Did you recently obtain your ACRE Certificate?
If you received your ACRE Certificate through a different organization then MaineWorkingTogether or College of Employment Service/ICI please email me a copy of the certificate and we will add you to our Registry List.
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Do you need Professional Educator Credits or Employment Specialist hours? Access and watch any of the recorded webinars. For each webinar you watch, you can receive a letter of completion documenting one hour of professional development earned. Register and access the recordings on our Canvas online learning system.
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The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston (ICI) coordinates the implementation of Maine's Employment Services Workforce Development System (EWDS).
The ICI will work with the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) at the University of Maine to support efforts to develop a strong employment workforce in the state of Maine. The Maine Working Together project will provide training, resources, and assistance to Maine employment services providers, individuals with disabilities, family members, and other collaborating team members to ensure that individualized community employment is available to everyone.
Employment First Maine Part 1
Learn about Employment First, and why it is important to Maine
Are you interested in supporting individuals with disabilities to reach their employment goals?
Watch these videos to learn about various jobs in the field of employment services (select “direct support professional” in the search option).
Upcoming Trainings & Events
University of Maine Farmington ACRE Employment Specialist Training
Students take 2 college courses, REH 270- Fundamentals of Vocational Counseling and Placement and REH 271 - Applied Techniques of the Vocational Process.
- Classes are online asynchronous.
- The curriculum is ACRE certified and the completion of the course results in the student being enrolled on the national registry for the Basic Employment Specialist Certificate.
- Grant money is available to pay for one of the two classes.
- The courses are being offered January 16th through May 5th. and Summer of 2024.
- This opportunity is part of a grant and the grant pays for one of the two classes.
Once a student has filled out the "intent to participate" through Educational Outreach, they can apply for the grant funds for one of the two required classes. The application is here:
Once the student is enrolled, has applied for funds, and has participated in the course through the add/drop period they will receive the funds for one of the ES courses on their account.
Transition Resource Fairs
varies high schools
Maine Parent Federation will be hosting two Transition Resource Fairs this Spring. Dates and Locations:
Wednesday, March 6 at Kennebunk High School, Exhibits Open 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday, April 4th at Scarborough High School, Exhibits Open 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday, April 9 at Winthrop High School, Exhibits Open 12:00pm - 2:00pm
If your agency would like to have a display table, please email email@example.com to get more information and register. Tables and chairs will be provided.
The target audience is youth with disabilities and/or special health care needs, (grades 7 to 12), families, educators, and providers. Food will not be provided during this event, so please plan accordingly.
If you have any questions, please call Anne Bourque at (800) 870-7746 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you at both locations!
Best Practices in Employment Services:What’s New, What’s Updated, and What’s Old News
Are you using best practices when providing employment services to individuals with disabilities? Are you sharing up-to-date information about services to individuals you case manage, their families, and other team members? Do you want to know more about proven strategies and practices in your new job?
Join us for this training to learn about all the latest advances in supporting individuals to identify their career goals, negotiate and create job opportunities, and provide inclusive and individualized job supports.
This process should be about, with, and for the individual. We will also discuss how to incorporate self-determination, informed choice, and dignity of risk into all aspects of your service delivery.
This training is appropriate for educators who support individuals in exploring and trying new jobs, staff who provide employment services, and case managers. Attendees will earn 3 professional development hours.
ACRE Employment Specialist Training
Zoom and in-person
Do you work with people with disabilities on career exploration, career planning, job development, and/or job coaching?
Would you like to become a Maine Certified Employment Specialist?
You can become a Maine Certified Employment Specialist and get the ACRE National Certificate in Employment Services at the same time with our ACRE Employment Specialist Certificate Training. This training is free. The ACRE Certificate documents 40 hours of professional development!
Register today to hold your spot. Select ACRE training on the form
ACRE Employment Specialist Certificate Training
This training includes a combination of in-person and virtual training sessions. To get your certificate, you must attend all the following sessions, complete the social security online course, and complete the required fieldwork assignments.
Zoom Virtual Live Sessions:
Wednesday, April 3, 9am–12pm
Thursday, April 4, 9am–12pm
Wednesday, April 10, 9am–12pm
Thursday, April 11, 9am–12pm
In-person Sessions at the University of Maine, Augusta:
Wednesday, May 1, 9am–4pm
Thursday, May 2, 9am–4pm
Wednesday, May 8, 9am–4pm
Thursday, May 9, 9am–4pm
Free Online Training Course: Family Engagement and Employment Success
Canvas online platform
People with disabilities often have highly involved families and caregivers in their lives. This free online course will address ways to include families in the employment development process while continuing to maintain a focus on self-determination and person-centered planning.
The Family Engagement and Employment Success course will be available 24/7 during the month of April so you can log on at your convenience and complete the work. The course has 2 hours’ worth of content. You will receive a letter of completion when you finish the course. You can use this letter for educator professional credits and employment staff professional development hours. Questions about this course should be sent to email@example.com
This course is for educators, employment specialists, career planners, and job coaches who assist people with disabilities to find and maintain jobs in the community.
Case Manager Training: Supporting Individuals and Youth With Disabilities on a Pathway to Employment
Canvas online platform
Our online course is for case managers and care coordinators supporting adults with disabilities and transition age youth on a path to employment.
Our course offers strategies to:
❖ enhance your career path
❖ increase your capacity to support individuals on an employment journey
MAINE’S VISION FOR EMPLOYMENT
This course fits your busy schedule.
❖ Complete the course anywhere with internet access at your desk or on the go with a mobile device.
❖ Finish the whole course at once or in smaller pieces. Save your work and pick up where you left off using the course navigation.
This course is interactive and immersive.
❖ Take your time to reflect and analyze problems before answering the questions.
❖ Explore real-life scenarios, case studies, and stories and check your knowledge with quizzes.
❖ Download additional resources to continue studying over time.
COURSE CONTENT (approximate time for completion: 5-6 hours)
Our course emphasizes the critical role case managers play in ensuring opportunities to experience competitive integrated employment.
Module 1: Employment Foundations A positive vision for the future influences our desire to work. Learn about expectations, national perspectives, various types of paid employment, strategies for supporting families, and more.
Module 2: Employment Pathways Informed choice is key to successful decision making. Learn about dignity of risk, individual voice, guided conversations around integrated employment, job satisfaction, and more.
Module 3: The Employment Process Get to know the job seeker to help them find a good job match. Learn from self-advocates about advocacy, how to plan for job supports, customized jobs, employee retention, and more.
Module 4: Collaborating with Vocational Rehabilitation Partnering with VR is mutually beneficial. Learn about defining employment pathways, VR application and eligibility processes, long term supports after job placement, and more.
The Art of Disclosure: Being Planful, Thoughtful, & Purposeful
Sometimes, people with disabilities need to decide if they will share information about their disability to an employer or prospective employer. Disclosing personal information at work or during a job search is nuanced and should be done with caution. However, sharing information about disability can help the employer understand how an employee or job seeker might do certain job tasks. Disclosing disability information might also help employers understand potential accommodations.
Join us for this webinar to explore best practices around disclosure. Learn about disclosure-related issues to consider when supporting a job seeker to find a job that works for them. Questions about this webinar should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
This webinar is for professionals providing employment support for people with disabilities, including employment specialists, job coaches, counselors, and/or transition staff. Earn 1 hour of professional development for attending.
The IEP Process: Engaging with Partner Agencies
We are pleased to partner with the Maine Office of Special Services and Inclusion Education to bring you this webinar. Becky Okolita, OADS Transition Specialist will be presenting at this event.
Join us to learn how Interagency collaboration improves post-secondary outcomes and prepares students to access to post-secondary opportunities, resources, and services. Earn 1 hour of professional development credits.
Financial Literacy: Invest in ME Reads Financial Wellness Program
We are pleased to partner with the Maine Office of Special Services and Inclusive Education to bring you this webinar. Mary Dryer from the Financial Authority of Maine (FAME) will be presenting at this event.
Invest in ME Reads is a financial wellness program designed to educational goals and teach financial skills. During this webinar, you’ll receive an overview of FAME’s Invest in ME Reads program, including program goals. Additionally, we will review the Claim Your Future (CYF) – financial education and career exploration program supported by high-quality, engaging lesson plans for online learning.
CYF is designed to empower middle and high school students to explore the return on investment of various career pathways and financial decisions.
Fading Supports in the Workplace
Critical to the success of individuals with disabilities in employment is successful fading and maximizing the use of natural supports. This FREE training will include why fading and natural supports are important for people with disabilities, programs that support them, and businesses that hire them. You will learn how to identify and use natural supports at the jobsite, when and how to implement systematic instruction and task analysis, and how to build the independence and confidence of the individual in the workplace. The training is appropriate for anyone providing support services to individuals and students with disabilities. Earn 6 hours of professional development time.
Do you want to be a Maine Certified Support Professional? This training also counts as part 2 of the: JOB COACH Credential Program. Click here to learn more https://www.maineworkingtogether.org/certification/
When registering: Select "Fading Supports" on the form
Registration deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024
Accommodation request deadline: Must be received by Monday, April 29, 2024
APSE National Conference 2024
Charlotte, North Carolina
APSE's national conference will be in North Carolina in 2024. The theme is Navigating Tomorrow Together. They are accepting presentation proposals until Feb 16, 2024. Early bird registration closes on 3/31/24. For more details and information to register go the registration link.
Supporting Individuals with Autism in the Workplace
Individuals with autism bring valuable and unique assets to the workplace, yet supporting the specific and often complex needs of clients with autism can be challenging for employers. How can employment professionals and educators support the sensory, communication, social, and mental health needs of autistic job seekers while engaging their strengths in the workplace? How can practitioners ensure that job placements are well-matched to mutually benefit the preferences and needs of job seekers and employers?
This in-depth training will include discussion of common characteristics of autism and their potential impact on employment, strategies to facilitate independence, self-management, and self-advocacy throughout the employment process, examples of practical workplace accommodations, and much more. Questions about this training should be directed to Kelly.Wanzer@umb.edu.
This training is appropriate for employment professionals and educators assisting people with autism on their employment journey and provides three hours of professional development.