“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

Aldous Huxley

Pre Booking is essential for all classes. To avoid any disappointment please call 0906625898 or email info@vitahouse.org  to book your place.

Upcoming Courses – September to December

Focus on everyday language skills, form filling etc. Tuesday and Wednesday 11-1 mornings starting mid September. Cost 25 euro.

Contact Miriam J Brennan at 087-3191067.

September 12th Beginners – 7.00pm -8.30pm

September 14th Advanced – 7.00pm -8.30pm

This is an enjoyable and relaxing group where sharing and discussing books can add to the pleasure of life.

Starts  September 18th – 7- 8.30 pm every 5 weeks.

5 euro per class.

Upcoming Workshops & Events : 2018

Why do we think, feel and act the way we do? Psychology explores these issues, and more, it looks into the underlying story behind the story!

We are delighted to announce that registration has commenced for our very popular one-year Level 7 Certificate in Psychology.

The course draws a wonderful variety of people of all ages and from all walks of life. The venue is Vita House Roscommon and it is delivered in association with NUI Maynooth. The timetable consists of Mondays from 7.30pm – 10.00pm and some Saturday lectures. There is also a visit to NUI Maynooth probably in November, and a seminar in Maynooth in the Spring.

Eventbrite - Psychology Level 7 with NUI Maynooth

Course Aim

To enhance self-understanding and to gain an insight into the many perspectives on social behaviour in the family and in the professional workplace.

Course Content The programme will include:

  • Understanding Self and Others
  • Philiosohical and Biological approaches to Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches
  • Phenomenological Approaches in Psychology
  • Social Approaches in Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Emotion
  • Working with the Wisdom of Dreams
  • Understanding Family as a System
  • Family Relationships
  • Journalling
  • Psychosexual Development
  • Addiction and the Family
  • Attachment Theory
  • Grief and Loss
  • Physical, Cognitive and Social Development

Assessment Criteria

  • Presentation and Referencing excercise
  • Two Essays
  • Learning Journal
  • 85% minimum attendance essential.

Applications & Fees

Participants must be 21 years of age or over on the start date i.e. on 25th September 2017.

To apply, please complete the Eventbrite registration process. You have a choice of paying in full or of paying under our instalment plan.

On completion of the registration and payment process, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Any applications which are not approved will have their initial payment refunded without delay.

The full fee is €1000 which can be paid in full immediately if that suits you, and is inclusive of the deposit.

If you prefer you can pay by instalment as follows:

  • deposit of €150 payable immediately
  • 1st instalment of €350 payable by 12 noon Monday 25th September 2017
  • 2nd instalment of €250 payable by 12 noon Monday 27th November 2017
  • 3rd instalment of €250 payable by 12 noon Monday 5th February 2018.


Two past pupils who graduated from the course will be available as student assistants to provide support to participants.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

A form of proof of age will need to be supplied later in the registration process.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please feel welcome to contact Vita House at info@vitahouse.org or telephone us at 090-6625898. Also check our website at http://vitahouse.org/courses where we will post updated information. If you share your social media contact information, we can let you know about any updates.

What’s the refund policy?

Once applications are approved, deposits are non-refundable.

Social Role Valorization (SRV) is described as the pursuit of the good things of life, with people who are vulnerable or at heightened risk of being devalued, by developing and maintaining valued social roles.

This is an intensive four day workshop which presents the idea of assisting people with disabilities, and other disadvantaged groups, to have positive social roles as a productive and helpful response to wounding life experiences.  People wishing to understand the life experiences of people they support, the implications of those life experiences, and are committed to the work of making life better for them are encouraged to attend. This foundational material is essential to those wishing to serve others in meaningful ways, and who are impassioned to make a difference in the lives of others. Many participants experience the learning within this event as the most helpful, inspiring, and clarifying body of knowledge they have been exposed to in their professional development, and it assists in long-term understanding and focus on being of service to others in ways that matter.

The workshop will be conducted by Ms Jo Massarelli and Mr Donald Easson who are both highly respected and inspiring presenters from North America with broad range of experience in establishing community initiatives.

Participants should be prepared for significant presentations with an opportunity to ask questions.

Jo Massarelli is Director of the SRV Implementation Project, a human service training and consultation concern based in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA).  She divides her time at the project between teaching Social Role Valorization-based workshops, and working with families, human service staff and people with impairments to bring about positive change, one person at a time.

She has taught at workshops and lectured at conferences across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and

Japan to a variety of human service workers serving a wide range of people devalued due to mental and/or physical impairment, mental disorder, old age, and poverty.  Jo has also evaluated dozens of human service programmes for children, adults and elders, including residential, day and work programmes, schools, hospice, prisons, and homeless shelters.

Jo is involved in teaching workshops on two crucial topics: how to provide service that is morally coherent in a disfunctional human service world, and how to craft a coherent protective stance in the face of serious societal threats to the lives of socially devalued people. Jo has a particular interest in advocacy in medical settings. She teaches a variety of workshops on protecting vulnerable people in the hospital, and on medical decision making. She is also a member of the Medical Safeguards Project, a group of nurses and doctors in Massachusetts who are committed to safeguarding the health and lives of mentally impaired people with significant medical needs.  Ms. Massarelli serves as a consultant for Family Lives, a programme for children with multiple impairments who require twenty-four hour nursing care.  Family Lives is committed to providing the medical support necessary for the children to live at home, and Ms. Massarelli works to assist family and nurses alike to envision and realize more than the “patient” role for those served.

Jo is also involved in training Citizen Advocacy boards and advocates in how social devaluation affects human service recipients.

Jo Massarelli and her husband Marc Tumeinski are members of a community responding to the needs of vulnerable people in Worcester, Massachusetts, where they live.  Appreciating the ideal of freely-given hospitality, they share their home and their lives with poor and homeless people.

Donald Easson lives in Toronto and taught at Centennial College for almost thirty years. As a professor he has worked to integrate Social Role Valorization into human service worker training. His keen interest in what it takes to build community led him to start a pan-college performing choir.

Donald’s concern for vulnerable people has taken him to Uganda, Pakistan and India in a variety of volunteer positions as teacher, evaluator and hospital worker.

He is a founding member of the Southern Ontario Training Group, which arranges Social Role Valorization and PASSING workshops in Ontario.  He is a presenter at SRV workshops in Canada and the US and he helps to direct PASSING courses. Donald was a member of the North American SRV Council, as well as the Moral Coherency Study Group. He has a background in developing and providing residential services for people with behavioural, physical and intellectual disabilities.  Donald Easson is currently an associate of the SRV Implementation Project, an international human service training and consultation effort based in Worcester, Massachusetts.

     Mary Kealy Monday 9th – Thursday 12th April 2018

9:00 am-5:00 pm,  9:00 am-5:00 pm
9:00 am-5:00pm,  9:00 am-3:00 pm


Lady Gregory Hotel,

Ennis Road, Gort, County Galway, Ireland



The workshop fee is €350.00,

(€200 for family members and students)

inclusive of teas, coffees, lunch and handouts.

REGISTRATION:  click here


For those needing hotel accommodation, please contact the Lady Gregory Hotel and ask for the special rates agreed for our workshop delegates:

Lady Gregory Hotel, Leisure Centre & Spa

Ennis Road, Gort, County Galway, Ireland

T: +353 (0) 91 632333

E: reception@ladygregoryhotel.ie

Click Here for Lady Gregory Hotel website

If you have any questions please contact Mary Kealy or Mary Hennigan:


Vita House
Abbey Street, Roscommon