Services Offered by ICI

The following training, consultation, and production services are available to the public on a fee-for-service basis. Please visit their Web pages for further information.

Services Across the Lifespan

Person Centered Thinking offers training to staff at all levels (including Direct Support Professionals, supervisors, case managers, service coordinators, and residential and vocational providers), as well as individuals who receive support and their families. The training helps discover what gives people satisfaction in life and respectfully balances these priorities with health and safety issues while empowering the people served to maintain control. Participants learn to write a Person Centered Description.

Person Centered Planning offers training for managers and staff who write, or supervise the writing of, support plans for people in transition. The training includes learning and applying person centered thinking and planning tools that help people envision the life they want in their community. A specific plan is developed with a "co-trainer," someone who currently receives services, over the course of this two-day, interactive session. Multiple methods are used to capture what the co-trainer really wants, creating a “picture of a life” that contains all elements of the individual’s desired future. This method facilitates team creativity and makes planning meetings more effective.

RTC Media Productions creates professional film, video, and multimedia projects supporting people with disabilities, their families, and those who provide support services. Our clients have also included health care professionals, university departments, schools, and social service agencies.

School-Age Services

Check & Connect offers training, technical assistance, and consultation for K-12 schools using or considering the evidence-based Check & Connect student engagement intervention program developed at the Institute on Community Integration. The program is for use with students who show warning signs for disengaging from school and learning, and uses a multi-faceted approach to help them stay engaged with and complete school. The Check & Connect staff at the Institute offer multiple training and consultation options for sites considering or already implementing Check & Connect.

Transition Services

Expanding the Circle offers training for educators, administrators, and others working with American Indian high school youth who are preparing for the transition to postsecondary experiences. It includes training for implementing Expanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future, a curriculum offering a structured process and a set of culturally relevant activities to facilitate successful transition from high school to adult life for American Indian high school students.

Adult Services

Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Workforce Development Program provides state-of-the-art resources and consultation services to a variety of clientele who are facing DSP workforce challenges in recruitment, training, and retention.

DirectCourse offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults. Operated by a partnership of the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information, DirectCourse is comprised of four colleges, the flagship of which is the College of Direct Support, offering a nationwide, online, competency-based training curriculum to enhance the skills and knowledge of Direct Support Professionals, frontline supervisors, and managers supporting individuals with disabilities in community settings. DirectCourse's other three colleges are the College of Employment Services, in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston; the College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving, in collaboration with The Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco; and the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion, in collaboration with Temple University, a curriculum focusing on services for people with psychiatric disabilities.