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In-Person Workshop!

Updated: Apr 20

Advocates, board members, friends of citizen advocacy, and students of Social Role Valorization, please consider attending Disability Rights Nebraska's upcoming workshop. We hope to see you there!

This Workshop is Designed to Help Participants:

  • Reflect on devaluation and how it affects the lives of people who are at risk.

  • Learn about the concept of Social Role Valorization, which is an organized way of addressing devaluation (both in one's personal and work life).

  • Examine their personal values and commitments to those who are devalued.

  • Renew their passionate commitment to marginalized and devalued people.

The Nebraska Values-Based Education Coalition, along with Disability Rights Nebraska is planning a “kick start” of opportunities to gather together again, think and talk about what we have learned from the pandemic about Social Role Valorization (SRV), have short presentations on some of the themes of SRV, and plenty of time to discuss the ideas together.


Using a format with a nice balance of presentation and small group discussion, we will take the time to explore some of the Social Role Valorization themes in a more reflective environment than what is typically offered. This workshop will not be a full Social Role Valorization Workshop, but rather a great way to reintroduce “values-based training” to Nebraska after a two-year absence and a long period of isolation. WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE WORKSHOP BE HELD? The workshop will be held on May 10 – 11, 2022 at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. We will start each day at 9:00 a.m. and will adjourn at 4:30 p.m. The plenary presentations will be held in the Callen Conference Center (https://tinyurl.com/3rh8fbsv). HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO ATTEND? Disability Rights Nebraska will underwrite the cost of the workshop and no fee will be charged to participants – the training is absolutely free! Training materials, a small continental breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided to attendees both days of the workshop. Attendees are responsible for all other related expenses including transportation, lodging and meals that are not provided. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Anyone who seriously desires to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics and consequences of societal devaluation and desires to work to make life better for such persons, e.g., human service workers, people with disabilities, advocates, and family members. WORKSHOP LEADERS Darcy Elks Darcy is an educator, parent and advocate on behalf of people who are societally devalued. She is an international consultant and has traveled to many different countries to advocate for full meaningful inclusive lifestyles for marginalized people. Darcy is a master teacher Social Role Valorization. The focus of Darcy’s work is to encourage attitudes and structures, which promote social value and inclusion for people who have disabilities and other people who have been devalued and excluded. Darcy’s passion is to help create inclusive communities: communities where we are all welcome and where we can each use our gifts for the good of one another. Elisa Parmer Elisa Parmer joined the Keystone Institute in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2017. She had been providing direct support to vulnerable people for nearly a decade, focusing that work on assisting people to grow into valued roles and create positive change, one person at a time. Since joining the Training Institute, Elisa has led groups and presented at several Social Role Valorization (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. REGISTRATION: To register, here is the link to the registration form: (https://tinyurl.com/3z7ud7s5). Simply fill out the form and submit to Disability Rights Nebraska. Attendance is limited to 50 participants on a first come, first served basis. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation notice of your registration via email. FULL PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED Participants should arrive rested and prepared to participate and engage. We ask that attendees manage their schedule so they are able to fully attend the training. If you are unable to make that kind of a commitment, we encourage you not to register and to leave the spot open for someone who can. QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact John Murphy or Pat Cottingham at Disability Rights Nebraska: 402-474-3183 (in Lincoln) 1-800-422-6691 (outside Lincoln) john@drne.org patriciac@drne.org