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An Exploration of the Social Role Valorisation (SRV) Framework with Regard to People who are Marginalised

A series of four online sessions 29 and 30 March & 5 and 6 April 2023. Participants must attend all four sessions. 


This online course teaches a framework for thinking when responding to the needs and interests of people who are at risk of being devalued. It will explore social devaluation and its consequences for people who are marginalised and how SRV can be used as a means of addressing those experiences of devaluation.

The course will inspire participants to imagine the good life and consider how we may support people who have been denied so many beneficial features of a good life, to have better lives and greater involvement in their communities through having valued roles.

The core themes and principles of SRV will be explored through presentations, exercises and discussions.

The SRV framework will help give meaning and depth to opportunities under NDIS and Consumer Directed Care. It underpins the application of Person-Centred Approaches and informs questions of Choice and Control.

Completion allows entry to the SRV practicum, PASSING.

Who is this workshop for?

The course is designed for participants from a range of sectors including disability, aged care, mental health, youth etc. This includes managers, support workers, coordinators, family members, people with disability, people with a mental illness, older people receiving services, advocates, students, and educators.

Participants attending should be looking for ways of meeting the real needs of marginalised people, resulting in a better life, and who are interested in understanding more about Social Role Valorisation.

About the Presenter

Jane Sherwin is an Accredited Teacher of SRV, having been involved in the teaching, learning and application of SRV since the early 1990s.Based as a consultant in Queensland, Jane has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities and older people since the late 1970s, in government and community services as an occupational therapist, manager, lecturer & organisational change manager.

Guest speakers will also contribute.

Dates and Times:

This online course is delivered over four sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Start times for Sessions 1 and 2 are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)  and for Sessions 3 and 4 start time is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). This is due to Daylight Savings ending on Sunday 2 April 2023.

A reminder email will be sent prior to each session.

Session 1: 29 March 10.30am-2.30pm
Session 2: 30 March 10.30am-2.30pm
Session 3: 5 April  9.30am-1.30pm
Session 4: 6 April 9.30am-1.30pm

This online course will be delivered via ZOOM. A 30 min pre course session on how to use ZOOM is available, please let us know if this is something you would like to attend when registering.

Once registered you will receive via email instructions about doing the course online including the zoom access link.

Bookings close by Friday 24 March 2023, unless sold out prior. 
This workshop offers limited bookings. To secure your spot, book your ticket now.

Please note: Preparation for this online course is required. Please read the details below:


  • Attend all four sessions (required)
  • Undertake 1.5 hrs preparation (watch a video and do a pre-evaluation form) prior to session 1, and watch a ten minute video prior to session 3.
  • Have access to own computer, internet, video and microphone
  • Use a quiet room, free from distractions
  • Attend a pre-course tutorial if you are unfamiliar with zoom (included in ticket price)

Foundations Forum is a Sydney-based non-profit NSW organisation formed in 1985 by a group of individuals committed to improving the lives of people who are marginalised in society.

This online course is part of our Pursing Ordinary Lives Through Valued Roles Project which is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) through an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant.


Full $335
Concession $115 (inc GST).
If cost is a barrier for you in attending, please contact us


Workshop package – reading materials, course handouts. Booking fees are not included.

We will email a pdf copy of the handouts prior to the online course starting and any additional resources shared. 

Please contact us in advance if you experience any difficulties in printing.


This event is a prerequisite to PASSING

This course enables you to attend the SRV practicum, called PASSING. This five day course includes visits to two human services and the use of an evaluation tool based on SRV to understand the impact of each service on the lives of the people they serve.

What past participants have said about the workshop:

"Absolutely fantastic - the stories were great to put the information into real life context and very thought provoking". "As a support worker this was invaluable training and has given me the insight I needed to do my job well".

"This is the key I have been looking for within the disability sector, highly relevant to senior
management roles”.

“SRV theory presents a clear method for implementing positive change”.

“(SRV’s) breadth of application across many settings”.

“(SRV is) a bridge from devalued life to meaningful life”.

“.SRV has given me a new perspective on some of my practices”.


Foundations Forum is a NSW volunteer organisation formed in 1985 by a group of individuals committed to improving the lives of people who are marginalised in society.

Our aim is to challenge, inspire and encourage individuals and organisations to pursue better lives for people who are at risk of being devalued, by promoting the principles and practice of Social Role Valorisation (SRV).

To read more about SRV, we encourage you to visit our resource page on our website: https://www.foundationsforum.o...


Please let us know of any accessibility requirements when registering so that  adjustments can be made. Please find detailed accessibility informations below.


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Cancellation Policy Late cancellations can result in a considerable loss of income and cost to Foundations Forum as we have to commit to presenters, guest speakers and administration of organising the course. We acknowledge that there are a number of unexpected circumstances that can make it difficult for people to attend events and we are open to requests for a refund after the 1-week date in exceptional situations. If Foundations Forum has to cancel an event we will offer a full refund. For all events if a cancellation is made: • 1+ weeks before the event, a full refund will be given • Within a week of the event, a 50% refund will be given • However, in all cases an eligible substitute registrant may attend. Substitution: If, after booking an event the person is unable to attend, they are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in their place at no additional cost. We appreciate advice of substitutions via email so we are able to send the person the information to be able to join online.