Teaching People With I/DD to Build
Healthy Relationships at Work

1 or 2 days of training for people who want to support individuals and/or
lead healthy relationships at work classes for people with I/DD.

Join this interactive, engaging, and practical online training to learn how to teach people with I/DD the skills needed to form healthy workplace relationships, keep their jobs, feel connected to others, and live the fullest life possible.

We all want to live full, happy, and satisfying lives with the ability to learn, live independently, work, and have healthy relationships with friends and significant others. This is true for young adults with developmental disabilities as well, and one place they can form relationships with others is in their workplace.

Unfortunately, we have seen people with I/DD lose their jobs not because they couldn’t do the actual task, but because of how they interact with their co-workers, managers or even customers. We have seen people with I/DD hug others when they aren’t supposed to, ask co-workers out on dates, and follow co-workers around because they are attracted to them.

Workplace relationships are unique in that they require certain ways of interacting and people with I/DD need to learn how to navigate these relationships in order to be successful in the worksite and keep their jobs.

Attend a 1 day training designed for: anyone who works in a competitive integrated employment training program or supports individuals in the workplace.

Attend a 2 day training designed for: anyone who works in a competitive integrated employment training program or supports individuals in the workplace and learn to lead classes on building healthy relationships at work. With this training you’ll receive a copy of our curriculum, Building Healthy Relationships at Work for People with Developmental Disabilities, and accompanying slide deck.

1 Day Training: What, Wait? You Want me to Talk about Relationships and Sexuality at Work? Talking One on One with People with I/DD

Who should attend: Anyone who works in a competitive integrated employment training program or supports individuals in the workplace.

As a result of this workshop: participants will have the tools, resources, and skills to address sexuality and healthy relationships one-on-one in their setting.

Training Description: People with developmental disabilities are often left out of the conversation about sexuality and relationships, almost as if they are incapable of having thoughts, feelings, and needs. In reality, they, too, are sexual beings that need information and skills for making healthy decisions about sexuality. As someone who works in a competitive integrated employment setting or a worksite, you see the need to address relationships and sexuality on a one on one basis with people with I/DD wh are employees. We will discuss tips and tools for effectively answering questions and responding to behaviors as well as helping parents learn ways to talk with their own children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge about sexuality and healthy relationships issues for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Explore your own values and attitudes regarding sexuality and relationships for people with developmental disabilities and how to manage your values.
  • Explore ways to communicate one on one about sexuality and relationships with people with developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians.

Agenda:

  1. Introduction/warm-up activity
  2. Human Sexual Development
  3. Values and Attitudes
  4. Answering Questions
  5. Responding to Behaviors
  6. Working with Parents and Families
  7. Working with Worksites
  8. Wrap-Up

2-Day Training: Building Healthy Relationships in the Workplace: Working One on One and Leading Healthy Relationships Classes

Who should attend: For anyone who works in a competitive integrated employment training program or supports individuals in the workplace and lead classes on building healthy relationships at work. With this training you’ll receive a copy of our curriculum, Building Healthy Relationships at Work for People with Developmental Disabilities, and accompanying slide deck.

As a result of this 2 day training: participants will have the tools, resources, and skills to address sexuality and healthy relationships one-on-one in their setting and receive the tools, resources, and skills to lead Building Healthy Relationships at Work classes.

Day 1: What, Wait? You Want me to Talk about Relationships and Sexuality at Work? Talking One-on-One with People with I/DD

People with developmental disabilities are often left out of the conversation about sexuality and relationships, almost as if they are incapable of having thoughts, feelings, and needs. In reality, they, too, are sexual beings that need information and skills for making healthy decisions about sexuality. As someone who works in a competitive integrated employment setting or a worksite, you see the need to address relationships and sexuality on a one on one basis with people with I/DD wh are employees. We will discuss tips and tools for effectively answering questions and responding to behaviors as well as helping parents learn ways to talk with their own children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge about sexuality and healthy relationship issues for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Explore your own values and attitudes regarding sexuality and relationships for people with developmental disabilities and how to manage your values.
  • Explore ways to communicate one on one about sexuality and relationships with people with developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians.

Day 1 Agenda:

  1. Introduction/warm-up activity
  2. Human Sexual Development
  3. Values and Attitudes
  4. Answering Questions
  5. Responding to Behaviors
  6. Working with Parents and Families
  7. Working with Worksites
  8. Wrap-Up
Day 2: Building Healthy Relationships in the Workplace: Leading Healthy Relationships Classes

During this workshop, we will use the Building Healthy Relationships At Work curriculum to learn how to lead groups of people with I/DD through the curriculum. The curriculum includes 12-lesson plans, handouts, and teaching tools to teach workplace relationship skills. Topics include: Who am I, Gender Expression and Identity, Types of Relationships, Public and Private, Friendships, Communication and Decision Making, Positive Relationships at Work, Friendship and Sweethearts, Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships, and What is Sexual Harassment? You will also learn effective tips and techniques for teaching these topics and have an opportunity to practice teaching these topics as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the necessary skills for having healthy workplace relationships.
  • Review the curriculum and teaching tools.
  • Examine tips and techniques for teaching these topics.
  • Practice teaching the curriculum lessons.

Day 2 Agenda:

  1. Introduction/warm up
  2. Role and Qualities of a good relationship educator
  3. Review the curriculum, handouts
  4. Main points of curriculum
  5. Challenges in the classroom
  6. Tips and Techniques for teaching relationship skills
  7. Practice presenting in small groups
  8. Wrap-Up

Tuition:

1 Day training includes:

  • Full access to the live, online training via Zoom.
  • PDF of the training PowerPoint.
  • Link to a Google folder with resources and articles.
  • Networking opportunity with others in the cohort, from all over the country to share resources and ongoing support.
  • Email access to the facilitator for follow up questions.

2 Day training includes the above, plus:

  • A coil bound copy of Building Healthy Relationships At Work curriculum to lead relationship classes (a $195 value). If you work for Project SEARCH, and already have access to this curriculum, your tuition is discounted. Bring your copy with you and pay $450 for the training.
  • Slide Deck to accompany the Building Healthy Relationships curriculum (a $95 value).
  • Link to a Google folder with resources, articles, Handouts, Teaching Tools, and more.

2021 Dates and Locations

1 Day Training – June 23, 2021
Live, ONLINE, video conference

2 Day Training – June 23-24, 2021
Live, ONLINE, video conference