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       - What is (and what isn't) Supported Employment?

       - What is (and what isn't) PCJS?

       - What is (and what isn't) Job Development?

       - What is (and what isn't) Job Analysis?

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    SETP CORE TRAINING - Session 1 (2 days)
    Supported Employment 101


    Lexington, Clarion Hotel

    • July 19-20, 2017
      (Registration Deadline, 7/5)
    • October 3-4, 2017
      (Registration Deadline, 9/19)
    • January 30-31, 2018
      (Registration Deadline, 1/16)
    • April 18-19, 2018
      (Registration Deadline, 4/4)
      DAY 1
      8:30-9:00 (EST) sign-in, coffee and goodies
      9:00-4:00 training (on-site lunch included each day)

      DAY 2
      8:00-8:30 coffee and goodies
      8:30-4:00 training


      This 2-day event, "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.

      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)

    SETP CORE TRAINING - Sessions 2 and 3
    Session 2 - Personalized Planning & Job Development (2 days)
    Session 3 - Job Analysis & Impact of Wages on Benefits (2 days)


    Lexington, Clarion Hotel

    • S2-August 16-17, 2017
    • S3-September 18-19, 2017
      (Registration Deadline, 8/2)
    • S2-November 15-16, 2017
    • S3-December 13-14, 2017
      (Registration Deadline, 11/1)
    • S2-February 20-21, 2018
    • S3-March 28-29, 2018
      (Registration Deadline, 2/6)
    • S2-May 16-17, 2018
    • S3-June 12-13, 2018
      (Registration Deadline, 5/2)
      DAYS 1
      8:30-9:00 (EST) sign-in, coffee and goodies
      9:00-4:00 training (on-site lunch included each day)

      DAYS 2
      8:00-8:30 coffee and goodies
      8:30-4:00 training

     NOTE – To the fullest extent possible, we want those attending all 6 days of core training to attend sessions 1, 2 and 3 during consecutive months. (e.g., Those attending Session 1 in July, should attend Session 2 in August and Session 3 in September.)


      This is the next step for Employment Specialists who have previously attended Session 1, "Supported Employment 101." All are welcome to attend (even if not required to attend)!

      NOTE: Session 1 is a prerequisite for attending Sessions 2 and 3.

      Session 2 (2 days) – Personalized Planning and Job Development - 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!

    2018 Supported Employment Leadership Series
    January through November 2018
    (12 days - Flexible)


    Louisville, ResCare Corporate Offices


    • Beginning January 9, 2018


      $440/entire series


      The 2018 SE Leadership Series is designed for people wanting to develop high quality supported employment services by learning and applying the latest and best approaches known for supporting people with disabilities getting good jobs. It features 12 days of advanced professional development offering the same topics provided in prior years: Part 1 - Social Role Valorization Theory (SRV) & SE, 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 2018, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2019.

      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 2018 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


    Supported Employment Overview & Updates
    August 22, September 27, and October 19
    (1 day)


    August 22 - Bowling Green - Warren Co. Extension Office (flyer with additional info) Bowling Green Registration Link

    September 27 - Lexington - HDI, Coldstream (flyer with additional info) Lexington Registration Link

    October 19 - London - Laurel County Public Library (flyer with additional info)
    London Registration Link

    January 17 - Louisville - McDowell Center OFB/OVR (flyer with additional info) Louisville Registration Link

    January 25 - Florence - Kentucky Career Center - OVR (flyer with additional info) Florence Registration Link


    • Aug. 22, Sept. 27, Oct. 19, Jan. 17, and Jan. 25



      $15, lunch included


      For: Experienced Employment Specialists, OVR & OFB Counselors

      What: Updates in best practice in the field of Supported Employment (5 hours training time)


    • How to connect PCJS to targeted Job Development

    • How to figure out where & why to look at businesses

    • Customized Employment—what is it? How do you look for opportunities for it?

    • Resources to help in our work

    • Vocational Rehabilitation—updates & expectations

    • Q&A time

    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 $94/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
    Please note registration deadlines listed on the training calendar. Events not having sufficient registrations by the deadline will need to be cancelled. (Those who have registered prior to the deadline will be notified if event cancellation becomes necessary.)

    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 by the event deadline. Other optional events will have forms to be completed and then mailed, faxed or e-mailed according to instructions.


    Payments must be received prior to events. 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 of attendance will be presented upon completion of all 6 days of the core training.

    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
    Voice: 502-333-2747

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

    Last Updated: December 23, 2017
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