Brittany Edwards-Sharpe is on the podcast to talk about what training and support have looked like for employment support professionals in the state of New Mexico! Over the last few years, New Mexico has committed to providing training to professionals and Brittany has supported professionals in New Mexico to be trained through the College of Employment Services and go through training and certification to earn their CESP. Listen in to hear more from this conversation, focused on employment and the professionals working in this field.
Meet David King in Ohio and Kate Travis in Connecticut. Both are Certified Employment Support Professionals™ (CESPs), and lead teams focused on employment supports. In this conversation, David and Kate are joined by National APSE’s Kari Tietjen to talk about leading employment teams, what makes quality employment support professionals, and how they use CESP to supplement their staff development.
Meet Nikki Chartier of Pueblo Diversified Industries (PDI) in Pueblo, CO in this podcast episode with Kari Tietjen (National APSE’s Certification Director). Nikki leads an employment team supporting individuals with disabilities to find and keep jobs in the community. In this episode, Nikki and Kari talk about the importance of job fit and the considerations of finding a job. Plus, having employment staff that are knowledgeable and trained are essential to the success of Employment First. Hear about Nikki’s team (all CESP certified!) and how they are trained.
Today’s podcast features National APSE’s Kari Tietjen (Certification Director) and Emily Harris, CESP of Oregon. Emily works with WISE to provide training and consultation to help employment for people with disabilities. Learn more at www.gowise.org Emily also shares upcoming events with Oregon APSE, so listen for that! Emily has worked with the Council during the transition from paper-based exams and shares her fond memories of proctoring the CESP. Emily also works to Co-Chair the Recertification Committee and provides updates of what the Committee has done to support mentoring as well as trainers with a Pre-Approval process!
Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Bridget Hassan has served in many roles, including as North Carolina APSE President, Treasurer, and now Secretary with the APSE National Board. Bridget is passionate about Employment First, the work of talking to legislators, working with Direct Support Professionals, and the CESP credential! Hear her chat with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer including about COVID vaccine releases, CESP credential updates, and more!
Meet the APSE National Board of Directors. Maya Cox is our APSE Vice President. She has been featured on the podcast, talking about her work! Hear her chat with National APSE’s Erica Belois-Pacer about their shared work around Professional Development and love for capacity-building, as well as what might come for #EmploymentFirst from the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.