Towards a Better Life

Workshop in March 2023 about SRV

Start: Thu 30 Mar, 2023 09:30 End: Fri 31 Mar, 2023 17:00

Location: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning

Presented by: John Armstrong - Senior SRV Trainer


Some groups in our society are more likely to experience marginalisation and stigma than others. People with disability, the elderly, indigenous Australians, migrants, and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds are all at risk of living on the fringes of society. The discrimination they experience significantly impacts every aspect of their lives.

People with disability

  • are often educated in settings separate from regular classrooms
  • tend only to be offered limited employment options
  • are likely to be underemployed and/or paid very low wages, leading to financial insecurity
  • often have few or no relationships outside their family, leading to social isolation and loneliness
  • may experience difficulty accessing quality healthcare
  • often have insecure housing or are directed to group housing where they have limited agency.

Life for a person with disability doesn’t have to be like this. There is a powerful way to counteract marginalisation.

It’s called Social Role Valorisation – SRV for short.

In its simplest form, SRV shows us how to support marginalised people to develop valued roles in every part of their lives. The more valued roles a person occupies, the more likely they will gain access to the good life.

We’ve seen countless examples of local people using SRV theory to help their loved ones with disability become valued students, friends, employees, business owners, flatmates, homeowners, neighbours, volunteers, leaders, partners, and countless other valued roles.

If this sounds like something you want for yourself, a family member, or someone you support, join us at a two-day workshop that we’re holding in Canberra in March 2023.

You’ll learn

  • about the devasting impact of social devaluation
  • how SRV counteracts experiences of devaluation
  • to identify the good things in life and ensure potentially marginalised people can access them
  • how to help a person acquire valued social roles that lead to authentic inclusion in their community
  • and much more.

Don’t miss this foundational training if you are serious about seeking the good things in life for a person with disability.

About this workshop

  • A two-day, live workshop in Canberra
  • Thursday, 30 March and Friday, 31 March 2023
  • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on both days


  • Headley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • 51 Fremantle Drive
  • Stirling ACT 2611
  • Free parking is available onsite and nearby


People with disability, their families and supporters

  • $110.00 per person
  • People with disability, their family members, friends, and community members


  • $350.00 per person
  • Support workers, educators, therapists, and others in a paid role

Registration closes

  • Friday, 24 March 2023
  • Limited places are available, so please don’t delay
  • This event will not be recorded, and there will be no replay.

Register for the two-day SRV workshop

  • John Armstrong - Senior SRV Trainer

    John armstrong speaking into microphone while presenting on stage

    John Armstrong has worked with people and families of people with a disability for over 40 years. He has worked as a trainer and consultant across many settings with individuals, families and agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    John is one of only two Senior Trainers of SRV (Social Role Valorisation) in Australia. He has presented on the topic of SRV in many international forums. More recently, he has written two chapters of the recently-published book: Aging and the Good Things of Life: The Application of Social Role Valorization to Supporting people as They Age.