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ACRE-approved training is offered by educators, who are current ACRE organizational members. Their curriculum has gone through a rigorous curriculum review process. ACRE training is available in several formats: Face-to-face, online, and hybrid (combination of in person & online).

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Community Integrated Services (Pennsylvania)

Organizational Address: 441 N 5th St Suite 101 - Philadelphia, PA 19123

Contact Person: Zach Catarelli

Contact Person Phone Number: (802) 258-8844                                            

Contact Person Email Address: zachary.catarelli@cisworks.org

Name or Title of ACRE Training: Foundations of Community Integrated Employment

Description of ACRE Training Program:
Foundations of Community Integrated Employment is designed to provide an overview of the wide range of skills and knowledge one will need to become a successful employment support professional. Offered as a 40-hour, instructor-lead classroom and fieldwork course, the bulk of content is broken up into 4 domains:

·      Application of Core Values and Principles to Practice

·      Individualized Assessment and Career Planning

·      Community Research and Job Development

·      Workplace and Related Supports.

The training also takes an in-depth look at enhancing careers, social security and benefits counseling, and supporting people on the autism spectrum in the workplace. Through lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, field work assignments, and examining print, film, and other media, trainees will develop a solid foundation of knowledge with which to perform the many functions of an employment support professional.  

Basic Level or Professional Level: Basic Level

Where training is available: Pennsylvania, with plans to extend to Delaware and other neighboring states in the near future.

Names of Trainers: Zach Catarelli, Mike Levin, Angelina Bush, Jessica Sances

Pennsylvania
Consulting Services and Information Network (CSI Network) LLC

The CSI Network's ACRE certificate is a combination of training events that build towards 40 hours. The 2 day Employment Services training is a 20 hour basic training and the online trainings are 10 hour courses. Each have assignments and activities that provide demonstration of skill.

Trainings include: Employment Services 2 day, Expanding Discovery & Exploration online, Innovative Job Search online, Workplace Supports 2 day.

States where training is offered: Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas

For more information contact Darla Wilkerson @ 816-284-3224

 

Missouri
CTAT LLC

CTAT offers an ACRE Basic Employment Certificate through a three step training series called “Get Work Now”

These trainings are comprised of:

  • Two 5 week distance learning trainings (steps 1 and 3)
  • One 3-4 day face-to-face training (step 2) or 5 week distance learning training (step 2)

These trainings are offered several times each year throughout our six state region.

GET WORK NOW! Getting in Gear

The Foundation of Employment Services
5 week distance learning course
Getting in Gear is designed to explore valuable competencies that are critical to achieving a better understanding of employment services for people with disabilities. Exposing you to the essential principles and practices that lead to quality workforce participation for the people you serve, Getting in Gear delivers essential skills through a five week self-study course that will take 2-3 hours per week. Getting in Gear is designed to complement your current employment and can be accomplished in your office and/or your home, as well as in the community.

GET WORK NOW! Paving Your Way

The Proven Process for Successful Job Placement
Offered both face-to-face or online
Paving Your Way is an exciting and interactive face-to-face training that leads to a successful career in community employment. This comprehensive training provides you with the tools, tips, and techniques necessary to identify the marketable skills of your job seekers and match them with the employment needs of the business community. A wise investment of your time today will result in employment success for those you serve.

GET WORK NOW! Exploring the Route

Meeting the Unique Employment Needs of your Customers
5 week distance learning course
Exploring the Route delivers practical strategies to support you in serving job seekers with complex support needs. Exploring the Route focuses on learning more about a business, developing the right job within that business, and providing the necessary training and supports to insure your job seeker's success. Key to this process is providing long term supports to encourage retention and advancement, and in the end, promote successful community integration.

After completing all three steps, fieldwork requirements and assignments, trainees will earn an ACRE Basic Employment Certificate & those student’s names will be submitted to ACRE to appear on the ACRE Website.

To find out more about this training contact: 
Gayann Brandenburg
303.349.4058
All States
Griffin-Hammis Associates (GHA)

Griffin-Hammis Associates (GHA) offers the ACRE-approved Basic Employment Certificate in several formats designed to meet the needs of our customers. Covering the Customized Employment content equates to 40 to 72 hours of instruction, depending on customer needs, with Certificates issued following successful completion of work-applied assignments or fieldwork, and earning a passing grade on the final test.

Training Formats:

  1. Immersion Training (40 hour) involving a 4-day session, with a follow-up 2-day session
  2. 10-day intensive (72 hour) classroom/field work course delivered in 2-day sessions over several months on-site to a community, region, or state; 
  3. 5-day (40 hour) Immersion Training option with intensive weeklong session that includes a mix of classroom instruction and community/business exercises;

The main topics covered for all formats include:

  1. Introduction to Customized Employment and Discovery:
  2. Systematic Worksite Instruction, Job Analysis & Natural Supports
  3. Customized Job Development
  4. Interest-Based Negotiation for Employment Specialists
  5. Social Security Work Incentives and Funding Strategies for Creative Employment
  6. The 10-day Intensive training covers the first five topics and extensive information on self-employment, and writing business plans

Relevant materials and forms are included and we offer free blog development and hosting for project team sharing.

All formats are available nationwide. We have personnel located in 12 states that can design and deliver training programs to meet customer needs.

For additional information please contact Patty Cassidy at pcassidy@griffinhammis.com 

Minnesota
Institute for Community Inclusion

Organizational Address:  ICI, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA  02125

Contact Person: Lara Enein-Donovan

Contact Person Phone Number:  617-287-4319                                          

Contact Person Email Address:  lara.eneindonovan@umb.edu

Name or Title of ACRE Training: Innovative Employment: Comprehensive Training Series for a Natl. ACRE Certificate

Description of ACRE Training Program:

7 days (9 to 4), 42 hours of training plus fieldwork. Typically done as days 1-3 consecutively, a 2-3 week break, then days 4-5, a 2-3 week break, then days 6-7. Each trainee gets a comprehensive training manual.

Day 1: Foundations of Community Employments (6 hours)

Day 2: Getting to know your job Seeker & Planning for Success (6 hours)

Day 3: Partnerships to Promote Employment & Understanding Social Security Work Incentives (6 hours)

Days 4-5: Exploring Employer Needs & Developing Quality Matches (12 hours)

              Days 6-7: Training & Support Strategies (12 hours)

While based in Massachusetts, you can arrange to have trainers come to another state to offer training to your group.

Massachusetts
Iowa-APSE

Iowa-APSE offers this in person training two times a year. The series is broken into three Components:

1. Foundations:  This Self-Study module is to be completed prior to attending either one or both of the face-to-face sessions.  Topics covered in the Foundations include: Benefits planning, overview of competencies needed for quality services, cultural diversity, customer service, history of vocational rehabilitation, history of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, orientation to supported employment, career development and person-centered planning. Each of the nine Units contain readings, activities and assignments. The assignments, when completed, are sent to the mentor assigned to the participant for review. 

2. Job Development—Face to face training session: This 2-day training session, is specifically titled, A Business Orientation to Job Development, to highlight the focus on a business model, not unique to rehabilitation. Topics covered in this session include: community job market surveys, developing a referral system, the feature-advantage-benefit approach, initial contact methods, employer survey techniques, developing hiring proposals, and handling objections.

3. Job Coaching—Face to face training session: This 2-day training session is specifically titled, Job Coaching:  Supporting People on the Job. Topics covered in this session include natural supports—what they are and how to use them, the importance of work place culture, balancing natural supports and individual needs, systematic instruction, self-management strategies, social skills supports, and positive behavior supports.

After completing all three components of the training and all required fieldwork, trainees will earn an ACRE Basic Employment Certificate.  The names of all participants earning the Certificate will be placed on the ACRE website.

Website for more information: www.iowa-apse.org

Contact person for more information: SueAnn Morrow, samorrow@hughes.net

 

Iowa
Networks for Training and Development, Inc. (Pennsylvania)

Organizational Address: Commons at Valley Forge, 1220 Valley Forge Rd. Unit #17, Box 206 Valley Forge, PA 19481

Contact Person: Joe Murphy

Contact Person Phone Number: (267) 251-6168                                                                

Contact Person Email Address:joem@networksfortraining.org

Name or Title of ACRE Training: Supported Employment 101

Description of ACRE Training Program: (include details such as: structure of training, modules, etc.)

Description & Purpose

The work of an employment professional is so much more than “one job.” An array of skills are necessary in order to do well and be successful. Employment professionals need to be competent in all phases of the employment process, from the assessment or discovery phase through to the fading and follow along phase. Each requires a variety of skills and knowledge with a big dose of people skills being of utmost importance as well. The most successful employment professionals connect well with people with disabilities, can assess an individual’s interests, desires and skills, seek out the best possible job match, support the individual on the job and establish natural supports in such a way that the person can be successful on the job independently or with limited supports. These are only the primary roles of an employment professional. A variety of other “duties as assigned” are typically required in order for a person with a disability to become successfully employed. A great employment professional has the ability to do it all.

Networks for Training and Development, Inc. has offered Supported Employment 101 (SE 101) for many years. Given the increasing demands to do more with less, it has been difficult for employment professionals, who are so critical to success for people on the job, to attend training. Supported Employment 101 is now a 44 hour course with six hour sessions (10:00 – 4:00 including a one hour lunch), meeting two consecutive days every three weeks. Homework and lunchtime fieldwork that may be billable to specific individuals, will be provided to each participant between sessions. The goal of this course is to enable job coaches and other employment professionals with less than one year experience to do their jobs well and to provide them with the necessary tools and strategies they need to be successful in their role. We do this through in person sessions, an online discussion board, hands-on fieldwork, and individualized mentoring with each participant between sessions.

Detailed Course Objectives 

By participating in the Supported Employment 101 course, attendees will:

Reflect on personal beliefs about persons with disabilities and employment

Gain a solid foundation in an array of best practices in employment supports

Learn about the numerous organizations and services that support employment of people with disabilities from a local and national perspective

Become informed about up to date policy changes that impact employment services

Understand the importance of discovery and learn how to engage a team to gather relevant information to develop creative job development ideas

Learn the basics of Social Security and Work Incentives benefits

Compare and contrast various tools for assessing skills, abilities and preferences

Learn how to complete a situational assessment in a community business

Gather and summarize relevant information about the results of the assessment process

Identify and use basic strategies for job development

Analyze the essential features of a job setting

Learn how to educate employers on the value of hiring a person with a disability

Acquire a working knowledge of the key concepts of strategies used in customized employment

Learn basic strategies in the development of self-employment and entrepreneurial ideas

Develop and increase expertise in assistive technology and accommodations on the job

Reflect on the importance of balancing teaching and support on the job

Become knowledgeable in the use of a systematic approach to teaching and support for success on the job

Receive guidance from a mentor

Engage in lively online discussion through Moodle

Develop a customized project to present to colleagues during the last session

Build confidence and skills in your role as an employment professional

Network with colleagues and form relationships for future collaboration

Basic Level or Professional Level: Basic

Where training is available (if only in specific state(s), or if training can come to any state): PA

Names of Trainers: Joe Murphy, Michelle Sparling, Jessica Stover

Pennsylvania
Opportunity Source

Organizational Address:  345 N. Walsh Drive, Casper, WY 82609

Contact Person:  Kari Cornella, Opportunity Source Director

Contact Person Phone Number:  307-251-1567                                      

Contact Person Email Address:   kcornella@nowcapservices.org

Name or Title of ACRE Training: Employment Services Training

Opportunity Source provides training to professionals in the job development process and community integration philosophy. The Employment Services Certificate is comprised of 3 workshops over a 2 month period. A combination of face-to-face training, exercises, case studies, activities, and field-based assignments are used to enhance and reinforce employment principles.

Basic Level or Professional Level: Basic

Trainers: Kari Cornella, JD Wolfe, Ashley Serres, Marissa Romero, Roy Lloyd, Jerry Barnes, Tattoo Sanchez

Colorado
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, RI College (Rhode Island)

Supporting Meaningful Employment (SME)

National ACRE Certificate Program (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators)

Supporting Meaningful Employment: A Person-Centered Approach to Career Planning, Job Development and Retention is 42 hour course presented in 13 sessions beginning September each fall. The program is offered by The Sherlock Center on Disabilities, RI College and co-sponsored with the RIDHS-Office of Rehabilitation Services.

To receive ACRE Certification participants will complete fieldwork assignments addressing Person Centered Employment Planning, Job Development strategies and Job Retention planning and have satisfactory attendance.

Past SME graduates report a 40% increase in job placements, a 60% increase in employer contact and improved practices such as: use of community resources, facilitating job seeker self determination and individualized job development strategies.

What Past Participants have to say?

“The course was fabulous, my questions were answered, obtained great resources and I’m getting more people meaningful jobs!” SME graduate, youth population

“The instructor is very knowledgeable and made the content of the course interesting and engaging.” SME graduate, MH population

“I have a whole new outlook on my job! I have more to offer my job seekers and employers.” SME graduate, DD Population

The core competencies of Supporting Meaningful Employment include:

  • Develop understanding of ADA implications for the hiring process, retention and process for pursuing discrimination complaint.
  • Developing person-centered career plans that focus on personal abilities and interests;
  • Developing strategies to access an individual’s natural supports to develop and implement a career plan;
  • Developing proven strategies that promote and expand relationships with businesses (e.g. networking, job development, job shadowing and situational assessment);
  • Presenting applicants who have disabilities to employers in a manner that promotes the individual’s competence and meets the needs of both employers and employees;
  • Negotiating with employers to modify or restructure jobs, or to create jobs that match individual attributes
  • Evaluating the quality of jobs based on the individuals employment goals and needs;
  • Developing professional skills that support:
    • career assessment – tools and resources, report writing
    • job choice – using information about labor market and job qualifications
    • job development skills-organized approach, employer presentation strategies
    • job retention –job accommodation, job coaching and employer support
    • SSA Work Incentives, Medicaid Buy-In and role of Benefits Specialists
  • Understanding the resources available in Rhode Island
    • Department of Labor and Training-labor market information
    • netWORKri
    • VR- Office of Rehabilitation Services
    • RI Governors commission on Disabilities

For more information, view Supporting Meaningful Employment Course (PDF file) or contact Vicki Ferrara, M.A. Employment Coordinator, Sherlock Center on Disabilities (401) 456-8092 or vferrara@ric.edu .

Rhode Island

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