Offender Webinar Series: Obtaining Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities who have Criminal Backgrounds

Sponsors: Southeast TACE Region IV, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Webinars: September 2011 – December 2011

September 14Providing Employment Services to Individuals with Disabilities who have Criminal Backgrounds

October 19, 2011Overview of the Legal Consideration Providers and VRCs should know when working with Offenders

November 15, 2011Using Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities who have Criminal Backgrounds

December 14, 2011 Forensic Employment Programs for Offenders with Mental Health Disabilities

 

Webinar Specifics

Webinar One - Providing Employment Services to Individuals with Disabilities who have Criminal Backgrounds

Date: September 14, 2011
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern/ 1:00pm -3:00pm Central
Presenter: Vernon Long, Opportunities for All

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Webinar Description and Content
This webinar will provide an overall of different successful approaches to ensuring individuals with disabilities who have criminal backgrounds obtain successful employment.

Topics include:

  • Elements that need to be considered before placing an individual
  • How to work the employer community
  • The use of second chance employers
  • The supports that need to be in place
  • Working in partnership with the criminal justice system

Learning Objectives
To understand effective approaches in helping individuals with disabilities that have a criminal background obtain employment.

Webinar Two - Overview of the Legal Consideration Providers and VRCs should know when Working with Offenders

Date: October 19, 2011
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern/ 1:00pm - 3:00pm Central
Presenter: Steve Haimowitz, Syracuse University

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Webinar Description and Content
This webinar will review the interplay between behavioral health problems and criminal justice involvement, the impacts of “having a record,” community collaboration aimed at successful jail diversion/reentry, and the role of employment, as well as strategies for handling criminal records (e.g., job applications/interviews, federal bonding/tax)

Learning Objectives
Obtain a basic understanding of the Criminal Justice system as it applies to offenders with disabilities.

Webinar Three - Using Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities who have Criminal Backgrounds

Date: November 15, 2011
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern/ 1:00pm - 3:00pm Central
Presenter: Randy Dicks, Invisions Human services
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Webinar Description and Content
This webinar will cover why customized employment is an effective approach with this population. It will address how to navigate around issues and barriers, the importance of adjusting our thinking rather than who the person is, what information is needed from discovery as it pertains to offenders, and how to handle disclosure. Areas covered include:

  • A discussion on how to move forward with job development, how to help the employer recognize the value of the employee will occur.
  • Dealing with fear and security issues from the community will be addressed
  • Stories of success will be shared

Learning Objectives
Participants will understand the effective tool customized employment can be in placing offenders with disabilities, new techniques for presenting their clients to employers and new techniques for dealing with the fear the community feels towards offenders

Webinar Four - Forensic Employment Programs for Offenders with Mental Health Disabilities

Date: December 14, 2011
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern/ 1:00pm - 3:00pm Central
Presenter: Declan Wynne- Sound Mental Health

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Webinar Description and Content

This webinar will examine the challenges this population faces in obtaining and maintaining employment and how Forensic Employment Specialist can assist individuals in being successful. Areas covered include: Examples of how to create wraparound services with the criminal justice entities to enhance the supports individuals need and an explaination of a Forensic Supportive Employment model and the success the speaker has had with this model

Learning Objectives
Participants will understand the role of a Forensic Employment Specialist and how they can assist in obtaining employment outcomes and will gain and understanding of the Forensic Supportive Employment model