IPS: Wisconsin Learning Collaborative

The Wisconsin Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Learning Collaborative brings together mental health leaders, vocational rehabilitation leaders, peer leaders, family leaders, and employers to share ideas on how to serve people with serious mental illness who want to gain employment as part of their recovery.

Training calendar

The Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative offers several virtual training classes every month that are open to all IPS sites in Wisconsin. View the latest training calendar (PDF) for more information.

Annual meeting

The Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative hosts an annual meeting.


The 2021 Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative Annual Meeting will be held virtually June 9-10. Watch this space for more information.


The 2020 Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative Annual Meeting was held virtually on October 14, 2020. All of the sessions were recorded. Watch the recordings. The materials from the keynote presentations and the breakout sessions will be available for one year.

2020 keynotes

IPS: A Conversational Piece - Ruth Brock (Watch this presentation) *The video includes the opening remarks for the conference.*

Discovery-Oriented Care and Using Social Media to Build Vocational Identity - Vanessa Klodnick (Watch this presentation)

2020 breakout sessions

Working with people with substance use disorders - Kenneth Ginlack (Watch this session)

Managing your time - Jenn Haneman and Sierra Riesberg (Watch this session)

The importance of wellness during these times - Jim Doebereiner and Kassey Anderson (Watch this session)

Leveraging mutuality and strategic use of self to build strong working alliances - Vanessa Klodnick (Watch this session)

Being an IPS employment specialist in an urban setting - Darius McKinney (Watch this session)

DVR/IPS technical specifications - Andrew Johnson (Watch this session)

IPS: Young adult and supported education - Ruth Brock (Watch this session)

Rural vs. urban job development: Tips, tricks, and techniques - Vanessa Pikop and Kari Lleva (Watch this session)

Making connections that count: Effective intro statements - Theresa Iacullo (Watch this session)

Supporting consumers with criminal justice involvement - Nanette Griese (Watch this session)

Trauma and the wounded helper: Understanding and coping with secondary trauma - Scott Webb (Watch this session)

  • Slides (PDF)
  • Trauma-informed care book list
    • Baranowsky, A. and Lauer, T. (2012, 2013). What Is PTSD? : 3 Steps to Healing Trauma
    • Boyle, G. (2010). Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. New York: Free Press.
    • Burana, L. (2009). I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles. New York: Weinstein Books.
    • Fallot, R., and Harris, M. (2001). Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    • Najavits, L. M. (2019). Finding Your Best Self: Recovery from Addiction, Trauma, or Both. Guilford Press
    • Najavits, L. M. (2002). Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Use. Guilford Press
    • Perry, B. (2007). The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog. New York: Basic Books.
    • van der Kolk, B. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score. New York: Viking.
    • van Dernoot Lipsky, L. (2009). Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
    • Wilcox, P. (2012). Trauma-Informed Treatment: The Restorative Approach. Holyoke: NEARI Press.

Motivation equals movement: How to get your job seekers to show up - Lani Lawson (Watch this session)

Five Senses of Fidelity - Wisconsin IPS State Team (Watch this session) *The video includes the awards ceremony and closing remarks of the conference.*

IPS supervisor meetings

These meetings are held from 12 to 2 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting.


  • February 3
  • March 3
  • May 5
  • June (No meeting, conference month)
  • August 4
  • September 1
  • November 3
  • December 1

DWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation/IPS consortium meetings

These meetings are held from 12 to 2 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting.


  • April 14
  • July 14
  • October 13

Employment specialist consortium meetings

These meetings are held from 8 to 10 a.m. Join the Zoom meeting.


  • March 11 – Fidelity items: services 1-4
  • June 10 – Fidelity items: services 5-7
  • September 9 – Fidelity items: services 8-12
  • December 9 – Fidelity items: services 13-14
Last Revised: January 19, 2021