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Customized Employment (Virtual July 29-Aug 02 2024)

Customized Employment (CE) is a unique supported employment process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. CE seeks to capitalize on individual strengths, identifying employment opportunities for job seekers with more complex needs or those that have had difficulty securing employment. In this course, students will be introduced to the five essential components of CE: 1) Discovery, 2) Job Search Planning, 3) Job Development, 4) Negotiation, and 5) Post-Placement Support. Through lecture, dialogue, sharing and interactive sessions, students will develop a range of competencies within these components that will enable them, in collaboration with the job seeker, to find meaningful paid employment in the community. The student is encouraged to work through the activities with a specific client in mind. The training has been developed to include material relevant to the current BC labour market and beyond.

Date

July 29, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Time

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fees

$ 100.00 CAD (Fees) + 5% (GST) = $ 105.00 CAD (Per Person)

Training Delivery

Virtual

Virtual Training Requirements

A computer, a strong internet connection, speakers and a microphone, a webcam and a work space conducive to virtual training (quiet location). Note that some of the training will take place away from the computer.

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this training, you will:

  • Understand and articulate the evolution of community-based services and importance of employment as an adult role in society
  • Be able to identify the core components of CE
  • Be able to distinguish CE from other models of supported employment
  • Understand and articulate the importance of Discovery in developing a foundation for employment
  • Understand and articulate the identification, facilitation, and importance of natural worksite supports
  • Understand and articulate that jobs are created by profits
  • Understand and articulate how CE job development differs from traditional placement approaches
  • Understand and articulate the role negotiation plays in job development

Instructor

Currently a Faculty Member of the Disability and Community Studies Department at Douglas College, Jenna Christianson-Barker is focused on preparing practitioners dedicated to thoughtful and dignity filled supports. Through a variety of professional roles, she has had the opportunity to lead federal employment initiatives, sit on national working groups, identify and build on gaps in service, collaborate with both federal and provincial government, participate in and inform research, and create and deliver academic programming for employment support practitioners. These varied perspectives and opportunities have resulted in a unique understanding of the value of diversity and a true passion for workplace inclusion. Jenna also works as a researcher for the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship and is a PhD Candidate at UBC in Interdisciplinary Studies, Community Engagement, Social Change and Equity. She loves the research process and the ways in which research can highlight lived experience and expertise to inform policy and practice. Jenna’s teaching style is collaborative and conversational. With lots of stories and practical tools woven in, she challenges students to identify and build on individual strengths and experience to shape their future work.

Jenna is thankful to be a guest living on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish, Katzie, Sto:lo and Kwantlan First Nations. She enjoys spending time at the ball field and exploring BC nature with her husband and two boys.

Further Information

Please email info@bcenetwork.ca

Registration Form

Date

July 29, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Time

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fees

$ 100.00 CAD (Fees) + 5% (GST) = $ 105.00 CAD (Per Person)

Training Delivery

Virtual

Virtual Training Requirements

A computer, a strong internet connection, speakers and a microphone, a webcam and a work space conducive to virtual training (quiet location). Note that some of the training will take place away from the computer.

Materials

Distributed electronically. Students must be able to print materials.

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