Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice

In collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration, Wise is pleased to announce the Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice! Comprised of two sessions per week, this Community of Practice will offer hands on examples and opportunities to see innovative direct service from employment providers across the State of Washington. Tuesday seminars will occur each week from 9:30 to 11:30am PST, and Friday workshops will provide follow up conversation and activities based on the Tuesday content from 9:30 to 10:30am PST. These events are open to all and free of charge.

*Attending the Tuesday seminar is not required in order to participate in Friday’s workshop, although you are encouraged to do so. Recordings of Tuesday’s events will be made available the following Wednesday to those who could not attend.

For direct service providers who want to follow along and collaborate with one another outside the Boots series, please register here for the interactive Boots Shop platform!

Additionally, the Tuesday seminar recordings will be made available in the Wise Training Center!


Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday 4/13 & Friday 4/16

Job development: Transitioning from pandemic to an opening world

Join Ali Hawkinson and Nate Stephens of Work Opportunities for a discussion on building skills to help new and seasoned job developers alike jump back into development with both feet.  Learn techniques to approach current employers, prospects and personal contacts in a relevant and courteous way, meeting community stakeholders where they’re at in the process of recovering from the year long pandemic.  The future is within reach and it’s time to go get it!

Work Opportunities

Ali & Nate BOOTS Seminar 

Tuesday 4/20 & Friday 4/23

Understanding the Purpose of a Benefits Planner

Please join ENSO to talk with a certified benefits planner. We will be sharing horror stories around what happens without a benefits planner as well as providing some positive and negative outcomes. We will also be discussing the basics of benefits planning, how you can find a benefit planner, as well as major changes that occur every year with focus on Covid19 changes. 


Tuesday 4/27 & Friday 4/30

Discovery – Digging Deeper for Success

Digging deeper with Discovery allows employment professionals to create the most successful placements. In this course you will learn alternative communication styles that allow you to  uncover your clients’ preferences and  personality. You will learn how create assessments that help you to  to gain the best understanding of the individuals you serve.


Interested in learning more?

For more information, please reach out to [email protected] or fill out our contact form.

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