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

Resume Basics: Writing A Results Oriented Resume - July
Wed, 07/17/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
In the world of job hunting and resume writing some things have changed and others have remained the same.It is important to create a document that is clear, accurate, articulate and easy to read. It is critical that job seekers highlight their experience and accomplishments in a way that is relevant to the prospective employer. A quality resume...
Getting "Hip" on HIPAA-July
Thu, 07/25/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a service provider's legal and ethical responsibility. It's not a suggestion. It's a federal law! Join us as we discuss HIPAA in an interactive way. The training will explain the following: Why HIPAA was created and the purpose behind the law The Privacy Rule HIPAA compliance regarding Protected Health...
Social and Emotional Learning: Rethinking How Students Succeed in School, Work and Life
Mon, 08/05/2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Every quality an employer looks for in an applicant. Join us as we introduce the five interrelated competencies that define Social...
Youth in Distress: Healthy Strategies to Assist Youth in Managing Their Symptoms & Live A Happier Life-August
Thu, 08/08/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Being a teenager and young adult is difficult enough without the struggles of mental health challenges getting in the way of youth being able to set future goals and live a happy, healthy life.Training participants will learn an array of healthy coping strategies and self-management techniques to assist youth on their journey towards optimal mental health and wellness. 
Customized Employment for Transition-Age Youth
Wed, 08/14/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), and The National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) have  worked for years to strengthen the capacity of the nation's workforce development system to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Customized Employment is a strategy that enables us...
Youth Employment 101 for Educators: Internships, Community-based Vocational Education (CBWE), Stipends, and Wages
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Studies show that students who engage in workforce development activities demonstrate a higher rate of college completion, as well as, better success in the labor market (US Department of Justice). Work exposures and experiences help all youth make the critical connection between education and work as they prepare for employment opportunities post-graduation. The training introduces initiatives from the...
Transgender and Employment: Legal and Ethical Considerations Involved in Vocational Counseling-August
Wed, 08/28/2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
According to the Williams Institute, an estimate 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...
Employment Specialist Training - September thru October
Wed, 09/04/2019 - 9:00am to Wed, 10/16/2019 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
The Employment Specialist Training is based on the ACRE competencies which are evidence based competencies that an Employment Specialist should possess in order to perform quality supported employment services.This training includes 7 days of classroom instruction, structured employment activities (field work) and iongoing monitoring of each learner's benchmarks in order to improve the practical application of knowledge acquired...
Job Coach Training - September
Mon, 09/09/2019 - 9:00am to Mon, 09/23/2019 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
The Job Coach Training is based on the Association of Community Educators (ACRE) evidence based core competencies. This is a fun and interactive three day training that teaches the fundamentals of job coaching individuals with disabilities in the competitive labor market. The training is ideal for anyone who provides job coaching supports for youth and adults.The 21 hour training...
Code of Professional Ethics for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors - September
Tue, 09/10/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors provide services within the scope of practice for rehabilitation counseling. They demonstrate beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and skills to provide competent counseling services and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals, including clients, programs, institutions, employers and service delivery systems, as well as, provide both direct (e.g. counseling) and indirect(e.g. case review, feasibility evaluation) services....
Social and Emotional Learning: Rethinking How Students Succeed in School, Work and Life
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Every quality an employer looks for in an applicant. Join us as we introduce the five interrelated competencies that define Social...
Disability Diversity & Employment: Steps to Success in Creating Inclusive Workplaces
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 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...