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Keystone Institute - 2016 Schedule of Events

Registration Guidelines

Registrations for educational events are taken electronically through our website at www.keystoneinstitute.com. Registration links for each event can be found there on the current Events Schedule tab. Registrations will also be taken by email and telephone.

Unless otherwise noted, events are on a first come/first served basis, so early registration is recommended. Waiting lists will be maintained for events which are filled to capacity, and cancelled spaces will be offered to those people on the waiting list.

For all events contained within the annual Keystone Institute Events Schedule, there is no per-event fee for tuition, materials, or training space for employees and board members of Keystone Human Services. For other attendees, fees will be charged as outlined in the Keystone Institute Event Fees listing (avail­able by contacting us at 717–909–9425). Unless otherwise noted, a simple lunch will be provided for each full day workshop.

In order to make the most of the educational opportunities for all attendees, we ask that all participants make every effort to arrive on time to all events, return from breaks and lunch on time, and to stay until the event has conclud­ed. Any plans to leave early or arrive late should be discussed with Institute staff and one’s supervisor prior to the event.

Cancellations for registrations for most events are accepted up to three business days prior to the event. For cancellations received with less than three business days notice, there may be a pro-rated event fee charged to the agency.

Workshop Locations

2016 Recommended Reading

Collage of book covers

RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN – Jonathon Kozol THE ORIGIN AND NATURE OF OUR INSTITUTIONAL MODELS – Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger SRV JOURNAL – Editor, Marc Tumeinski, PhD. MAD IN AMERICA – Robert Whitaker CHRISTMAS IN PURGATORY: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation – Burton Blatt & Fred Kaplan THE LIMITATIONS OF THE LAW – Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger THE PRINCIPLE OF NORMALIZATION – Wolf Wolfensberger and Bengt Nirje et al LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK: Listening for the Voice of Vocation – Parker Palmer NIGHT – Elie Wiesel BECOMING HUMAN – Jean Vanier WADDIE WELCOME AND THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – Tom Kohler and Susan Earle WAR AGAINST THE WEAK – Edwin Black BRILLIANT & RESILIENT – Editors: Susan Sygall & Susan Dunn FINDING PEOPLE TO BE THERE: Rebuilding a Sense of Belonging – Neil & Penny Barringham INVENTING THE FEEBLE MIND – James W. Trent, Jr. PERSON-CENTERED PLANNING: Finding Directions for Change Using Personal Futures Planning – Dr. Beth Mount NICKEL AND DIMED – Barbara Ehrenreich COMMUNITY: The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block

At the Keystone Institute we value education in its many forms and one of our greatest assets and offerings is our extensive resource library. We have shelves full of books, periodicals, and videos on topics like disability history and studies, community building, Social Role Valorization, leadership, change agentry, education and much more. We have some rare and hard- to- find books, and are always updating our library with new and interesting items, each one a source for learning and gaining knowledge about ideas that will help us to serve vulnerable people well. Throughout this schedule of events, you will find some of our favorites, but they really are just a sampling of what we have. We want to share this library with you, so stop by and have some coffee as you browse, ask us for recommendations on the topics you want to learn more about, and use what you learn to do good work on behalf of others.

3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110 717.909.9425
www.keystoneinstitute.com
Keystone Institute Blog onbeingofservice.wordpress.com

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

“We read to know we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis

Rachel and Her Children — Jonathon Kozol

Rachel and Her Children book cover

Jonathan Kozol is an award winning author, and one of America’s most forceful and eloquent observers of the inter­section of race, poverty, and education. His books, from the National Book Award–winning Death at an Early Age to his most recent, the critically acclaimed Shame of the Nation, are touchstones of the national conscience. First published in 1988 and based on the months the author spent among America’s homeless, Rachel and Her Children is an unforgettable record of the voices of men, women, and especially children caught up in the atrocities facing homeless families in American society.

“So long as the most vulnerable people in our population are consigned to places that the rest of us will always shun and flee and view with fear, I am afraid that educational denial, medical and economic devastation, and aesthetic degradation will be inevitable.”

January

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January 7
Flying Ladies
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm
Car hood ornament

Dennis Felty, President and Founder of Keystone Human Services, will present his fine art photographic work titled “Flying Ladies.” This exhibit of 20 original works of art with commentary will invite participants to explore the connections between the streamlining movement of the 1930’s as expressed in the design elements of aerodynamics, speed, efficiency, aircraft, trains , industry, fashion, architecture, and its ultimate connection to the international eugenics movement. In addition to reflecting on the emerging modernistic value sets that seem to spell bad news for marginalized people, this presentation will draw on the powerful SRV themes of unconscious devaluation perpetuated through the attachment of negative imagery, the power of mindsets, and the enduring and insidious nature of social devaluation.

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January 11
Walking the Talk: A Workshop on SRV Implementation
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4pm

SRV has been described as an ‘elegant theory’ - one that is based on a few relatively simple precepts, and yet leads to rich potential and has enormous impact on each of us and the society in which we live. Despite the ease with which we can visualize people with disabilities taking on and being successful in valued roles, and can plan for this, and hope for it, and work for it, we are often stymied in our efforts. Thinking about it and admiring it is vastly easier than actually helping people experience it.

Some of us have taken heart in the strategy of supporting people one person at a time, going over, under, and around the barriers and difficulties, and often in spite of the systems (and society)  we work within. Others have taken a systems approach - working hard to change systems to “scale it up’ and create systems which are ‘SRV friendly’ and allow and even promote SRV in practice.

This workshop will help us think through and consider efforts we have made, we might make, and we could or should make to implement the powerful ideas of SRV in our work. We’ll be challenged to try to think through systems level strategies as well as person centered ones. To add to the mix and fuel our thinking, we will present a review of what the current literature has to say about “implementation” and “change” - and see how this might apply to SRV. Veteran SRV implementers and educators Raymond Lemay and  Elizabeth Neuville will work with participants to grapple with the issues of implementing SRV within human services today.

This workshop is intended for those who have, at a minimum, attended a full 3 or 4 day Social Role Valorization Workshop, and who are curious and committed about working towards a fuller use of Social Role Valorization in some manner.

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The Origin and Nature of Our Institutional Models — Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger

The Origin and Nature of Our Institutional Models book jacket

This history of institutions provides descriptive data, historical quotations, and ideological insights into how institutions have traditionally treated persons labeled “retarded” with an even deeper message about the role institutions and society play in creating disability.

For more detailed and evolving information on this topic view Dr. Wolfensberger’s presentation: A History of Human Services, Universal Lessons, and Future Implications
www.mn.gov/mnddc/wolfensberger/index.html

“No one in the Twentieth Century has had such a profound impact on the language, content, imagery, integrity, cadre training efforts or literature in the field of developmental disabilities as Wolf Wolfensberger.”

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

February

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February 18
Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4:30pm
Workshop participant listens intently

This workshop provides an engaging and enlightening overview of the framework known as Social Role Valorization, the foundation of both our philosophy and practice at Keystone Human Services. It gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Developed over the last 30 years, the principles of SRV provide steady guidance on how to assist vulnerable people to have full, rich, and meaningful lives. It also fuels our passion for service and gives us direction to do good work on behalf of others. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants explore the phenomenon of social devaluation, and how it plays out in people’s lives, as well as explore “what works” to lift people out of devaluation and open up the possibilities in their lives. Small group work towards practical translation of the ideas, from theory to practice, rounds out the experience for each participant.

* This educational event meets the minimum standards for the KHS Statement of Program Philosophy for each employee required within the first year of employment.

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February 24-25
Pathways to the Good Life
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-5pm each day

Valued roles are the pathway to the good things in life; things like acceptance and belonging, abiding relationships, a positive self-image, opportunity and experience, growth and learning. For many devalued people, the forces of social devaluation prevent them from having access to valued roles as well as the “good life.”

This workshop explores the importance of helping people fill valued roles in the face of vulnerability. Several tools (relationship mapping, personal profile development, culturally valued analogue, and a vision of valued roles) are offered to participants via short presentations, followed by facilitated small group work to use the ideas and craft a plan to move forward in the life of one person. Each prepares for the work ahead of time by learning about one person they serve or know, with permission, and brings that knowledge to fully participate in an action planning process. Come prepared to think and plan on behalf of someone you support– or better yet, come as a team ready to create change together! 

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“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” — Edith Södergran

Mad in America — Robert Whitaker

Mad in America book cover

Mad in America is a must read for those concerned with the extraordinary mind-drugging of people with mental disorders and those wanting to critically rethink mental health care in the U.S. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker reveals an astounding truth: people diagnosed with schizophrenia in the United States currently fare worse than those in the world’s poorest countries, and quite possibly worse than asylum patients did in the early nineteenth century. With unbridled passion, Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. Tracing over three centuries of “cures” for madness, Whitaker shows how brutal medical therapies have been used to silence people and dull their minds. Perhaps Whitaker’s most radicalizing revelation, however, is his report of how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies in an effort to prove the effectiveness of their products. Based on exhaustive research, Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to one another, what it means to live with a mental disorder in America and what we value most about the human mind.

March

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March 8-10
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Lehigh, PA
8am-6:30pm, 8am-6:30pm, 8am-4:30pm

This 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 those wounding life experiences. People wishing to understand the life experiences of people they support, the implications of those life experiences, and who are committed to work towards 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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March 11
SRV Speaker Series
Transforming Traditional Services One Person at a Time
— Hope Dittmeier
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm
Workshop participants

What does it look like to transform traditional services to those that put the person first?
Hope Leet Dittmeier did just that when she founded Realizations, LLC in 2006 to help insure that all citizens in Kentucky had the opportunity to live life to its fullest. She committed to stop supporting devalued people in congregated, segregated services and to focus on imagining a big vision of valued roles, one person at a time. The result was inspiring and transforming. Come join Hope as she uses storytelling to illustrate innovative implementation of the principles of Social Role Valorization.

Hope is an international speaker, teacher, advocate and facilitator on the application of SRV to service design and implementation.

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March 22
The Road Most Traveled:
Culturally Valued Analogue as Your Guide
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4pm

Mapping out a vision of a big, full, inclusive life for vulnerable people can be full of road bumps. Sometimes we don’t know people very well, sometimes people are uncertain themselves about their identity, gifts, talents and what their future could hold; and sometimes we are so lost in “human service land” that we lose sight of the typical pathways of life and all they have to offer people. But when we are stuck developing roles, designing services or even planning a house warming party for someone, using the culturally valued analogue can provide us some tried and true guidance to get started, by reminding us to consider “What happens for people with a valued status?”

Join us to learn more about using the CVA to keep us moving in the right direction as we walk with vulnerable people.

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Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation — Burton Blatt & Fred Kaplan

Christmas in Purgatory book jacket

This explosive expose of legally sanctioned human abuse in the institutions served as an impetus for change, justice and liberation of the thousands of people for whom it spoke. A combination of photographs revealing horrible truths and poignant poetry that gives voice to them, Christmas in Purgatory is a classic and historical documentary of life in American institutions and a vivid reminder of what we will do to those whom we view as “less than.”

“Study the past if you would define the future.” — Confucius

April

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April 4-7
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-5pm, 9am-5pm, 9am-5pm, 9am-3pm

This 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 those wounding life experiences. People wishing to understand the life experiences of people they support, the implications of those life experiences, and who are committed to work towards 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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April 14
Introduction to Person-Centered Planning Series
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-3:30pm

This workshop introduces participants to the basic principles and techniques of person centered planning. It is a philosophy and an approach to respectful listening and meaningful planning. The planning process focuses on creating a positive vision of the future for the person based on his or her capacities, strengths, and preferences, and creates a support network built around personal commitment and community involvement.

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Photo collage of workshop participants and whiteboard
April 21
SRV Speaker Series
From Better to Best: SRV as an Overarching Theme in Best Human Service Practice
—Guy Caruso, PhD.
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm

While “Best Practices” have become a pervasive idea in the field of human services as a way to self-assess and benchmark services, SRV remains a bedrock framework and Passing an invaluable tool, for bringing good, and even best, service to the lives of those most vulnerable. As an early student of Dr. Wolfenberger’s at Syracuse University, long time teacher of Normalization and SRV, and a human service evaluator and researcher, administrator and advocate for over 43 years, Guy Caruso, has seen many “best practices” come and go. He has found that those that do stand the test of time often reside within the encompassing principles of SRV. Deepen your own knowledge and understanding of the usefulness of SRV practice and its inherent failsafe nature from one of the SRV communities most learned and experienced teachers.

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April 27
Exploring the Places and Spaces Where Community Happens: Workshop on Community Mapping (Session 1 of 2)
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
8:30am-1pm

How can we make connections to places, associations and opportunities that will give the people we support a chance to participate and contribute their gifts, talents and passions?

We teach and talk a lot in our work about helping vulnerable people get involved in their communities, yet many of us are unsure how to proceed in our own lives, much less in the lives of others.  We invite you to explore community with us in an experiential fashion, using a process of discovery called community mapping. Where does community life take place? Where are the places that people gather together? How can we join in authentically, and assist others to do so as well?  Most importantly, how might life change if we are successful?

This two day event takes an in-depth look at what is involved in Community Mapping and have an opportunity to experience it for yourself - be prepared to explore, research, travel the neighborhood, and talk to others - the first step in understanding where people can offer their gifts is learning the paths and places that already exist, and that others have traveled.

* Session 2 in this series is scheduled for June 1.

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“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” — Jackie Mutcheson

The Limitations of the Law — Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger

The Limitations of the Law book cover

Since the publication of the first edition, Dr. Wolfensberger, world renowned human service reformer and author of Social Role Valorization, 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.

May

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May 2
Activating Life Giving Visions
—Michael Kendrick
Camp Hebron
957 Camp Hebron Road, Halifax, PA
www.camphebron.org/directions.htm
9am-4:30pm
Michael Kendrick

It is evident that many people with disabilities live in a world of unnecessarily low expectations for their potentials in life. This atmosphere of diminished expectations often dilutes the quality of their lives by depriving them of important opportunities to experience, grow, develop and flourish. As we can see from the substantial progress of the last half century, these low expectations can be replaced by more positive developmental ones with commensurate benefits for the people who experience them. What may be less clear is precisely how such a transformation of outlook takes place and what each of us can do to bring it about.

Michael Kendrick, international teacher and speaker, advisor and advocate, will help us to see our own part in developing an “enabling vision” for people, one that gradually expands and builds upon the person’s strengths, gifts, passions, and life interests. In doing so Michael believes we help people to “build a life” that suits the person and their capacities to live life fully and that not surprisingly, this will mean an emerging lifestyle for the person that is increasingly “life giving” rather than “life denying”.

Join us as we welcome this day of learning with a leader in the field of SRV and disability to learn about the key components of creating and fulfilling life-giving visions.

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May 5
Power of Roles
Wilkesbarre, PA
9am-4:30pm

This workshop provides an engaging and enlightening overview of the framework known as Social Role Valorization, the foundation of both our philosophy and practice at Keystone Human Services. It gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Developed over the last 30 years, the principles of SRV provide steady guidance on how to assist vulnerable people to have full, rich, and meaningful lives. It also fuels our passion for service and gives us direction to do good work on behalf of others. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants explore the phenomenon of social devaluation, and how it plays out in people’s lives, as well as explore “what works” to lift people out of devaluation and open up the possibilities in their lives. Small group work towards practical translation of the ideas, from theory to practice, rounds out the experience for each participant.

* This educational event meets the minimum standards for the KHS Statement of program Philosophy for each employee required within the first year of employment.

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May 9
The Power of Place: Maximizing Growth through the Places People Live and Learn
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4pm

Environments drive our behavior, govern our expectations, convey messages about us, and influence us in profound ways. This workshop will offer the opportunity to examine human service environments and their impact on the people who are served within them. Well take a good hard look at various aspects of place, and think about the impact on the people who spend time there. Designed for people who work in or around human service environments, or manage them, participants should come prepared to discuss and evaluate “place”, and work within teams for ideas to capacitate specific environments to maximize growth, positivity, and potential.

Work teams are encouraged to participate as a team, or individual team members might want to attend with a partner/colleague from their group to maximize the impact.

* Attendance at a one day “Power of Roles” workshop (one day SRV) or at a three day SRV workshop is necessary to maximize the impact of this day.

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May 24
Supported Decision Making: Common Sense, Wisdom and Life Experience Needed
—Darcy Elks
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4pm
Workshop participant

Just like everyone else, the people who are vulnerable and use human service support have to make many decisions about and in life areas e.g., home, relationships, financial situations, health, employment, spirituality, etc. It is challenging for anyone to make decisions about life and even harder for people who require support from others to assist with decision-making.

This workshop will cover many of the important considerations that others need to be aware of if they are to be the best possible support for vulnerable people to make decisions (from small to very important) for their lives. Practical guidelines on how to advise people with disabilities on will be offered.

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May 25
SRV Speaker Series
SRV and Limitations (or Opportunities) in the Law
—David Ferleger, JD, FAAIDD
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm

In his book, Limitations of the Law, Dr. Wolfensberger identified numerous impediments to the application of legal rights models to improvements in human services. Wolfensberger concluded “you cannot gain in a court of law or a legislative assembly that which society is unwilling or unable to give.”

Many lessons of Social Role Valorization have become accepted in human services and transmuted into “best practices” within professional standards and as “rights” in the law. At least in policy and often in regulation, such SRV-identified “good things” have become common place in service agency lingo: dignity, a home, community participation, work, and the like. In parallel with international legal developments, the U.S. Supreme Court found that there is a right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to placement in community settings rather than institutions under certain conditions.

Mr. Ferleger will lead us we consider such questions as: Are the SRV-inspired practices being implemented? To what degree? When legal and regulatory requirements and SRV encounter one another, to what extent does one or the other need to yield? Are there ways in which each can further the goals of one another and the benefits each seeks to bring to the lives of people with disabilities? Or is there an irreconcilable contradiction between SRV and the law?

Mr. Ferleger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and has a national law and consulting practice, specializing in public interest, civil rights and disability law. He has litigated landmark disability cases, argued five times before the Supreme Court of the United States, assisted the courts, represented individuals and government agencies, taught law school, and has written, lectured and consulted nationally. Mr. Ferleger is also a student, teacher and supporter of the principles of Social Role Valorization.

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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation — Parker Palmer

Let Your Life Speak book jacket

Is the life I am living the same as the one that wants to live in me? With this searching question, Parker Palmer begins an insightful and moving meditation on finding one’s true calling and shows that vocation is not a goal to be achieved but a gift to be received.

“Vocation at its deepest level is, ‘This is something I can’t not do, for reasons I’m unable to explain to anyone else and don’t fully understand myself but that are nonetheless compelling.”

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers.” — Paulo Coehlo

June

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June 1
Exploring the Places and Spaces Where Community Happens: A Workshop on Community Mapping (Session 2 of 2)
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
8:30am-1pm

How can we make connections to places, associations and opportunities that will give the people we support a chance to participate and contribute their gifts, talents and passions?

We teach and talk  a lot in our work about helping vulnerable people get involved in their communities, yet many of us are unsure how to proceed in our own lives, much less in the lives of others.  We invite you to explore community with us in an experiential fashion, using a process of discovery called community mapping. Where does community life take place? Where are the places that people gather together? How can we join in authentically, and assist others to do so as well?  Most importantly, how might life change if we are successful?

This two day event takes an in-depth look at what is involved in Community Mapping and have an opportunity to experience it for yourself - be prepared to explore, research, travel the neighborhood, and talk to others - the first step in understanding where people can offer their gifts is learning the paths and places that already exist, and that others have traveled.

June 16
Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4:30pm

This workshop provides an engaging and enlightening overview of the framework known as Social Role Valorization, the foundation of both our philosophy and practice at Keystone Human Services. It gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Developed over the last 30 years, the principles of SRV provide steady guidance on how to assist vulnerable people to have full, rich, and meaningful lives. It also fuels our passion for service and gives us direction to do good work on behalf of others. Through a combination of multimedia presentation and small group discussion, participants explore the phenomenon of social devaluation, and how it plays out in people’s lives, as well as explore “what works” to lift people out of devaluation and open up the possibilities in their lives. Small group work towards practical translation of the ideas, from theory to practice, rounds out the experience for each participant.

* This educational event meets the minimum standards for the KHS Statement of program Philosophy for each employee required within the first year of employment.

Click here to register
Workshop participants
June 21
Spirit of Collaboration: Partnering with Families
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4:30pm

Positive relationships between families and staff are an important part of effectively supporting people who receive services. This workshop is designed to help staff and families understand one another’s perspectives and to encourage the building of good staff-family relationships. The importance of family relationships, the experiences of families of persons who have disabilities, and issues surrounding the building of positive relationships between staff and families will be explored, and suggestions to foster good relationships between staff and families will be highlighted. The format of the workshop will be presentation, reflection, and small group work. Family members and staff who have worked through difficulties to develop good relationships will enhance this training by describing their difficulties and successes.

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June 30
SRV Speaker Series
Citizen Advocacy
—Ginger Murphy
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm

Citizen Advocacy is a concept developed by Dr. Wolfensberger and is grounded in one-to-one, freely given personal relationships between two people. One is a person with a disability who has often been excluded from typical community life, and the other is a person who is living a good, ordinary life in the community. Advocates build a personal relationship with their partner, and seek to take action on their partner’s behalf as a means to promote, protect and defend the welfare and interests of, and justice for, people with disabilities. It is completely based on the belief in the power and competence of the ordinary citizen, and deeply grounded in the SRV theme of Interpersonal Identification.

Ginger Murphy has been involved in the citizen advocacy community for many years. She joins us to offer some of her experiences and stories about relationships that have taken root and flourished between people with and without disabilities and to explore how citizen advocacy can enrich and protect the lives of vulnerable people, and benefit concerned citizens as well as society as a whole.

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“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” — Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

Becoming Human — Dr. Jean Vanier

Becoming Human book cover

In this deeply compassionate work, Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche Communties, shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships, and ourselves.

“Those we most often exclude from the normal life of society, people with disabilities, have profound lessons to teach us.”

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July 21
Discovering Life Stories and Honoring Histories
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-3:30pm

The first step in assessing what people may need in terms of supports, services and assistance is understanding the unique identity of the person. Nothing so powerfully shapes human identities like the life experiences that people have endured and survived. Many of the people we have supported over the years have difficulty articulating the stories of their lives, have few connections with people who can recount that history for them, and have few possessions to connect them with their past. Because of this, people’s histories tend to be poorly understood, factually incorrect, full of myth and rumor, or even completely unknown. This leads to great difficulty in the people trying to assist the person to have a sense of the true identity of the person, their motivations, and their perspectives, with dire consequences to the person. This workshop will introduce you to tools, methods, and techniques to help re-discover people’s histories, mine them for valuable meaning and relevance, and learn from them to better understand the person.

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July 27
SRV Speaker Series
Changing Lives by Nullifying Fear & Prohibitive Practices
—Marc Tumeinski, PhD.
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm
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People continue to be emotionally and physically harmed- and even to die- by physical restraints. Yet many providers and most states still defend their use. At the most basic level, restraints are a by-product of the degree to which most service systems control and limit people with disabilities. Discussion will include issues of control, communication of negative imagery, loss of dignity and respect, creating environments of fear, and death-making. Time will also be spent sharing ways that lives have been changed through the elimination of physical restraint.

Marc Tumeinski, teacher and training coordinator for the SRV Implementation project and founding editor of the SRV Journal will present on the profound impacts that physical restraints have vulnerable people. Marc has a particular interest in studying, teaching and advocating on issues of violence in services, as well as the use of restrictive practices such as restraint. Marc has an article on the topic of restraint use published in the February 2005 issue of Mental Retardation. He consulted to a group of family members and human service workers in Ontario, Canada who are working to bring about an end to the use of restraints by human services in that province.

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Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community — Tom Kohler and Susan Earle

Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community book jacket

Tom Kohler and Susan Earle joined images and written reflections, to create a talk for people concerned about community building, and especially about community building as it is done by people associated with Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, as the subject of this book, Mr. Welcome, was.

Born on the 4th of July, 1914 in Savannah, GA with a disability and placed in a nursing home far from his community, Waddie Welcome was an unlikely public figure. His deep desire for freedom drew many friends into his life in ways that not only liberated him from institutionalization but realized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the Beloved Community. Waddie Welcome & the Beloved Community tells the story of friendships that transcended divisions of disability, race, and income & created powerful new possibilities in a whole community. It is a treasure story with amazing photos.

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

August

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August 10-11
Adventures in Attitudes
Fort Hunter Centennial Barn
5300 North Front Street Harrisburg, PA
www.forthunter.org
8:30am-4:30pm each day

Everyone a student, everyone a teacher…this is the Adventures in Attitudes experience. Keystone held its first Adventures in Attitudes workshop in 1986, and we are pleased to continue to offer this popular event. This active, participatory workshop focuses on leadership development and personal and professional enrichment through an engaging process. Effective listening, communication skills, attitudes of empowerment, creative problem solving, team building strategies, and reaching one’s potential are focal points around which participants both learn and teach.

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August 25
Developing and Implementing a Shared Vision (Session 1 of 2)
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-3pm

Come join us for a day of focusing on the importance of vision in both your personal and work life. This day will offer opportunities to reflect on the meaning and power of vision. Ideas from a variety of visionaries will be shared. Participants will have an opportunity to develop both a personal vision and a shared vision for the work of supporting the people served by Keystone. The day will include reflection time, interesting visioning exercises, plenty of discussion, and team building.

* It is recommended that people from the same agencies come together as a team to this series. Session 1 is intended to lay a foundation for Session 2. Attendance at both parts of the series is expected.

* Session 2 in this series is scheduled for September 22.

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“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

War Against the Weak — Edwin Black

War Against the Weak book cover

In the first half of the 20th century, more than 60,000 Americans who were poor, uneducated, members of minorities were forcibly sterilized to prevent them from passing on supposedly defective genes. This policy, called eugenics, was the idea of such influential people as Rockefellers, Andrew Carnegie and Margaret Sanger. Black, set out to show “the sad truth of how the scientific rationales that drove killer doctors at Auschwitz were first concocted on Long Island” at the Carnegie Institution’s Cold Spring Harbor complex. Along the way, he offers a detailed and heavily footnoted history that traces eugenics from its inception to America’s eventual, post-WWII retreat from it, complete with stories of the people behind it, their legal battles, their detractors and the tragic stories of their victims.

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September 13-15
Introduction to Social Role Valorization
Camp Hebron
957 Camp Hebron Road, Halifax, PA
www.camphebron.org/directions.htm
8am-6pm, 8am-6pm, 8am-4:30pm

This 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 those wounding life experiences. People wishing to understand the life experiences of people they support, the implications of those life experiences, and who are committed to work towards 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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September 16
SRV Speaker Series
The Children’s Freedom Initiative: A Good Life for Every Child
—Katie Chandler, Georgia Advocacy Office
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm

The Children’s Freedom Initiative was started 10 years ago as an effort to end the institutionalization of children and youth with developmental disabilities in Georgia. Working as a collaborative coalition of advocates dedicated to creating a state where no child resides in a facility, they have used a range of strategies to fulfill that vision including, individual advocacy, story -telling, legislative action and policy change.

Come meet Katie Chandler, Children’s Freedom Initiative Director, and an SRV teacher and leader, to learn how this initiative has used SRV approaches in large systems change and helped children coming out of institutions to acquire and maintain rich valued social roles within families, schools, community groups and neighborhoods.

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September 22
Developing and Implementing a Shared Vision (Session 1 of 2)
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-3:30pm

This day will begin with some examples of visionaries who worked to make their vision a reality. We will draw lessons from these visionaries that can be helpful to us as we try to implement the shared vision we developed in the last session. Participants will think about and practice the sharing of a vision with others. As well there will be ample opportunity to map out concrete steps that each person and team can take to make the shared vision of the work of Keystone Human Services a reality.

* It is recommended that people from the same agencies come together as a team to this series. Session 1 is intended to lay a foundation for Session 2. Attendance at both parts of the series is expected.

* Session 1 in this series is scheduled for August 25.

September 27-28
Best Part of Me Retreat Series: Community and Culture
Temenos Retreat Center
1564 Telegraph Rd West Chester, PA
www.temenoscommunity.org/directions.html
9am-5pm; 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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Finding People to be There: Rebuilding a Sense of Belonging — Neil & Penny Barringham

Finding People to be There book jacket

This is an excellent resource for people who want to assist in the facilitation of someone’s belonging. Drawn from the experience of working with people who are isolated and vulnerable, this resource offers ideas and strategies for responding to people’s need to belong, focusing on how opportunities for relationships can be enhanced.

Neil and Penny Barringham have drawn on the wisdom of many years experience in community development and supporting people who have been institutionalized. As they and many others have come to know being out of an institution and in community does not in and of itself create connection and a sense of belonging for people living with mental disorders.

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” — William Styron

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October 6
SRV Speaker Series
SRV as a Primary Focus in Post-Secondary Education
—Thomas Neuville, PhD. & Stacy Buchmann
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-1pm

Recognizing the gap in post-secondary opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, a small group of visionaries at Millersville University discovered the promising practices of an inclusive post-secondary education for one person. From that, came an initiative that offers many more people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a robust college education and the rich life experiences that come from learning, living and working on a university campus. Join Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor and Disability Studies Advisor and Stacy Buchmann, Director of Career and Life Studies, for a presentation on how they used principles of SRV, specifically the culturally valued analogue and conservatism corollary, to guide and direct their work and hear about the impacts it has had on students at Millersville University.

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October 16-21
Introduction to PASSING
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5.5 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. Most of the work done in PASSING is done in teams and involves visiting and assessing the quality of two human service programs based on SRV criteria. 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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“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside of you.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Nickel and Dimed — Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed book cover

Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting low-wage work. She soon discovered that these occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough.

Nickel and Dimed conveys deep moral outrage and seeks to change the way America perceives its working poor.

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November 1
Introduction to Person-Centered Planning
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-3:30pm

This workshop introduces participants to the basic principles and techniques of person centered plan­ning. It is a philosophy and an approach to respectful listening and meaningful planning. The planning process focuses on creating a positive vision of the future for the person based on his or her capacities, strengths, and preferences, and creates a support network built around personal commitment and community involvement

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November 8
The Road Most Traveled: Using the Culturally Valued Analogue as Your Guide
Pittsburgh, PA
9am-4pm

Mapping out a vision of a big, full, inclusive life for vulnerable people can be full of road bumps. Sometimes we don’t know people very well, sometimes people are uncertain themselves about their identity, gifts, talents and what their future could hold; and sometimes we are so lost in “human service land” that we lose sight of the typical pathways of life and all they have to offer people. But when we are stuck developing roles, designing services or even planning a house warming party for someone, using the culturally valued analogue can provide us some tried and true guidance to get started, by reminding us to consider “What happens for people with a valued status?”

Join us to learn more about using the CVA to keep us moving in the right direction as we walk with vulnerable people.

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November 16
Power of Roles
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-4:30pm
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This workshop provides an engaging and enlightening overview of the framework known as Social Role Valorization, the foundation of both our philosophy and practice at Keystone Human Services. It gives participants a practical introduction to the principles of Social Role Valorization. Developed over the last 30 years, the principles of SRV provide steady guidance on how to assist vulnerable people to have full, rich, and meaningful lives. It also fuels our passion for service and gives us direction to do good work on behalf of others. Through a combination of multimedia presenta­tion and small group discussion, participants explore the phenomenon of social devaluation, and how it plays out in people’s lives, as well as explore “what works” to lift people out of devaluation and open up the possi­bilities in their lives. Small group work towards practical translation of the ideas, from theory to practice, rounds out the experience for each participant.

* This educational event meets the minimum standards for the KHS Statement of program for each employee required within the first year of employment.

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November 21
Hospitality: The Art of Welcoming
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-12:30pm

Hospitality is a time-honored expression of high regard, welcoming, and connection to others. It has also been described as a fading art in these times. Both offering and receiving hospitality is an experience that enriches us and completes us. Join us as we explore the practice and meaning of hospitality, and consider what it can bring to the lives of people who often have not had opportunities to experience it or offer it.

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Community: The Structure of Belonging — Peter Block

Community book jacket

Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities, businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government—do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? This practical and inspiring book explores each of these questions and offers a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison

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December 1
Finding Meaning in the Work: Contributions of Support Workers in Lives of Vulnerable People
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
9am-3pm

We believe that direct support workers make essential contributions to the lives of the people they support when they are committed, competent, and capable. Opportunities to reflect on what is meaningful in direct service work are an important source of the learning that underpins good work and the effective leadership of service organizations. Please join us for focused discussion, conversation and facilitated exercises as we explore the contributions that direct support workers make in the lives of people they support, delve into what the work means to us personally and professionally, and gain a measure of clarity together on what is worth doing and doing well.

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December 7
Reflections of a Leader: Enduring Lessons from 40+ Years
Keystone Institute
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA
2nd Floor Education Room
www.keystoneinstitute.com
10am -1pm
Dennis Felty

Dennis Felty founded Keystone Human Services in 1972, as a means to fulfill a commitment towards creating a stronger, safer world where there is a place for everyone. As he prepares to transition out of his leadership role at Keystone Human Services over the next few years, we have much to learn from him about the past, the present, and the future. What have been the enduring lessons that have served marginalized people well? What would he do differently if we knew then what we know now? What is solid advice to those who are carrying the work forward? What are his hopes for the impact we have in our work?

Join us for the first of several reflections and discussions led by Dennis Felty as he prepares to leave his leadership roles and enduring legacy with Keystone Human Services.

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Keystone Institute Faculty

Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director
Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director

Betsy has served as the Executive Director of The Keystone Institute for well over a decade. She has over 25 years of 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 very 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 to leave institutions and establish 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 to gain a vision of 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.

Betsy is accredited by the North American Social Role Valorization Council as a trainer of SRV.

Pamela Seetoo
Pamela Seeto

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 the 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 provides 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

Matt recently joined the Keystone Institute in 2016, and, as our newest team member, brings over 17 years of experience supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live everyday lives, 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 roles in organizational leadership to influence others to also learn about and apply the ideas of SRV. He believes that engaging in personal human services to others enriches both service workers, leaders, and vulnerable people who they serve.

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