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Supported Employment Core Training Series

Beginning in October of 2019 the format for the Core Training Series will change.  Online content will be incorporated and there will only be two in-person sessions to attend.  In person sessions much be attended consecutively.  If you attend in July, August & September you will need to attend all 3 sessions to complete the series.

Each format will complete the Core Training Series requirement for those who provide Supported Employment. The content will be the same, just formatted differently to allow for other ways of learning and reduced travel.

As of July, 2019 the cost for the Core Training Series has been changed to $50/session.

Continuing Format from previous years:

  • Session 1: July 23-24, 2019
  • Session 2: August 7-8, 2019
  • Session 3: September 10-11, 2019

New Format (plus online content which will be emailed to participants in advance of Session 1):

Session 1: November 13-14, 2019
Session 2: December 11-12, 2019

Session 1: January 15-16, 2020
Session 2: February 4-5, 2020

Session 1: March 18-19, 2020
Session 2: April 8-9, 2020

Session 1: May 5-6, 2020
Session 2: June 9-10, 2020

Core Series Attendance

For those attending the full series, sessions must be attended sequentially. In July, August & September of 2019 completion means attending all 3 sessions. After October of 2019 completion will mean completing all online content and assignments successfully AND attending Sessions 1 & 2 in person.


Lexington, Clarion Hotel
1950 Newtown Pike


DAY 1 

8:30-9:00 (EST) sign-in

9:00-4:00 training

DAY 2 

9:00-4:00 training


Registration Fee

$50 per session
includes materials and lunch

Registration :

Click HERE to Register


The entire Supported Employment Core Training Series is required for those who will be providing any portion of direct support in Supported employment.

Session 1, “Supported Employment 101,” provides an introduction to supported employment principles and services. It’s designed for: 1) employment specialists attending as the first 2 days of 6 days of required training, 2) program administrators and executive directors, (who will not be providing direct supported employment services) as the 2-day required orientation event, 3) rehabilitation counselors and managers, and 4) anyone else interested in learning basic information about what supported employment is, and what it is not.

Sessions 2 & 3 are the next steps for Employment Specialists who have previously attended Session 1, “Supported Employment 101.” In Kentucky, anyone billing for any part of direct service in Supported Employment must attend all 3 sessions. All are welcome to attend (even if not required to attend)!

Content description for the format beginning November, 2019 TBA.


SESSION 1 (2 days), Supported Employment 101 – This event will provide a thorough overview about what supported employment is (and what it is not) while setting the stage for those completing the next four “how to” days in the series. Topics will include: • SE History and Its Evolution • Discovery or Person-Centered Job Selection/PCJS, • Job Development, • Customized Employment and Competitive Employment • Job Analysis, • OVR process/payments, and long-term support plans, where SCL fits… • Impact of wages on benefits (overview of SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, share of cost, WIPA)

SESSION 2 (2 days) – What’s a good job for this person, and how do we know? How might we discover personal gifts and talents previously unrecognized? What are fitting types of work formerly unconsidered? Person-Centered Job Selection (derived from Marc Gold & Associates “Discovery”) provides the foundation for all supported employment services that follow. This day will focus on the process of: • planning personalized approaches to discovery, • writing a plan, • convening interested others to think about fitting kinds of work, and • using what’s learned to get ready for job development.

After we know the kind of job we’re seeking, then how do we find it? What are varied ways that we might represent the people we serve? What are issues surrounding disclosure? In job development we’ll hit the ground running with information learned during Person Centered Job Selection. We’ll explore: • customized jobs, • informational interviews, • contacting employers, • employer incentives, • answering employer objections, • developing public relations materials, and more.

SESSION 3 (2 days) – We’ll learn about taking the next step – moving from job development to job analysis: • Studying workplace culture, and learning about areas of particular importance, • Learning the typical employee instructional/support practices within a business, • Defining the roles of the SE Employment Specialist in a way that honors typical business practices to the fullest extent possible, and • Collecting information needed to negotiate a customized job.

What will happen to my check when I go to work? Will I lose my Medicaid? These are common questions that require clear answers. This day of training will provide basic information on the impact of wages on benefits including: • How people are determined to be eligible for social security benefits, • Differences in SSI and SSDI, • SSI and SSDI work incentives and the very different ways that wages impact these benefits, • How wages impact Medicaid (for SSI recipients), • Determining Medicaid “client liability, share of cost” for people served by SCL programs, and more. Bring your calculator!

2019 Supported Employment Leadership Series
January - November 2019
(12 days - flexible)


Louisville, University of Louisville, ShelbyHurst Campus


Beginning January 15, 2019



$500/entire series


The 2019 SE Leadership Series is designed for people wanting to develop high quality supported employment services. It features 12 days of advanced professional development: Part 1 – SRV as a Theory of Practice for Developing High Quality Employment Services, Part 2 – Systematic Instruction, Part 3 – Discovery, and Part 4 – Job Development. The demonstration of high quality supported employment services is essential in Kentucky and nationally. Our Leadership Series is dedicated to this cause — offering experiential opportunities for learning and applying the latest and best employment approaches. We’ll explore what to do and how to proceed, and most important WHY.

12 days not required – Participation in all four leadership events highly recommended. The content areas are designed to be sequential and cumulative. However, for some, participation in all 12 days may not be possible. Therefore, participants may select any combination of the four events. (Check event descriptions for prerequisite requirements and recommendations.) Because the same schedule will be offered annually, it will be possible, for example, to participate in Parts 1 and 2 in 2019, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2020.

Three certifications will be offered – We’re continuing our arrangement with Marc Gold & Associates by offering three certifications: 1-Systematic Instruction, 2-Discovery, and 3-Job Development.

Please refer to 2019 SE Leadership Series page for information about:  Certification Options and Requirements,  Event Prerequisites, Content and Instructors,  Registration Form and Deadlines, and  Registration and Certification Fees


Part 1 – January 15-17, 2019 – SRV as a Theory of Practice for Developing High Quality Employment Services

Part 2 – February 26-28, 2019 – Systematic Instruction Gateway

Part 3 – June 18-20, 2019- Discovery Gateway

Part 4 – November 5-7, 2019 – Job Development Gateway

For additional information and registration form, go to 2019 SE Leadership Series page.

Location/ Directions 
All SETP Core Trainings and some optional events will be based at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington. The Clarion is located at 1950 Newtown Pike, just off I-75/64 at exit 115. Turn toward town and make a Left at the first light. Follow signs to the Conference area; the entrance for our trainings is around back.

Confirmation information including directions will be sent to registrants in advance of events. For events where locations are marked “to be announced” (TBA), you may check the project website for updates and directions ( or call SETP Project Director, Katie Wolf Whaley (859-218-5960).

Overnight Accommodations
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Clarion Hotel for the Core Training Series only at a discounted rate of $96/night. To receive this rate call 859-233-0512 at least 3 weeks prior to the training. Please be sure to tell the hotel you are with the “Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project.” Note: This rate will stop 3 weeks before the training – reservations MUST be made in advance.

Event Registration Deadlines 
Events will remain open unless capacity is exceeded. Once capacity is exceeded, those wishing to register will be placed on a waiting list or moved to the next available session.

Inclement Weather 
In case of inclement weather that may interfere with training(s), please call 859-218-5960. If the training has been cancelled, it will be stated on the voice-mail message.

Registration Methods

For core events, registration forms need to be completed on-line via the registration link. Other events will have registration links announced at the time or forms to be completed and then mailed, faxed or e-mailed according to instructions.

Payments must be received prior to events. At this time, we are unable to take credit card payments.  Please make checks payable to the “University of Kentucky.” Scholarships are available for people with disabilities and their family members who are not employees of supported employment programs. Contact Katie Wolf Whaley to request a scholarship:, 859-218-5960.

All registration fees are payable to the University of Kentucky. Please refer to the events calendar for registration fees and send your payment to:

University of Kentucky – HDI
Attn: Katie Wolf Whaley
1525 Bull Lea Rd., Suite 160
Lexington, KY 40511


We understand the nature of the supported employment business, and recognize that last minute emergencies can happen. However, the registration fees cover all of the costs associated with each workshop. When our registrants cancel at the last minute or fail to attend the training, the SE Training Project is still responsible for all associated training costs. Unless the registrant has notified us, at least five working days prior to the training, we cannot return the payment . If there is a family crisis or last minute change in staffing at your agency, please make every attempt to send a substitute. If you have not paid and were unable to attend the workshop, we will invoice you for payment.

Certificates & CEUs
Certificates of attendance will be presented upon completion of  core training series.  All training events offered through the Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project will count toward CEUs for Supported Employment Specialists, as required by Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

CRC Credits
If Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credits are needed, then please contact Katie Wolf Whaley at least two weeks prior to the event at 859-218-5960 or

Supported Employment Training Project Contact Information
If questions arise about any aspect of our training series, please don’t hesitate to contact us via any of the following methods. You’ll find our mailing address under “Payment” above.

Katie Wolf Whaley, Project Director
Voice: 859-218-5960
Fax: 859-323-1838

Milton Tyree, Project Associate, Leadership Series
Voice: 502-333-2747

Tony Carmack, Project Assistant
Voice: 859-218-5976
Fax: 859-323-1838