Towards a Better Life

John Armstrong

Start: Mon 22 Feb, 2021 09:30 End: Tue 23 Feb, 2021 17:00

Location: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning

Presented by: John Armstrong


A Two-Day, Live Workshop in Canberra

February 22-23, 2021

About This Workshop

This workshop explores why it is that some groups in our society are more likely to experience marginalisation and stigma. We’ll examine the impact that this has on people with disabilities, aged people and other marginalised people.

The workshop also examines how the acquisition of valued roles can change societal perceptions and strengthen the likelihood that people with a devalued status will get a better life.
The core themes and principles of SRV will be explored through presentations, exercises and discussion.

This event is designed to assist participants to:

  • Understand social devaluation and its consequences
  • Learn how Social Role Valorisation addresses experiences of devaluation
  • Strengthen motivation to counteract devaluation
  • Clarify the qualities of the good things in life and how they might be facilitated
  • Understand the importance of valued social roles and how to develop roles that lead to authentic inclusion in one’s community.

You will also hear some “real life” stories from people who were inspired by this workshop and how they have changed the course of their life! This workshop will use a combination of lecture, interactive exercises, reflection and discussion!

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

Attendance is strictly limited to 20 people, so please register quickly to avoid disappointment.


Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning
51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling ACT 2611


  • $110 for people with disability and family members
  • $350.00 for professionals – support workers, teachers, community organisations, government, community members

This workshop has been significantly subsidised as part of the Imagine More Typical Pathway Initiative – funded by the Department of Social Services

  • John Armstrong

    John Armstrong

    John Armstrong has a long involvement in the lives of people with disabilities, in informal advocacy and friendship roles as well as the formal roles of service provider, teacher, adviser and service planner.

    John is one of two senior Social Role Valorisation and Passing trainers in Australia. He is particularly interested in uncovering the reasons behind the abuse of vulnerable people and the things that influence beneficial instead of detrimental actions. His events seek to increase consciousness and the development of the qualities needed by people who intend to act with integrity and leadership.