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Sending the registration form in is NOT a guarantee that you are in the class. Registrations are processed in the order received. Class slots are limited. Register early. Acceptance notices will be sent shortly AFTER the registration closing date. If more than one registration from the same organization is received, the additional registrations will be accepted only if slots are unfilled by other organizations.

Refund Policy

Withdrawals, requests for refunds or requests to apply tuition to a future course must be received in writing or by e­mail BEFORE the first day of the course; otherwise no refund or credit can be made. Registrations are non-transferable after the beginning of the course. Only a limited number of participants can be accepted for each course. Withdrawals prevent others from participating.


Orientation to Independent Living for New CIL Personnel--Registrations closed

Course Dates: October 28-November 22, 2013
Registration Deadline: October 11, 2013
Orientation: October 23, 2013

PURPOSE: This four-week course is designed to give new employees and board members a solid understanding of the principles and philosophy of independent living. Topics include the history of independent living, consumer control, cross-disability issues, equal access, peer relationships, and self advocacy. Students also discuss the implication of the federal standards and indicators (the Rehab Act and regulations) on the philosophy.

Course Level: This is a beginning level course.

Target Audience: New staff, as well as board members.

Course Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to define and understand the elements of the IL philosophy, describe the impact of the federal requirements on day-to-day activities in the center, and apply IL principles and philosophy to real life situations.

Format: Activities assigned on each of the 20 days may include reading assignments, online group discussions, analyses of scenarios, and addressing actual day-to-day problems encountered when applying the philosophy in a center. Participants will devote an average of 3-5 hours per week to assignments and activities.

Instructor: Bob Michaels is a long-time consultant and trainer for the independent living field. Michaels provides considerable training and technical assistance to the field through the IL NET program.


Building an Effective Peer Support Program--Registrations closed

Course Dates: November 4-22, 2013
Registration Deadline: October 18, 2013
Orientation: October 30, 2013

Purpose: Learn how to create a comprehensive framework for a new peer support program or how to improve your existing program. 

Course Level: Beginner to Intermediate - some experience with managing or delivering peer support services will be helpful

Target Audience: This three-week course is relevant for executive directors, program managers, coordinators of peer support services or volunteer services, independent living specialists, or other personnel of CILs for whom a basic understanding of a successful peer support program is pertinent.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to--

  • Discuss a framework design for a peer support program that includes a level of commitment to peer support programming within an existing Center structure.
  • Describe an administrative infrastructure that will provide the framework for an effective peer support program that will ensure successful service delivery, including peer recruitment, training, and supervision; and program coordination and evaluation.
  • Build awareness, skills, and commitment of mentors to cultivate effective developmental relationships to increase the ability to support, coach and guide mentees.
  • Describe the far-reaching benefits of a successful program for the CIL, the mentors and mentees, and the community.

Format: Assignments will be given for each of the 15 days. Participants will receive a manual (via the Internet) and will interact via the Internet. Discussion questions and exercises will be posted on the Web site. Participants will devote an average of 3-5 hours per week to assignments and activities.

Instructor: April Reed has been the Volunteer Coordinator at Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) in Phoenix since 2006. She coordinates the ABIL Peer Mentor and General Administrative Volunteer programs, which includes recruiting, training, and matching mentors with consumers working on independent living goals.  Reed facilitates disability presentations to schools, the monthly mentoring and discussion group for mentors, mentees, and consumers and coordinates volunteer activities, including a monthly volunteer group and staffing of community information tables. Previously she was ABIL’s Information and Referral Specialist. Reed is a Licensed Masters Social Worker, receiving her Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University in May 2005.


Getting on Board: Training for Boards of Directors in Independent Living--Registrations closed

Course Dates: January 27 to February 14, 2014
Registration Deadline: January 10, 2014
Student Orientation: January 22, 2014

Purpose: Participants will be able to discuss the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors, recognize and address conflicts which may arise between IL philosophy and services, and analyze the impact of funding sources on day-to-day activities.

Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Target Audience: This course will be particularly relevant to members of boards of directors and administrative staff of all CILs. It may also be of benefit to SILCs that have nonprofit status..

Course Objectives: Participants will be able to discuss the roles and responsibilities of a CIL board of directors, describe steps in the planning process, identify the ways a board guides a nonprofit organization, identify steps in hiring an executive director and in cultivating leaders, discuss  basic fiscal responsibilities of board members, recognize and address conflicts that may arise between IL philosophy and services, and describe steps for evaluating the CIL’s performance and progress.

Format: Activities assigned on each of the 15 days may include reading assignments, online group discussions, scenario analysis and dialogue about actual day-to-day problems encountered in overseeing services and assistance in a center. Participants will work with an online manual and will interact via the Internet. Additional readings will be recommended, but not required, to enhance participants' understanding of the topic.

Instructor: Bob Michaels is a long-time consultant and trainer for the independent living field. Michaels provides considerable training and technical assistance to the field through the IL NET program.


Choose, Get, Keep Integrated Housing--Registrations closed

Course Dates: February 17-March 7, 2014
Registration Deadline: January 31, 2014
Student Orientation: February 12, 2014

Purpose: The focus of this course is how to assist individuals who are transitioning out of nursing facilities to access integrated, accessible, affordable housing in the community. Participants will be guided through the entire transition process of securing and relocating to housing, including planning a move, locating housing, and keeping the housing over the long term. The course will supply a number of checklists, fact sheets, and charts as tools to assist in securing and keeping housing.

Target Audience: IL Center Staff, especially Housing Specialists, and Transition Facilitators who assist with securing housing.

Course Objectives: Participants will leave the class with five new ideas about how to help people move. They will have a comprehensive set of tools to use as they help consumers (or themselves) make decisions about moving. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • assess housing needs and preferences;
  • create a personalized and realistic Housing Transition Plan;
  • find resources for housing in their community;
  • support individuals as they locate and choose housing that is appropriate to meet their needs and preferences;
  • describe a variety of supports needed to successfully maintain housing and
  • execute the Housing Transition Plan for a successful move

Format: Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Participants can access the course Web site at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion.

Instructor: Ann Denton is a recognized expert on homelessness, mental illness, system change and housing issues for people with mental and other disabilities. She provides technical assistance to states and communities in many areas, including the development of Continuum of Care plans, strategic planning, project development and monitoring, prioritization, service coordination and operation of housing and service systems. Ms. Denton's areas of expertise include permanent supportive housing, discharge planning, prevention strategies, and access to mainstream services. She provides training and technical assistance to states, communities, advocates, and providers in the areas of homelessness (including Continuum of Care planning and operation), housing, supports and services, advocacy, program implementation and operation, planning, resource development, and strategic partnerships through contracts managed by Ms. Denton.


More Than a Motto: SILC Member Orientation to IL History and Philosophy

Course Dates: March 10-28, 2014
Registration Deadline: February 21, 2014
Student Orientation: March 5, 2014

Purpose:  This three-week course orients members of SILCs to the history and philosophy of independent living and applies the principles and philosophy of independent living to situations commonly encountered by statewide independent living councils.

Course Level: Introductory

Target Audience: New members and new staff of Statewide Independent Living Councils.

Course Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the Independent Living philosophy provides the foundation for the purpose and duties of a SILC.
  2. Explain the history and philosophy of Independent Living.
  3. Identify approaches to integrate the principles of IL philosophy into daily SILC activities and practice.
  4. Define terms that are frequently used by SILC members and staff.

The course utilizes a participant text and the Internet for participant interaction. The text is designed to provide sufficient background information to make it possible for all students to assume an active role in online discussions. The course uses scenarios and exercises to stimulate discussion and debate. Additional resources will be recommended, but not required, to enhance the participant's understanding of the topic.

Format: The course spans three weeks and uses a website to engage participants in discussion of the content and issues. The instructor is available to lead the forum on the website and for technical assistance throughout the course. Participants are asked to read the assignments, review scenarios that address course content, and engage in the online class message forums.  Participants can access the course website at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion. 

Instructor: Bob Michaels is a long-time consultant and trainer for the independent living field. Michaels provides considerable training and technical assistance to the field through the IL-NET program.


Financial Management for Centers for Independent Living

Course Dates: April 7-25, 2014
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2014
Student Orientation: April 2, 2014

Purpose: This three-week course is designed to help CIL leaders manage organization finances more effectively.

Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Target Audience: Center executives, financial managers, and other managers, as well as board members.

Course Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the key components of sound fiscal management, develop effective fiscal reports, prepare and deliver agency and program budgets, identify fiscal risk management controls, and define appropriate roles for board and staff financial oversight.

Format: Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Students will have an opportunity to learn about and share best practices. Students can ask and receive responses to their questions about sound financial management from the instructor and their peers.

Instructor: Melissa Hall Glisson is the former executive director of ARISE, Inc., a center for independent living in Syracuse, New York. During her seven years at ARISE, Glisson directed the creation and growth of the CIL's supported employment, universal design, and integrated recreation programs while growing the agency's annual budget to more than $5 million. Glisson is currently president of Media, Marketing and Money--a consulting agency for nonprofit agencies around the country.


Smooth as SILC: An Introduction to the Duties and Responsibilities of Statewide Independent Living Councils

Course Dates: April 28-May 16, 2014
Registration Deadline: April 11, 2014
Student Orientation: April 23, 2014

Purpose: This three-week course orients members of SILCs to the laws and regulations that guide their daily activities.

Course Level: Introductory

Target Audience: SILC executives, staff, and members. CIL staff and board may benefit as well.

Course Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the laws and regulations governing SILCs.
  • Describe the composition and duties of the SILC.
  • Describe how SILC activities are funded.
  • Discuss creative and innovative approaches to address the SILC duties.

The course utilizes a participant text and the Internet for participant interaction. The text is designed to provide sufficient background information to make it possible for all students to assume an active role in online discussions. The centerpiece of the text will be a series of scenarios and exercises, most of which will be assigned for discussion and debate. Additional readings and videotapes will be required to enhance the participant's understanding of the topic.

Format: The course spans three weeks and uses a Web learning platform to engage participants in discussion of the content and issues. The instructor is available to lead the forum on the website and for technical assistance throughout the course. Participants are asked to read the assignments, review scenarios that address course content, and engage in the online class message forums. Participants will devote an average of 7-10 hours per week to assignments and activities.

Instructor: Bob Michaels is a long-time consultant and trainer for the independent living field. Michaels provides considerable training and technical assistance to the field through the IL-NET program.

 

 

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