Wise Webinar a Day Series:
Systematic Instruction: Training and Mentoring to Improve Employment Outcomes with Teri Johnson, Aimee Nelson, Ashton Steel, Amy Fiddes, and Heather Evans
Competence in addressing skill acquisition, independence, safety and productivity in meeting employer standards is recognized as a foundation skill for employment support professionals. Yet for numerous reasons many organizations, large and small, struggle to provide access to formal training in how to teach and support in a timely manner.
In response to this need the Washington State Developmental Disability Administration, in collaboration with the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment launched the Trainer Mentoring Pilot Project (TMPP) focused on Systematic Instruction (SI) and Natural Supports, designed to develop expertise within the provider organization to achieve the following outcomes:
• Build organization capacity to develop Employment Professionals within the participant trainers organization
• Build local capacity to deliver training in Systematic Instruction to a variety of audiences
This session will provide an overview of format, curriculum, participant criteria, and expectations for successful completion. We will share outcomes from 2018 and 2019 cohorts and what we’ve learned along the way. In addition, several cohort participants will share their perspective having successfully completed the mentoring program.
Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):
- Participants will consider the value of building internal capacity to provide training and support in SI, an essential skill for employment professionals
- Participants will explore the benefits of a mentoring approach in developing subject matter mastery within an organization
- Participants will benefit from lessons learned in completion of two mentoring cohorts
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Aimee Nelson, Program Manager, Trillium Employment Services
Aimee has been working with people with disabilities throughout her career and specifically focused on Supported Employment since joining Trillium in 1998. She believes that everyone can work if we can figure out how to teach them. She specializes in School-To-Work programs, ensuring students with developmental disabilities graduate job-ready and employed. Aimee also trains in Systematic Instruction and provides consultation to other employment organizations throughout Washington State. She is the lead instructor for the fall quarter of Washington State’s Employment Professional Certificate program at Highline College. As a certified Right Response Instructor Aimee offers this training internally and externally to employment organizations. Additionally, she has a degree in Psychology and a minor in Human and Family Development.
Ashton Steele, Senior Employment Consultant, Trillium Employment Services
Ashton has been working with Trillium Employment Services since April of 2016. She has a passion for working with individuals who experience unique barriers within their employment path, as well as accessing the community, and strives to find creative ways to help people meet their goals more quickly. Ashton works internally at Trillium, providing peer to peer consultation and training in Systematic Instruction, Coaching Effectiveness and Positive Behavior Supports. She holds a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University and the Employment Professional Certification from Highline Community College.
Amy Fiddes, Employment Services Coordinator, Enso
Amy Fiddes has twenty years of teaching experience throughout various communities. Since 2016 Amy has worked as a Service Coordinator with ENSO. During her time with ENSO, she has had the privilege of becoming a Person Centered Plan Facilitator as well as facilitating many best practice trainings for direct service. ENSO is assists customers to value and inspire all voices and dreams that enrich lives and communities. Amy’s passion for discovery has allowed her the opportunity to support individuals beginning their journey toward a first job as well as those who have maintained long term employment. She continues to support individuals and teams realize their potential and maintain best practices.
Heather Evans, Program Manager, Morningside
Heather Evans has collaborated with employers, people who experience disabilities, families, and community members for over 15 years in the field of Supported Employment. She started working with adults who have disabilities in community settings for the Puget Sound Educational District, was an Employment Consultant for the Employment Security Department, spent 10 years at Highline College with the ACHIEVE program and in 2015 joined Morningside as Pierce County Senior Program Manager. She works closely with people who have disabilities and the business community in proving that all humans have intrinsic value, all humans can contribute to their community, and all humans can work when given the right supports. Heather a proud Gritty City Resident (that is Tacoma for the uninitiated), an avid outdoor girl, backpacking, fishing, and writing mostly terrible- but sometimes stunning- poetry.