"Workin' It Out" Preparing non-traditional job seekers for workplace success
A steady job paying a living wage can be a powerful thing. For many people, a good job offers more than just a paycheck; it offers a chance to reclaim their pride and sense of purpose as well. But many non-traditional workers are poorly prepared to meet employers' demands.
Dislocated workers Individuals with disabilities At-risk youth and young adults
Welfare-to-workers/TANF recipients Formerly incarcerated men & women People in recovery from addiction
Why do these individuals make such challenging employees? In
part, because they lack an intuitive understanding of their employer's
unspoken expectations, and the vital soft skills (or people skills)
needed to interact successfully within the social environment of the
Instead, inexperienced workers often mistakenly use
the rules and habits of their personal lives to judge the
appropriateness of their workplace behavior. As a result, employers
experience costly problems with performance, morale, and retention.
SIX versions of"Workin' It Out"
The "Workin' It Out" (WIO) program series represents six, related classroom-based, cognitive-behavioral curricula designed to help challenging workers succeed in today's workplace. The programs are available ONLY to instructors who complete a 3-day training to become certified as WIO soft skills instructors.
1 Workin' It Out: For Inexperienced NonTraditional Workers "Workin' It Out" is a 10-lesson classroom-based soft skills training program designed to help challenging, often inexperienced workers adjust to the unfamiliar expectations of the workplace.
WIO helps participants:
(1) Understand how their personal beliefs may conflict with the unspoken rules of the workplace. (2) Improve interpersonal workplace skills such as anger management, giving feedback and taking criticism, and problem solving.
2 Learning to Work It Out: For Hard to Serve Individuals
"Learning to Work It Out" is a 10-lesson soft skills program designed to help individuals with multiple barriers to employment gain confidence, people skills, and insights needed to transition into the world of work.
LWIO helps participants:
(1) Understand how self-defeating personal beliefs keep them from taking risks needed for success. (2) Improve interpersonal work readiness skills such as emotional self-management, communication, and problem solving.
3 Beginning to Work It Out: For At-Risk Youth/Young Adults
"Beginning to Work It Out" is a 10-lesson soft skills program designed to help at-risk youth and young adults develop the people skills and personal insights needed to transition from adolescence to a life of work.
BWIO helps participants:
(1) Understand how their personal beliefs, especially attitudes toward authority, may create problems in the workplace. (2) Improve interpersonal skills such as anger management, expressing concerns, and problem solving to improve work readiness.
"Makin' It Work" is a 10-lesson training program designed to help offenders in transition from corrections to the community adjust more successfully to the world of work.
Makin' It Work helps participants:
(1) Understand how their own attitudes and perceptions have justified illegal actions in the past. (2) Gain new insights into employer expectations in the workplace, and mentally shift their own outlooks to be more successful on the job. (3) Improve interpersonal skills needed to manage difficult workplace situations.
5 Workin' with Tradition: For Native American job seekers "Workin' with Tradition," is a 10-lesson soft skills training program designed in concert with employers and tribal members of North Central Montana to help Native Americans improve the soft skills need to find and keep good jobs on and off the reservation. Workin' with Tradition helps participants:
(1) Appreciate the strengths of their cultures while acknowledging the difficulties faced when seeking employment.. (2) Explore the value of work in building pride and identity while gaining valuable new insights into unspoken employer expectations. (3) Improve interpersonal skills needed to manage stress, organize time, express concerns, and make logical decisions in difficult workplace situations.
6 Managing to Work It Out: For Struggling Supervisors "Managing to Work It Out," is a 4-session soft skills training program designed to help supervisors better understand and manage a challenging new population of workers. MWIO helps supervisors:
(1) Become more aware of new workers' perspectives, as well as supervisors' own work biases. (2) Sharpen interpersonal skills such as problem solving, giving feedback, and mediating conflict.
Testimonials from Program Participants “The training has been enlightening and informative on a personal as well as a professional level.... even though I began this training as a unwilling participant, you changed that for me.” Workin' It Out participant Escambia Community Services, Pensacola, FL
"These skills are vital to being a reasonable person who functions in society.” Makin' It Work participant Inmate from CA Bureau of Prisons Facility -Terminal Island
“The best class about self-worth I’ve ever been involved in. A very powerful class which will help me be better at life.“ Mike A., Makin' It Work participant Inmate from Yakima County Jail, Yakima, WA
2014-2015 Trainings & Conferences
2014-15 INSTRUCTOR TRAININGS (Click on dates to download pre-registration forms)
Do you have 10+ people needing training? Don't want to travel? Contact Dr. Parese for information about hosting an open training or contracting for a closed agency training at YOUR location on YOUR chosen date. Contact by email at SBParese@aol.com.
2014-15 PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES (Dr. Parese will be attending/speaking at these conferences)
February 25-26, 2014 VA Workforce Leadership Seminars Danville, VA & Hampton Roads, VA
March 2-5, 2014 National Youth At-Risk Conference Savannah, GA
March 9-11, 2014 SETA Spring Conference Nashville, TN
April 23-25, 2014 National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) Conference Baltimore, MD June 19-21, 2014 National Career Development Ass'n (NCDA) Conference Long Beach, CA
Sept 2-4, 2014 Monterey, CA Meeting of the Minds Conference (tent)
Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014 Richmond, VA VA Workforce Prof’l Academy (tent)
October 16, 2014 Greensboro, NC NC Works Conference (conf)
January, 2015 San Bernardino, CA CWA Youth Conference (tent)
March 1-4, 2015 Savannah, GA NYAR Conference (tent)
March 9-11, 2015 Greensboro, NC SETA Spring Conference (tent)
April 22-24, 2015 Towson, MD NAREN Conference (conf)
May 4-6, 2015 Las Vegas, NV NAWDP Conference (tent)
May, 2015 Hershey, PA PA Works Conference (tent)
November 3-5, 2015 Singapore, SG I-CARE Conference (conf) Want Dr. Parese to speak at YOUR event? See our list of available workshop topics, and contact him by email at SBParese@aol.com.
Updated 2013-14Workshop Topics
Dr. Steve Parese, author and speaker
Interested a dynamic workshop for a conference or upcoming staff development day? We offer innovative and entertaining workshops on a variety of relevant topics:
1. “From Jails to Jobs” Helping the formerly incarcerated succeed at work
2. “In Survival Mode” Working through self-defeating patterns with the hard to serve
3. “Cognitive Coaching” Working through differences in perspective on the job.
4. “Leave me alone!” Understanding Traumatized Youth
5. “Kids These Days!” Preparing at-risk youth for the workplace.
6. Staying Professional When It Feels Personal
7. “What Matters Most” Reducing Stress by RePrioritizing
8. “Let’s Work This Out” Supervising Difficult Workers.
9. “Can’t We All Get Along?” Strengthening Team-Building and Communication Skills
Eastern PA Special Ed ConferenceOct 31, 2013 Hershey, PA
Youth Continuum ConferenceNov 1, 2013 New Hartford, CT
Looking for a dynamic, interactive workshop or keynote for YOUR conference or event? Click to visit our "Workshop Topics" page for a list of likely topics, any of which can be adapted to your groups needs.
Dr. Steve Parese SBP Consulting, Inc. PO Box 336 Danbury, NC 27016 SBParese@aol.com office (336) 593-3533 fax (336) 593-2299
Staff Testimonials from Around the Nation “This training was very engaging and all content was relevant to what we would actually be doing. The energizers were good pick-me-ups and by having me provide a demonstration allowed better understanding of how content is supposed to be delivered.” Sara F., Promise Jobs Case Manager Iowa Workforce Development, Burlington, IA
“I loved this training. You’re fantastic and this training is so important and valuable and you’ve made it easy to grasp. What a great service you’ve given us to provide. Thank you!” Alexis R., US Probation Officer US Probation Office, Studio City, CA
“I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Makin’ it Work’ trainer’s certification program, and am anxiously looking forward to implementing this program to offenders. Dr. Steve Parese is very knowledgeable and his training methods are both enjoyable and highly informative.” Steven P., US Probation Officer Laredo, TX
“Your warmth, clear commitment to assisting people in mastering the skills touched me. I also enjoyed your ability to engage and entertain. Thanks for a terrific program.” Jane A., US Probation Officer US Probation Office, Englewood, CA
“This course was informative, engaging, highly participatory, and well-structured. Steve is an interesting presenter, has a great sense of humor, and kept the workshop moving at a good pace. Top notch material -- well done!!” Tim M, Employment Development Counselor Marin Co, CA