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Current Trainings

January 28, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Building Bridges from CBDS to Employment

Join us for this one-day training, to learn how you can begin to build strong and effective bridges from CBDS to competitive integrated employment. Our presenter, Genni Sasnett will share strategies for CBDS program design that maximum opportunities for participants to explore interests and learn new skills.

Cost: $20

In-Person

Devens Common Center
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434

January 30, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Building Bridges from CBDS to Employment

Join us for this one-day training, to learn how you can begin to build strong and effective bridges from CBDS to competitive integrated employment. Our presenter, Genni Sasnett will share strategies for CBDS program design that maximum opportunities for participants to explore interests and learn new skills.

Cost: $20

In-Person

Holiday Inn Foxboro Mansfield
31 Hampshire Street
Mansfield, MA 02048

February 1-29, 2020
Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives

This self-paced online training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on 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, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Cost: $20

Online
March 1-31, 2020
Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (March 2020)

This workshop will focus on strategies used to assess the 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 schedule 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.

Cost: $20

Online

April 7 & 8, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Building Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This two-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. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

May 19 & 20, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Coaching And Support Strategies (2 days)

This two-day 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. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

June 2, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

This workshop will focus on strategies used to assess the 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 schedule 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.

Cost: $20

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

July 21 & 22, 2020
8:30-4:00 (EDT)

Job Development and Business Engagement (2 Days)

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals. This two-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. Individuals registering for this training should plan to attend both days.

Cost: $40

In-Person

Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

Ongoing
Foundations of Community Employment

This course begins with an overview of community employment, including current social, political, and economic changes that are leading to expansion of opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

If you are working towards your ACRE Certificate or would prefer to have more time to review this content, register for this online course instead of the webinar.

Cost: $20

Online

General Information

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/.

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.

CRC's and CEU's

CRC Credits will be available for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors who attend training events. Letters of Attendance will also 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).

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.