Moldovan Educators Present Social Role Valorization in Romanian for the First Time

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From October 16-19, 2012, a team of Moldovan educators presented a four-day, comprehensive workshop on Social Role Valorization. Although the SRV workshop was presented in Moldova before, this is the first time that it was presented by Moldovans in Romanian.

The SRV teaching team included Eliza Caus, Oksana Costandaki, Tatiana Oprea, Nelea Panfil, and Sergiu Toma. The workshop was led by Betsy Neuville, Executive Director of the Keystone Institute. She provided coaching and mentoring for the team.

The first SRV workshop was held in 2009 and was led by Charles Hooker, CEO of Keystone Human Services International, and Betsy. This 2009 workshop had a great impact on us, and we have been incorporating SRV themes into our work.

The teaching team has become experts in Social Role Valorization. In 2011, they participated in an SRV Master Class in Chisinau, where each person gave a presentation to the other members and received feedback on their performance. They also completed a practicum by conducting a one-day introduction to SRV for staff.

This most recent workshop, however, is the first time that a four-day, comprehensive SRV workshop has been presented by Moldovans in our own language. The presenters also used examples and slides from their own experiences.

Thirty participants from a variety of backgrounds attended the workshop. Some participants work with people who have moved into community homes. Others work in supported living, employment and entrepreneurial incubation services, family preservation and reunification, community centers for children from vulnerable families, equal access to education projects, and mobile teams. The ideas that were presented were very exciting to all involved, and we had many lively discussions. We are all grateful to the presenters and participants for this opportunity to learn and teach together.

Since the first SRV workshop in 2009, much progress has been made. Many children and young adults have been liberated from institutions and are experiencing the joys of having a real home, whether with family or friends, and children who have been denied education are being accepted into their local schools. Families are finding support from assistants who come to their homes to help strengthen them and support them, which is preventing many children from being institutionalized. This is extraordinary progress for a few short years. We are looking forward to continued progress as more people learn about and apply Social Role Valorization themes to their work.

About khsima

Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (KHSIMA) is non-profit, non-government organization working to create opportunities where people can grow, exercise self-determination, and be participating, contributing and valued members of their society. KHSIMA was registered as a Non-government organization at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova on June 23, 2004. KHSIMA’s foremost objective is to promote and develop opportunities in the form of direct service and best-practice training to further the independence of children and families who are in need of service due to disabling conditions, situations of poverty, abandonment, institutionalization, and other adverse societal conditions throughout Moldova. KHSIMA provides services to about 100 children from vulnerable families at two Children and Family Community Centers located in the villages of Tudora and Bacioi. The centers provide educational and social inclusion services for primary and middle school children whose parents are addicted to alcohol and live in very poor conditions; parents who went abroad for work and left the children with the grandparents, relatives or neighbors; and uneducated parents from very poor families. These children are at risk of being trafficked or entering into different criminal activities. Besides the activities within the centers, the children get two meals a day. Community for All – Moldova project is being implemented by Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association on the basis of a partnership established between the Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child; Open Society Mental Health Initiative; Soros Foundation – Moldova; Hope and Homes for Children; and Keystone Human Services International. The project goal is to contribute to the reform of care and social protection of individuals with disabilities to increase their social inclusion through: a) The development of community based services that meet the varying needs of people with disabilities and their families/caregivers; b) The development of legal and normative frameworks for the regulation of newly created services as alternatives to institutional care. KHSIMA is active in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities through the “Joint Media Strategy Group” (JMSG) project. JMSG is formed of active NGOs working in the disability field and has the goal to increase the population awareness regarding the disability issues, to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, to fight stigma and discrimination and to support the social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
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