Given the increasing need for trained supported
employment professionals and the lack of available systematic, on-going training programs, the purpose of this manuscript is to describe a preservice and in-service personnel preparation program designed for supported
employment professionals via distance learning.
While these references focus on the implications of supported
employment in assisting the consumer and preparing the system, programs, and personnel, nothing has been written about the human resource needs of staff in sustaining their efforts on behalf of the consumers they serve; and although much has been discussed related to the supports consumers need to enter and remain in employment, little has focused on supporting the staff who provide these supports.
With the inception of consumer and activist groups for individuals with brain injuries, developments in private sector rehabilitation for this population, supported
employment initiatives for development of specialized programs for individuals with brain injuries, and recognition on State Vocational Rehabilitations part for counselors with expertise in the area of brain injury rehabilitation, an increase in provision of community-based employment services for individuals with brain injuries has been observed (Wehman, 1992).
Harold had moderate mental retardation and had been placed in his job through a supported
employment/job coach program not affiliated with TransCen.
is a private, non-profit, free-standing agency that specializes in supported
Second, since integration is one of the primary components of supported
employment, facilitating integration has been one of the functions assigned to job coaches.
by any activity needed to sustain paid work by persons with disabilities, including supervision, training and transportation.
However, as Renzaglia and Everson (1990) pointed out, "because supported
employment programs are just beginning to be fully implemented across the nation, it is difficult to accurately estimate the number of existing personnel that need additional training and the number of projected personnel that will need training" (p.
The purpose of this article is to outline the basic underlying tenets of supported
employment and of traditional VR practice, to illustrate how supported
employment has not been applied according to its founding principles, and to recommend steps which need to be taken in order to implement supported
employment programs within the VR system.
The purpose of this article is to discuss how the supported
employment model can meet the vocational needs of the psychiatrically disabled.
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