Supported Employment Online Course

Supported Employment Online Course

Upcoming offerings

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The series will cover these topics and more.

  • Supported Employment
  • Customized Employment
  • Discovery
  • Situational Assessment
  • Job Development
  • Workplace Supports
  • Job-site Training
  • Assistive Technology
  • Long-term Support
  • Funding
  • Social Security Work Incentives

Learning Objectives

As a result of taking the series, a participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the federal policy and historical overview of supported employment.
  • Describe Discovery and the importance of getting to know the job seeker.
  • Define the components of a customer profile to include situational assessments, vocational evaluations, and functional resumes.
  • Illustrate an understanding of job development for career paths by developing a job search plan for a potential supported employment customer.
  • Match a customer's strengths with the prospective employer's business needs.
  • Discuss the various job-site training strategies (e.g., natural cues, workplace supports, compensatory strategies, instructional strategies,assistive technology) and their applications.
  • Define the features of a high quality long-term support plan.
  • Describe the various alternative funding sources for supported employment.
  • Discuss the impact of working on benefits.


Lesson 1
Federal Policy and Historical Perspective
Lesson 2
Customer Profile and Employment Selection
Lesson 3
Organizational Marketing and Job Development
Lesson 4
Job-Site Training
Lesson 5
Long-Term Support
Lesson 6

Course Lectures

  • Quality Indicators of Supported Employment: Paul Wehman
  • Values to Practice: Katherine Inge
  • Discovering Personal Genius: Cary Griffin
  • Job Analysis: Dr. Katherine Inge
  • Adding Value to Business: Erin Riehle
  • Setting the Stage for Success: Natural Cues, Supports, and Compensatory Strategies: Katherine Inge
  • Long Term Supports: Vicki Brooke
  • Supported Employment Funding: Grant Revell
  • Social Security Disability Programs & Work Incentives: Jennifer McDonough

Course Structure

The course consists of six lessons each lasts two weeks, giving participants ample time to complete the assignments. A new lesson is made available every other Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. E.T. The course web site is always available, and a participant may log in at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 6 - 8 hours of staff time to complete. Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more than one of these courses concurrently.

Course Credit

A participant can earn 4 CEUs or 40 CRCs and the National Certificate in Employment Services issued by ACRE upon course completion. In order to complete the course successfully, participants must participate in an online discussion forum, complete assignments, and pass a quiz for each lesson. All assignments must be completed in order to earn the Basic Certificate.

Technical Requirements

A participant's computer must have the ability to read PDFs, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software). Each participant MUST have an individual e-mail account, If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through Gmail. We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. A participant must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience.

If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Lucian Friel at (804) 827-1434. If you have content questions, please email Katie Thompson.