The Department of Developmental Services, in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion / UMass Boston presents:

Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals

Current Trainings:

When looking for a new job, most of us “do the math.”  We consider what we need (food, housing, healthcare) and what we want (a gym membership, a car, a vacation). Then we evaluate whether a particular job will help us achieve our goals.  So why do our conversations about employment for people with disabilities start with protecting Social Security benefits? 

Benefits can be a lifeline, but continuous reliance on them can limit people to a life in poverty. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can reframe the conversion and help people you support and their families to consider their options in a new way.

When: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 9:30-11:00AM ET
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Presenters:

Rick Kugler
Training Associate
Institute for Community Inclusion

Cindy Thomas
Associate Director
Institute for Community Inclusion

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Once you register, you'll receive an automated email confirming your registration. Reminders will be sent closer to the event date with the webinar URL link.

This 2-day training on public benefits is being offered free of charge for DDS staff and providers. It is funded by the MA Department of developmental Services.

Training Description:

This training focuses on how earnings from work affects SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits such as subsidized housing and food stamps. This training also includes an extensive review of the work incentives associated with each benefit and how they can be leveraged to assist individuals with disabilities to transition into employment or increase earnings without jeopardizing benefits. This training is geared toward employment professionals, case managers and rehabilitation counselors; Participants are expected to attend both days of training. Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Verify and differentiate the various disability benefits
  • Inform clients of the rules to report work income
  • Explain how earnings will impact cash, healthcare and other benefits
  • Describe how SSA work incentives can help working beneficiaries
  • Direct clients to resources to address employment and benefit needs

This training has been approved for 10.5 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) CE Hours!

Contact Berenise Reyes-Albino at 617-287-4314 or Berenise.albino@umb.edu with questions

May 2, 3

Eventbrite - The Nuts & Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits

June 6, 7

Eventbrite - The Nuts & Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits

This is a two-day training and participants are expected to attend both days.

March 15 8:30-4
March 16 8:30-12:30

UMass Medical School
333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Register for March
Register now as space is limited!

Coffee and morning beverages will be available each morning at 8:00. The training will begin promptly at 8:30. Participants are responsible for their own lunch and any afternoon refreshments. There is a full cafeteria on the lower level of the building.

2018 TRAINING FOR MASSACHUSETTS EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS

As DDS continues the implementation of its Employment First policy, ICI is offering a menu of training options. Our new format lets you select just those sessions that meet your needs, while also offering an option for ACRE Certification. And we’re offering sessions through December 2018, so you can plan ahead.

March 1, 2018–December 31, 2018
Cost $20

This course begins with an overview of community employment (past and present), including current social, political, and economic changes that are leading to expansion of opportunities for individuals with disabilities, both in MA and nationally.

The focus then turns to collaboration with stakeholders who may influence and support the employment process. Topics here will include building relationships and trust, keeping people engaged in helping, and communicating effectively.

Foundations of Community Employment is a prerequisite for all courses except Earnings and Benefit: Using Social Security Incentives.

April 10, July 17, or November 6, 2018
Best Western Royal Plaza, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA
Cost $20

This workshop focuses on strategies to assess a job seeker’s employment goals, abilities, interests, and capacities. Participants will learn how to coordinate and implement person-centered planning, identify personal and family networks, develop vocational profiles and schedules, and evaluate situational assessments.

We will also discuss how to use Discovery to engage the job seeker in identifying their vocational goals and maximizing the information you learn about them.

April 10, 2018

Eventbrite - Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

July 17, 2018

Eventbrite - Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

November 6, 2018

Eventbrite - Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

May 8 & 9, September 11 & 12, or December 4 & 5, 2018
Best Western Royal Plaza, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA
Cost $40

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This 2-day workshop focuses on understanding employer needs and developing quality job matches.

Topics include employer networking, marketing to employers and responding to objections, identifying unmet business needs, dealing with disclosure, and job carving and creation.

May 8 & 9

Eventbrite - Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

September 11 & 12

Eventbrite - Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

December 4 & 5

Eventbrite - Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

June 12 & 13 or October 16 & 17, 2018
Best Western Royal Plaza, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA or Online August 1–31, 2018
Cost $40

This workshop focuses on job training and support strategies. Topics include the role of the job coach, natural supports and social inclusion, systematic instruction basics, maintenance and fading, and behavioral support strategies.

June 12 & 13

Eventbrite - Job Coaching And Support Strategies (2 days)

October 16 & 17

Eventbrite - Job Coaching And Support Strategies (2 days)

Online August 1-31

Eventbrite - Job Coaching and Support Strategies (Online)

July 1–31, 2018 or November 1–30, 2018
Cost $20

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training provides an overview of how earnings impact Social Security benefits.

Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA work incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers and families, and resources to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Online July 1-31

Eventbrite - Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives (July, 2018)

Online November 1-30

Eventbrite - Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives (November, 2018)

For in-person events:

Time: 9am–4pm, with registration and networking starting at 8:30am.
Continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be on your own.

There is a registration limit of 2 staff per agency for each of the in-person trainings. Additional agency staff can call Berenise Reyes-Albino at 617-287-4314 to be placed on a waitlist.

Certification:

Both the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) and APSE offer certification for employment professionals.

ICI is an approved ACRE training provider. Participants can earn a Basic ACRE Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services if they attend all 6 days of training detailed above, complete additional required fieldwork, and take additional training regarding Social Security Work Incentives.

Anyone interested in this certificate should download and complete the ACRE Participation Agreement Form and fax it to Lara Enein-Donovan at 617-287-4352, or email a scanned copy to lara.eneindonovan@umb.edu.

After you submit your signed agreement, we will email you further information about the fieldwork assignments.

In addition, APSE has established the Employment Support Professional Certification Council to oversee the first national certification program for employment support professionals. To earn the designation of Certified Employment Support Professional, one must pass a national exam. For more information, go to http://www.apse.org/certification/.

General Information

Payment

All payments must be made prior to the start of the training. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Make checks payable to UMass Boston/ICI. All payments are final. If an individual is unable to attend, an alternative trainee may be substituted with three-day notification.

Registration

For in-person trainings, there is a registration limit of 2 staff per agency. Additional agency staff can call Berenise Reyes-Albino at 617-287-4314 to be placed on a wait list in case sessions do not reach capacity.

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are strongly encouraged to register online, even if their payment needs to be mailed.

Online workshops

Online workshops will be available around the clock (24/7) during the time that they are scheduled to run. Participation is self-paced and flexible. Included are a variety of formats: readings, presentations, discussion forums, videos, professional development activities, and assignments. An instructor will be available on a regular basis throughout the course to answer questions and give feedback. Registrants will receive login information about 1 week prior to the start date.

Webinar registrants will receive an automated email confirming registration. Reminders will be sent closer to the event date with the webinar URL link and log in instructions.

CEU's

Letters of Attendance will be provided upon request.

Weather Cancellations

In the event of bad weather, a cancellation decision will be made by 6:00 a.m. on the day of the training event, and a recorded message will be left at 617-287-4390 (only if the event is cancelled). CRC Credits will be available for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors who attend training events. Letters of Attendance will also be provided upon request.

Accommodations

All requests for disability related accommodations should be submitted 3 weeks prior to the start of the training.

Requests for accommodations may be made online as part of the registration process.

Contact for questions:
Berenise Reyes-Albino
berenise.albino@umb.edu
617-287-4314


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This training is presented by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.