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A History of Human Services,
Universal Lessons, and Future Implications

Presented by Wolf Wolfensberger, Ph.D. and Susan Thomas, Training Coordinator


Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger died on February 27, 2011. His contributions to the field of developmental disabilities, in every imaginable way, are profound. He conveyed, through his writings and lectures, the origins and evolution of our history and so wanted to impart to all of his students the details, consequences, and ramifications of this history on the attitudes and perceptions of people with developmental disabilities. We offer our most sincere condolences to Wolf Wolfensberger's family and our deepest appreciation for sharing his work with us.

In September 1998 Dr. Wolfensberger presented this two day lecture at Millersville University, Lyte Auditorium, Millersville, PA.

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Biographical Information on Dr. Wolfensberger
Biographical Information on Susan Thomas
Letter of Appreciation from Dr. Wolfensberger
Letter of Appreciation from Thomas Neuville, PhD

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  Day 1: An Interpreted Pictorial Presentation on the History of Human Services
With Emphasis on the Origins of Some of Our Major Contemporary Service Patterns and Some Universal Lessons for Planning and Structuring of Services Which Can Be Learned from This History.
1a Pre and Post Greco-Roman Times (26:33)
1b Early Christianity and the Middle Ages (28:03)
2a Medieval Hospice and Hospital Design (32:01)
2b The "Menacization" of the Afflicted (10:35)
2c The Rise of Pauperism (29:42)
3a Deportation and Exile (16:28)
3b Containment and Confinement (15:47)
4a Degradation and Elimination of the Altar (11:46)
4b The Panopticon and Central Observation Stations (28:11)
5a Service "Deculturation" and Moral Treatment (17:09)
5b "Menacization" Images and Associations with Leprosy and Contagion (23:58)
6a The Association of Hospices with Houses of Detention (13:43)
6b Various Beliefs That Played a Role in Menacization (4:59)
6c Human Service Assumptions Based in Materialism (14:18)
6d Further Menacization Through "Treatments" Based on Punishments (31:23)
6e Regimentation and the Use of Military Imagery (17:07)
7a Historical Lines of Influence in the Perversion of Western Human Services (14:51)
7b Some Core Realities, Strategies and Defining Characteristics of Contemporary
Services (31:21)
7c Some Conclusions (10:53)

  Day 2: Reflections on a Lifetime in Human Services
From Prior to the Reforms of the 1950s-70s to the Present, with Implications for the Future: What Has Gotten Better, What Has Gotten Worse, What Is the Same, and What Lies Ahead.
1 The Bad Old Days, Part One (23:48)
2a The Bad Old Days, Part Two: The Institutional Scene 1 (33:06)
2b The Bad Old Days, Part Two: The Institutional Scene 2 (15:59)
3 The Bad Old Days, Part Three: The Educational Scene (19:54)
4a What Has Gotten Better, Part One (27:39)
4b What Has Gotten Better, Part Two: Normalization (12:53)
4c What Has Gotten Better, Part Three: The Rights Movement (5:55)
4d What Has Gotten Better, Part Four: Summary of Positive Developments (17:53)
5 What is Still the Same, New Problems That Have Arisen, and Things That Have Gotten Worse: Part One (12:30)
6a What is Still the Same, New Problems That Have Arisen, and Things That Have Gotten Worse: Part Two (31:18)
6b What is Still the Same, New Problems That Have Arisen, and Things That Have Gotten Worse: Part Three (23:27)
6c A Few Action Implications (8:19)
  (Total Running Time All Segments: 10 Hours 9 Minutes)

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