Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series
|September 16 - December 9, 2013|
Individual rate: $325 per person
Group rate: $1300 for 5 registrants
Sessions will include information on these important employment strategies:
- assistive technology evaluation and application,
- developing business partnerships,
- career development,
- compensatory strategies,
- customer choice,
- instruction in the workplace,
- marketing and job development,
- job restructuring,
- person-centered planning,
- positive behavior supports,
- social security work incentives, and
- workplace / coworker supports.
Learning Objectives: After taking this certificate series, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the federal policy and historical overview of supported employment.
- Define the components of a customer profile to include situational assessments, vocational evaluations, and functional resumes.
- Illustrate an understanding of job development for career paths by developing a job search plan for a potential supported employment customer.
- Match a customer's strengths with the prospective employer's business needs.
- Discuss the various job-site training strategies (e.g., natural cues, workplace supports, compensatory strategies, instructional strategies, assistive technology) and their applications.
- Define the features of a high quality long-term support plan.
- Describe the various alternative funding sources for supported employment.
ALL instruction is web based. The lectures are in audio format and you MUST have the system requirements listed below to benefit from the series. The series will consist of six sessions. All participants will be assigned to discussion groups. These groups will be asked to correspond with each other to discuss the session assignments. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to post comments on the course bulletin boards and ask questions of nationally known experts in supported employment. Each participant will receive a manual on supported employment.
Session 1: Federal Policy and Historical Perspective
Session 2: Customer Profile and Employment Selection
Session 3: Organizational Marketing and Job Development
Session 4: Job-Site Training
Session 5: Long-Term Support
Session 6: Funding
Sample Course Lectures:
- Quality Indicators of Supported Employment: Dr. Paul Wehman
- Marketing and Job Development: Howard Green & Pam Targett
- Job Development in Rural Communities: Cary Griffin
- Job Restructuring: Connie Ferrell
- Self-determination: Dr. Michael Wehmeyer
- Compensatory Strategies: Dr. Katherine Inge
- Job Site Training: Valerie Brooke
- Social Security Work Incentives: Jennifer McDonough
Course Structure: The course consists of six lessons, each of which 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. ET. The course web site is always available, and you 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: Participants can earn 3.5 CEUs or 35 CRCs upon course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who complete all course assignments. If a participant wishes to earn the ACRE certificate, an additional 5 hours of training is required beyond the basic certificate. Everyone who completes the basic certificate will receive information on how to earn these extra 5 hours of training.
System Requirements: Your computer must have a sound card, speakers, Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and RealPlayer or RealAlternative (free software). Each participant must have his or her own e-mail address and Internet access. VCU-RRTC staff are available to provide technical assistance on how to use the Internet for distance education. Transcripts are posted for all online audio lectures.