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Workshops & Courses

Safety without Restraints: Trauma Informed Care
Rhode Island College
March 9, 2015, 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
Fee: $15, register by February 27th

Featured Presenters:
Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D., Director, SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care
Janice L. LeBel, Ph.D., Director, Program Management, Child & Adolescent Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

RI Developmental Disabilities Council, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, RIDE, BHDDH, and DCYF

Register by February 27; late registrations will be accepted as space permits. Register using the Online Registration Form provided below. Registrations may also be completed using the print version of the registration form. Complete and send the form with payment to the Sherlock Center as indicated on the form.

Online Registration.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Certification as Special Educator of Children with Significant Intellectual Disabilities 137 kb (PDF)- The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College and the Rhode Island Department of Education have created an opportunity for public school teachers to pursue certification as a Special Educator of Children with Significant Intellectual Disabilities (SID). Federal grant funds (obtained by the Sherlock Center) will provide partial tuition support for a cohort of teachers. The Sherlock Center is providing instruction, on-site technical assistance, and other resources.

Enrollment will be limited to twenty participants .

Interested participants MUST: Program Description and Enrollment Requirements - 137 kb (PDF) | 123 kb (WORD) - please read before completing the Enrollment Form.

Online Enrollment Form

Local and Regional Training Opportunities for Employment Professionals 231 kb (PDF) - Developed by the Employment First Provider Workgroup in partnership with Rhodes to Independence.

Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education 33 kb (PDF) - Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education - The Rhode Island College Department of Special Education is offering a Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education. This certificate program is open to professionals who have a teaching certificate or related service (OT, SLP, etc.) license. Although applications are accepted on a rolling basis, to be considered for matriculation into the program for the fall semester, please have all application materials in by May 1.

Supporting Meaningful Employment Training Series: A Person-Centered Approach to Career Planning, Job Development, and Job Retention

This interactive, multi-day training is focused on best practices in person-centered employment services. Topics include: Career Planning, Job Development, Job Coaching, ORS SE Report Writing, Community and Web-based Resources, RI Labor Market Information, Job Creation/Restructuring, and SSA Work Incentives.

Introduction to Early Intervention
This introductory training covers topics critical to understanding the Early Intervention community in Rhode Island, including the values embedded in the EI system and the federal and state laws which serve as the foundation for EI services. This training is geared for all newly employed EI personnel hired within the last six months and is free of charge. The next session will be Spring 2015.

Introduction to Early Intervention Training Flyer 120 kb (PDF)
Introduction to Early Intervention Online Registration Form

Inclusion Institutes

Inclusion institutes provide the opportunity for school personnel and parents to work in teams in planning for inclusion of individual children who have developmental disabilities. Lead by Tony Antosh, these one-day institutes address barriers to meaningful inclusion. Teams usually consist of the child's parents, a special educator, a regular educator, teaching assistants, therapists, and others. Most teams also include either a principal or a special education director. Each Institute consists of one full day; meals are included.

The next Inclusion Institute is scheduled for May 1, 2015
Spring Inclusion Online Registration Form
Spring Inclusion Institute Flyer and Print Registration Form 414 kb (PDF)

Directions to Alton Jones 12.2 kb (PDF)

Inclusion Institute Materials:
Four planning charts are used to document information at the Inclusion Institutes. For those participants bringing laptops, you may find these files helpful in recording your information. Hard copies are provided at the training.


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Traineeship/Fellowship Opportunities

Traineeship/Fellowships offered through the Sherlock Center are designed to prepare individuals from varying academic disciplines to be future leaders in the disability field. Opportunities are typically available in the disciplines of special education, school psychology, social work, early childhood, rehabilitation counseling, and other academic areas that impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. We are seeking prospective students (a) who are competent, (b) who have personal experience with individuals who have a disability, (c) who are committed to a career supporting individuals who have a disability or their families, and (d) who see themselves as future leaders. For specific information about traineeship opportunities, contact Shannon Dowd-Eagle at

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