Griffin-Hammis Associates



2017 Training Courses




Fall 2017
September 18 - December 8, 2017


Tuition: $475
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A 12 Week Web-Based ACRE Certificate Training Program 
In Community Employment With 
Concentration in Customized Employment



This ACRE-approved web-based training series on Basic Employment Services, has an emphasis on Customized Employment. The 12-week course will provide you with the foundation you need to deliver or improve the quality of employment services for people with disabilities. A content-rich and intensive curriculum offers various means to obtain innovative knowledge of best practices and opportunities to discuss materials with course instructors.

Griffin-Hammis Associates is a member of the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Our 40-hour Web-Based course in Community Employment has been approved by ACRE, for a National Basic Certificate of Achievement in Community Employment. Training participants (professionals working in the field of employment) who satisfactorily complete the required minimum of 40 hours of training and all assignments are awarded a Certificate of Achievement. For more information about ACRE, please visithttp://www.acreducators.org.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for people working in the field of vocational services for people with disabilities – this might mean Employment Specialists, Job Coaches, Job Developers, Vocational Specialist, Transition Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, or any one who works in the field and wants to add to their knowledge, skills, and abilities to deliver quality community-based employment services. This course incorporates a competency focus, so course participants must complete applied field assignmentsthat include activities with people with disabilities and with businesses in the community. People who may not currently or directly provide community-based vocational services may take this course, but must complete all applied field assignments in order to earn the ACRE Certificate.

Course Content

This 12-week course is comprised of 6 separate lessons, each two weeks in length. This schedule provides you with sufficient time to complete all course activities, readings, and assignments. Each of the six lessons include: (1) an online class through Relias Learning, (2) a topical lecture, (3) reading assignments, (4) homework or field assignments, and (5) required participation in a discussion board. This Moodle site will serve as your go-to for keeping track of what you need to do to complete each lesson.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate series, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the history, legislation, policies, practices, and components of community-based employment.
  • Define the core duties of individuals assisting people with disabilities in securing meaningful community employment.
  • Define the fundamental components of Discovery - a community-referenced and functional review for employment success.
  • Apply the information learned from Discovery to an effective customized employment career plan and job search plan.
  • Define a variety of customized employment development practices and outcomes, including Vocational Themes, Lists of 20, Informational Interviews, Interest-Based Negotiation, Negotiated Wage Employment, Resource Ownership, and Self-Employment.
  • Discuss a variety of community-referenced job training and support strategies and describe their implementation (i.e., systematic instruction, natural supports, consultative coaching, natural training resources, self-management strategies, assistive technology).
  • Identify when a Social Security work incentive may apply to a job seeker's situation.

Course Lessons

Lesson #1: History of Community Employment: Values, Policy and Practice

Lesson #2: Discovery and Functional Community-Based Assessments in Community Employment

Lesson #3: Customized Employment Development

Lesson #4: Employer Engagement and Interest-Based Negotiation

Lesson #5: Job Site Training & Support Strategies

Lesson #6: Social Security Benefits and work Incentives

Technical Requirements

Your computer must have a sound card, speakers, Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Flash Player(free software). Also, each student have his or her own individual e-mail account.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the course content, please email Patty Cassidy at pcassidy@griffinhammis.com.

If you have questions about the course technology applications, please email Doug Erickson at doerickson@vcu.edu.