This program has been developed in partnership with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Supported Employment Specialists play a key role in facilitating the full community and workplace inclusion, both socially and economically, of diverse individuals with complex employment considerations. Supported Employment Specialists work in partnership with job seekers and employers to provide individualized supports that value the choice and control of individuals while meeting the real employment needs of employers.
Grounded in best practices, this foundational course will refine students’ understanding of supported employment to benefit both work-seeking individuals and employers or contractors.
This course allows those new to the field of supported employment, as well as seasoned practitioners, to build upon their skills and confidence. Featuring case studies, as well as an open discussion forum, it engages students to develop their critical thinking and action planning abilities.
Upon successful completion, students are provided with a completion certificate, but more importantly, they leave the course with an enhanced understanding of supported employment and best practice techniques.
Course Prerequisites: Students should have some experience within supported employment and/or related helping sectors.
This online course will take place on CASE’s Learning Portal. Registered students will receive log-in instructions by email prior to the course start date. The course design relies on asynchronous discussion forums (i.e., participants post when it’s convenient for them) along with a weekly live pre-scheduled webinar offering additional relevant content.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate supported employment best practices in their work with individual job seekers, employers, and the community
- Effectively bridge the gap between job seekers and employers to maximize success for both parties
- Facilitate discovery of diverse individuals’ strengths, work interests, and ideal considerations for employment
- Connect with employers and community influencers to identify meaningful work opportunities
- Create customized job proposals that clearly highlight benefits to employers and individuals, and terms of the work agreement
- Examine the benefits of, and differences between, types of employment supports
- Support continuous quality improvements through evaluation, monitoring, adaptation, and development
At this time, this course is only available in English.