Community Supports Navigator training courses available

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) and the advocacy organization PAL, is sponsoring a four-course program to recruit and train Community Supports Navigators.

The program will prepare participants to assist youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and trusted allies in planning, designing and managing the supports necessary to live a full adult life in the community, based on the individual’s strengths and interests. Participants will be selected through an application and interview process.

Courses will include “Self-Determination: Supporting Life in the Community” (April, 2010); “Facilitating Person-Centered Planning” (May, 2010); “Self-Directed Community Supports” (September, 2010); and “Developing Meaningful Employment” (October, 2010).

Additionally, participants will be assigned to work with a family during a summer practicum. Individual coaching will be provided. Each course consists of four sessions.

All classes will be held at the Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. There is no charge to participate.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will join a team of Community Supports Navigators supported by the Sherlock Center. Team members will receive a stipend for their work and will have ongoing access to technical assistance and resources available through the Sherlock Center.

Applicants must have basic knowledge of the transition from school to adult life, including supports through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (MHRH); personal or professional experience with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities; good interpersonal and listening skills and a flexible schedule with the ability to make a one-year commitment. Family members and bi-lingual or bi-cultural candidates are encouraged to apply.

To request an application, contact Claire Rosenbaum, adult supports coordinator at the Sherlock Center. Call (401) 456-4732 (direct line), (401) 456-8773 (TDD) or email Applications are due by Feb. 12, 2010. Space is limited.