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

Strategies, Relief & Resources for Parents of Individuals with Disabilities
Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Upcoming training
When your child is diagnosed with a serious injury, illness, or disability, it can feel like the world is crashing down around you.  Feelings of isolation are common, but it is important to learn you are not alone.  Join us to learn about: - Internal and external stressors - Emotional and physiological impacts - Signs and symptoms of burnout and...
Fierce Conversations
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Have you ever had conversations that ended up in arguments, dispute or broken relationships? How about conversations that lead you to an “Aha!” moment or one that gives you the job you are seeking? Conversations are the backbone of any relationship - with colleagues, with business partners, with friends and families. It succeeds when you get your message across, it fails...
It's All About Connection: Building & Strengthening Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Strong, positive relationships are critical across all aspects of a young person's life, yet too few youth experience a strong web of healthy relationships in their lifetime. It's simple, relationships matter!! And positive relationships are the roots that cultivate the skills and abilities needed for youth to safely discover who they are, find thier voice and become resilient...
Job Development Training
Thu, 10/15/2020 - 8:30am to Thu, 11/12/2020 - 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce Development
The Job Development Training teaches job development as well as business development strategies to increase successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The training is build on the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) core competencies and evidence based employment practices. The training is ideal for anyone who is a business developer, job developer, employment specialist...
Job Coach Training
Fri, 10/16/2020 - 8:30am to Fri, 11/13/2020 - 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Workforce 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 virtual training that teaches the fundamentals of job coaching individuals with disabilities in...
Say "Yes" to "Stress": Listen to Your Body & Cultivate a Healthier you!
Fri, 10/16/2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Upcoming training
The coronavirus crisis has definitely “rocked our world” and created a culture of heightened anxiety and stress. It is essential now, more than ever, to make self-care a priority and take good care of ourselves, our bodies and our minds. Join us as we explore the stress response, and learn six essential strategies that can get you started...
Presenting Yourself: The Power of Networking with A Plan
Mon, 10/19/2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Networking has long been recognized as a powerful tool for professionals in every employment sector. Knowing more people gives you greater access, facilitates the sharing of  your knowledge, experience, and expertise within one's profession and streamlines the process of communication with ease. Influencing people you know is much easier than influencing strangers. Networking is about sharing, not taking!!...
Surviving Organizational Change - Power Up!!!
Thu, 10/22/2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
 It is often said that “the only thing constant is change” yet the notion of change often results in stress, mistrust and dread. Join us as training participants explore the change process, understand the reasons behind organizational change, identify the factors that cause individuals to resist change and learn strategies to survive and thrive in times of change....
Teaching With A "Cultural Eye": Equity-focused Education and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Wed, 10/28/2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Equity-focused Education and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) begins with how we think about equity, in the context of our own life experiences and the life experiences of our students. Classrooms today are filled with more diverse student learners than ever before. Culturally responsive teachers emphasize the importance of creating lessons, structuring classroom environments and teaching content that reflects...
Strategies to Cultivate Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy Skills in Students
Thu, 11/05/2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Promoting self-determination and self-advocacy has been recognized as best practice in the education of students with disabilities since the early 1990s when the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated increased student involvement in transition. Empowering students with disabilities to take an active role in planning their furture is life changing.This training will define self-determination and self-advocacy and provide training...
Team Building for Supervisors: Reconnecting & Empowering Teams During Challenging Times
Wed, 11/11/2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The global pandemic has presenting another layer of challenges for supervisors to motivate and manage their teams. On a “good day” when managers suggest team building, they are met with eye rolls and deep sighs; however, it has the power to be one of the most important activities that a manger can do to reconnect, empower and inspire...
The Glass is Half Full: Cultivate Optimism and A Growth Mindset During A Pandemic
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
It's all about perspective. Perspective refers to our mindset-the way we view ourselves, the people in our lives and the world around us. Carol Dweck, a well-known Standford researcher identifies 2 types of mindsets: a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Training participants will explore the benefits of a growth minsdet and the dangers of a fixed mindset...
Transgender and Employment: Legal & Ethical Considerations Involved in Vocational Counseling
Thu, 12/10/2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Education
 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 workplaces for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and their families. However, recent research indicates that more than one in four transgender individuals have lost a job due...