Some nice things people had to say about the Job Development Boot Camp workshop and/or agency consultation:
It was such an excellent two days. I feel like I got such a shot in the arm in the form of energy and seeing my position in a whole new light. It was by far the most effective and engaging job development training I have attended. I walked out feeling empowered, loaded up with new ideas and ready to go.
Molly Russell, Job Developer
Employment & Community Options
Supported Employment Program
(Nov. 15, 2008)
(Sept. 1, 2008)
I was wondering if you'll be planning on having any courses in the Sacramento area? If so, I have staff that I'd like to send. Please let me know. Your classes have benefited my life a lot. When I attended your course in 2003 I had just become the Job Developer for YES! Today, I'm the Director ofand I want to give my staff the same great opportunities that I had. Hope to hear from you soon.
YES! Director of Rehabilitation
"Here's my testimony to the effectiveness of your training. Last week our unofficial Individual Supported Employment rate hit 87%, after being below 70% for over three years. Also, we've opened two new Group Supported Employment sites in the past month and have employed every GSE participant we have. We've had to put out a call for other interested workers and have had 5-6 new participants come to us to fill the vacant GSE positions. Everyone's thrilled. We're paying our job developers bonuses for new jobs and group sites they've developed. We're very happy to pay the bonuses and our job developers are just as happy to receive them. Thanks for your excellent work training and inspiring our job developers here at The Arc of Spokane."
Greg Falk, Executive Director
"This training brought together case managers, VR counselors and job developers to focus on the importance of work for people with Serious Mental Illness. Mindy's light-hearted "fun" presentation style, her extensive experience in this field, some "real-life" examples that directly applied to the work we do, and "new" techniques and strategies for working with clients, employers and team members as well, made this one of the best trainings I've ever participated in! Thank you!"
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Triple R Behavioral Health, Inc.
Kellie Jo Gavran, M.S.ED, NCC, LPC
Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator
Building Inclusive One-Stop Systems "BIOSS"
Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
West Virginia University
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the best JD training I have ever attended. You are an excellent trainer!
What worked? Role Plays-this is the first workshop I have been to that included role plays. You knew your stuff based on a lot of experience. I was glad that you were firm with the class that we stick to the agenda. You were a pro at redirecting, which can be hard to do at times. Anyways, I learned a lot and have definitely been inspired to get out there, which were my goals. I will definitely keep you in mind for future trainings.
The Arc of San Francisco
I attended your Job Developer Boot Camp in Long Beach, Ca. in December 2003. I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know the positive outcomes that have occurred since the class. I had only been employed with Blindness Support Services, Inc for 2 months when I attended your "Boot Camp" and at that time the agency had 2 placement in the prior year and a half. Well let me tell you that I have placed 10 clients in gainful employment in the year and a half that I've been here. So I not only wanted to "Toot my own horn", but I thought I'd toot yours too." Thanks again for the great experience!
Blindness Support Services, Inc
Your conference in Puerto Rico was GREAT!!!! We made a good decision to have you as a speaker. Your conference reflects changing in times and commitment.
Antonio E. Zapata, President
Puerto Rico Rehabilitation Advisory Council
"Mindy, thanks to your Boot Camp last fall, I'm still Job Developing."
Jeanette, Woodland, CA
Sheri, South Dakota
Conference participant, New Jersey APSE
Muriel, Miami Beach (Mindy's Mom)
This week's workshop was great! Thanks for the super info! For the first time EVER - I feel motivated to job develop, and not like it's an unpleasant chore. Thanks for the new outlook. Maybe you'll see me in another of your presentations some day. Again, thanks for a very productive couple of days!
Laurie Caya, Vocational Placement Specialist
Roseville Joint Union High School District
Thank you for the excellent Job Developer Boot Camp in Los Angeles last week! I have already applied some of the concepts that I learned to get an appointment with the Vice President of a large hospital in our area.
Angela Gardner, Employment Specialist
Goodwill Industries - Victorville
I know you meet a lot of people during your workshops, but even if you don't remember me personally I wanted to say thank you for such an inspiring day. I usually get pretty bored during workshops and don't always want to go, but yours is one that I think was crucial for me to attend. Especially in such an early stage of my recruiting/job developing career. I walked away from the Boot Camp with some great ideas.
Alex Reid, Job Developer
This is the job developer workshop I attended and would highly recommend this training for DOR staff and job developers we are associated with to help improve our employment strategies and outcomes. This training will also help prepare participants to develop "employer accounts" if that is the directions are district is taking.
Maryann Conway, M.S., C.R.C.
DOR - Anaheim TPP - S.V.R.C.
Thank you for your great presentation. You inspired me with the "juice," smile, excitement, enthusiasm and belief in helping people with disabilities to become employed, independent and productive citizens. I will apply my knowledge in my work as a VR counselor and to my family.
Bernice Ravell, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Saipan, Marianna Islands