The Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative brings together people using the IPS model across the state to share ideas on how to serve people better.
The Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative hosts an annual conference. IPS providers, county and tribal behavioral health providers, counselors associated with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, certified peer specialists, and people who want to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities related to supported employment practices are encouraged to attend.
The primary purpose of the annual conference is to provide a professional development opportunity for the IPS Wisconsin community. It also serves as an opportunity to grow the IPS Wisconsin community by giving agencies interested in offering IPS an opportunity to learn about the benefits of IPS.
The annual conference is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Division of Care and Treatment Services), the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) and UW-Madison (Department of Psychiatry).
The dates and times for the 2022 annual conference have not yet been set.
The Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative offers several virtual training classes that are open to all IPS agencies in Wisconsin. Training can be conducted in person by request. If there is a need for a training that isn’t scheduled, contact the IPS Wisconsin team.
Continuing education hours are available to people who complete these training courses. For more information, contact the IPS Wisconsin team.
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Courses related to the foundations of IPS
To schedule courses related to the foundations of IPS for staff new to your IPS team, contact the IPS Wisconsin team.
This course provides an overview of the eight principles that encompass the spirit of IPS. This course also includes a discussion of the research conducted on the IPS model.
IPS data and tracking
This course is for employment specialists and supervisors to review items and documentations required to achieve good fidelity. There is also a review of other tracking opportunities for quality improvement.
This course helps the team think about how to get to know each person to complete the career profile with valuable information. How to use the information in the career profile to complete individualize plans and to conduct systematic job development is covered. This course also includes a discussion about the job development plan and job support plan.
Including families in the employment process
This course helps staff understand who the family is for each job seeker and the role family members can play in the job seeker’s life. This course also includes a discussion about what to do when family members are not supportive in employment.
This course helps staff to think about specific strategies that they can use to help people with co-occurring disorders (substance use disorder and mental health issue).
This course helps staff to think about strategies they can use to help people with criminal histories. This course also includes a discussion about how to talk about a person criminal record.
Job development - the IPS way
This course focuses on the Three Cups of Tea Model and the importance of building a relationship with businesses based on job seeker’s preferences.
Courses related to building skills
Job developer connection
This course provides an opportunity for employment specialists to talk with other employment specialists to share strategies and best practices.
Course schedule: This course is offered on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- January 26, 2022
- February 23, 2022
- March 23, 2022
- April 27, 2022
- May 25, 2022
- June 22, 2022
- July 27, 2022
- August 24, 2022.
- September 28, 2022
- October 26, 2022
- November 23, 2022
- December 28, 2022
Becoming an expert employment specialist
This course gives employment specialists time with a state trainer to practice their job development skills. The focus is on the three cups of tea strategies. The goal of this course is to help employment specialists fine tune their elevator speech and increase the effectiveness of their business connections.
Course schedule: This course is offered on the third Monday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- January 18, 2022 - Motivational interviewing tools (This class will begin at 10 a.m., not 9:00 a.m.)
- February 21, 2022 - Addressing exclusionary statements
- March 21, 2022 - Working with people with criminal histories
- April 18, 2022 - OARS+I within employment services
- May 16, 2022 - 1st cup intro statements
- June 20, 2022 - 2nd cup questions
- July 18, 2022 - Advocacy statements
- August 15, 2022 - Responding to difficult employer questions and statements
- September 19, 2022 - Finding strengths in the midst of barriers
- October 17, 2022 - Addressing hygiene and other difficult topics
- November 21, 2022 - Using work history to create a resume
- December 19, 2022 - Determining support needs
How to make a good job match
This course provides information through small and large group activities and discussions on how to make a good job match between job seekers and businesses in the community.
Next class: January 27, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This course covers the basics of motivational interviewing. Through small group and large group activities and discussions, participants learn strategies that can be used with job seekers throughout the process of finding employment and/or education.
Next class: February 15, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Symptoms or habits? How mental illness can affect employment
This course teaches participants to recognize how a person's mental illness is affecting their employment. This information can be helpful in modifying interventions with insight from the person's clinical team.
Next class: March 3, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Techniques of engagement
This course provides information through small and large group activities and discussions on how to keep job seekers and workers engaged.
Next class: March 29, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Courses related to vocational rehabilitation
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation partnership for IPS services
This interactive course covers the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's (DVR) mission, values, and structure. It also covers the process from referral to initial appointment with the DVR to write the Individualized Plan for Employment. General roles for DVR, the employment specialist, and consumer also are covered. In addition, participants will learn practical applications of DVR technical specifications (tech specs) for IPS. Participants follow a mock consumer from referral to DVR file closure. This course also includes a discussion of the typical reports required at each stage in the DVR process. Common issues that can come along the way are discussed.
Next class: February 16, 2022 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Systematic instruction and using the job and task analysis
This course provides strategies to support someone once they have obtained employment, including techniques to promote independence and use of natural supports. Participants will also learn techniques for gathering information needed to complete the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's job and task analysis.
Next class: March 1, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
IPS Employment Center training opportunities
- Online practitioner skills course
- Online supervisors skills course
- Online vocational rehabilitation counselors course
Visit the IPS Employment Center website for educational materials and research studies.
IPS Wisconsin Executive Steering Committee
IPS Wisconsin Executive Steering Committee advises IPS Wisconsin team in their support and oversight across the state. This meeting is held to work on activities related to the ASPIRE grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and a five-year sustainability plan for IPS in Wisconsin.
2022 meeting schedule: This meeting is held the fourth Wednesday every three months from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- February 23
- May 23
- August 24
- November 16 (due to Thanksgiving)
Employment specialists and vocational rehabilitation counselors
This meeting is held to give IPS employment specialists and vocational rehabilitation counselors around the state an opportunity to collaborate, share strategies, and strengthen knowledge about IPS fidelity and how IPS works with the policies and practices with the Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
2022 meeting schedule: This meeting is held the second Wednesday every three months from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- January 12
- April 13
- July 13
- October 12
This meeting is held to give IPS employment specialists a space to collaborate with each other and share ideas for great IPS services. It is an opportunity to share job leads, strategies with working with employers and job seekers, and understand the hows and whys to IPS fidelity.
2022 meeting schedule: This meeting is held the second Thursday every three months from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- March 10
- June 9
- September 8
- December 8
This meeting is held to give IPS supervisors an opportunity to collaborate, share strategies, and strengthen knowledge about IPS fidelity.
2022 meeting schedule: This meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- January (no meeting)
- February 2
- March 2
- April 6
- May 4
- June 1
- July 6
- August 3
- September 7
- October 5
- November 2
- December 7
Information on vocational rehabilitation services
For the technical specifications of the vocational rehabilitation services available under the IPS model, visit the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's website.