“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 – September to December

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.

Reshaping human service Strategies and Approaches so that people with disabilities can obtain Personally Appealing and Life giving Social Roles within Community.”

You are invited to a special SRV event hosted by the International Social Role Valorization Association on SRV implementation, in association with Vita House, Roscommon, Ireland. The conference will focus on the challenges and strategies associated with moving services from congregated and segregated settings to more normative and valued settings.

Over the last fifteen years there has been a growing interest in Ireland in the Theory of Practice of SRV (Social Role Valorization) and its relevance today in supporting real change to take place in the lives of those who are marginalized.

This is an exciting opportunity to hear experienced practitioners and teachers share their insights on the history of SRV and strategies that enhance its practical implementation in the daily lives of people so that they can access the good things of life.


The event will be held at the Taylor Centre, SHS, Bray in County Wicklow, Ireland. The event is scheduled to begin at 10am and lunch will be served.

The Speakers include:

    Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership, and Change Agentry.
    Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville.
    CEO of Dara Community Living in Co. Kildare.
    Development Manager with Possibilities Plus.
    Director – Kendrick Consulting

Eventbrite - Implementing SRV in Ireland

Susan Thomas (Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership, and Change Agentry) has worked for over 35 years at the Institute under Professor Wolf Wolfensberger’s direction, and assisted him in developing and presenting Training Institute events. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles on Social Role Valorisation and related topics, including frequent contributions to The SRV Journal, and is co-author (with Wolfensberger) of the PASSING instrument.

Raymond Lemay (Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville) has authored many articles and books on resilience, normalisation and Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and management. In 1999, with Robert J. Flynn, he co-edited the book “A Quarter-Century of Normalization and Social Role Valorization: Evolution and Impact”. Other publications include “Social Role Valorization Insights Into the Social Integration Conundrum” in Mental Retardation (2006); “Deinstitutionalization of people with developmental disabilities: A review of the literature” in the Canadian Journal of Community ental Health (2009). Raymond Lemay has spoken at conferences and provided training all over Canada and the U.S.A., Australia, Belgium, Croatia, France, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Aoife O’Toole (CEO of Dara Community Living in Co. Kildare) has worked in a variety of disability service settings over the last 30 years in Ireland and Australia. Aoife’s areas of practice include leading change in service models and improving and deepening quality in support arrangements to enable people with disabilities to live a good life. Aoife is committed to supporting people with disabilities and their families to lead their own support arrangements and to challenging practices that limit the potential of people with disabilities. Aoife was a member of SRV Ireland’s Study Group 1 and the theory of practice of SRV influences her work on an ongoing basis.

Molly O’Keeffe (Development Manager with Possibilitiesplus). As a family member, Molly shares a deep understanding of the lived experiences and challenges facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Drawing on her professional and academic background, Molly is currently supporting the further development of Possibilitiesplus. She continues to partner with various organisations and advocacy groups within Ireland. Molly is also currently working in partnership with Genio on a range of family led initiatives. Molly’s areas of interest are family leadership, advocacy, individualized funding, deinstitutionalization, community participation and how we can listen better to each individual and their families. Molly is a member of the SRV Ireland Study Group 2.

Michael J. Kendrick PhD (Director – Kendrick Consulting) is known for his extensive work for more than forty years as an independent international consultant in human services and community work. His work as an advocate, activist, teacher, evaluator, consultant, writer and advisor has involved him in many of the key leadership issues of the day. He has worked with governments, service organisations, advocacy groups, professional bodies, service providers and small community groups in many countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Belgium, as well as Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Mexico and Guatemala.

Fee: Organisations: €80 per member

Families: €50 per member

Lunch will be included.

For further information, please visit Vita House Courses or contact: Mary Kealy at marykealy28@gmail.com.

Register through Eventbrite at https://implementingsrv.eventbrite.ie

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

We will be posting up full information about this in September.

What’s the refund policy?

If you book your ticket but unfortunately have to cancel please give us 3 working days’ notice to avail of full refund.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can log back into Eventbrite and edit your information. Alternatively you can email Vita House at info@vitahouse.org and we will be glad to do it for you.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Please email info@vitahouse.org with any request.