Boots on the Ground Seminar: Mock Interviewing with Vadis

February 9, 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).


Mock Interviewing

with Vadis

Please join us on Tuesday, February 9th for our seminar, “Mock Interviewing” with Vadis

Interviews can make everyone nervous, especially our clients who do not interview regularly. Mock Interviewing is a tool that will allow employment support staff to build their clients’ confidence and help them know how to best support their client in an interview. Vadis will provide tools to make mock interviewing systematic and straightforward.

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • Learn how to set up and conduct Mock Interviews for job seekers.
  • Learn how to provide feedback/coach following a Mock Interview.
  • Discover short term and long-term benefits of regular mock interview practice.
  • Access Mock Interviewing as a job development tool

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:

Katie Rivers, Program Manager

Katie graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in English and Special Education Studies. She started her career in supported employment as a WISE work study job coach while attending Seattle Pacific University and has been committed to supported employment ever since. Katie was hired by Vadis in 2015 and now manages the North King County Program and Seattle Children’s Project SEARCH.

Angela Arriaga, Employment Consultant

Angela worked for Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Disability Case Manager. She assisted disabled veterans in obtaining employment and did a lot of work with the homeless population of Pierce County. She then worked with the Fair Housing Center of Washington doing intake and advocacy. Angela started at Vadis in 2019.  Her goal is to get her bachelor’s in social work and continuing to advocate for people in need.


*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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