Boots on the Ground Seminar: Creative Collaboration

May 11, 2021


Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice Seminar

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. Register for the Friday workshop that corresponds with this event by visiting to the Wise Calendar (scheduled for Friday of that same week).


Creative Collaboration

Work Opportunities

Please join us on Tuesday, May 11 for our seminar, "Creative Collaboration" with Work Opportunities.

In our current times, we are being called to get more creative both in the ways we provide services and even how we get work done internally. We cannot fulfill our duties without each other! Let us discuss innovative ways to provide supports and accomplish goals by organizing with support networks, community resource networking, integrating new and old communication systems for clients to connect with their teams, and also ways that you can team up in your own organization to boost both your own and your caseload success.

Learning Objectives:
  • Strategies for maximizing involvement with clients and their networks
  • Talking points for collaborating with community and support partners
  • Next steps for boosting your team continuity

Do you require an accommodation, materials in alternate format or have inquiries about accessibility in this event? If so, please reach out to [email protected] no later than 5pm Friday prior to this webinar. Due to the short turnaround of our webinar series we are unable to accommodate same day requests. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.


*Please note: Wise maintains registration and attendance records for our events and training programs. Wise is required to monitor participation in our courses and provide reports to our funding sources so that they may utilize these records in the course of their audits of programs. These reports may include actual time spent by attendee name, event/training title, county and state. Reports are provided to ensure there is documented proof of the appropriate use of government funds for the purposes of professional development. Attendees that participate in our events and/or complete training programs will receive a certificate to document participation as back up for billing purposes.  


Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here. 



Meet the Panel:


                                                                Alicia McCoyAlicia McCoy has been providing employment and community inclusion services for over 10 years with Work Opportunities of Whatcom County, where she is a newly Team Lead. She is also a neurodivergent mixed media artist and musician who lives in Bellingham, WA with her pet mantises. Alicia openly shares her dual perspective as not just an innovative employment professional, but as someone with her own creative accommodations and systems for navigating the community and workforce. She most enjoys helping others build greater self-awareness, self-advocacy, and independence. Alicia is a self-study, who, through her own healing journey, continually brings new ideas and best practices to her team and the field that she has found most effective. Through facing and overcoming obstacles in her own life, Alicia sources insight that allows her to build strong, empathetic, and trusting relationships in her work. Some of her other professional interests include: designing low tech accommodations, goal setting, community accessibility, legislative advocacy, and art therapy.

*Supported employment is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination. Here at Wise, we are committed to standing up for and embracing positive changes in policies and practices to stamp out oppression and discrimination in our institutions and systems. We are focused on our mission of inclusion and equitable employment for people with disabilities. With this in mind, we ask that all participants extend respect, humility and grace during our events. We strive to create a learning platform where we all leave with new ways of thinking, doing and moving supported employment forward.

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