July 23, 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 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.
Supported Employment Retention: A New Look at Natural Supports
Please join us on Tuesday, July 20 for our workshop, "Supported Employment Retention: A New Look at Natural Supports" with Compass Career Solutions.
True inclusivity is involvement with all aspects of the work experience, not just showing up for a job. Too often in supported employment we work to find someone a job, but then neglect the work of helping the employee retain and flourish within their job. One key to job retention is employee engagement. This presentation will offer ways for an Employment Consultant to help the supported employee navigate their way through engaging with other employees and being part of the work culture and environment.
- · Participants will understand the connection between employee engagement and employment retention in supported employment
- Participants will discover ideas for employee engagement in a supported employment setting
- Time management basics
- Calendar/note options electronic to paper
- Maximize your participant hours by efficiently planning your time
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:
Brandy Schutz, Executive Director
|Brandy is an established leader with nearly 20 years of experience in connection to employment for people with disabilities. She has been with Compass for the past year and oversees all employment and housing operations for Washington and Oregon. Brandy’s drive and motivation is found in inspiring others to find their personal motivation and then to help them to achieve their goals. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator in a multitude of Supported Employment and Leadership Development topics and with a background in both on-the-ground direct service and leadership development, she offers a unique perspective and skillset.|
Doug Rowe, Training & QI Manager
Doug started in this field 17 years ago as a protective payee and then began working in Community Inclusion and Individualized Employment. For the past 15 years, Doug has been doing work with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Disabilities Administration, School to Work, and Foundational Community Supports. Doug has been with Compass for 5 years and is a Certified Community Protection Trainer and received a National Certificate in Employment Services from the Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation. He loves helping those we serve grow in their responsibilities at their places of business. Over the years, Doug has enjoyed working with a wide range of individuals and has had many experiences working with folks on the Autism spectrum as well those in the Community Protection program.
Cathryn Maland, Program Director
Bringing joy, value, and quality to people from all walks of life are some of Cathryn’s greatest passions. She enjoys helping people envision a meaningful life along with developing new program strategies and techniques that keep services flourishing. For over 22 years, Cathryn has been serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. Before coming to Compass in 2015, Cathryn was contracted for 17 years with the Developmental Disability Administration as an Independent Care Provider and also worked in various local Special Education Classrooms. She has a vast history of volunteering with local programs such as writing and directing music productions, reading stories and singing songs in local Special Education classes, and countless homeless outreach efforts. Cathryn is also a trained Person Centered Planning Facilitator and jumps in to provide a plan as much as possible.
*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.