Full course description
Our course emphasizes the critical role case managers play in ensuring opportunities to experience competitive integrated employment. Using content derived from time with case managers across the country, the modules described below organize the micro-lessons focused on problem-based learning. This unique approach allows learners to face common challenges, focus on essential components, and practice the knowledge they are gaining through interactive exercises. The format allows for completion of small chunks at a time, or the entire course in one sitting as schedules permit, as determined by the individual learner. Our sincere hope is that the course provides content needed to perform essential duties with more confidence.
Estimated time to complete the course is 5-6 hours, including quizzes and post-survey.
Module 1: Employment Foundations
A Vision for Employment connects the importance of having a positive vision for the future to the desire to work.
High Expectations takes a historical look at the foundations of supported employment and events which led to the rise of Employment First.
National Perspective identifies legislation and regulations with the greatest influence on expanding employment opportunity and how these regulations impact the role of case managers.
What we Mean by Employment defines the various types of paid employment, and how and why to differentiate competitive integrated employment from other types of paid work.
Supporting Families reviews strategies to help support families to succeed and brainstorm actions after sharing concerns about work.
Module 2: Employment Pathways
Informed Choice identifies the core principles of informed choice and suggested steps to achieve success during decision-making.
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.
Guided Conversations shares best practices for engaging individuals in meaningful conversations along their pathway toward competitive integrated employment.
Shifting the Focus to Employment examines how to discuss employment with individuals who are not working.
Addressing Concerns About Work focuses on engaging an individual to overcome fears and worries preventing them from pursuing employment.
Supporting Career Success explains how to assess job satisfaction and career growth with scenarios to address workplace challenges.
Module 3: The Employment Process
Getting to Know the Job Seeker connects what is learned about someone’s goals to narrowing a job search and achieving a good job match.
Meet Tyler provides step by step guidance on actions a case manager took to encourage Tyler to advocate for a better outcome.
Job Support Planning describes how anticipating potential issues and solutions may jump start and streamline the entire process.
Getting to the Job Offer describes how finding specific tasks can lead to customized jobs that meet both the needs of the job seeker and the business.
Retaining Employment illustrates the importance of fading and long term follow along services if needed.
Module 4: Collaborating with Vocational Rehabilitation
Partners in the Employment Process describes the role of vocational rehabilitation in anemployment pathway and strategies for seamless supports between systems.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Process: Application and Eligibility describes the VR application and eligibility process, and when Medicaid waiver funds can be used for employment services.
Long Term Supports focuses on planning early for the move from VR funded job placement to IDD funded long term supports as needed.
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