May 7, 2021
Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice Workshop
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 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.
Please join us on Friday, May 7 for our workshop, "Job Saves" with Vadis
Often as employment consultants, we experience the potential of a client losing their job. It is important to advocate for our clients in these situations while being solution-oriented to assist them with getting back on track and retaining their positions. In this training, we will give you tools and suggestions on how to minimize job losses for your clients through proactive problem solving, identifying verbal and nonverbal signs from an employer, gathering information, and having clear and productive communication with employers. Our goal is for you to have solutions and strategies to solve any concerns of an employer before they result in a job loss for your client.
- Employment consultants will be able to identify when an employer is considering letting a client go from the job.
- Employment consultants will be more comfortable engaging in proactive and solution-oriented conversations with job-site supervisors.
- Employment consultants will learn new tools and strategies that can be implemented to save the job.
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:
TJ ProthoTJ Protho is a Program Manager at Vadis in the King County area. Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, TJ packed up his car at the beginning of 2014 and headed to the Pacific Northwest. Within months of being in a new city, TJ discovered not only Vadis but the world of supported employment. With his B.A. in Psychology and background in addiction counseling, TJ was able to use his motivational interviewing skills to help his clients reach for success. As the years went on, TJ expanded from Individual Employment to oversee programs in Community Inclusion and School to Work in King County. In recent years, TJ implemented an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee at Vadis where he can lend his strong voice and desire to see change to better supporting staff and clients of Vadis.
Ann Jensen is a Lead Employment Consultant at Vadis in King County. Growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Ann had experience at a young age with people with disabilities. Her mother, a special education teacher, would often bring Ann to school with her in the summers to be an assistant. Her father, a sculptor, helped her see the world through artist-eyes, that everything is beautiful in its own, unique way. She attended WSU for her double major in Education and Special education and her 5th year at SPU for Learning Styles. Ann was lucky to have spent 2 years living in France where she traveled, and taught English in exchange for French cooking lessons! Ann worked as a teacher for 25+ years in special education settings for students ages 5-21 who had behavioral, social, emotional and/or academic needs. She received a Master’s in Educational Technology from AIU. After substituting for a year Ann found Vadis. After almost seven years, many clients, and job-finds for Independent Employment Services later, she continues to find joy in her work. Being on the School-to-Work Team, and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Ann lends her talents and skills to the myriad of good that Vadis does..