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eLearning. State Employment Leadership Network SELN: Supporting a Vision for Employment FOR MARYLAND VR ONLY - FALL 2021 is a Course

SELN: Supporting a Vision for Employment FOR MARYLAND VR ONLY - FALL 2021

Time limit: 14 days

Full course description


Early lessons, listed below, set the foundation for the role case managers play in ensuring opportunities to experience competitive integrated employment. All content has been derived from SELN work with case managers across the country. The remainder of this unique course addresses challenges and situations case managers encounter on a regular basis. Using engaging scenarios and activities, the course provides case managers with the content they need in order to do their job with more confidence.

Employment challenges addressed 

❖ Fears and lack of experience 
❖ Family dynamics
❖ Individual plan discussions
❖ Impact on public benefits


The course uses micro-lessons geared toward common challenges case managers encounter. Lessons can be completed in short periods of time (average 5 minutes each). Certificates of completion will be available once learners completes all required assignments.

Module 1: Employment Foundations

A Vision for Employment connects the importance of having a positive vision for the future to the desire to work. Individual stories and other tools support the content objectives.
High Expectations takes a look at the foundations of supported employment. It provides a historical perspective of policies and events that led to the rise of Employment First.
National Perspective identifies legislation and regulations that have had the biggest influence on expanding employment opportunity and how these regulations impact the role of case managers.
What we Mean by Employment defines the different types of paid employment. Students learn how to differentiate competitive integrated employment from other types of paid work.
Supporting Families reviews strategies to help support families to succeed.

Module 2: Employment Pathways

Informed Choice identifies the core principals of informed choice and steps to providing it. Videos and case studies are used to demonstrate the importance of informed choice.
A Self-Advocate Perspective: Dignity of Risk explains the “dignity of risk” through the eyes of a self-advocate.
Supporting the Individual’s Voice addresses the challenge of maintaining a focus on the individual during planning meetings. It shares strategies to help case managers keep an individual’s needs and desires at the center of the employment conversation.
Guided Conversations shares best practices for engaging individuals in meaningful conversations for the purpose of guiding someone along their pathway toward competitive integrated employment outcomes. Scenarios and activities teach ways to use open-ended questions to reveal and discover information about an individual’s interests, skills, and desires.
Shifting the Focus to Employment examines the situation when an individual does not engage in conversations about competitive integrated employment. It shares strategies a case manager can use to engage in conversations that move individuals closer to an employment pathway.
Addressing Concerns About Work focuses on engaging an individual in a guided conversation to help them discover their concerns and worries. Approaches to help individuals overcome fears and worries preventing them from pursuing employment are highlighted. Case scenarios and videos demonstrate useful strategies.
Supporting Career Success explains how to use guided conversations to identify an individual’s satisfaction with their job. Strategies for supporting a focus on career growth and job satisfaction are shared. Case scenarios are used to address workplace challenges.