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

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....
Job Coach Training-October
Thu, 10/03/2019 - 9:00am to Thu, 10/17/2019 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional 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...
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...
Getting "Hip" on HIPAA
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a service provider's legal and ethical responsibility. The training will explain the following why HIPAA was created and the  purpose  behind the law, the Privacy Rule, compliance regarding Protected Health Information (PHI) and Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), Information Security Regulations under the Law, and HIPAA Violation Reporting Requirements.
Vocational Supports for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome - March
Mon, 10/21/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Education
Asperger's Syndrome is a recently recognized neurobiological disorder. People with AS experience difficuly understanding social cues. They make blunt or inappropriate comments, and have the potential to alienate colleagues with quirky behavior about areas of personal interests. Learners will be able to identify strategies to assist individuals with AS in understanding and handling the nuances of routine workplace...
Job Coach Training-November 4th, 18th and 25th
Mon, 11/04/2019 - 9:00am to Mon, 11/18/2019 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional 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...
Employment Specialist Training
Wed, 11/06/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training is based on the ACRE evidence-based core competencies which are the skills and abilities that a professional should possess in order to provide quality supported employment services.  This training includes 7 days of classroom instruction, structured employment activities (field work) and ongoing monitoring of each learner’s benchmarks in order...
Youth Mental Health: Signs of Suffering
Thu, 11/14/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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 begin by age 14.  Not every young person in psychological distress has a mental disorder; however, every young person will fall along a continuum of good mental health and...
Customized Employment for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Education
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...