Staff Resources

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

Live Webinars and Events

  • Education Technology Resources to Support Students With or At Risk for Disabilities During COVID19: a WEBINAR for Special Education Practitioners, Administrators, Parents, and Stakeholders
    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
    1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT ("overtime" Q&A session 2:00 – 2:15 PM EDT)
    Register now!
    This webinar will feature short user-case video demos of five edtech resources that are ready now for use in special education, as well as conversations by practitioners and experts about the role of edtech in meeting the needs children and students with or at risk for disabilities during "the new normal" in education.
  • WVABLE webinar series
    Tuesdays, Oct. 6 – Dec. 8, 2020
    Noon–1 PM EDT
    Register now!
    In partnership with Disability Rights of WV, WVABLE is excited to announce this FREE webinar series offering an array of short financial workshops where attendees will learn more about WVABLE – a tax-free savings program that allows many individuals with disabilities to save and invest without being at risk for losing needs-based benefits like SSI and Medicaid.
    (Social work CEUs may be available)
  • 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.
    • Central and Rural Appalachian Culture: What Every Provider Needs to Know to Promote Effectiveness
      Wednesday, October 14, 2020
      9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
      Any social service provider working in rural communities can benefit from this training. Providers will receive an overview of the central Appalachian region, its history, culture, and values. What work practices will build rapport with clients and communities throughout the region? How can service delivery be better received and implemented?
      Registration is free. Register now.
      Three hours of social work and nursing CEUs are available.
    • Project E3: Educate, Empower, Employ
      Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST
      (If you missed the live event, all webcasts – these and more – 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):

Recorded Webinars

Online Resources For Counselors

Wellness Resources

  • Feeling overwhelmed?
    Are you or your loved ones feeling anxious, overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted? Contact the HELP304 helpline via phone or text at 877-HELP304 (877-435-7304) or online chat at www.help304.com.
  • Elder Care: COVID-19 has been particularly dangerous for senior citizens, and worried family members are looking for ways to limit their loved one's exposure to risk.
  • Childcare: As schools announce their plans for virtual classrooms or limited in-person instruction due to COVID-19, many working parents are scrambling for practical solutions. The skilled researchers of INOVA Wellness are committed to helping you identify local resources, including tutoring and child care.
  • Back to School, a resource from INOVA Wellness, offers tools to help your child succeed in school: informative articles and tip sheets, referrals for schools and tutors, resource links, and more.
  • Special Needs create added challenges for the day-to-day tasks of parenting, and INOVA Wellness offers knowledge and support to help parents make informed decisions.
  • Planning a Socially Safe Summer, a resource from INOVA Wellness, looks at how we may reassess child care options, online alternatives for social interaction, tips for assessing risk, and how we discuss precautions with children and care providers.
  • Coronavirus Child Care Resources from the Centers for Disease Control include decision-making tools for teachers and parents.
  • Cancelled by Covid-19: Managing Disappointment The disappointments add up. Here are five steps toward coping.
  • Learn more about how our response to COVID-19 is changing the way we grieve.
  • A global pandemic … no problem, right? However much we may wish to believe we're ready for anything, it's natural to be anxious now and the necessary social isolation doesn't help with that. INOVA Wellness offers a brief article with some good ideas about Managing Anxiety While In Quarantine.
  • The challenges for parents during a global pandemic are many and varied. INOVA Wellness steps in to help with tips on Quarantine Survival With Kids.
  • INOVA Wellness offers timely advice on caring for ourselves as we work. This week's focus brings us resources to help with mindfulness, exercise and nutrition to carry us through the quarantine.
  • INOVA Wellness also provides us with a highly relevant, wide-ranging resource reference that covers the whys and hows of social distancing, self-care, working from home and more.