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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is pleased to offer Community Provider Organizations a flexible and cost effective way to meet the training requirements for persons providing employment support to individuals with Developmental Disabilities and/or Intellectual Disabilities.

The Supporting Meaningful Employment (SME) Training Series includes 12 modules and corresponding field work assignments to meet ACRE Certificate requirements. Each module is 3.5 hours of training. Completion of all 12 modules is strongly encouraged to ensure employment professionals are knowledgeable and skilled in all areas of community employment services. Participants may choose to register for the full SME ACRE approved series or to register for one of the "mini-series" to focus on a single skill area. See requirements below. The Sherlock Center will also periodically offer "Best Practices in Employment Services", a one-day refresher for experience employment professionals.

SME Training Series - ACRE Approved

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The SME Training Series is ACRE approved. To earn an ACRE Certificate, participants need to attend all 12 ACRE Modules (40 contact hours) and complete the required fieldwork assignments. Employment professionals may earn the certificate by attending 12 half-day sessions or 6 full-day sessions and satisfactorily completing the required fieldwork as assigned the day of each session. Upon completion of the requirements, participants will submit a request to the Sherlock Center to issue an ACRE Certificate. The modules and fieldwork assignments must be completed within 24 months to meet ACRE Certificate requirements

Module 1
Foundations in Community Employment Services and Supports
Module 2
Work Incentives to Support Employment and Retention
Module 3
Vocational Assessment I - Getting to Know the Job Seeker
Module 4
Vocational Assessment II- Person-Centered Employment Planning Process
Module 5
Vocational Assessment III- Strategies for Community Exploration and Individualized Job Search Planning
Module 6
Employment Law, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Disability Disclosure
Module 7
Job Development I - Job Search Practices to Support Meaningful Employment
Module 8
Job Development II - Employer Assessment and Individualized Approach to a Job Match
Module 9
Job Development lll - Employer Relationships and Negotiations
Module 10
Job Retention and Coaching l - Foundations in Job Retention Success
Module 11
Job Retention and Coaching II - Teaching the Job- Task Analysis and Systematic Instruction
Module 12
Job Retention and Coaching III - Fading Support, Quality Services and Career Development
The SME curriculum is approved by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) for a Basic Certificate in Employment Services. ACRE is a national organization of training providers and professionals. Employment Services curriculum is reviewed by ACRE to meet competency based standards. Completers of ACRE training are listed in a national certificate registry.
SME Certificate Series

Individuals may register for one or more SME Mini-Series. Each series will result in a certificate in a specific skill area - Vocational Assessment and Employment Planning, Job Development, and Job Retention and Coaching. To receive a "Certificate of Completion" the participant will complete specific modules (as indicated below) and satisfactorily complete the required fieldwork assignments. Note: Some modules are applicable to more than one certificate.

SME Mini-Series certificates are not ACRE Approved certificates. However, participants can earn an ACRE Certificate by completing all three SME Certificates, along with the required fieldwork assignments, within a 24-month period.

Vocational Assessment and Employment Planning Certificate
Half-Day Modules 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 plus satisfactory completion of required fieldwork
Job Development Certificate
Half-Day Modules 1, 6, 7, 8, & 9, plus satisfactory completion of required fieldwork
Job Retention and Coaching Certificate
Half-Day Modules 1,6, 10, 11, & 12, plus satisfactory completion of required fieldwork


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Please use the online registration form to register for any of the SME Training Series options, including the Refresher session and Module Make-up sessions.

Space is limited. First priority is given to BHDDH DD provider organizations and Self-Directed Support staff/representatives.

Sessions are offered free of charge to participants working for a RI organization, which includes Self-Directed Supports staff/representatives..

Fees apply for participants working for out-or-state organizations/locations. The full ACRE Series is $500; Mini-Certificate sessions are $200 per certificate.

Registration deadlines vary by session. Refer to the training schedule for specific registration deadlines.

The Sherlock Center reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment.

Accommodations Requests:

If you need a reasonable accommodation (ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate manner, etc.) to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.


If you need help or have questions regarding the schedule or registration, please contact Elaine Sollecito or call (401) 456-2764.

If you have questions regarding the training content or requirements, contact Vicki Ferrara or Mary Madden.
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