Values in Action
As soon as you provide a service to another human being, you are in the moral domain.
All human services are based on values. For example, if we put people into an institution based on some characteristic such as a disability then there are implied assumptions such as ‘they should be with their own kind’, ‘their most important characteristic is their disability’, ‘they should be segregated from others in society’ … Such assumptions are never spelled out but nevertheless are clearly implied by actions.
Alternatively, if we welcome a student with an intellectual disability into a mainstream school and include her in the mainstream curriculum with some curriculum adaptations, then we can see a totally different set of assumptions at play – she belongs, she is a child first and foremost, it is our responsibility to adapt the environment so that she can be included …
In this workshop, the first half is devoted to a deep analysis of society and human services and the values and assumptions that are implicit in their actions. The second half of the workshop is aimed at providing strategies to develop a service based on positive values that uphold the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of impairment or life situation.
The workshop is very provocative, challenging and critical of many human service practices. Participants often find many of their assumptions and personal positions questioned by the material presented and may find this quite discomforting. However, almost all participants find the workshop provides a deep growth experience that provides insights into future directions for their own contributions.
The workshop is three days in length and involves multiple presenters. It has been run over several years with extremely positive feedback from participants.
Introduction to values-based human service | Building Community, Building Belonging | Common life experiences of people who are disabled (or ageing) | Introduction to some principles of Social Role Valorization | How human services can harm, and how to minimise this | Responding to vulnerability: Safeguards, advocacy and duty of care | Implementing change in human services | Model Coherency | Positive behaviour support for individuals in human services | Values in Action | Values considerations for Board Members