The Center on Community Living and Careers provides training to vocational rehabilitation counselors and other staff, employment specialists, and benefits information network liaisons so they can assist high school students and adults with disabilities who are working or who are beginning their careers.
Click on the Training links below to find out more about:
- Benefits Information Network Training
- Employment Specialist, Discovery, and Job Development Training
- The Vocational Rehabilitation Leadership Academy
- The Discovery Process (materials and archived trainings)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Services Model Training
Education professionals and families can find training modules and information related to secondary transition training on the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center website.
Technical Assistance for Indiana's Disability and Mental Health Service Providers
More than 25 community employment providers and mental health service organizations throughout Indiana are now receiving support and individualized assistance from the Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC). The goal of the new training and technical assistance program, funded by Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, is to improve the quantity and quality of community-based employment opportunities and to further discern and establish best practices.
Community employment and mental health service providers applying for receipt of technical assistance face challenging expectations. They work directly with diverse job seekers to choose a career, find preferred employment, improve personal presentation and interviewing skills, establish meaningful relationships with co-workers, and demonstrate strengths/contributions in the workplace. Provider employment staff also collaborate with employers on improving inclusive strategies, creative recruitment, and increased retention. Provider agencies work in a multi-faceted environment, requiring knowledge of disability services and supports, as well as human resources, and the rules and regulations of the state agencies that govern employment supports and services.
Under the new program, CCLC staff members travel around the state to help providers evaluate and strengthen employment services. Assistance, which began spring 2016, can involve a review of staffing, marketing and job development strategies, reimbursement and billing, monthly reports, Indiana's new Employment Service Model, and more, depending on what a provider may need. Providers selected for the program are receiving supports under a continuum of three priority levels: Model, Targeted, and Foundational.
The 25 providers selected for the program will receive technical assistance for one year.