Registration for required Texas Community Rehabilitation Program provider training now open

Thursday, April 7, 2011
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DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Online training required for all Texas Community Rehabilitation Program providers is now open for registration through the University of North Texas's Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment program.

The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services requires Community Rehabilitation Program providers of employment services to complete training appropriate to the services the providers deliver. Those employment services include helping people with various disabilities to find and hold long-term jobs, and to provide support services for job seekers as they transition into new jobs.

Providers also have an option to test out of the training courses.

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services has named the University of North Texas the state's official provider of CRP provider training. Online training courses are available for job coaches, job skills trainers, job placement specialists, supported employment specialists and directors who oversee these positions. The University expects to train more than 3,000 providers.

"We are very excited to be able to contribute to the important work Community Rehabilitation Program providers do every day across Texas," said Martha Garber, director of Applied Research & Development in the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work & Addictions at UNT.

Registration for online training for job coach and job skills trainers and job placement specialists is open now. Registration for supported employment specialists will be available in May, and registration for directors of CRP employment services will be open in June.

In 2010 the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services gave the University of North Texas a $500,000 grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to develop and provide CRP provider training.

"U.S. News and World Report" ranks UNT's rehabilitation counseling program as 13th in the nation and first in Texas. The counseling program and the Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment program are located in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service's Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions.

UNT's Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions also houses JOB FIT, a program helping job seekers with disabilities find jobs that match their interest, skills and abilities while meeting area business needs.

More information about the online courses, registration and the test-out option can be found at UNT's Texas CRP Provider Training website

More information about Job Fit can be found at the Job Fit website.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108