to the law was either an attempt to bypass the long and difficult work of persuading the citizenry to adopt certain attitudes and values, or a de facto declaration that such an attempt at persuasion would fail. However, this does not mean that recourse to the law is to be totally rejected, only that its limitations must be understood, and it must be put and kept in its proper place.

$30.00