SEP (Supported Employment Professional)


The Supported Employment Professional Certification Program (SEP) is funded through the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) Training and Technical Assistance Grant.

The Supported Employment Professional Training Program is designed to equip mental health professionals working in Community Support Programs with the skills they need to help clients gain meaningful employment. The primary goal of this training and certification program is the preparation of mental health professionals to become skilled in the provision of employment services. In this training, staff will learn how to provide individualized and flexible support services that can lead to positive client outcomes related to employment.

Completion of the Supported Employment Professional Training course is the first step toward becoming a Certified Supported Employment Professional (CSEP) in Rhode Island. It consists of seven training sessions held in consecutive weeks. The curriculum and course requirements are designed to meet the specific professional development needs of Employment Specialists and Vocational Rehabilitation providers.

Eligibility Criteria: Participants in this training program must be referred by their supervisor and must have at least six (6) months experience in direct service or employment-related work in one of the State licensed community behavioral health centers. Course participants are required to attend all seven training sessions, come to class prepared with completed homework, fieldwork and written assignments and participate fully in class exercises.

SEP training is held numerous times per year. For more information on the SEP certification program please contact SUMHLC at (401)521-5759.

“Like all workers, people with severe and persistent mental illnesses benefit greatly from the security and self-sufficiency that comes with stable and fulfilling employment. In addition to providing a living, work gives people a sense of belonging and community and the opportunity for people to gain a sense of self-esteem, control and self-worth.