Date: Feb. 28, 2018
To: Employment specialists, job developers, job coaches and people who would like to increase their knowledge and skills to provide supported employment services
From: DHS Disability Services Division
Purpose: To announce free online training courses for employment services providers
Effective: Immediately. Space is limited. Apply as soon as possible
Is staff turnover and training a challenge for your agency? Are you wondering how to prepare your staff for future system changes? The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Moving Home Minnesota initiative is offering free training to qualified providers.
This web-based training will give providers the basics of delivering high-quality employment services to people with disabilities. DHS intends this training for:
• Employment specialists
• Job developers
• Job coaches
• People who would like to increase their knowledge and skills to provide supported employment services
1. The College of Employment Services (CES): offered free to the first 50 qualified applicants. The online classes, provided by DirectCourse, include 43 lessons designed to help you support people with disabilities as they find jobs and encounter challenges.
2. The College of Employment Services Plus (CES Plus): available to the first 25 learners to complete all 43 CES lessons. Staff from the University of Massachusetts Boston oversee the field work, webinars and online discussions. The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) approves the curriculum. ACRE awards a Basic National Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services to trainees who successfully complete all courses, webinars and fieldwork assignments.
CES Plus training will begin April 30. The complete mix of online courses, webinars and field assignments requires approximately 50 to 60 hours to finish. Courses include:
• Benefits planning
• Engaging employers
• Strategies for job development
Fill out the online form and submit it electronically to Moving Home Minnesota.
• Applicants must be employed by a qualified provider agency, with a current license for supported employment services under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 245D. This licensure is a requirement for funding SES using the waiver benefit.
• Applicants must actively work with job seekers.
• Applicants must be able to complete the field assignments.
• If selected, applicants must provide supported employment services to MHM participants.
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