Supported Employment Essentials

Supported Employment Essentials

Are you new to supported employment? A seasoned practitioner looking for a refresher? A stakeholder looking for the latest practices and information? Our training program is for you.

To register, contact Ashley Hammond, National Trainer and Enrollment Coordinator:



The Supported Employment Essentials Training has been developed in partnership with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Supported Employment Specialists play a key role in facilitating the full community and workplace inclusion, both socially and economically, of diverse individuals with complex employment considerations. Supported Employment Specialists work in partnership with job seekers and employers to provide individualized supports that value the choice and control of individuals while meeting the real employment needs of employers.

Grounded in established best practices, this foundational course will refine students’ understanding of supported employment to benefit both work-seeking individuals and employers or contractors.

This course allows those new to the field of supported employment, as well as seasoned practitioners, to build upon their skills and confidence in this field. Each of the eight modules is rooted in best practice, and features live webinars, advanced reading, case studies, open discussion forums, and concrete learning activities. It engages students to develop their critical thinking and action planning abilities.

Upon successful completion, students are provided with a completion certificate. More importantly, they leave the course with an enhanced understanding of supported employment and best practice techniques.

Course Delivery

This 8-week, online course will be conducted using the Life Strategies’ e-learning course management system (LearnOnline in Moodle). Registered students will receive log-in instructions by email prior to the course start date. The course design relies on asynchronous discussion forums (participants post when it’s convenient for them).
Each week, a live webinar will present additional relevant topical content.

Online learning offers amazing opportunities for shared learning. Many experts in the field believe that the best learning online occurs in the discussion forums and that the posted course content may take on secondary importance. Although this course will provide comprehensive content, your active participation in the discussions will enrich your learning significantly.

If you have a disability that needs accommodation for this course, please let us know. We will work with you to meet your needs before and during your participation in the course.

Unfortunately, at this time the Supported Employment Essentials course is only available in English. We are working to make the training available in French as soon as possible.

To ensure your best learning experience and to facilitate networking with other students from across the country, class size is kept small.

Registration Fees

Registrant Type | Type d’inscription Cost |Cout $ (CDN)
CASE Member | Membre de l’ACSE 450.00
Non-Member | Non membre 500.00
The cost does not include HST/GST/PST/QST. The applicable provincial sales tax rate will be applied to your invoice.
Cancellation Policy
​In order to provide you with the best possible learning experience, we keep class sizes for Supported Employment Essentials Training small. Due to this limited seating, we request that if you must cancel, you do so at least 14 days before the scheduled start of the class to receive a full refund. If you must cancel with less than 14 days notice, we will do our best to fill your spot with another interested participant. If we are successful, we will reimburse you for your full registration fees. If we are not able to fill your spot, we will refund you 50% of your fees. We are not able to offer refunds for cancellations made after the course has begun.

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I can’t even begin to explain the numerous new perspectives I gained while taking the SEE program. The instructors helped guide us through each new concept and technique to ensure we consistently provide quality services within our respective organizations.”
Stephanie Gould

Employment Maintenance Worker
Nova Scotia Works – Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association

This course helped me refine what Supported Employment looks like. It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and get familiar with new ways of approaching employers, supporting clients, and working with my organization to be better in the future.”
Leslie Yorke

Youth Leadership Coordinator
YMCA of Cape Breton

Completing this course has definitely reenergized me and although I have always loved this kind of work, it has me excited to try some new approaches and resources. I feel I have a larger toolbox of resources than before.”
Robin Benedict

Employment Maintenance Worker / Job Coach
PeopleWorx Society

I was so impressed with the instructors and how the course was delivered. The tools and strategies … allowed me to understand what my role as an employment specialist was really all about. I deployed the tools and strategies within my role with a lot of success. If you are wanting to learn how to best serve your clients as an Employment Specialist, I highly recommend this online course!”
Trevor Folgering

Job Developer
Partners in Employment