The purpose of this capstone project is to develop a customized employment self-guided training and an in-person training based on evidence-based research. The customized employment guide and in-person training will strive to motivate and educate various entities of Dakota County Social Services, initially implemented with AS/CLS sections, for more individualized approaches to attaining and maintaining employment. The goal of the customized employment guide and training is to have a fluid, consistent, and a readily available training tool for managers, social workers, contracted agencies, providers, and direct care staff within Dakota County AS/CLS. Furthermore, it will embody the AS/CLS value of person-centered approaches that are consistent in maintaining client health and safety and fairness to access supports into its everyday services for customized employment. This embraces the goals of Dakota County AS/CLS to devote energy and momentum towards more customized employment approaches to ultimately increase employment rates, opportunities, wages, and quality of life for individuals with disabilities and mental illness.

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Other Capstone Project


Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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