Staff Resources

Below is a list of training and informational resources for DRS employees.

Live Webinars and Events

  • Straight Talk About the ADA for Special Educators and Employment Specialists
    Thursday, April 22
    2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
    Registration required
    Though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law more than 30 years ago, many young adults with disabilities do not understand the law and how it affects them. Special Education personnel and employment specialists are in an ideal position to provide critical information on the ADA to youth transitioning to postsecondary life. Join this 90 minute session to learn the answers to these questions and more:
    • What do young people with disabilities need to know about reasonable accommodation?
    • What are the differences between the ADA, IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and how do these differences effect the transition process?
    • Is customized employment considered a reasonable accommodation? - When is the best time for a person to talk to their employer about their disability?
    • What happens when a young adult doesn't want to talk about his/her disability to the employer?
    • What do parents of transitioning youth need to know about the ADA?
  • National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials, including a current listing of webinars and live events
  • WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities – Circle of Parents Group, a mid-week parent support group call with three timeslots available. Below are links and call-in numbers for joining the groups at their respective times:
    • Wednesday, 9:00 AM
      Join Parent Network Specialist Tina Crook via Zoom
      or phone in: 1-646-558-8656, with Meeting ID 606-610-486
    • Wednesday, 1:30 PM
      Join Parent Network Specialist Wanda Hedrick via Zoom
      or phone in: 1-646-558-8656, with Meeting ID 836-148-831
    • Wednesday, 7:00 PM
      Join Parent Network Specialist Erika Hastings via Zoom
      or phone in: 1-646-558-8656, with Meeting ID 547-176-620
  • For continuing education credit (no cost)

    As always, remember to confirm with your licensing board that these credits will be accepted and applied for licensure.
    • IT'S EMPLOYMENT Training Series
      Monthly, beginning February 2021 and ending September 2021
      This training series will offer eight self-paced online training modules based on research and promising practices. Each module is equivalent to two hours of learning. Free CRC credits will be provided. Participants can take just one module, a few, or all, depending on their own professional development needs. A new topic will be offered each month. Each topic will be available for one month.
      Registration required. Registration for one training module enables participation in all subsequent modules.
    • Project E3: Educate, Empower, Employ
      Thursdays, Noon - 1:30 PM EDT
      (If you missed the live event, all webcasts – these and more – are archived and still available for credit)
      Registration required
      • Social-Cognitive Career Theory: Research Findings
        Thursday, January 21, 2021
        NOON - 1:30 PM EDT
        Students who are engaged and motived to learn are more successful in college and in life. However, poverty, race/ethnicity, and disability intersect to negatively affect participation of African American students with disabilities in higher education.
        Register Today
      • Evaluating Career Self-Efficacy: Research Findings
        Thursday, January 28, 2021
        11AM - NOON EDT
        Integrating career self-efficacy into formal education and rehabilitation counseling interventions can prepare students with disabilities from minority backgrounds to develop robust and accurate career self-efficacy. Students with high levels of career self-efficacy are more likely to initiate job searches, persist in working toward goals, and achieve their employment goals.
        Register Today
      • Remote VR Counseling Service Provision
        Thursday, July 9, 2020
        NOON - 1:30 PM EDT
        Register Today
      • Supervising Remote VR Counseling Service Providers
        Thursday, July 16, 2020
        NOON - 1:30 PM EDT
        Register Today
      • Trauma-Informed Care Mini-Series, Webcast I: Key Aspects of Trauma
        Thursday, July 23, 2020
        3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
        Register Today
      • Trauma-Informed Care Mini-Series, Webcast II: Healing Trauma
        Thursday, July 30, 2020
        NOON - 1:30 PM EDT
        Register Today
      • Trauma-Informed Care Mini-Series, Webcast III: Creating a Trauma-Informed Service Environment
        Thursday, August 6, 2020
        NOON - 1:30 PM EDT
        Register Today
    • A Guide for Collaboration Among State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and Education Partners (Closed Captioned)
      This one hour pre-recorded webinar highlights the main sections of the new Pre-ETS Guide for Collaboration Among State VR & Education Partners, as well as resources and strategies for how the guide can be a tool to enhance and strengthen VR education partnerships at the state and local level. A copy of the transcript is available on request. Presentation materials are available for download once registered. Please be sure to complete the evaluation in the Weblinks pod on the site.
      One CRC credit will be awarded on completion and submission of your evaluation.
      Available now
    • The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) offers a recorded webinar on the Case Service Report (RSA-911). VR counselors may earn 1.25 hours of Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credits. This bonus training will be especially useful for any VR Counselors or program staff responsible for inputting client data. Training objectives are to:
      1. Provide a breakdown of the information collected in the Case Service Report (RSA-911).
      2. Share examples of additional requirements outside of RSA-911 reporting (e.g., source documentation).
      3. Provide considerations and expectations (e.g., policies State VR agencies need to establish and implement, available tools, and internal controls).
      The training can be viewed at the links below.
      Important: To receive 1.25 CRC credits, the training must be accessed by first logging into the website, where you will view the training and complete a quiz and evaluation. Click here to log into the website and complete the training in the Training Management System (TMS).
      Use the following links to review the training materials anytime, or to access them for CRC credit after logging in.
    • CEUs4Counselors offers free continuing education credit hours for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors on subjects related to opioid use disorder (OUD):

Recorded Webinars

Online Resources For Counselors

The Pandemic Response and Disability Rights

Wellness Resources

  • Feeling overwhelmed?
    Are you or your loved ones feeling anxious, overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted? Contact the HELP304 helpline via phone or text at 877-HELP304 (877-435-7304) or online chat at www.help304.com.
  • Elder Care: COVID-19 has been particularly dangerous for senior citizens, and worried family members are looking for ways to limit their loved one's exposure to risk.
  • Childcare: As schools announce their plans for virtual classrooms or limited in-person instruction due to COVID-19, many working parents are scrambling for practical solutions. The skilled researchers of INOVA Wellness are committed to helping you identify local resources, including tutoring and child care.
  • Back to School, a resource from INOVA Wellness, offers tools to help your child succeed in school: informative articles and tip sheets, referrals for schools and tutors, resource links, and more.
  • Special Needs create added challenges for the day-to-day tasks of parenting, and INOVA Wellness offers knowledge and support to help parents make informed decisions.
  • Planning a Socially Safe Summer, a resource from INOVA Wellness, looks at how we may reassess child care options, online alternatives for social interaction, tips for assessing risk, and how we discuss precautions with children and care providers.
  • Coronavirus Child Care Resources from the Centers for Disease Control include decision-making tools for teachers and parents.
  • Cancelled by Covid-19: Managing Disappointment The disappointments add up. Here are five steps toward coping.
  • Learn more about how our response to COVID-19 is changing the way we grieve.
  • A global pandemic … no problem, right? However much we may wish to believe we're ready for anything, it's natural to be anxious now and the necessary social isolation doesn't help with that. INOVA Wellness offers a brief article with some good ideas about Managing Anxiety While In Quarantine.
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