Staff Resources

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

Live Webinars and Events

  • SAVE THE DATE: Pathways for Partnership
    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT
    Stay tuned for follow-up information to participate in this webinar.
    Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Community Living (ACL) and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) for Pathways for Partnership, an informative webinar that will bring together for the first time vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, centers for independent living (CILs), and special education to launch competitive integrated employment for students, youth, and young adults with disabilities.
    We are excited to share our commitment at the Federal Level to collaborate across agencies on planning, training, and technical assistance (best practices, etc.) to increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment.
    Facilitating the conversation among representatives of VR agencies, special education, and CILs in states where partnership has proven successful will be:
    • Julie Hocker, Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities, and
    • Mark Schultz, delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for OSERS.
    Partners who have launched change at the local level will highlight how they built their partnerships and how collaboration has led to successful outcomes, including competitive integrated employment, for students, youth, and young adults with disabilities. The information shared in this webinar will help you to develop new partnerships and expand existing ones.
  • Resources and Practices to Support Back to School and Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
    Tuesday, August 4, 2020
    2:00 – 3:30 EDT
    Register now
    The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is hosting the third and final installment of its webinar series on Continuity of Learning during COVID-19. This third webinar in the series will present strategies and considerations for conducting instruction in remote, on-site, and hybrid educational settings. Specifically, this webinar will highlight exemplar resources and practices for teachers, leaders, and other providers to support students with disabilities from Preschool—Grade 12. OSEP Director Laurie VanderPloeg will facilitate the discussion and the panelist question and answer session.
  • Specialized Interpreting: Mental Health
    There is a shortage of qualified interpreters working in mental health settings. Mental health issues arise in all aspects of a person's life: employment, education, recreation, medical ... and often interpreters don't recognize that they are in fact already working in mental health settings. This webshop guides you in assessing if mental health interpreting is within your scope of practice, connects you with resources and educational opportunities to start building the needed skills.
    July 1 – 31, anytime
    Register now
  • WVABLE: Five things you need to know about how WVABLE is helping individuals with disabilities achieve financial independence
    Friday, August 21, 2020 (but please register soon)
    10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
    The rules have changed … eligible individuals with a disability are now able to save more than $2,000 without losing government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI. With WVABLE, Achieving a Better Life Experience in WV, the earnings portions grow tax free and can be spent at any time for qualified disability expenses.
    During this webinar, we will discuss five things you need to know about WVABLE accounts:
    • What is WVABLE and why is it important?
    • What are the benefits to owning a WVABLE savings account?
    • Who is eligible and how do you enroll?
    • How to make contributions and withdrawals?
    • What can WVABLE account funds be used for?
    Webinar presented by Roxanne Clay, WVABLE Director, WV State Treasurer's Office. Registered participants will receive a WVABLE informational packet, to include our new sports pack and other promo merchandise to use and share with eligible individuals and families you serve!
    Register now
    Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • RSA TA and Demonstration Projects Virtual Series: Results and Reflections
    In this virtual series of webinars, RSA-funded technical assistance centers and other demonstration projects highlight the results of their projects, reflect on lessons learned, and share ideas for the future. Below is the schedule, links to available presentations, transcripts, and other resources from these dynamic centers.
    • July 9 - Welcome to the Series and Kickoff
      • Welcome and Introduction: Mark Schultz, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration and John Connelly, Director of Research and Grants, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)
      • Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)
    • July 16 - Technical Assistance focused on Targeted Communities and Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance
      • E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)
      • Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQA)
    • July 23 - Technical Assistance focused on Services to Students and Youth with Disabilities
      • National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
      • Youth Technical Assistance Center on Transition (Y-TAC)
    • July 30 - Demonstration Projects
      • Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID)
      • Innovation Fund: Transition Work-Based Learning
      • Automated Personalization Computing Project
    • August 6 - Technical Assistance focused on Services to American Indians and Older Individuals who are Blind
      • American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC)
      • Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)
    Every Thursday we will release a new set of recorded webinars for you to access any time. All webinars are captioned and include a transcript.
  • National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials, including another 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.
    • Project E3: Educate, Empower, Employ
      Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST
      (If you can't make the live event, all webcasts are archived and still available for credit)
      Registration required
      • 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):
  • For continuing education credit (paid)

    For $35 each, $100 for all three, these family-focused webinars from TransCen, Inc. Career and Workforce Development offer Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Continuing Education hours. Registration is required. As always, remember to confirm with your licensing board that these credits will be accepted and applied for licensure.
    • Understanding and Partnering with Families: Concepts, Strategies, and Action Steps
      Thursday, April 9, 2020
      2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)
    • We Can Do Better: Examining the Impact of Expectations on Families and Students
      Tuesday, May 26, 2020
      3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Embracing Competitive Employment: Helping Families Work through Apprehension
      Tuesday, June 30, 2020
      2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

Recorded Webinars

Online Resources For Counselors