Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness

Upcoming offerings:

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The course will cover these topics and more.

  • Supported Employment Fidelity Scale
  • Career Development
  • Customer Choice
  • Vocational Profile
  • Business Partnerships
  • Workplace Supports
  • Long- term Support
  • Social Security Work Incentives
  • Funding

Learning Objectives: After taking this course, a participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of the Supported Employment Fidelity Scale.
  • Describe how to use the Supported Employment Fidelity Scale.
  • Describe the components of a customer profile.
  • Describe job development strategies.
  • Discuss various short and long term employment support strategies.
  • Describe a variety of funding options.


Lesson 1: Overview and Research Base of Supported Employment

Lesson 2: Building Relationships with Business

Lesson 3: Establishing a Career Direction

Lesson 4: Job Development

Lesson 5: Employment Support

Lesson 6: Benefits Counselling and Other Special Topics

Course Lectures:

  • Supported Employment: Dr. Robert Drake & Dr. Paul Wehman
  • The Supported Employment Fidelity Scale: Dr. Gary Bond
  • The Employment Intervention Demonstration Program: Dr. Judith Cook
  • Customer Profile & Establishing a Career Direction: Dr. Katherine Inge & Dennis Born
  • Marketing & Job Development: Pam Targett and Dr. Amy Armstrong
  • Workplace Supports & Compensatory Strategies: Dr. Laurie Ford
  • Funding: Grant Revell & Dan O'Brien
  • Social Security Work Incentives: Jennifer McDonough

Course Structure: The course includes six lessons each lasts two weeks, giving participants ample time to complete the assignments. A new lesson is made available every other Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. E.T. The course web site is always available, and a participant may log into the course at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 6 - 8 hours of staff time to complete. Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more than one of these courses concurrently.

Course Credit: A participant can earn 3.5 CEUs or 35 CRCs upon course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to a participant who completes all course assignments. If a participant wishes to earn the ACRE certificate, an additional 5 hours of training is required beyond the basic certificate.  Those who complete the basic certificate will receive information on how to earn these extra 5 hours of training.

Technical Requirements: A participant's computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Flash Player (free software). A participant will be able to log on to the course at any time of the day and access the audio lectures. Each person MUST have an individual e-mail account. If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. A participant must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience.

If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Andy Grizzard at (804) 827-1434. If you have content questions, please email Katherine Inge