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Employment Support Professionals and the Skills Required to Support Employment (On Demand: Recorded)

Main Topic: Employment
Session Type: Paper


Are you an Agency Administrator, Employment Services manager, work with transition age youth, or in a policy-making role? Let’s focus on employment and the skill sets needed to help support People with Disabilities! Employment competencies represent the skills and standards of practice for providers of supported, customized, and self-employment services for ALL people with disabilities. These research-based competencies, foundational elements which APSE and ACRE uphold, guide best practice in employment services today. This session will explore staff competency standard frameworks as well as share information about the ACRE competency based training certificates and the APSE Certified Employment Support Professional™(CESP) credential.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will explore APSE and ACRE research-based competencies and understand why these foundational elements are important in employment services.
  • Attendees will leave with a familiarity of APSE and ACRE as available resources for employment services best practices.
  • Attendees will better understand employment services best practices and the purpose of establishing agency and/or state competency standards.
  • Attendees will learn about state initiatives to establish competency standards and where Employment First efforts are headed.

Keywords: APSE, ACRE, Credentials, Certification, Certificates, Employment, Best Practice, Competency, Professional Development, Skills

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Feb 23 2021 - May 01 2021

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 23 2021 - May 02 2021
View the Session: Virtual Space


  • Ms. Michelle Sparling
    Ms. Michelle Sparling
    Networks for Training and Development, Inc. - Director of Program Development

    Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

    Michelle Sparling, M.Ed, CESP, has worked with Networks for Training and Development, Inc. since 1995. During her time at Networks, Michelle has provided training and consultation to organizations in Philadelphia and beyond. She has expertise in employment training and support, with an emphasis in career planning, customized employment, on-the-job support and organizational development. She has spent her career working with individuals who have disabilities, starting as a job coach providing employment supports. She has been co-chair of Philadelphia\’s Employment Steering Committee since 2018, and is the current Vice President of ACRE. She has her Masters of Education from Temple University and earned the Certified Employment Supports Professional (CESP) credential in 2105. In her spare time, Michelle loves the great outdoors, bike riding, traveling, and therapy dog work with her dog Maverick.

  • Ms. Erica Belois-Pacer
    Ms. Erica Belois-Pacer
    Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) - Professional Development Director

    Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

    Erica spent the first half of her career as a teacher in an integrated classroom from 2000-2006. She then worked in the private sector, advancing to Director of Educational Programs at Falls View Academy where she developed program opportunities through Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Extended Learning Programs (ELT) across the state for students with disabilities and underserved populations. In 2015 she began working in Vocational Rehabilitation Community Employment at the Center for Human Services Education, create materials and provide trainings to school personnel on options for students with disabilities after high school. As a Special Education teacher herself she was unaware of how many young adults with disabilities are unemployed. Bridging the gap between the high school and college/work became her passion. In her most recent role as the Associate Director of the CHSE, she had the opportunity to oversee contracts that provided training and education to agencies that provide Supported Employment across NYS. A highlight of this position was collaborating and organizing the yearly NYS APSE Conference in Lake Placid, NY. Erica and her husband live in Fairport, NY with their three children. In her free time she volunteers as a Parent Representative on the Committee for Special Education.