Practice Improvement Institute

Expanding on our work, over the course of the next year the NCISI will host a series of webinars and events on key topics related to full community inclusion for people with developmental/intellectual disabilities.  

Some of the webinar topics to be presented include:

  • Person-Centered Thinking Through an Evidence-Based Lens
  • Person-Centered Planning — The “How Tos”
  • Driving an Organizational Culture of Person-Centered Practice
  • Innovation in Youth Transition Practices: Preparing for Employment and College success
  • Looking at Our Values and Beliefs About Those We Serve
  • The Emerging Face of Family Advocacy
  • Business Development: Smart Strategies to Engage Businesses As Partners
  • Rapid Job Placement: Moving Quickly from Job Identification to Job Placement
  • Career Ladders: A Job is Just the Beginning
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Upcoming Trainings

Business Branding: Strategic Marketing Is The Key to Success
Mon, 01/27/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Many people have misconceptions about what branding can do for a business. The business market, regardless of the industry , is satutrated and competitive. In order to compete, a business must be able to set itself apart from others in delivering its product or service. Training participants will learn strategies on how to promote any business through brand...
Job Development & Retention: Nuts & Bolts
Wed, 01/29/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Job Development and Retention: Nuts and Bolts will expose learners to developing skills that identify business development principles as a long term employer relationship strategy. Training participants will engage in activities that will increase their ability to discover networking opportunities and other resources for job leads, understand the difference between job development and job placement, job creation, job...
Presenting Yourself: The Power of Networking with A Plan
Mon, 02/03/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Networking has long been recognized as a powerful tool for business people and professionals. Knowing more people gives you greater access, facilitates the sharing of information and makes it easier to influence others for the simple reason that influencing people you know is easier than influencing strangers. Networking is about sharing, not taking! This training will operationalize the...
Communicating & Documentation with Clarity
Tue, 02/04/2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Communicating and Documenting with Clarity will provide training participants with guidance and instruction on appropriate ways to convey information, document events and write case notes without bias. Learners will explore the three components of neutral communication which include neutral thinking, neutral language and neutral writing as well as, explore I vs. You statements  and their impact on effective communication....
Job Coach Training-February
Wed, 02/05/2020 - 9:00am to Wed, 02/19/2020 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The Job Coach Training is based on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) competencies. These are evidence based competencies that every Job Coach should possess in order to perform quality supported employment services to individuals with barriers to employment. This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches the fundamentals of job coaching individuals with...
Disability Diversity & Employment: Steps to Success in Creating Inclusive Workplaces
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
People with disabilities account for over 5.5% of those employed nationwide. While the precise percentage varies among sectors, individuals with disabilities represent an important segment of every organization's diverse workforce. As with any diverse group, workplace inclusion goes beyond simply employing individuals to create an environment where every employee is valued. Organizational structures, values, policies and day-to-day practices...
Community Resource Mapping: A Tool for Identifying and Aligning Community Resources for Youth and Their Families
Mon, 02/24/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Community Resource Mapping, also known as Asset Mapping, is not a new strategy or process. It has been around for many years in various forms. It is a process of identifying what is available in your community and developing strategies to access the existing resources, relationships, opportunities, businesses and skill sets to benefit the needs of everyone. This training...
Community Resource Mapping: A Tool for Identifying and Aligning Community Resources for Youth and Families
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Community Resource Mapping, also known as Asset Mapping, is not a new strategy or process. It has been around for many years in various forms. It is a process of identifying what is available in a community and developing strategies to access the existing resources, relationships, opportunities, businesses and skill sets to benefit the needs of everyone. This...
Employment Specialist Training-March-April
Thu, 03/05/2020 - 9:00am to Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The seven week Employment Specialist Training is based on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) competencies. These are evidence based competencies that an Employment Specialist should possess in order to perform quality supported employment services to individuals with barriers to employment. The training includes pre and post assessments, seven days of classroom instruction, structured performance employment activities in and...
Transgender & Employment: Ethical and Legal Considerations in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Fri, 03/06/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
According to the Williams Institute, an estimated 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the United States. Employers across the country have grown increasingly aware of the importance of creating welcoming organizations for Transgender (TG) and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) individuals and their families. However, recent research indicates that more than one in four transgender people have lost a...
Job Coach Training-March
Wed, 03/11/2020 - 9:00am to Wed, 03/18/2020 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The Job Coach Training is based on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) competencies. These are evidence based competencies that every Job Coach should possess in order to perform quality supported employment services to individuals with barriers to employment.  This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches the fundamentals of job coaching individuals with...
Team Building For Supervisors -April
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Most managers are met with eye rolls when they suggest "team building" but it can be one of the most important things you can do. It builds trust, mitigates conflict ,encourages communication and increases collaboration. Learners will discover the effective features of a team, review team dynamics and team roles and determine how personality types impact team position...
Job Coach Training-May
Mon, 05/04/2020 - 9:00am to Mon, 05/18/2020 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The Job Coach Training is based on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) competencies. These are evidence based competencies that every Job Coach should possess in order to perform quality supported employment services to individuals with barriers to employment. This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches the fundamentals of job coaching individuals with disabilities...
Youth Mental Health:Signs of Suffering-May
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Nearly one in every five people, or 42.5 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition; half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. Not every young person in psychological distress has a mental health diagnosis;however,every young person will fall along a continuum of good mental health and mental illness. With this said,...
Employment Specialist Training-May-June
Wed, 05/13/2020 - 9:00am to Wed, 06/24/2020 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The seven week Employment Specialist Training is based on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) competencies. These are evidence based competencies that an Employment Specialist should possess in order to perform quality supported employment services to individuals with barriers to employment. The training includes pre and post assessments, seven days of classroom instruction, structured performance employment activities...
Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Public schools in the United States are serving a more heterogenous student population now more than ever before. As educators, one has the ability to create gender-expansive environments that affirm all children by reducing gender role stereotyping and allowing them to freely express their gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation, and find confidence in their strengths as a...
Job Coach Training-June
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 9:00am to Mon, 06/15/2020 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The Job Coach Training is based on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) competencies. These are evidence based competencies that every Job Coach should possess in order to perform quality supported employment sevices to individuals with barriers to employment.  This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches the fundamentals of job coaching individuals with...