Helping people with disabilities gain employment.

IPS Practitioner Skills Online

When is the next course?

September 18—December 8, 2017.
Registration: August 1–September 1, 2017 at
If you would like to receive a reminder when registration for the next course opens, please email

Who should take this course?

This web-based course is intended for employment specialists and their supervisors. Some of the fieldwork for the course includes job development with employers, meeting with clients and families to work on an employment plan, etc. Employment Specialists who take the course should have caseloads so that they can complete the assignments. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors have also taken the course by partnering with their local IPS program (Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and employment specialists did homework assignments together). State mental health planners, Vocational Rehabilitation administrators, IPS trainers, and others who do not have caseloads should contact to ask about accommodations to take the course.

How does learning take place?

This is an online learning course with personalized learning opportunities.

Each learning module consists of 30-40 minutes at the computer watching videos, reading, and answering questions.

Following the computer work, participants are asked to spend time practicing new skills during their workweek, and then write about their experiences on a discussion board, for example, after learning about new techniques for building relationships with employers, students are asked to practice those techniques by meeting with employers.

Unlike many other online courses, this training course includes contact with course facilitators who answer student questions and comment on all discussion board postings.

What are the learning modules?

1. Overview of IPS Supported Employment

2. Using a Team Approach (including families, VR counselor and mental health practitioners)

3. Focusing on Strengths 
and Preference

4. Client Interviewing Skills

5. Job Development (Web based)

6. Job Development (Fieldwork)

7. Planning Job Supports

8. IPS Supported Employment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

What is the course schedule?

Participants may work on the course at any time of day or night, though sections of the course will shut down as the course progresses.

Participation in the course is limited and registration forms will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How much does it cost?

The fee for the online course is $250 per participant. Groups of five or more people may take the course for $200 each. Participants from the IPS Learning Community and peer organizations are eligible for a discount – please contact

Fees must be paid in US dollars.

Is there a course certificate?

Participants who complete the course, all of the homework assignments, and a course evaluation, will be issued a certificate of course completion.

Comments from course participants:

“It has been really excellent and I am pleased that my workplace has sponsored me to participate in the course. I have almost 10 years of experience in supported employment and did not think that I would learn that much, however to my surprise, I have;  particularly around finding out about employers’ businesses and their staffing needs and building stronger employer connections.”

“It was excellent. The examples and case studies were common to experiences I have had.”

“As a result of taking the course, I have adopted IPS principles and am engaging in rapid job searches much more than I was previously. I find myself explaining IPS to clients and getting them on board. I am now confident in talking to employers, which I rarely did in the past. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this course and feel that it has improved my practice and benefitted the clients I work with. Thank you!”

“I really liked engaging in a short discussion with the instructors after each homework submission, and was grateful for their thoughts and reflections.”

“These were really useful, hands-on sessions that allow for immediate integration into work for staff and managers.”

“I love the homework, especially for job development. It really helps the employment specialist to get out in the community early on and practice meeting with employers.”