Workshops for families with special needs children leaving School

The Usefulness of Valued Roles in Getting a Good Life What Families Can Do

An orientation for families to ‘Social Role Valorisation’ by Hope Leet Dittmeier

  •  Cork: Tuesday 25th March, 10am - 4pm, Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork
  •  Galway: Wednesday 26th March, 10am - 4pm, Maldron Hotel, Oranmore

International expert, Hope Leet Dittmeier, will shortly be in Ireland to deliver a training programme on individualised ways of supporting people with disabilities, mental health difficulties and dementia. Hope works with an approach known as ‘Social Role Valorisation’ (SRV), which has been shown to enable supported individuals to achieve significantly improved life outcomes. While she is here, Hope will offer two one-day workshops for families in which she will share relevant learning from the SRV approach.

Hope says:
“Families have the first and foremost influence on the quality of life of their family member with a disability. Many families put their heart and soul and more into the effort, at times with great success and, at other times, with disappointing results. Regardless of their extraordinary effort, many families struggle with the loneliness and lack of opportunity experienced by their loved one. Many family members report that they aren’t satisfied with the quality of life experienced by their family members but are uncertain what more to do. In this workshop, I will propose that family members explore ways they might invest in a fundamentally different way, rather than a more intensive way. After presenting a foundational theory of practice based on Social Role Valorisation, we will consider what family actions are most likely to result in the good life for their family member.”

The workshops will be hosted by Genio, an Irish non-profit organisation that promotes constructive change in the disability, mental health and dementia sectors.

The workshops are free of charge. To reserve a place, please register at Please note that places will be limited.

If you have any queries, please contact Orlaith Potter, Genio at or 044 9385940.