In 2018, the Keystone Institute plans to embark on a different path to support the work of Keystone Human Services, with the intent of deepening and strengthening all of us together, and our work. We will focus our efforts on building the core of our workforce in common values, assisting teams to implement good supports, and sharing the successes and challenges of this work together. We might call this path “getting back to the basics”, with heightened support for implementation and leadership development.

Our 2018 Schedule of Events

While we will continue to offer robust core events such as Social Role Valorization and PASSING, as well as valuesbased retreats, much of our work will be project-based, assisting and coaching specific teams and work groups to move forward in forging connections with the people they serve in their local communities, with typical people in valued roles. We will be able to offer our mentoring and teaching support in community mapping, person centered methods, and of course Social Role Valorization in individualized and integrated ways. We will be hosting four full social role valorization workshops, one PASSING event, four one day SRVs, and six web-based SRV study groups.

Implementation Coaching Projects

We will be able to offer our mentoring and teaching support in community mapping, person centered methods, and of course Social Role Valorization in individualized and integrated ways. Pam Seetoo, Matt Nguyen, Elisa Parmer, and many SRV and person-centered practice leaders will participate in these projects as mentors coaches and facilitators. Implementation projects will be designed in tandem with regional and agency leadership. Keystone Institute staff will support multiple implementation efforts for work teams within various regions and areas.

Keystone Capacity Fund

We have had the pleasure of bringing in many international and national leaders and change agents over the years to expose our colleagues to interesting ideas, powerful role models and a wider world of change and possibility. For this year, we will carry our deepening and strengthening message internally. We recognize the need for exposure to outside ideas and people, and so we will make some resources available for capacity development through a Keystone Capacity Fund. This fund may be applied to by Keystone organizations and staff (with the approval of organizational leaders) to develop their emerging leaders in values-based external conferences, summits, and workshops, with an eye to individual development, national and international exposure, and contribution back to our work at KHS. You can find out more about this fund, including information on the application process on our website.

SRV Study Groups

For those who have completed a 28 hour Social Role Valorization Course, study groups provide an excellent opportunity to meet other SRV graduates, share ideas about implementation, practice analysis using the ideas, and develop knowledge through personal, participatory, and community learning. New this year, we will host the study groups at regional offices and via polycom to make them more accessible to SRV graduates across the many parts of the organization.

2018 Study Group Series: Vulnerability on Demand

It is no secret that the media has incredible power in shaping its viewer’s unconscious mind. As the format for television continues to change and expand, so does its subject material. Join the Keystone Institute in 2018 as we explore how television depicts those most at risk of devaluation. We will watch and examine episodes and clips from various television programs featuring recurring roles of people with disabilities and or mental diagnoses. Each discussion group will consider how television’s most popular shows can serve as a map or mirror of society’s perceptions of vulnerable people.

Please note: Meetings/workshops marked with an Exclamation point either have pre-requisites or require prior approval for attendance.

January

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

January 25
The Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am–4:30pm

This workshop gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants will learn about the phenomenon of social devaluation. This event includes discussion of how people with disabilities and other devalued groups have been systematically hurt and harmed by society, and what the impact of that devaluation has been. Participants will also learn about ways to help people have better lives by supporting them to achieve positive valued social roles. We will discuss practical strategies to make this a reality for the people you support.

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February

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

February 13
SRV Study Group One
A Pilot on Perceptions
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
and via polycom
www.keystoneinstitute.com
10am–12pm

In 1989 ABC developed the first television show featuring a main character with a disability. The show followed a teenager with Downs Syndrome named Charles, and his experiences attending typical classes at the local high school. It was the first show to hire an actor with Downs Syndrome to perform in a recurring role. After viewing the pilot episode of “Life Goes On” this study group session will examine how this pioneering production set the stage for media perceptions and reflect on the messages conveyed about people with intellectual disability.

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March

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

March 6–9
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am–5pm, 9am–5pm, 9am–5pm, 9am–3pm

This is an intensive workshop which presents the idea of assisting people with disabilities and other devalued conditions 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 includes multi-media presentation, small and large group reflection and discussion, and resource materials. Participants should be prepared for significant presentations as well.

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“As one moves toward the future, one must have a good sense of their past. There is no tall tree without deep roots.”

April

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

April 10
SRV Study Group Two
An Aside on the Autism Archetype
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
and via polycom
www.keystoneinstitute.com
10am–12pm

There has been a considerable amount of buzz surrounding the Netflix original series “Atypical” which was released in August of 2017. The show depicts an 18 year old student who is labeled “on the autism spectrum”. “Atypical,” is a dark comedy about how a family functions when one of its members has a disability. Join us as we take a look at the pervasive stereotypes facing people living with autism. We will observe with a critical eye how Sam’s character impacts the archetype of people with autism in television.

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May

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

May 10
The Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am–4:30pm

This workshop gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants will learn about the phenomenon of social devaluation. This event includes discussion of how people with disabilities and other devalued groups have been systematically hurt and harmed by society, and what the impact of that devaluation has been. Participants will also learn about ways to help people have better lives by supporting them to achieve positive valued social roles. We will discuss practical strategies to make this a reality for the people you support.

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May 22–24
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Key Human Services
St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT
8:30am–6:30pm, 8:30am–6:30pm, 8:30am–4:30pm

This is an intensive workshop which presents the idea of assisting people with disabilities and other devalued conditions 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 includes multi-media presentation, small and large group reflection and discussion, and resource materials. Participants should be prepared for significant presentations as well.

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

June

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

June 19
SRV Study Group Three
Comedy and Tragedy
Keystone Human Services
1155 N. Front St., Sunbury, PA
or via polycom
10am–12pm

The 2016-2017 season of “Speechless,” an ABC sitcom, took a not so subtle approach to addressing stereotypes of people with disabilities. The show follows an overbearing mom navigating how to be a good mother to ALL her children. The casting of her son JJ created some intrigue, as he is an actor with cerebral palsy playing a character with cerebral palsy. Join us as we discuss the show’s bold wit that begs the question, ‘is politically correct…correct?’ Using an SRV filter, we will think about how to process humor surrounding devalued people.

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June 25–27
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Millersville University
Millersville, PA
8:30am–6:30pm, 8:30am–6:30pm, 8:30am–4:30pm

This is an intensive workshop which presents the idea of assisting people with disabilities and other devalued conditions 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 includes multi-media presentation, small and large group reflection and discussion, and resource materials. Participants should be prepared for significant presentations as well.

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No events are scheduled for July.

July

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August

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

August 21
SRV Study Group Four
Script Analysis on Reality TV
Keystone Human Services
352 Marshallton Thorndale Rd, Downingtown, PA
10am–12pm

There have been several “reality” television series developed over the last decade, from 2008’s “Britain’s Missing Top Model” to 2015’s “Born This Way” following historically devalued people. At its best, reality television misses the mark on what is real. During this study group we will observe various reality TV shows depicting people with disabilities, apply our knowledge of SRV themes including Imagery, Interpersonal Identification, Mindsets and Unconsciousness and discuss how this spectacle genre of television affects its viewers’ understanding of people experiencing devaluation.

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September

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

September 6
The Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am–4:30pm

This workshop gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants will learn about the phenomenon of social devaluation. This event includes discussion of how people with disabilities and other devalued groups have been systematically hurt and harmed by society, and what the impact of that devaluation has been. Participants will also learn about ways to help people have better lives by supporting them to achieve positive valued social roles. We will discuss practical strategies to make this a reality for the people you support.

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September 25–27
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Camp Hebron Retreat Center
957 Camp Hebron Road, Halifax, PA
www.camphebron.org/directions.htm (external website)
8:30am–6:30pm, 8:30am–6:30pm, 8:30am–4:30pm

This is an intensive workshop which presents the idea of assisting people with disabilities and other devalued conditions 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 includes multi-media presentation, small and large group reflection and discussion, and resource materials. Participants should be prepared for significant presentations as well.

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October

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

October 2
SRV Study Group Five
Typecasting Up-Staged
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
and via polycom
www.keystoneinstitute.com
10am–12pm

What would the world be like if everybody had a disability? “Jeremy the Dud,” is exploring the concept. This new show, which aired in October of 2017, is an Australian production showing us what the world might look like if having a disability was considered the norm. The show follows the character, Jeremy, who is born without a disability, and labeled a “Dud.” The show illustrates how Jeremy faces the stigma of being part of the minority. Much of the devaluation depicted in the show is all too familiar, but has an interesting affect when someone who our culture has highly valued becomes the brunt of all the jokes. “Jeremy the Dud” features a cast, in which the majority of the roles are played by actors with disabilities. This study group will explore this alternate reality through an SRV lens.

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October 10 and 11
Community and Culture Part of the Best Valued Community Retreat Series
Temenos Retreat Center
1564 Telegraph Rd, West Chester, PA
www.temenoscommunity.org/directions.html (external website)
9am–5pm, participants are encouraged to spend the night; 9am–3pm

This retreat series includes four experiential workshops; each workshop focuses on exploring our work in human services, what our contributions are, and what we get from the opportunity to serve others. All jobs that support people are important, be they in direct service or of an administrative nature providing essential support to the people doing hands on work. Additionally, each of us is at a different place in our commitment to the work we do. This workshop series can help to define and reaffirm that commitment. Community & Culture provides a forum for addressing assumptions and attitudes around the work we do. What is our role in society’s evolving understanding of differences between people, their abilities and contributions? What effect can we have on future generations? Held over two days in a beautiful wooded retreat setting, participants are welcome and encouraged to stay overnight.

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October 29–November 2
Introduction to PASSING
Bongiorno Conference Center
430 Union Hall Rd., Carlisle, PA
5 days, late nights, overnight stays

This five day workshop is for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge about the principles of Social Role Valorization. The workshop involves learning to use the PASSING assessment tool, which looks at the realities of Social Role Valorization in practice. It emphasizes the impact of services on the lives of the people being served, and provides an opportunity to craft a vision of a good service. The tool also offers a foundation from which to design relevant and effective support, service and advocacy, and assists in assessing service quality. The work of PASSING is done in teams, visiting both a residential and a “day” service, meeting the people being served, and conducting interviews with service administrators. The workshop involves extensive personal reflection and analysis, group conciliation and thought provoking discussion. The week’s work is conducted under the guidance of an experienced team leader.

* Prior attendance at a three-day Introduction to Social Role Valorization workshop is required to register for this event.

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November

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

November 13
SRV Study Group Six
Depicting Depression:
Story Lines, Stereotypes and Station-Identification
Keystone Community Mental Health
8182 Adams Dr., Hummelstown, PA
and via polycom
10am–12pm

Depression has been a fairly recurring character in the development of television over the past several decades, suffering from oversimplification and often leaving an “after school special” taste in viewers’ mouths. The struggle to marry a mental diagnosis with television’s need for plot point resolution has conquered screen writers throughout television history. However, critics have been praising “You’re the Worst,” for their attempt to depict depression with taste, reality, and a touch of dark comedy. But while the captivating story lines may capture viewer’s attention, do they also feed into the unconscious stereotypes held about living with a mental disorder? And is the show’s portrayal of mental disorder likely to facilitate or hinder a sense of interpersonal identification? Using SRV as the analytical angle this session will deconstruct the sitcom’s depiction of people with depression.

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December

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= Regular event = Pre-requisite or prior approval required = SRV Study Group

December 6
The Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am–4:30pm

This workshop gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants will learn about the phenomenon of social devaluation. This event includes discussion of how people with disabilities and other devalued groups have been systematically hurt and harmed by society, and what the impact of that devaluation has been. Participants will also learn about ways to help people have better lives by supporting them to achieve positive valued social roles. We will discuss practical strategies to make this a reality for the people you support.

Click here to register

Workshop Locations

  • Bongiorno Conference Center
    430 Union Hall Rd., Carlisle, PA
  • Camp Hebron Retreat Center
    957 Camp Hebron Road, Halifax, PA
    www.camphebron.org/directions.htm (external website)
  • Keystone Human Services
    352 Marshallton Thorndale Rd, Downingtown, PA
  • Keystone Human Services
    352 Marshallton Thorndale Rd, Downingtown, PA
    and via polycom
  • Fairmont Hotel
    Winnepeg, MB, Canada
  • Keystone Community Mental Health
    8182 Adams Dr., Hummelstown, PA
    and via polycom

Keystone Institute Faculty

Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director
Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director portrait

Betsy has served as Executive Director of The Keystone Institute for well over a decade. She has over 25 years’ experience within Keystone as a human service worker, administrator, agency director, evaluator, educator and personal advocate. She has extensive experience designing and developing supports for extremely vulnerable people and has developed regionally recognized leadership teams, meaningful quality measurements and extraordinary employee development programs.

She served for many years as the Executive Director of Keystone Human Services of Lancaster, where she designed and directed supports for adults and children experiencing developmental disabilities and/or mental disorders. During this time, she assisted over 200 people in leaving institutions and establishing themselves as valued and contributing members of their communities. She has been deeply involved with the closure of several large institutions in the US and abroad and established the use of person-centered processes to assist people in realizing a full, rich community life. Betsy has worked extensively with the ideas of Normalization and Social Role Valorization and provides a great deal of training and consultation nationally and internationally. She has worked in de-institutionalization and community-based service development projects in many places, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and current intensive work in India. Betsy is accredited by the North American Social Role Valorization Council as a trainer of SRV.

Pamela Seetoo, Associate Director
Pamela Seeto portrait

Pam has worked to assist people to live rich, full community lives for over 25 years. Over the course of her life’s work, she has assisted people to leave institutions and establish themselves in their communities, supported children and families within foster care and host home programs, provided service leadership and focused on values-based education and facilitation. Since 2005, Pam has directed her work toward educating others about the effects of social devaluation of vulnerable populations. She facilitates many presentations at a variety of SRV and related workshops, leads small group learning and has been a team leader at PASSING events. She develops and organizes an extraordinary employee development program for the Keystone Institute and serves as a mentor and role model to many others. She has a strong interest in preserving and safeguarding the personal histories of vulnerable people and has developed workshops around this topic. Pam has been accredited as an SRV teacher by the North American Social Role Valorization Council.

Matthew Nguyen
Matthew Nguyen portrait

Matt joined the Keystone Institute in 2016 brining over 17 years’ experience supporting people with intellectual disabilities, developing services for individual people and successfully managing individualized programs and services. He began studying and using Social Role Valorization during his early years working at Keystone, and has worked to implement the ideas in the lives of people he has supported. Matt is committed to leading by example and has used his organizational leadership experience to influence others to learn about and apply the ideas of SRV. He believes that engaging in personal human services enriches service workers, leaders and the vulnerable people they serve.

Elisa Parmer
Elisa Parmer portrait

Elisa is our newest faculty member, joining the Keystone Institute part-time in 2017. She has been providing direct support to vulnerable people for nearly a decade and focusing that work on assisting people to grow into valued roles and create positive change, one person at a time. Elisa has group led and presented at several SRV and related workshops and has mentored many colleagues in their knowledge and implementation of SRV. Elisa has a strong desire to bring families and direct support staff together to cultivate strong, collaborative relationships.


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