About

Diverse People Studying Student’s Campus Concept

CDERP College is a natural extension of the research and training that CDERP has been undertaking and delivering for over a decade, which has informed our work with service providers and academic research.

With the advent of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), DES Redesign, evolving supported employment practices and increasing demand from providers and families alike, we created CDERP College to share our work with the broader community and globally. Designed to meet the demand for Disability Employment staff to be professionally trained in authentic evidence-based practices that support real, meaningful employment and career outcomes. It isn’t just employment professionals who need informed learning. Families and individuals alike need the knowledge to navigate the increasingly complex disability employment support systems. It also reflects our response to global health issues that create barriers restricting access to learning and development. This ensures that no matter what is happening, you can continue to access reliable informed training and development.

Our Customised Employment (CE) and Discovery programs have been developed and continue to evolve with the support of our colleagues at Griffin-Hammis Associates – the global leaders in Customised Employment. Our research and practice feedback continue to evolve Discovery and Customised Employment practices to meet the needs of the Australian operating environment and have been contextualised to address that need. We pride ourselves on our ongoing research that has resulted in an evolution of Discovery that meets our unique setting.

Our research and practice-driven agenda incorporate the supported employment methodology that supports a wide variety of mental health needs. We use the non-mental health setting professional version in our Work First Customised Employment program. This is a response to the fact that most clients aren’t being supported in clinical settings, and few have access to reliable mental health counsellors. It also supports our practice of employing staff with mental and allied health qualifications to deliver employment practice. This practice evidence informs our training programs to ensure that they are evidence-based and practice-informed to support the development of real practice skills. Real knowledge is needed to use evidence-based practice (EBP) as the gold standard in person-centred service delivery.

Systems evolve, and clients rightfully demand a more person-centred, client-directed approach to disability employment. Our global partnerships and work allow us to be at the forefront of disability employment practice and to assist you in meeting these demands.

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Knowledge Shared

We rely not just on our own research to evolve training. Evolution is based on what our own staff see and practice daily, along with feedback from families, clients, service providers and our panel of experts locally and globally. Our Disability Advisory Panel locally includes CDERP Founder / Director Dr Peter Smith, Dr June Alexander, CDERP patron Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter, Family Advisor Peter Rhodes, and CDERP Mental Health Specialist Lauren Pavlidis.

Our network of international experts is joined by practitioners and those with the lived experience of disability locally and globally. They provide feedback and guidance on our programs and developments happening elsewhere. This ensures that what we offer is current, up to date and constantly evolving to keep pace with client and system demands and emerging evidence for practice. For us, it’s personal!

Customised Employment and Discovery are the embodiment of normalisation and person-centred philosophy in action. Nothing more to add, just ethical practice that adheres to the evidence.

Visit CDERP’s main site to read about what we do. Take this link: https://cderp.com.au

To find out about our Work First Employment program, follow this link: https://www.workfirst.cderp.com.au