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

Team Building for Supervisors
Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Team Building Most managers are met with eyerolls when they suggest “team building” to their staff.  Employees often view it as a silly exercise but team building gets a bad rap.  It is one of the most important things you can do it as manager.  It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building...
New Jersey - Communicating and Documenting with Clarity
Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Communicating and Documenting with Clarity will provide guidance and instruction on the appropriate way to convey observations, document events and write case notes without bias. Learners will uncover the three components of neutral communication (neutral language, neutral thinking and neutral writing) as well as explore "I vs You Statements" and body language.
New Jersey - Breaking Down A Job
Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Breaking Down A Job will provide the step by step process of how to conduct a job and task analysis, as well as, explaining the importance  of systematic instruction in the coaching process. Job analysis will be further explored as an important employment tool for job coaches and job developers, and its role in identifying appropriate reasonable accommodations for qualified...
Practical Supervisory Tips & Tools for Human Services Professionals
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
We are pleased to launch a session designed to focus on the supervisory training and development needs of vocational rehabilitation and human services professionals.  Join us as we dig into common everyday issues faced by supervisors, whether new to their role or a seasoned supervisor, and learn strategies and skills to maximize performance and minimize problems. Practical Supervisory Tactics...
Job Coach Training May 2018
Tue, 05/01/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a THREE day training that starts on May 1st and continues on the 8th and 15th (three consecutive Tuesdays).  The Job Coach training curriculum is based on the ACRE competencies. This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches job coaching fundamentals for the workplace. This training is ideal for anyone who provides coaching support for youth or adults...
Job Development Training
Thu, 05/03/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a three day training that starts on May 3rd and is also held on the 10th and 17th  - (three consecutive Thursdays).  This training teaches job development strategies to increase successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The curriculum was built using the ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) core competencies, an evidence based employment practice. This training...
Using Labor Market Information to Find Jobs!
Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Using Labor Market Information to Find Jobs will demonstrate the value of a lesser used resource to help find work experience and job placement opportunities.  Learners will discover: LMI tools, resources and projecting job openings / develop sites; Finding jobs through LMI; How to use ONET to customize jobs and; Tap into Industry Partnerships and industry sectors.
How To Create A Job Using Customized Employment
Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
How to Develop a Job Using Customized Employment will help participants learn how to: Create networks; Engage with employers; Use LMI to create opportunities; Make the business case, and; Engage in job creation & negotiate a created job.
Practical Supervisory Tactics & Tools - NYC
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Lesson #1 | From Buddy to Boss - Making the transition from individual contributor to manager - What employees want and expect from you - The difference between a manager and a leader - Explore and learn how to use different leadership styles Lesson #2 | How to Handle Difficult Individuals - Discover the typical difficult employee profiles -...
Employment Specialist Training Spring
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
The 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 to perform quality supported employment services. The training includes pre and post assessments, 7 days of classroom instruction, structured performance employment activities (field work), onsite mentorship and supervision, along with ongoing monitoring of...
Job Site Support & Fading
Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Job Site Support and Fading ​will provide practical strategies to: Understand the difference between integration and inclusion; Identify and develop natural supports from the onset of coaching, and; Determine the best job coach techniques and strategies to help you fade and decrease support while increasing worker independence.
Creating A Culture of Work Readiness
Fri, 05/11/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Creating a Culture of Work Readiness ​flips culture on its head and demands systems change in adult services agencies.  Participants will learn to: Adopt the presumption of employment; "Add in" the lens of employment; Utilize a functional analysis tool to focus on areas for development, and; Use an integrated day activity tool to focus on individualized areas of need to...
How to Develop and Assess Community Based Work Evaluations & Experiences
Tue, 05/22/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
How to Develop & Assess Community Based Work Evaluations will focus on: Getting employers to agree on-site work evaluations; Using tools as part of the process; Identifying areas for coaching; Using the data to measure performance and determine strengths, and; Using the data to make recommendations.
Breaking Down A Job For Systematic Instruction
Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Breaking Down a Job ​will provide the step by step process of how to conduct a job analysis and task analysis and their use in the coaching process.  How to conduct a job analysis; Breaking down tasks;  Job and task analysis and their role in coaching; Job analysis and its role in job matching, and; Complete a task analysis.
How to Handle Difficult Individuals
Thu, 05/24/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Difficult personalities can be disruptive and upsetting to the entire workplace.  While co-workers can ignore them, change their routine to avoid them or commiserate with others about them, you don’t have that luxury if one of these difficult individuals works for you.  Managing difficult people can be a nightmare if you don’t understand the motivation behind their behaviors...
Communicating & Documenting with Clarity
Tue, 05/29/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Communicating and Documenting with Clarity ​will provide guidance and instruction on the appropriate way to convey observations, document events and write case notes without bias.  Learners will uncover the three components of neutral communication (neutral language, neutral thinking and neutral writing) as well as explore "I VS You Statements" and body language.
Job Development & Retention Nuts and Bolts
Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Job Development and Retention will focus on: Business development as a long-term employer relationship strategy; Job development, job placement, job creation, job sharing and job carving; Networking and sources for job leads: Job retention strategies, and; Determining career pathways.
From Buddy to Boss
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Soon after the celebration of an earned promotion to supervisor concludes the reality sets in.  You are now in charge of managing people, processes and outcomes.  If your promotion is internal, your role in the morning coffee klatch will surely change and relationships as they once were will transition too.  It is the transition of relationships that proves...
Job Development Training June 2018
Tue, 06/05/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a three day training that starts on June 5th and is also held on the 12th and 19th  - (three consecutive Tuesdays).  This training teaches job development strategies to increase successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The curriculum was built using the ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) core competencies, an evidence based employment practice. This training...
Job Coach Training June 2018
Thu, 06/07/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a THREE day training that starts on June 7th and continues on the 14th and 21st (three consecutive Thursdays).  The Job Coach training curriculum is based on the ACRE competencies. This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches job coaching fundamentals for the workplace. This training is ideal for anyone who provides coaching support for youth or adults in the...
Practical Supervisory Tips & Tools for Human Services Professionals
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
We are pleased to launch a session designed to focus on the supervisory training and development needs of vocational rehabilitation and human services professionals.  Join us as we dig into common everyday issues faced by supervisors, whether new to their role or a seasoned supervisor, and learn strategies and skills to maximize performance and minimize problems. Practical Supervisory Tactics...