Human Services

Breaking Down Barriers to Employment!

Overcome challenges, explore opportunities and maximize your potential.

Our team of proven professionals work diligently to increase access to gainful employment so you can achieve long-term success.

Current Human Services include

Career Planning and Consultation offers a variety of career assessment, planning and exploration services to individuals facing barriers to employment. Outcomes include defining a realistic vocational goal and identifying needed strategies and accommodations to enhance employability. Individuals learn about their vocational strengths and abilities with the goal of obtaining future employment. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee-for-service program.

These services prepare individuals, ages 14 to 26 with disabilities, to identify future careers and enhance skill-sets to gain competitive employment following graduation. Individuals receiving special education services through local school districts are evaluated based on vocational skills and work aptitudes.

This program includes paid work experiences, work skills training and behavioral adjustment to the work environment to prepare participants for the challenges of community employment. Individual and/or group instruction available. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee-for-service program.

Selective Case Management works with local businesses and a variety of local organizations to assist individuals who may experience barriers in their job search and in maintaining meaningful competitive employment. Services include job development, guided job search, on-site coaching and employer support for job accommodation and implementation. Services also include support after placement to ensure retention. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee-for-service program.

SCM’s Work Experience Program is similar to an internship program and provides participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills and work habits that increase the potential for employment success. Individuals are given the opportunity to experience real world on-the-job training to help them seamlessly progress from the program into competitive employment and ideally self-sufficiency. Participants sign a Commitment Agreement indicating their obligation to the site and program completion. Site visits and evaluations are conducted on a regular basis throughout this program. The length of the program is determined by the referring agency. Short-term Job Shadow opportunities are also available and a valuable tool to explore additional career paths. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee for service program.

A Job Coach/Skills Trainer works directly with an individual in a training or placement site to help him/her learn the specific requirements of the job; learn work-related activities and requirements such as time and attendance rules; and learn appropriate work-related (including social) behaviors when dealing with supervisors and co-workers. Job Coaching provides intervention techniques and strategies to assist individuals in learning to perform job tasks to an employer’s specifications and to learn the interpersonal skills necessary to be accepted as a worker at the job site and in related community contacts. In addition to job-site training, it may also include related assessments, advocacy, travel training and other services needed to obtain and maintain employment. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee for service program.

News & Events
Elizabeth Oberloier, SCM Program Director & Job Coach Supervisor recently earned her Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™) credential! Currently, Liz is 1 of only 18 of her peers in the state of Michigan with this national certification. The CESP™ Certification Program was created in response to increasing demand for a system to identify trained, experienced employment specialists. Individuals who earn the CESP™ credential have demonstrated knowledge of the facilitation and advocacy skills necessary to help establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The CESP™ program is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support the training currently provided in the field. The certification program falls under the oversight of the Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC), established by the APSE Board of Directors. The CESP™ is accredited through then National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Accreditation for professional or personnel certification programs provides impartial, third-party validation that the program has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs. The CESP’s content validity is demonstrated through a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from stakeholders in the occupation or industry.
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