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Arc of Pennsylvania: Customized Employment Trainings

The Arc of Pennsylvania partners with Marc Gold and Associates (MG&A) to offer three separate, but interrelated training courses on the core elements of Customized Employment.

Each of the courses are 3-day, virtual trainings. These courses are available for certification and meet the training requirements for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (OVR’s) Customized Employment services and the PA Office of Developmental Program’s (ODP) Advanced Supported Employment services.

For each training, those seeking certification will complete additional fieldwork under the guidance of a mentor. Those without the need for certification (school personnel, families, etc.) may also enroll in the courses.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • Discovery Training – March 22 – 24, 2023  & May 10 – 12, 2023
  • Customized Job Development: April 12 – 14, 2023
  • Systematic InstructionNone scheduled at this time.

Customized Employment Training Descriptions

  • DISCOVERY TRAINING – presents an alternative to traditional vocational assessment. The Discovery process focuses on the individual with a disability’s unique interests, contributions, and conditions needed for success. It sets the stage for job development and securing customized employment.
  • CUSTOMIZED JOB DEVELOPMENT TRAINING – teaches skills enabling the job developer to identify, analyze, and conceptualize specific job aspects that meet the needs of both the individual profile and the employer. This training teaches strategies for contacting and presenting to employers on behalf of job seekers.
  • SYSTEMATIC INSTRUCTION TRAINING – Focuses on the skills and knowledge to teach job type tasks to an individual with a disability. The training includes understanding natural supports to perform a job task, conducting task analysis, training a person on job tasks using appropriate strategies, and how to record performance training data.

About Customized Employment

Customized Employment is designed to support individuals with disabilities who struggle to find employment. Customized Employment works by negotiating customized positions with local employers that align with the job seeker’s interests, skills, and conditions for success. Job seekers benefit by having a flexible position that allows them to be at their best. Employers benefit by hiring an individual that can fulfill a specific need within their organization.

Organizations and individuals in Pennsylvania who want to provide customized employment for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or advanced supported employment funded by The Office of Developmental Programs need training and certification in these courses.

In addition to providing Customized Employment Training, The Arc of Pennsylvania also provides direct services. Trained consultants are able to offer Discovery, Customized Job Development, and Systematic Instruction for people with disabilities through our ADEPT program. ADEPT stands for Arc Discovery Employment Transitions. Click here to learn more about these services.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023
  • Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023
  • Friday, May 12, 2023

Past Dates

  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • Thursday, March 23, 2023
  • Friday, March 24, 2023