Employment Supports Enrichment
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Employment Supports Enrichment

The Employment Supports Enrichment (ESE) program provides enhanced information for Employment Supports staff. This program is designed for staff who have completed the basic training but need additional instruction in specific areas. Information is based on competencies outlined by the APSE CESP exam. Courses are comprised of 15-minute lessons. 

Curriculum content

  • Promoting Access
    This course provides information on promoting access, including identifying barriers to accessibility by people with disabilities by using  of principles of Universal Design to find ways to improve accessibility for everyone  
    • Promoting Access (ESE C301)
  • Cultural Impact
    This course provides information on cultural impact, including recognize the impact of the history of disability on modern support strategies; apply the principles of Normalization to supporting people with disabilities; apply the principles of the Social Model of Disability to supporting people with disabilities; and recognize how a person's identities and characteristics can intersect to affect their lives.  
  • Dealing with Workplace Expectations
    This course provides information on workplace expectations, including how to identify strategies for building confidence and positive attitude in people-served; how to choose appropriate work clothing that matches employee dress codes and job function; how to evaluate work strategies to identify important aspects of workplace culture; how to detect unwritten rules and expectations by observing workplaces.  
  • Job Seeking Skills
    This course provides information on job-seeking skills, including present a job seeker's accomplishments in the best possible light in a written resume and practice preparing a job-seeker for common interview scenarios  
  • Negotiation (ESE C305)
    This course provides information on negotiations, including analyze labor trends; formulate ways to sell employment services to potential employers; and respond to employer concerns about hiring people you serve.  
  • Holistic Services (ESE C306)
    This course provides information on holistic services, including describe the role of families in employment supports; identify effective ways to collaborate with other professionals; find community resources that can improve the chances of a successful employment outcome; and evaluate transportation options available to people with disabilities.  
  • Advocacy (ESE C307)
    This course provides information on empowerment, including identifying effective strategies to support self-determination for people-served; evaluate techniques for teaching and supporting self-advocacy for people-served; describe how political policies and a DSP’s own actions impact the independence of people-served.  
  • Alternative Communication Strategies (ESE C308)
    This course provides information on communication, including comparing the use of functional sign language; describe picture communication systems and compare Communication devices and systems for use with people-served.  
  • Behavior Support Strategies (ESE C309)
    This course provides information on behavioral support, including identifying ways to help people resolve insecurities and ambivalent feelings, and to help them find the internal motivation to change their behavior; distinguish between effective and ineffective strategies to reinforce replacement behaviors.  
  • Reporting Incidents & Accidents (ESE C310)
    This course provides information on documentation, including identify incident types that need to be reported, and the procedures for reporting them.  
  • Barriers to Socializing (ESE C311)
    This course provides information on socializing, including identifying ways to help people-served to develop the social and interpersonal skills they need for their job; and identify ways to help people-served overcome social anxiety.  
  • Other Employment Services (ESE C312)
    This course provides information on other employment services, including investigating how a person’s benefits may be impacted by earned income and identify ways that “job readiness” is assessed and supported  
  • Entrepreneurship (ESE C313)
    This course provides information on entrepreneurship, including compare self-employment with traditional competitive employment and identifies important factors in evaluating a business idea and developing a business plan.  
  • Professional Development (ESE C314)
    This course provides information on professional development, including CESP certified through APSE.