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

Job Coaching in the Workplace - July
Tue, 07/10/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a three-day training that teaches job coach strategies based on ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) competencies. This is a fun and interactive training that is offered once a month and teaches job coaching fundamentals for the workplace. This training is ideal for anyone who provides coaching support for youth or adults in the community. Classes...
Employment Specialist Training
Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training is based on the ACRE competencies, which are evidenced based competencies that an Employment Specialist should possess to perform quality supported employment services. This training includes 7 days of classroom instruction, structured performance employment activities (field work), and ongoing monitoring of each learner’s benchmarks in order to improve the practical application of knowledge acquired during training....
Job Development - July
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a three-day training that teaches job development strategies to increase successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Built on the ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) core competencies, this training ideal for anyone who is a job developer, business developer, employment specialist or for school personnel charged with finding work experiences...
Team Building for Supervisors - July
Fri, 07/13/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Most managers are met with eye rolls when they suggest “team building” but it can 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 and...
How to Handle Difficult Individuals for Supervisors - July
Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Difficult people are disruptive to the work place and managing them is tough if you don’t understand what is behind their behavior.  Learners will discover the common types of difficult people and their characteristics, why they do what they do, and strategies to manage their behavior. 
Breaking Down a Job - July
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Learn the step by step process of how to conduct a task analysis and a job analyis and use them in the coaching process.  Learn how job analysis plays a role in job matching, job carving and customized employment.
Job Site Support & Fading - July
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training will provide practical strategies to understand the difference between integration and inclusion, help 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.
Performance Management & Evalution - July
Mon, 07/23/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Employees don’t always do what we want. On one hand they act like competent employees and on the other hand they miss deadlines, wait for instructions and procrastinate.  You need to figure out why an employee isn’t meeting expectations and put a plan in place to course correct the problem.  Knowing the performance management cycle, goal setting, and...
Communicating & Documenting with Clarity - July
Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training provides 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 (language, thinking and writing) as well as explore “I VS You” statements.
Using Labor Market To Find Jobs
Fri, 07/27/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Training program: Business Development Series
Participants will learn to use the LMI to find work experiences and job placement opportunities. Learners will discover LMI tools to help them speak the language of the employer and determine the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful in the job. 
Job Development and Retention Nuts & Bolts
Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Training program: Business Development Series
Learners will develop the skills to use business development as a long-term employer relationship strategy, discover networking and other resources for job leads, understand the difference between job placement and job development, explore the strategies of job creation, job carving and job sharing as well as learn skillful job retention strategies to ensure retention sticks!
Using Labor Market Information to Find Jobs - July
Mon, 07/30/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Participants will learn to use LMI to find work experiences and job placement opportunities. Learners will discover LMI tools to help them talk the lingo of the employer and determine the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful in the job.
How to Develop a Job Using Customized Employment - July
Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Participants will learn how to create networks, engage with employers, use LMI to create opportunities, make the business case, engage in job creation and negotiate a created job.
Job Development and Retention Nuts & Bolts - July
Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Learners will develop the skills to use business development as a long-term employer relationship strategy, discover networking and other resources for job leads, understand the difference between job placement, job development, job creation, job carving and job sharing, and learn retention strategies to be sure the job sticks! 
Job Development - August
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a three-day training that teaches job development strategies to increase successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Built on the ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) core competencies, this training ideal for anyone who is a job developer, business developer, employment specialist or for school personnel charged with finding work experiences...
Team Building for Supervisors - August
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Most managers are met with eye rolls when they suggest “team building” but it can 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 and...
How to Handle Difficult Individuals for Supervisors - August
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Difficult people are disruptive to the work place and managing them is tough if you don’t understand what is behind their behavior.  Learners will discover the common types of difficult people and their characteristics, why they do what they do, and strategies to manage their behavior. 
Job Coaching in the Workplace - August
Tue, 08/07/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This is a three-day training that teaches job coach strategies based on ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) competencies. This is a fun and interactive training that is offered once a month and teaches job coaching fundamentals for the workplace. This training is ideal for anyone who provides coaching support for youth or adults in the community. Classes...
Breaking Down a Job - August
Fri, 08/10/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Learn the step by step process of how to conduct a task analysis and a job analyis and use them in the coaching process.  Learn how job analysis plays a role in job matching, job carving and customized employment.
Job Site Support & Fading - August
Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training will provide practical strategies to understand the difference between integration and inclusion, help 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.
Practical Supervisory Tools & Tips - August
Mon, 08/13/2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training is designed to focus on the supervisory training and development needs of human services, behavioral health and education professionals.  Learners will dig into common issues faced by supervisors, whether new to their role or a seasoned supervisor, and learn strategies and skills to maximize performance and minimize problems. Lesson #1 – From Buddy to Boss -         ...
Communicating & Documenting with Clarity - August
Mon, 08/20/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
This training provides 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 (language, thinking and writing) as well as explore “I VS You” statements.
Performance Management & Evaluation - August
Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Employees don’t always do what we want. On one hand they act like competent employees and on the other hand they miss deadlines, wait for instructions and procrastinate.  You need to figure out why an employee isn’t meeting expectations and put a plan in place to course correct the problem.  Knowing the performance management cycle, goal setting, and...
Using Labor Market Information to Find Jobs - August
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Participants will learn to use LMI to find work experiences and job placement opportunities. Learners will discover LMI tools to help them talk the lingo of the employer and determine the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful in the job.
How to Develop a Job Using Customized Employment - August
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Participants will learn how to create networks, engage with employers, use LMI to create opportunities, make the business case, engage in job creation and negotiate a created job.
Job Development and Retention Nuts & Bolts - August
Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
Learners will develop the skills to use business development as a long-term employer relationship strategy, discover networking and other resources for job leads, understand the difference between job placement, job development, job creation, job carving and job sharing, and learn retention strategies to be sure the job sticks!