The 19th Employment Supports Symposium

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 2019

NOW is the Time to Make Employment Happen!


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May 21st, 2019

Symposium - Day 2

May 23rd, 2019

Symposium Day-Two At-A-Glance
May 23, 2019

Convene Cire Center
2929 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107


9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

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"A Trauma Informed Approach to Successful Employment"
~ Beth Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB ~

Many of the people we try to support live lives full of fear, anxiety, rage, and somatic illness among other "challenging behaviors". Many times this is an expression of a response to traumatic experiences. These responses can have a serious effect on relationships on the job, as well as productivity and job satisfaction. Happily, understanding the trauma dynamic can open doors to be able to make a positive impact, and promote healing largely through the efforts of direct supporters as pivotal members of the team. This session focuses on helping supporters to become “Social Therapists’ in daily work with people who have experienced trauma.  We will examine some of the  sources of  trauma in these people’s lives from micro to macro, and explore interventions starting with the way of life/social therapy to create holistic wellbeing and healing opportunities in daily life. (PDF)  (WORD)

Keynote:  9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

“A Trauma Informed Approach to Successful Employment”
Beth Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB

Morning Breakouts: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Understanding Employment Supports for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Huntington
Randy Loss

  • The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) endorses several employment and educational support services for individuals who have Serious Mental Illness (SMI). This session will be a panel discussion with professionals who provide these services to create competitive integrated employment outcomes for individuals with SMI. The intent is to educate the audience about these service models, allow attendees to ask questions about how such programming can assist either themselves, their family member or individuals they serve and to share examples of success using these models.  (PPT)

Building a Culture of Employment Baldwin
Jill Gromen, JEVS

  • The Philadelphia Independence Network (PIN) program of JEVS Human Services supports was created 8 years ago to provide independent living support from a whole life perspective. 3 years ago, we embedded employment supports into the independent living program model. Join program members, family members and staff as we describe the process and impact of how we have collaboratively built a culture of employment.

Building Resilience and Soothing Responses to Trauma for Those We Support Revolution Hub
Beth Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB

  • As direct supporters, we often find it hard to know what to do in the moment to calm a person, and subsequently plan ongoing daily routines and interventions to help the person become more resilient. In this session we will engage in some hands on practices that can be used to help a person when they are triggered, stressed, or hyper-aroused. (PDF)  (WORD)

ACHIEVA Vocational Transformation Diesel
Eric Welsh, ACHIEVA

  • The steps ACHIEVA took and is taking to divest itself of facility based day programming and switch our focus on competitive integrated employment. (PDF)  (WORD)

Looking for Accommodations in all the Right Places Propel
Tracy Lapreziosa

  • Accommodations to maximize performance on the job do not just include physical adaptions for accessibility. There are 5 areas to address when considering assistive technology or accommodations on the job: physical space, sensory environment, job tasks and demands, communication, and organization or time management. This session will provide an outline of things to consider when exploring each of these areas to help all workers achieve their maximum potential in an accessible and comfortable setting. Everyone is able to put forth their best effort and attention, if they are comfortable in their environment!  (PDF)  (WORD)

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Lunch Provided

Early Afternoon Breakouts: 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Using Evidence Based Practice Supported Employment to Secure Work for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Huntington
Randy Loss

  • Evidenced Based Practice (EBP) supported employment (SE) is one of the most beneficial tools to assist an individual with serious mental illness or severe emotional disorder (SMI/SED) in gaining employment. EBP SE is currently used within various OMHSAS supported programs across Pennsylvania and as part of implementing Governor Wolf's Employment First initiative, it is anticipated that increasing the use of these services can benefit individuals diagnosed with mental illness in gaining employment. Assisting individuals with SMI/SED in gaining employment is an important component to recovery and independence. This session will explain and review the benefits of EBP SE, identify examples within PA and in other states, and finally, discuss how PA could look to expand use of this model to the benefit of individuals with SMI/SED in obtaining employment. (PDF)  (WORD)

Entrepreneur Think Tank Revolution Hub

  • Join us during the Entrepreneur Think Thank session as we welcome a variety of local entrepreneurs to share information about their businesses. Our goal is to encourage and promote the idea of entrepreneurial sprit/self-employment as a way to generate income. This event will feature multiple entrepreneurs who will have a chance to speak with the audience regarding their backgrounds, objectives, business strategy and endeavors. Most importantly this is an opportunity for the entrepreneurs to engage with an audience to build their social capital and provide exposure for potential investors and partnerships. Audience participation is welcome and highly suggested!

Careers Wanted: An Honest Conversation About the Difficulties and Rewards of Employment Outcomes Diesel
Allison Smale, KenCrest

  • Staff from KenCrest will lead an interactive discussion about the real and perceived difficulties in supporting people in residential supports to successfully find and maintain community based employment. The presentation will use facilitated discussion models and visual tools to ensure there is reciprocal information sharing.  (PDF)  (WORD)

The Clubhouse Model of Supported Employment Propel
Skyler Deitrick, CSG Clubhouse

  • Clubhouse programs serve individuals with mental illness and other disabilities. Clubhouses statewide offer three different levels of employment support in addition to working with community partners, other employment agencies, and OVR. This session will give you an introduction to a unique employment program and you will learn how Clubhouses support individuals with returning to work. (PDF)  (WORD)

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Mid Afternoon Discussion: 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Sit Around the Campfire! 

Late Afternoon Breakouts: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Creative Transportation Work Options

  • Join a discussion about the use of creative transportation options for getting to and from work. Panel members will discuss some of what is being used, and participants are encouraged to share what has worked for them.

Time Banking = Awesome Job Opps: How to use time banking to get jobs you love Baldwin
Allison Smale, KenCrest

  • We will learn what time banking is and how to access it in the Philadelphia area. We will also explore the diverse ways that time banking impacts employment options and outcomes including: networking, relationship building, skill development, confidence building and a spring board to self employment. Join in the discussion about this exciting, new grass roots opportunity.  (PDF)  (WORD)

Power of Discovery and Customized Employment Revolution Hub
Anthony Chan and Julie Rasmuson, ARC of PA

  • Learn about the essential elements of a novel approach to job development. Discovery and Customized Employment is an individualized process of creating competitive integrated employment opportunities that matches a job seeker’s strengths, needs and interests to the business needs of an employer. (PDF)  (WORD)

Career Pathways and Employment Assistance Diesel
Matthew Sheaffer and Dorenda Hamarlund, PA Department of Corrections

  • The presentation is to give the audience a brief overview of the Career Pathways program offered to state inmates in PA Department of Corrections facilities. During the presentation, we will also discus reentry planning and preparation, as well as the benefits of hiring recently released inmates. The presentation will also cover barriers that reentrants may face and strategies for overcoming those barriers, with an emphasis on specialized approaches to specialized populations. (PDF)  (WORD)

Disclosing Disabilities at Work Propel
Darlene Hemerka, Esq.

  • This presentation will focus on disclosing disabilities in the workplace. It will begin with an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including what constitutes discrimination under the ADA. Then it will discuss the permissibility of medical inquiries at the following stages of the employment process: pre-offer, during the job interview, post offer and on the job. The presentation will conclude by exploring what actions a person can take if he/she believes they have been discriminated against because of their disability.  (PDF)  (WORD)

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...and Continuing Education opportunities!

This Symposium may qualify for CEUs toward CESP Recertification. Please click HERE to learn more.

Additionally, Social Work CEUs are pending via Widener University Center for Social Work Education


An "Early Bird Rate" is in effect for the
FULL Symposium until April 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
-- don't miss out on the savings!