In-depth training live over the Internet
Begins February 17, 2022
Barbara Bissonnette, Principal, Forward Motion Coaching
Group is limited to 10, and an application is required.
This comprehensive, 8-week program is designed for career counselors and coaches, disability service professionals at colleges and universities, vocational rehabilitation and transition specialists and other professionals. It features live instruction and personalized mentoring. You will learn how to coach adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles to choose the right job or career, find employment, and stay hired. Emphasis is on adapting traditional coaching techniques to fit the unique needs of these individuals.
The Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification features weekly, live virtual sessions plus a 6-week supervised practicum. Sessions feature interactive exercises, case studies, and group discussions. Weekly assignments consist of readings, short-answer questions/case study reviews and practice designing action plans for clients. This program is approved for 21 Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credits.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who successfully finish the program components. This certifies1 that the participant:
♦ Understands the impact of challenges related to interpersonal skills, executive function, restricted/repetitive interests and sensory processing/integration, as well as strengths that can be utilized in the workplace
♦ Is able to modify the traditional coaching model to meet the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum
♦ Can utilize strategies and techniques to assist individuals in finding the right job/career; finding a job; and staying employed
Weeks One & Two, Understanding Adults with Asperger’s/Autism:
Definition of autism spectrum disorder and the “Asperger profile;” impact on adults in the workplace (communication, executive function, etc.); strengths associated with this processing style.
Week Three, Adapting the Coaching Model: Modifying core coaching skills to meet the needs of these students/clients; evaluating readiness; obtaining accurate background information.
Week Four, Working with Individuals: How to address ten common challenges, plus strategies for executive function difficulties.
Week Five, Choosing the Right Job/Career and Getting Hired: Guiding individuals to find the right occupation; assessments; creating a realistic job search plan; interview preparation, including navigating the landmine of behavioral questions (continues to next session).
Week Six, Americans with Disabilities Act: How individuals are protected in the workplace; deciding whether, when and how to disclose; case examples.
Week Seven, Staying Employed: Tools and techniques for addressing common employment challenges; teaching individuals to self-advocate; intervening with an employer (continues to next session).
Week Eight, Educating Employers: Explaining Asperger’s/autism to employers; tips for modifying the interview process and on-boarding; innovative employer models and how to adapt them for internships and to small/mid-size organizations.
Supervised Practicum : Participants coach an individual on the spectrum for 1 hour per week for six weeks. Written feedback is provided on weekly client notes, plus there are 3 calls with Barbara (30 min. each) to discuss progress, problems, strategies. The practicum can begin during Week Six of the instruction, or after the instruction is completed.
The program content is for professionals who are assisting students/clients with competitive, not sheltered or heavily supported, employment.
To request an application or if you have questions about the program, send an email to Barbara@ForwardMotion.info
1Certification is not an endorsement from Barbara Bissonnette or Forward Motion Coaching.
What Participants Say
“The experience was extremely informative for me — the structure and the exercises and the exchanges that took place between participants as well. [The case studies are] a valuable way of training, through the complexity … of each case. AP, Job Coach, Non-Profit
“I had such a great experience and learned so much from the class!” EW, Recruiter
“The content, readings, case studies and group discussions were insightful and extremely helpful in better equipping me to work with individuals with Asperger’s/autism. I have already had the opportunity to put a lot of what I’ve learned into practice with clients.” SO, University Career Counselor
“I found the course to be informative, relevant, practical and encouraging. It offered a balance of theory and application. Barbara provided a rich learning experience through the presentations, discussions, assignments and one-on-one coaching for participants. Actual client stories delivered a realistic perspective into the challenges of coaching [these individuals].” JY, Neurodiversity Consultant
“[This program provided] excellent and up-to-date knowledge … Almost immediately, [it] helped me be more patient and empathetic to the young man I have been coaching.” BS, Executive Director, Counseling Organization
“I particularly valued the coaching tool kit, resources and the personal coaching sessions provided by Barbara. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is seeking more knowledge or plans to work with individuals on the autism spectrum who are seeking employment or need guidance on how to be more successful.” KS, Transition Teacher
“Using case studies was helpful to see how to apply the concepts. The tools you shared were thorough yet easy to use.” LR, Job Developer, Non-Profit
“I came away with many tools and strategies to help the population of autistic students at my university. Barbara pulled heavily from her expertise in the field and provided real-life examples to bring concepts to life. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their career services practice to better serve neurodiverse clients.” GS, University Career Counselor