Training for Supported Employment Specialists and Their Supervisors: Identifying Important Training Topics
Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
A 20-state survey of supported employment personnel was conducted to identify self-reported training priorities. Respondents included 131 direct training staff and 79 supervisory staff (N=210). In a mailed survey, respondents rated 35 different topics on variables of importance of training and adequacy of existing training. Results indicated the two most important topics for both respondent groups were "matching the job to the applicant" followed by "gathering information on job prospects." Highly rated topics in terms of inadequacy of training for both groups were "understanding transition from school to work" and "using assistive technology devices / equipment." For both groups of respondents, the highest rated topic in importance combined with highest rating on inadequacy of training was "job development and marketing." Results are discussed in terms of development of training programs for supported employment personnel, and implications for future research.
Morgan, R. L., Ames, N., Feng, R., & Taylor, M. (1995). Training for Supported Employment Specialists and Their Supervisors: Identifying Important Training Topics. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 30 (4), 299 – 307.