October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am – October 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Red Lion Hotel
304 SE Nye Ave Cayuse Room Pendleton
OR 97801
Emily Harris


This two day training will focus on helping individuals learn to perform and maintain their employment. Topics will include a basic overview of a job start, including how to prepare for the first day of work and how to conduct a job analysis. We will explore systematic instruction and task analysis, with particular attention to fading support from the first day of work. The training will also include the use of natural supports, as well as important elements of successful long term support.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain an overview of instruction and self determination as these topics relate to the history of supported employment.

2. Obtain a general understanding of job design.

3. Learn to conduct a task analysis.

4. Consider how individual learning styles and teaching methods can be applied in various situations.

5. Obtain a general understanding of systematic instruction.

6. Gain tools to help an individual prepare for their first day on a new job.

7. Develop the ability to identify and implement natural supports at a worksite.

8.  Identify key elements in providing long term supports to help individuals maintain employment.

9. Consider how employment agencies can provide strong training, job start and retention services.

Additional Information:

  • Coffee and snacks will be provided each day.  Lunch will be on your own.
  • In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training, attendees can miss no more than one hour total during this two-day event.
  • CANCELATION POLICY: If you are unable to attend this training, please notify Emily Harris as soon as possible. Please note that attendence lists are sent to the Oregon State Employment First Office on a regular basis in order to track no-shows.
  • If you need any additional accommodations please contact Emily Harris, [email protected]  at  least 3 weeks  prior to the event to allow for adequate scheduling time.
  •  ODDS Employment First Office has requested that if you have previously taken this class, email Emily Harris at  [email protected] before you register; to prioritize space for students who have not taken this course.



Robyn Hoffman, Program Manager  joined WISE in 2015 with 25+ years of comprehensive field experience serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Oregon. She sought out this career path while earning simultaneous BA degrees in Psychology and Sociology/Social Work at George Fox University. While working in a group home for teens with I/DD, she fell in love with the people and the field and never left. Her experience includes residential, vocational, case management, quality assurance, leadership, training, and technical assistance in both the non-profit and public service sectors. Wanting to become an even stronger resource to businesses, in 2013 Robyn added a Masters degree in Business Administration from Marylhurst University.  Her most recent passion is to apply Lean Management techniques to organizational and employment program practices, which focus on value-added and person-centered activities while requirements and regulations are met more naturally, customized to the person, and manageable. 

Michael Stegemeier stumbled into the field of serving individuals living with disabilities more by accident then by design, but found himself immediately enamored with the idea of enriching the lives of those he met. He has spent just over 11 years immersing himself in the art of caring as he climbed the ladder from Direct Support Professional to lead to residential supervisor for Community Services Inc.  Both professionally and personally Michael always strives to  enhance the lives of people around him.  Most recently Michael assumed the role of Community Employment manager and Lead Job Developer, while helping oversee the transformation of CSI’s vocational services from sheltered workshop into a community employment center. He has a background instructing Oregon Intervention Systems as agency instructor, and has gone through the Systematic Instruction Trainer Mentor Pilot Project. Michael has a diverse educational background from beginning college at age 16 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg where he grew up, to University of North Dakota, and most recently Highline College where he began his career in employment, person centered planning, self determination, quality improvement and systems change. Now living in Banks Oregon, he is an avid family man, outdoorsman, gym rat, and sports enthusiast.


Wendy Taliaferro, Program Manager, Trillium. Wendy has been an activist for the civil rights of people who have disabilities for over 28 years in areas such as; employment, person centered planning, self determination, quality improvement and systems change. Wendy has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Organizational Communication. She has been the Program Manager in Clark County since February, 2008.



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