Online IPS Supported Employment Training Course

Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center


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.


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.
How does learning take place?

• This is an online learning course with significant 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 in the field and then write about their experiences on the discussion board.
• Unlike many other online courses, this training course includes contact with course facilitators who answer student questions and comment on all discussion board postings. The course also begins with a conference call with all course participants and facilitators.

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
4. Client Interviewing Skills
5. Focusing on Client Goals and Avoiding Argumentation
6. Job Development (Web based)
7. Job Development (Fieldwork)
8. Planning Job Supports
9. IPS Supported Employment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders
10. Using Outcomes to Improve Services (Supervisors Only)
11. Field Mentoring (Supervisors Only)


What is the course schedule?

Registration for May, 2013 has begun.  This course will run from May 6, 2013 through August 11, 2013. 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 $200 per person.


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


A group rate of $1,000 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 within the past two years, his or her employment specialists may receive a 20% discount.


Scholarships are available for sites in the Johnson & Johnson - Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.


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.
• Internet speed of at least 100, 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 [http://gmail.com]).

Registration for the May, 2013 course is now open. 
Complete the
registration page and send it to Sarah.J.Swanson@Dartmouth.Edu
Questions: Please contact Sarah Swanson, Sarah.J.Swanson@Dartmouth.Edu.