Online Course Description

Online Training Course for IPS Supported Employment


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. Therefore, we do not recommend the course for mental health practitioners who do not routinely perform these types of duties.  State mental health planners or VR administrators, along with IPS trainers, should contact Sarah.J.Swanson@Dartmouth.Edu 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 Preferences
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?

The course is offered three times each year.  Please see “Online Course Applications” from the homepage to view the next start date and to register.

  • 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 cost of the course is $250 per person.

Up until the start of the course, participants may receive a full refund. If a
participant drops out within the first two weeks of the course, he or she will receive a 75% refund.

A group rate of $1,300 is available for up to ten people from a single agency.

If an IPS supervisor takes the course with one or more employment specialists at his/her agency, then all people taking the course from that agency will receive a 20% discount. If a supervisor has already taken the course, his employment specialists may receive a 20% discount.

Scholarships are available for:

  • Agencies in the Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.
  • Agencies that are consumer-operated.

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

What are the computer system requirements?

 • System Requirements: Web browser (e.g., Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) with JavaScript enabled and Adobe Flash (at least version 9.115), sound card, and speakers.  If the participant will use Windows as her browser, she must have Windows 8 or higher.
• Internet speed of at least 250, although speeds of 600 and higher are ideal.
• All participants need an email account to receive updates and feedback about the course (a free account can be obtained online, for example, at Google’s Gmail []).

Comments from course participants

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.