Supported Employment Essentials

Supported Employment Specialists play a key role in facilitating the full community and workplace inclusion, both socially and economically, of diverse individuals with complex employment considerations. Supported Employment Specialists work in partnership with job seekers and employers to provide individualized supports that value the choice and control of individuals while meeting the real employment needs of employers.

Grounded in established best practices, this foundational course will refine students’ understanding of supported employment to benefit both work-seeking individuals and employers or contractors.

Online Certificate Training

This course allows those new to the field of supported employment, as well as seasoned practitioners, to build upon their skills and confidence. Each of the 8 modules is rooted in best practice. Featuring case studies, video instruction, shared multi-media resources and an open discussion forum, it engages students to develop their critical thinking and action planning abilities. Upon successful completion, students are provided with a completion certificate, but more importantly, they leave the course with an enhanced understanding of supported employment and best practice techniques.

Course Delivery:

Supported Employment Essentials Training is an 8-week online course that runs approximately 40-50 hours in length and has been developed in partnership with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

This online course will be conducted using Life Strategies’ e-learning course management system (i.e., LearnOnline in Moodle). Registered students will receive log-in instructions by email prior to the course start date. The course design relies on asynchronous discussion forums (i.e., participants post when it’s convenient for them) and, each week, a live webinar will be scheduled to present additional relevant topical content.

Online learning offers amazing opportunities for shared learning. Many experts in the field believe that the best learning online occurs in the discussion forums and that the posted course content may take on secondary importance. Although this course will provide comprehensive content, your active participation in the discussions will enrich your learning significantly.

If you have a disability that needs accommodation for this course, please let us know and we will work with you to more effectively meet your needs.

Course Outline:

      • Supported Employment: The Basics
      • It’s the Law: Understanding Relevant Canadian and Provincial/Territorial Requirements
      • Celebrating Diversity: A Strengths-Based Discovery Process
      • Your Other Client: Making and Maintaining Connections With Employers
      • Influencing the Influencers: It Takes a Village . . .
      • Finding the Right Fit: Match-Making and Job Proposals
      • Workplace Realities: Getting and Keeping Good Work
      • It’s Not Over Yet: Measuring Outcomes / Maintaining Relationships / Maximizing Engagement

Training Fees:

For both new service providers beginning their careers and experienced practitioners looking to refresh or deepen their understanding, Supported Employment Essentials Training is an investment in ongoing learning and skill development.

CASE Members: $450 / participant / 8 week certificate course

Non-Member: $500 / participant / 8 week certificate course


To take out your 2020 CASE membership and take advantage of the registration discount, click HERE!


On-line registration for Supported Employment Essentials Training will open in February 2020.  Please check back to secure your spot.