Behavior & Mental Health

Introduction To Positive Behavior Supports & Applied Positive Behavior Supports

Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

This one-day training will introduce the fundamental principles of positive behavior support to help care providers gain an understanding of the origins of problem behavior. It will include an overview of essential elements of behavior support, the influence of mental health on behavior, development of practical support strategies, and a brief overview of functional assessment. After completing this training, the participant will understand the traditional perspectives that make up Positive Behavior Supports, where problem behavior comes from, how to develop and implement effective expectations for positive behaviors, and how prevention plays a key role in providing support to individuals that display persistent problem behaviors.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to:Positive Behavior Support FAQ
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed January 29, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Completed February 1, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Completed February 7, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Completed February 12, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Completed February 15, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Full February 20, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Full March 7, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Full March 13, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Open March 20, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Open March 26, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Applied Positive Behavior Supports: Functional Behavior Assessment and Development of Behavior Support Plans

This course builds on the principles of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports, as outlined in the foundations course. In many cases, people who engage in persistent patterns of problem behaviors demonstrate complex behaviors with many underlying causes. This training will assist participants in learning to conduct a team-based, multi-component, Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to systematically assess these behaviors and identify the underlying function or motivation. The second phase of the training will illustrate how to use this information to develop effective intervention plans to address ongoing behavior and mental health needs and support quality of life.   
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite:  Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 28, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Behavior & Mental Health Supplemental

Applied Behavior Analysis and Intellectual/Developmental Disability: Special Considerations

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is frequently included in the services provided to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD), who engage in challenging or dangerous behavior. The goal of this approach is to apply behavioral learning theory to teach individuals to use more adaptive behaviors. Given this, considering ways a disability may impact learning is important to the development of effective behavior support plans.
 
This training will begin by providing an overview of the learning factors that are impacted by various types of intellectual disability. Relationships between behavioral learning theory and Applied Behavior Analysis will be explored in order to highlight the ways that ABA can be adapted to best meet the needs of those with IDD. Components of the Positive Behavior Support model related to environmental accommodations to better meet the needs of individuals with IDD also will be discussed.  
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
  
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
 
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 21, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Autism and Co-occurring Anxiety Disorders: A Hidden Challenge in Problem Behavior

Estimates of co-occurring Anxiety Disorders among individuals with Autism range from 15% to 80%. Factors that make this diagnosis difficult and strategies to adapt behavioral supports and treatment to address this co-occurrence will be discussed. This presentation will discuss the importance of looking for signs of anxiety in individuals with ASD, advocating for clinical assessment of these concerns, and looking for ways to adapt daily support planning and behavioral planning in light of the concerns about a potential anxiety disorder. A model for integrating diagnosis and treatment of an anxiety disorder with a Functional Behavior Assessment and Proactive Behavior Support Plan will be presented. Additional strategies for adapting relaxation activities for individuals with ASD and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities will be discussed.
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 7, 2024  10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Facilitating Effective Transitions from Inpatient and Residential Placement to Home and Community Settings

When individuals are placed outside their home or community residence to receive additional treatment, it is important that strategies and supports be put in place to support effective transitions back home.  This webinar will begin by reviewing challenges that are important to address.  We will then discuss the benefits of early planning for transition to a less restrictive setting.  Strategies to identify and teach skills necessary to effectively adapt to the community setting will be reviewed, along with efforts to generalize improved behavior to a less structured environment.
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 7, 2024  10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Promoting Relaxation for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

This presentation will introduce why people with I/DD are at greater risk for experiencing stress and anxiety and teach attendees about the need for promoting relaxation across settings. We will review how to set up positive environments that promote relaxation for all, as well as specific strategies to prepare individuals to cope effectively with anxiety inducing situations when there’s a known risk or diagnosis.
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 18, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Repetitive Behavior in Autism and OCD: Differential Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis, and Behavior/Treatment Interventions

Repetitive behavior is a prominent symptom for both Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Often people supporting individuals who have ASD refer to repetitive behavior as OCD. This is a concern because the description of repetitive behaviors is different for each of these diagnoses. Rationales for why repetitive behaviors occur within these disorders are different, which leads to significant differences in the recommended treatment and behavior support approaches. It is important for those working with the person to be aware of these differences so they can work in ways that the meet the needs of person based on his/her diagnosis.
 
This session will provide an overview of repetitive behavior; discuss the differences between normal and pathological repetitive behavior; and describe distinctions between the type of repetitive behaviors characteristic of ASD and the pattern of repetitive behavior seen in OCD. Explanations for why these behaviors occur and recommended treatment and behavioral support strategies will be shared.
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 15, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in Trauma Recovery

People with disabilities are likely to experience some form of trauma during their lifetime. The effects and signs of these past experiences may be overlooked or untreated. This session will explore the types of traumatic events that are common and risk factors for people with IDD. Participants will learn strategies to support coping and recovery from trauma, including methods to enhance their own self-awareness and self-regulation skills.
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open April 3, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Understanding Aggressive Behavior for those with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Aggressive behavior in individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities frequently results in the need for additional supports and services.  This presentation will provide an overview of what is known about the development of aggressive behavior and will describe practices for assessment and intervention that have been validated by research and applied practice.  A detailed case study will be provided to illustrate effective methods behavioral intervention, clinical practice, and coordination of supports.  Issues related to community safety, critical care resources, and quality of life will be discussed.
 
Note: Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 6, 2024  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Community Supports & Quality

Community Supports And Quality

Developing & Implementing Outcome-Based Support Strategies

Service providers are charged with developing and implementing support strategies that help those they serve to achieve the outcomes they want in life. This training offers providers an overview of important changes in the service delivery system and guidance in using person-centered practices to identify effective support strategies. Participants will learn how to use information from people using supports, their families, and others who know them best, along with planning documents, to create, evaluate, and refine strategies that match what people want, need, and hope to accomplish.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 28, 2024  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Personal Outcome Measures®: An Introduction

Human service organizations are charged with developing and implementing supports that help people with disabilities achieve the lives they want as fully included members of their communities. The Council on Quality and Leadership’s (CQL) Personal Outcome Measures® are a powerful tool to ensure these supports and services are truly person-centered. They are used to understand the presence, importance and achievement of outcomes, involving choice, health, safety, social capital, relationships, rights, goals, dreams, employment and more. This workshop provides an opportunity for people receiving supports, family members, and professionals to build an understanding of Personal Outcome Measures® and their use in planning for and facilitating quality supports that lead to valued lives in the community.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 8, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Community-Based Instruction

Community-Based Instruction

CBI for Younger Students: Building a Foundation for the Future

This is an interactive webinar session intended for school and district personnel who are interested in expanding CBI practices to students in grades K-8th. Topics include an overview of the evidence-based instructional practice, benefits to students participating in CBI, creating learning experiences that are developmentally and age appropriate for students, and utilizing the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and individual student goals within CBI lesson planning. Participants are encouraged to engage in open discussions with the CBI Project Team and one another throughout the session.
 
Note:This training provides a total of 3 hours of professional development.
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full March 7, 2024  10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Job Coaching for Career Exploration in Community Settings

To provide the most successful transition from school to employment, it is essential for schools utilizing Community-Based Instruction (CBI) for career exploration to have well trained and prepared staff. This training will describe the roles and responsibilities of school-based staff, or job coaches, who provide on-the-job support to students participating in work-based learning experiences in community settings. Participants will also learn about disability history, the evolution away from segregated to integrated employment settings, person-centered approaches, evidence-based strategies including the application of direct and systematic instruction used at job sites, and collection and use of data for informed decision making.
 
Note: This two-day training provides a total of 8 hours of professional development. Completion of day one is required to attend day two.
 
This training is ONLY open to New Jersey school staff. When performing the role of job coaching, school-based job coaches must be supervised by a certified teacher who has completed the required courses to coordinate Work-Based Learning (formerly SLE). For more information about work-based learning coordination, please visit the New Jersey Safe Schools Program
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 15 & 22, 2024  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Full March 6 & 13, 2024  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Open April 19 & 26, 2024  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Quality Career Development: Making the Most of CBI for Career Exploration

Research indicates that quality career development programs and engagement in Work-Based Learning (WBL) before exiting school are critical factors that lead to successful post-school employment outcomes. Participation in relevant career exploration and community-based learning experiences is vital for preparing students with disabilities to achieve competitive, integrated employment (CIE). During this interactive training participants will learn how to implement best practices to enhance career programming for students with disabilities, effectively employ tools for creating authentic and meaningful workplace experiences, leverage diverse supports to guide students along their desired career paths, and explore comprehensive information-gathering techniques that support person-centered planning and promote informed choice, and self-determination.
 
Prerequisite: While it is not a pre-requisite, this training is intended to follow our Marketing Matters: Making the Most of Community-Based Instruction training, which establishes foundational knowledge on relevant employment legislation and initiatives and how to establish and maintain community partnerships to support career exploration.
 
Note: This training provides a total of 4 hours of professional development.
 
This training is currently ONLY open to NJ school staff.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 28, 2024  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Open April 25, 2024  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Community-Based Instruction Community Of Practice Events

Community of Practice (VCoP) is a group of individuals who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The CBI VCoP sessions provide opportunities for practitioners to share resources, experiences, stories, tools, classroom lessons, and problem-solving strategies. The VCoP is intended for educators, administrators, job coaches, support staff and other school staff interested in collaborating, connecting, and sharing information on CBI practices.

CBI Program Showcase

The CBI Showcase is an opportunity to share and celebrate the successes of CBI practitioners from schools and districts around New Jersey. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about CBI implementation experiences and strategies from diverse stakeholders. Time for networking with the community and Q & A with presenters will also be included. Registrants will receive an agenda prior to the event. If you would like to learn more about presenting at the CBI showcase, please send your inquiry to the CBI Project team.
 
Note: This series is ONLY open to New Jersey school staff.
 
This training provides a total of 4 hours of professional development.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open June 4, 2024  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) Session 2: Exploring Assessment Methods

For session 2, we will examine a variety of methods, tools, and resources for gathering information and monitoring student progress in relation to CBI. There will also be time dedicated to networking and small group discussions to strengthen our community connections. This is not a webinar; individuals are expected to actively participate in activities and discussions.
 
Note: This session provides a total of 2 hours of professional development.
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 27, 2024  9:30 am - 11:30 am

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Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) Session 3: Applying Culturally Responsive Practice to CBI

For session 3, we will explore how to use culturally responsive practices to create more meaningful and relevant CBI experiences for students who identify as culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse (CELD). There will also be time dedicated to networking and small group discussions to strengthen our community connections. This is not a webinar; individuals are expected to actively participate in activities and discussions.
 
Note: This session provides a total of 2 hours of professional development.
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open April 9, 2024  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Foundations Of Community-Based Instruction Series For New School Personnel

Schools frequently encounter challenges that may jeopardize the quality of CBI implementation over time including staff turnover, staff reassignments, or increased staffing needs. Schools and districts are more likely to sustain CBI practices if there are available trained personnel to continue utilizing the practice. To address this need, the Foundations of CBI Training Series for New Personnel, is offered annually to support new school personnel from previously established CBI teams to support maintenance and sustainability of existing CBI practices and programming.
 
An individual will not be considered to have been fully trained in the Foundations of CBI until after the successful completion of ALL four days.

Foundations of CBI Day 1: Understanding the Fundamentals of CBI

Prior to planning and implementing CBI programming, it must be understood that CBI is an evidence-based instructional strategy that promotes positive post-school outcomes when implemented with fidelity. CBI utilizes the local community and surrounding areas for students to learn real world skills in natural environments that may be used currently or in the future as students transition to adulthood. As a result of this training, participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the principles of CBI and how these principles translate toward promoting equity, agency, and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.
 
Note: This series is ONLY open to individual school staff who are new to CBI practices and are employed in a district that has been previously trained and has an established CBI implementation team.
 
This training provides a total of 5 hours of professional development.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 29, 2024  10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Closed February 21, 2024  9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Foundations of CBI Day 2: Transforming Post-School Outcomes Using Quality Planning

Participation in community opportunities is vital for the development and growth of personal relationships, friendships, and connections to other areas of adult life, including employment, higher education, and independent living. When students with disabilities receive systematic, authentic, and engaging community-based instruction across all 4 domains (community living, recreation and leisure, career awareness, and career exploration) they are more likely to experience increased access to community-based, integrated activities which not only promote positive post-school outcomes but also quality of life. During this session, participants will learn more about the 4 domains of CBI and understand how to utilize strategic planning, ecological inventories, and stakeholder feedback to prioritize meaningful learning experiences that are relevant to students within their communities.
 
Note: This series is ONLY open to individual school staff who are new to CBI practices and are employed in a district that has been previously trained and has an established CBI implementation team.
 
This training provides a total of 5 hours of professional development.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 26, 2024  10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Open March 20, 2024  9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Foundations of CBI Day 3: Best Practices in CBI Implementation Across Domains

Participants will learn to incorporate CBI into their instructional routine as a complement to the in-school instruction provided. In-school instruction alone is often insufficient for teaching students with disabilities who need additional opportunities to practice and apply skills in meaningful experiences. Functional skills reliant on the application of academic knowledge and social skills are best taught through systematic instruction in naturally occurring community environments (traditional or virtual) that provide students with authentic and rewarding learning opportunities. This training includes strategies and techniques for using systematic instruction in the classroom and community, as well as prompting systems, data collection strategies, incorporating technology, reinforcement considerations, and planning for maintenance and generalization.
 
Note: This series is ONLY open to individual school staff who are new to CBI practices and are employed in a district that has been previously trained and has an established CBI implementation team.
 
This training provides a total of 5 hours of professional development.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 18, 2024  10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Open April 24, 2024  9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Foundations of CBI Day 4: Supporting and Sustaining Leadership and Logistics

Due to the unique management and logistical challenges related to implementing CBI, schools may struggle when establishing or planning substantial growth of this practice. During this session, participants will learn about major programming areas including stakeholder involvement, budgets, policies and procedures, master planning including the training and coordination of personnel, selecting activities and locations, curriculum development, and the use of systematic instruction to ensure CBI is consistently implemented with quality. Participants will have the opportunities to assess their school/district’s current CBI practices and determine how they will contribute to existing CBI Action Plans.
Note: This series is ONLY open to individual school staff who are new to CBI practices and are employed in a district that has been previously trained and has an established CBI implementation team.
 
This training provides a total of 5 hours of professional development.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open April 29, 2024  10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Open May 22, 2024  9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Employment

Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge And Skills

Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills is the recently redesigned certification series for New Jersey employment specialists/job coaches. It is a regularly updated four-day series of interactive, competency-based workshops designed for beginning Employment Specialists working for a DVRS Supported Employment Vendor and/or DDD Community Service Provider offering Supported Employment Services. The content would also be beneficial to school job coaches and transition coordinators. Participants will learn best-practice, evidence-based approaches to all phases of supported employment services (assessment and discovery, job development, job coaching, and follow along for job retention). The course is designed to prepare otherwise qualified staff for The Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam by providing an overview of the five core areas identified as crucial for ability to work as a supported employment specialist.
 
While staff will benefit most by participating in the four training days sequentially, the series is designed so that each day’s content exists as a distinct, stand-alone learning experience. For each day, participants will receive a certificate of completion. An individual will not be considered to have met the DDD/DVRS vendor requirements for competency in supported employment services until after the successful completion of all four days. It will be the responsibility of the agency to ensure staff meets the four-day participation requirements.

Employment Specialist Foundations Day 1: Assessment/Discovery Phase

An overview and history of community-based employment and how-to strategies for effective job seeker assessment/discovery phase to maximize future job matching.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 8, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Full March 7, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Employment Specialist Foundations Day 2: Job Development Phase

An introduction to job development including marketing strategies, negotiating with employers, analyzing worksites and customizing employment to facilitate good job matching.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 15, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Full March 14, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Employment Specialist Foundations Day 3: Job Coaching Phase

An examination of learning styles, direct and systematic instruction on the job site (task analysis, hierarchy of prompts, teaching to natural and artificial cues, error correction, etc.) and data collection.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 22, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Full March 21, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Employment Specialist Foundations Day 4: Long Term Follow Along Phase

A familiarization with the purposes, strategies and documentation of long term follow along supports to boost retention as well as an introduction to employment and the ADA, benefits and employment, and “typicalness” research and employment.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 29, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Full March 28, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Employment Specialist Supplemental

Employment Specialist Supplemental: Building Customer Relations for the Employment Specialist

Customer relations are an integral part of a successful employment services agency.  This course will assist Employment Specialists to identify all of the customers that receive their services as well as describe strategies that will facilitate effective customer relations.  Methods of measuring customer satisfaction will be introduced and how those methods connect with continuous quality improvement will be stressed.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 20, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Employment Specialist Supplemental: Business Advisory Committees: Networking Support for Job Development

Business advisory committees are not a new concept, they have been used in community-based employment programs for decades. A well-constructed business advisory committee with a clear mission can make job development easier. Developing job opportunities for individuals with disabilities requires making connections with employers and developing strategies to create and expand community links. Starting and maintaining a business advisory committee often takes a backseat to the more pressing needs of day-to-day agency and program operations. Using a number of knowledgeable resources, we will discuss a framework for developing an effective and productive business advisory committee and how to keep it going.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full March 19, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Registration Closed

Employment Specialist Supplemental: Cultural Humility and Self-Reflection in the Job Coaching Partnership

In recent years, supported employment organizations have been prioritizing the need to provide culturally competent employment supports, which includes learning how to support people with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. However, this focus on acquiring knowledge about different cultural groups can become its own obstacle. Too often, a focus on “becoming culturally competent” can lead to the development of stereotypes, or functions to protect ourselves from the shame or vulnerability that we experience when we are concerned about making a cultural misstep. Rather than considering what we know about others, cultural humility asks us to first consider what we truly know about ourselves so that we can be aware of our how own beliefs, values, and world view impact those that we support. This workshop will demonstrate that by reframing the expectation that a job coach must enter a supported employment relationship already “competent” in the culture of another, they will be better, more authentic, and more impactful partners and champions for employment success.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 26, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed

Employment Specialist Supplemental: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Collaboration between supported employment agencies, the job seeker, and their family is key to employment success. However, parents and families are often concerned about the efficacy of employment supports or are distrustful of the supported employment process. Likewise, job coaches may consider certain kinds of parent involvement as intrusive or detrimental to a successful job match. In this workshop, we will discuss how to set policies and practices that welcome the critical input of families, while also maintaining appropriate and well-defined boundaries that will affirm the professionalism and competence of the worker.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 12, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed

Employment Specialist Supplemental: Situational Assessment: A Tool for Exploring Possibilities

Many adults and young adults with disabilities employed today find themselves in jobs they are struggling to maintain over time. Often that struggle is because the job isn’t a good match for the employee’s skills, abilities, attributes and/or interests. While most adults and young adults without disabilities have had the opportunity to inform their employment and career preferences through a variety of formal and informal work experiences in different settings, this is typically not so for their peers with disabilities.  Job seekers with disabilities who have limited work experience to draw from are at a disadvantage when expected to identify employment goals.  In this training, participants will learn what situational assessments are and how they can be a valuable tool for job seekers and their community employment staff. Participants will receive the Situational Tool for Exploring Possibilities (STEP) and explore how its use can assist job seekers in identifying the type of job or career they want and how well their skills, abilities, attributes, and interests match it.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 06, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Registration is closed

Meaningful Days Leading To Fulfilling Lives

For some time now expectations for service delivery have been changing within our state to continue to mirror national trends and consumer preferences. Through this training professionals working in day services will develop a better understanding of what is driving the change in service expectations, such as the HCBS Settings Rule, and the role of the direct support professional in implementing these changes. Trainees will explore how the services they provide should be defined by the provision of quality experiences that lead to more fulfilling lives for those receiving services and prioritizes inclusion in community life. The training is designed to encourage day staff to think creatively about services, support strategies, advocacy and the development of community capacity.
 
This is a training series and taking both Day 1 and Day 2 will be the mandatory pre-requisite to taking any further trainings under the Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives category offered subsequently.

Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives: Day 1 Context and Theory

Participants will revisit state-wide goals and federal mandates for the provision of community-based services as well as the service providers’ role within the disability civil rights movement and inclusion. Participants will also discuss and understand basic concepts that should be driving service delivery such as Meaningful, Community, Valued Role, Choice, etc.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 25, 2024  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Zoom

Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives: Day 2 Day Services Tools

Participants will discuss tools necessary for meaningful supports and services for individuals with disabilities. Person-centered planning and Charting the Life tools to enhance the discovery process, community mapping as a tool to get to know local community resources, the use of technology to enhance community-based supports and ways to provide structure to programming and activities.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Day 1: Context and Theory
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 26, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoom

Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives: Day Habilitation/Community Inclusion Services

For some time now expectations for service delivery have been changing within our state to continue to mirror national trends and consumer preferences. Through this training professionals working in day services will develop a better understanding of what is driving the change in service expectations, such as the HCBS Settings Rule, and the role of the direct support professional in implementing these changes. Trainees will explore how the services they provide should be defined by the provision of quality experiences that lead to more fulfilling lives for those receiving services and prioritizes inclusion in community life. The training is designed to encourage day staff to think creatively about services, support strategies, advocacy and the development of community capacity.
 
Day Habilitation/Community Inclusion Services participants will discuss the descriptions of both Day Habilitation and Community Inclusion services as defined in the NJDDD Supports Program Manual. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills in developing strategies around these service delivery options that center around supporting people to have the lives they want.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives Day 1: Context and Theory, and Day 2: Day Services Tools
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 29, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom

Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives: Prevocational Training Services

For some time now expectations for service delivery have been changing within our state to continue to mirror national trends and consumer preferences. Through this training professionals working in day services will develop a better understanding of what is driving the change in service expectations, such as the HCBS Settings Rule, and the role of the direct support professional in implementing these changes. Trainees will explore how the services they provide should be defined by the provision of quality experiences that lead to more fulfilling lives for those receiving services and prioritizes inclusion in community life. The training is designed to encourage day staff to think creatively about services, support strategies, advocacy and the development of community capacity.
 
Prevocational Training Services participants will discuss the description of Prevocational Training services as defined in the NJDDD Supports Program Manual. Participants will have the opportunity to practice developing strategies around this service delivery option that are based on general, non-job task specific skills as they learn about activities that could be part of effective prevocational training services.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives Day 1: Context and Theory, and Day 2: Day Services Tools
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 29, 2024  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zoom

PCAST - Person-Centered Approaches In Schools And Transition

PCAST - Person-Centered Approaches In Schools And Transition

PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals

Participants will be trained on the use and facilitation of a person-centered planning process. Participants will learn fundamental skills, how to use planning tools and processes to implement person-centered approaches with students. Also covered will be methods for gathering, organizing, and presenting person-centered information, as well as implementing strategies designed to improve post-school outcomes for students.
 
Note: This two-day workshop provides a total of 9 hours of professional development.
“Person-Centered Planning and Implementation” is a two-day workshop. Completion of day one is required to attend day two.  
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff, students with disabilities, and their family members.
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 25 & 26, 2024  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

LRC - Learning Resource Center North | Directions
Web Site
7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor, Suite 201
East Orange, NJ     07017
973-414-4491

Registration is closed
Closed February 8 & 9, 2024  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County | Directions
Web Site
6260 Old Harding Highway
Mays Landing, NJ     08330
609-625-0056

Registration is closed
Open March 14 & 15, 2024 Families Olny  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Zoom

PCAST: Culturally Responsive Facilitation in Person-Centered Practices

Participants will use person-centered thinking skills and tools to learn about implicit bias, microaggressions and culturally relevant practices. These tools and related activities will help participants to develop and enhance their facilitation skills that are culturally relevant to students, families, and communities.
 
Note: This one-day workshop includes 2 hour live virtual modules providing a total of 4 hours of professional development.
Completion of “An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals” is highly recommended but not required.
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff, students with disabilities, and their family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 16, 2024  9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed

PCAST: Developing Group Person-Centered Planning In Classroom Settings

Participants will learn how to unbundle the skills and tools used in formal facilitated person-centered planning events for use with groups of students in both virtual and physical classrooms, while strengthening their person-centered planning skills. Each participant will draft a group instruction implementation plan with associated outcomes and actions that are designed to meet the needs of the students they will be supporting. Example implementation frameworks will be used to assist participants in customizing their individualized strategies.
 
Note: This one-day workshop provides a total of 4.5 hours of professional development.
Completion of “An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals” is highly recommended but not required.
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff, students with disabilities, and their family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 29, 2024  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County | Directions
Web Site
6260 Old Harding Highway
Mays Landing, NJ     08330
609-625-0056

Registration is closed
Open March 8, 2024  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

LRC - Learning Resource Center North | Directions
Web Site
7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor, Suite 201
East Orange, NJ     07017
973-414-4491

PCAST: Person-Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition Annual Innovation Swap Meet

Our 10th annual PCAST Innovation Swap Meet sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education, in partnership with Rutgers-The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. This event is an opportunity for participants in the PCAST Cohort Districts to showcase their efforts related to the implementation of person-centered approaches in schools. It is also an opportunity to network with other educators, students, and family members.
 
This training currently is only open to Cohort Schools.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open May 23, 2024  9:30 am - 1:00 pm

LRC - Learning Resource Center Central | Directions
Web Site
200 River View Plaza -1st Floor
Trenton, NJ     08611
609-376-3955

PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings

This workshop will teach person-centered thinking skills and introduce tools designed to improve the quality of collaborative meetings, especially IEP meetings. Participants will leave with practical strategies and tools related to pre-meeting preparation, effective communication, management of difficult conversations and situations, approaches to address sensitive topics, New Jersey Administrative Code requirements, and post-meeting implementation.
 
Note: This two-day workshop provides a total of 9 hours of professional development.
“Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings” is a two-day workshop. Completion of day one is required to attend day two.
Completion of “An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals” is highly recommended but not required.
 
This training currently is ONLY open to NJ school staff, students with disabilities, and their family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJDOE Professional Development Hours
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 1 & 2, 2024  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

LRC - Learning Resource Center Central | Directions
Web Site
200 River View Plaza -1st Floor
Trenton, NJ     08611
609-376-3955

Registration is closed
Closed February 22 & 23, 2024  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

LRC - Learning Resource Center North | Directions
Web Site
7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor, Suite 201
East Orange, NJ     07017
973-414-4491

Registration is closed

People With DD And Families

People With DD And Families

Building Partnerships in Planning through Charting the LifeCourse

People with disabilities, families, and support coordinators collaborate to map a vision for life, define outcomes, and select the services and supports to help achieve them. The Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, developed by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Institute for Human Development, was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want. Through engaging activities, this workshop will describe this framework and demonstrate how it can be used to develop plans that are authentically person-centered
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, Support Coordination agencies, Supports Brokerage Providers, individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 29, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom

Open June 27, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom

College For All: A Webinar for Students and Families on Alternate Pathways to Post-Secondary Education

Due to the efforts of advocates and their families, there is a national trend to provide more pathways for college participation for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The result is an increase in the number of college programs available here in New Jersey and nationwide. This workshop will provide families and self-advocates with tools to evaluate non-traditional pathways to college, including vocational, certificate, and other non-matriculated programs that will assist students in achieving their post-secondary goals.
 
Note: To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 15, 2024  12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed

Employment For All: A Webinar for Parents and Families of Individuals with Disabilities on Supported Employment

Supported Employment is a valuable service that assists individuals with disabilities to secure integrated, competitive employment. Many parents, guardians, and family members have questions about how the process works, if it’s appropriate for their loved one, and what their role in the process should be. Please join us as we discuss how essential employment can be in the life of those with disabilities and examine how parents/guardians can contribute to their success.
 
Note: To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 29, 2024  12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Zoom

Working in Partnership with Support Coordinators

People with developmental disabilities receiving services through DDD can choose their Support Coordination Agency, and will work with Support Coordinators to plan for and find services and supports. This training will provide people with disabilities and family members with the information about Support Coordination. Participants will learn about selecting a Support Coordination Agency that will best meet their needs, how to work in partnership with the Support Coordinator throughout the person-centered planning process, and identify services, supports, and providers that will help to achieve the lives they want.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to New Jersey developmental disability professionals, employees of DDD, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 7, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom

Support Coordination

Support Coordination Orientation

Support Coordination Orientation: Person-Centered Planning & Connection to Community Supports

Support Coordinators play an important role in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. They are professionals that help to identify the supports the person needs, plan for the life the person wants, and connect the person to services that will help him/her achieve a quality life in the community. In order to do this support coordinators need to have a working knowledge of the disability system and current models of support, be skilled in person-centered planning, be able to identify a wide array of available community services options, and effectively monitor the quality and effectiveness of supports on an ongoing basis.
 
As a part of the required support coordination orientation, this two-day training will introduce participants to current disability philosophy, best practices, and the roles of a support coordinator. Through a series of engaging activities participants will learn how to develop the person centered planning tool and NJ Individual Service Plan. Strategies to develop personally defined outcomes and goals will be practiced, and concepts related to connecting the person to community-based supports and services will be presented.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to New Jersey Support Coordinators and Support Coordinator Supervisors.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite: All participants MUST complete all 5 Lessons found in Support Coordination Orientation (DDD 1.2015) on the College of Direct Support a week prior to training date.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
 
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 6 & 7, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed
Open March 5 & 6, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Open April 2 & 3, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Open May 1 & 2, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Open June 11 & 12, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Support Coordination Workshops

Building Partnerships in Planning through Charting the LifeCourse

People with disabilities, families, and support coordinators collaborate to map a vision for life, define outcomes, and select the services and supports to help achieve them. The Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, developed by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Institute for Human Development, was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want. Through engaging activities, this workshop will describe this framework and demonstrate how it can be used to develop plans that are authentically person-centered
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, Support Coordination agencies, Supports Brokerage Providers, individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 29, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom

Open June 27, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom

Navigating Conflict for Support Coordinators

Support Coordinators assist people with disabilities as they explore their hopes and dreams and forge a path to achieve goals by connecting to needed supports. This can be a deeply personal and challenging process. Often Support Coordinators need to navigate conflicting perspectives between people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and others on the team. Through this training, Support Coordinators will learn how and why conflict happens, along with strategies to prevent conflict and successfully facilitate resolutions when it does occur.   
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Coordination agencies, and Support Coordination agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 21, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom

Upholding the HCBS Settings Final Rule for Support Coordinators

Support Coordinators have an integral role in upholding the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule through planning, connecting, and monitoring. This training provides information about the HCBS Settings Final Rule and its impact for people with I/DD and the services they receive. Support Coordinators will learn to incorporate elements of the Rule into the person-centered planning process, utilize tools to help people build relationships and community connections, and conduct authentic monitoring to assess compliance.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, Support Coordinators, and Support Coordinator Supervisors.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 13, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom

Behavior Support Overview for the Support Coordinator

One of the roles of Support Coordinators is to identify when supports to address challenging behaviors are needed, and to partner with the person, family, and all those providing support to ensure behavioral needs are met. This training will provide an overview of challenging behavior and related supports, with an emphasis on the Support Coordinator’s role in identifying needs and monitoring for quality and effectiveness of supports. Participants will learn to identify when mental health and behavior supports are needed, educate people with disabilities and their families on what to expect from providers, and monitor the effectiveness of behavior support services.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Coordination agencies, and Support Coordination agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 12, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoom

Developing Person-Centered Outcomes: Technical Assistance Workshop for Support Coordinators

The development of personally-defined outcomes is the cornerstone of a quality individual service plan (ISP). Information support coordinators gather throughout the planning process helps to describe what the person would like to achieve and the supports and services needed to make this a reality. The role support coordinators play in facilitating conversations with people with disabilities and their families is crucial to helping people describe their vision for life, define outcomes, and select the services and supports that will help them to achieve this. Through the use of a presentation and guided practice, this workshop will teach participants techniques useful in the identification of person-centered outcomes.
 
In order to participate, Support Coordinators need to bring a print out of a completed PCPT and NJISP of a person she/he is currently working with (names and identifiers blacked out). These documents will be used throughout the workshops.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to New Jersey Support Coordinators and Support Coordinator Supervisors.   
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite:  Completion of SC Orientation and actively working with a caseload for at least 30 days. Support Coordinators that have taken the SC Orientation fewer than 30 days prior will not be registered and should attend a workshop at a later date.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
 
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open April 4, 2024  10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Zoom

Supervising Support Coordinators: Strategies to Enhance Quality while Meeting Requirements

Support Coordination Supervisors perform a broad set of responsibilities that span the realms of agency management and quality assurance.  This training focuses on the administrative, educational, and supportive functions Supervisors they conduct with the Support Coordinators they hire and employ.  Participants will learn strategies for meeting requirements while enhancing the effectiveness of Support Coordination services through hiring and orientation practices, training and professional development, ongoing supervision and feedback, and evaluation and appraisal.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Coordination agencies, and Support Coordination agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Prerequisite: Support Coordination Orientation
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open May 16, 2024  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Zoom

Supported Employment Overview for the Support Coordinator

Employment is an important aspect of being a valued, contributing member of our community.  Support Coordinators play a crucial role in helping people with disabilities and their families explore possibilities and connect the person to the supports and services necessary to attain employment.  This course will describe the role the support coordinator plays in helping people with disabilities identify and realize personally relevant employment goals. Topics to be discussed include the impact Employment First has on the services they provide and concrete methods Support Coordinators can use to bridge the hopes, dreams, preferences, and personal attributes captured in the Person Centered Planning Tool and the desired employment future the person wants to achieve.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Coordination agencies, and Support Coordination agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 1, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed

Supports Brokerage

Supports Brokerage

Orientation to Supports Brokerage

Supports brokers are the linchpin of the self-directed service model, fostering independence, social engagement, and choice. This orientation provides an overview of self-determination, self-direction, and the basic principles of person-centered thinking and planning. Participants will learn how Supports Brokers collaborate with the person receiving supports, Support Coordinators, the Fiscal Intermediary, and Self-Directed Employees to bring the service plan to life. As part of this two-day training, future Supports Brokers will build skills in the areas of recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising Self-Directed Employees in partnership with those receiving supports. Building community connections and identifying supports outside of the formal service system will also be discussed.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Brokerage agencies and those interested in pursuing approval, NJ support coordination agencies, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 15 & 16, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed
Open March 28 & 29, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Open May 15 & 16, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Open June 17 & 18, 2024  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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New Jersey Supports Broker Network Meeting: Professional Development

The NJ Supports Broker Network meets every other month to provide professional development and opportunities to discuss promising practices with supports brokers across the state. Topics may include but are not limited to: Community Connections; Person-Centered Practice; Circles of Support; Partnerships; DDD Updates; Fiscal Intermediary Processes; Supporting SDE Recruitment and Retention; etc…
 
Note: This professional development meeting is ONLY open to NJ Supports Brokers and DDD employees
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Orientation to Supports Brokerage
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 26, 2024  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Zoom

Transition

Webinar Series For Educators And Transition Specialists

The Boggs Center is excited to announce a Webinar Series for Educators, Transition Specialists, Transition Coordinators, and other school-based professionals on Transition to Adulthood. Throughout this series, we will de-mystify the process and break down some of the more common challenges experienced by the school team. Participants will learn specific, concrete tools to empower families and students to graduate into full, rich lives in community. Remember, it’s not just a cliff. It’s also a view of the horizon.
 
Please see below for detailed information on each of the topics. Please join us for one or all of this series!

Webinar Five:Understanding Social Security Benefits: Setting Your Graduates Up for Employment Success

Informed family, financial, and estate planning is critical for families of individuals with disabilities. Often times, families look to the school team for guidance on these issues, and it is critical that schools can respond with informed answers. In this webinar, we will provide a road map for these critical decisions, clarify some of the common misconceptions around how disability benefits limit employment options, as well as explore the concepts of guardianship and supported decision making.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 5, 2023  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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Registration is closed

Webinar Six: Long-Term Planning

Informed long-term family, financial, and estate planning is critical for individuals with disabilities and their families. In this webinar, participants will be given a road map to help guide families through these critical decisions. Additionally, participants will explore Guardianship and Supported Decision Making, as well understanding the role of a health care proxy and/or a power of attorney in supporting individuals with disabilities to make decisions in their lives as adults.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 7, 2024  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Zoom

Workforce Development & Frontline Supervisors

Workforce Development

College of Direct Support Administrator Training

These trainings are designed for staff provider agencies designate as their College of Direct Support Administrators. Participants may include: administrative assistants, human resources staff, and agency trainers. Participation in these trainings will help agencies meet the minimum requirement of tracking Pre-Service training and use the optional state of the art continuing education opportunities available through the College of Direct Support. In these trainings, administrators will learn how to enroll new staff into the CDS system using the DDD required fields, release CDS course/lessons to staff, track Pre-Service and other agency training, and generate reports on an individual and agency basis.     
 
Given the hands-on instruction provided in this training, all participants must use a laptop or desktop computer in order to toggle between the Zoom and a web browser. Alternate devices such smart phones, Tablets, iPads and Kindle Fire are NOT acceptable.   
 
In advance of the training, participants must download the CDS Adminstrator Manual and print or have available on an alternate screen (e.g. second screen, phone, tablet) to refer to as needed throughout the training and use after successful completion.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD and DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers.  
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed February 8, 2024  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Registration is closed
Cancelled February 13, 2024  10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Cancelled
The course has been cancelled.
Completed February 20, 2024  10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Registration is closed
Completed February 22, 2024  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Registration is closed
Full February 27, 2024  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Registration is closed
Full March 12, 2024  10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Event Full
Registration Closed
Full March 21, 2024  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Event Full
Registration Closed
Open March 26, 2024  10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Frontline Supervisors

Frontline Supervision Series: Building Competent Behavior Support Teams

Frontline Supervisors play an important role in collaborating with Direct Support Professionals to effectively address the behavior and mental health needs of those they support. This course will focus on recognizing the role of the DSP as a valuable member of an individual’s support team. Participants will learn effective strategies for: identifying training and mentoring needs, collecting feedback from staff, building competent teams, and establishing an environment to prevent challenging behavior and support mental health.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 29, 2024  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoom

Frontline Supervision Series: Hiring and Onboarding

Frontline Supervisors play an integral role in promoting successful practices for hiring and retaining quality Direct Support Professionals. This course focuses on building skills to improve organizational personnel practices, including staff recruitment, selection, hiring, and onboarding. Participants will learn effective strategies for: recruiting and interviewing DSPs, implementing hiring practices that involve the individual who will be receiving supports, and enhancing retention through orientation and onboarding.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Completed January 30, 2024  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed

Frontline Supervision Series: Supervision, Leadership, and Promoting Professionalism

Frontline Supervisors are leaders and supporters, enhancing the capacity of their team to work together toward common goals. This course focuses on building skills to ensure competence, accountable performance, continuing professional development, and support for those supervised. Participants will learn strategies for: promoting professional relations and teamwork, building effective teams, facilitating collaborative problem-solving, managing conflict, and reviewing performance.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full March 27, 2024  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Zoom

Event Full
Registration Closed

Frontline Supervision Series: Training, Mentoring, and Creating Career Pathways

Frontline Supervisors are charged with promoting professional development through training, mentoring, and creation of career pathways for Direct Support Professionals. This course focuses on building skills to improve organizational training practices and establish a culture of learning. Participants will learn effective strategies for: identifying training needs, connecting staff with the right learning opportunities, supporting competency development, creating a professional development plan, and offering opportunities for advancement.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of New Jersey DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this training.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 22, 2024  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Zoom

Registration is closed