This course is PERFECT for you if you want to get these specific results: To get youth ready for a job/career with tools that promote belief in themselves, enhanced self-awareness, on-the-job capability, self-advocacy and emotional adaptation.
Jackie Marquette, PhD

Are your students, clients, or young adults:

  • struggling with their own transition and preparation for a job?
  • not sure what kind of job they can do?
  • not able to name their strengths or personal preferences for a good job fit?
  • have intellectual or emotional/social limitations and will need supports and a creative employment structure in order to maintain a job?
  • lack confidence and ability to self-advocate?

About the course

What is the effect of these tools? The student will:

  • Know all their strengths, challenges and new interests that may spark their curiosity for a possible career direction.
  • Know about their personal preferences and tools to perform a task, enter uncertain and fearful settings, and emotionally adapt.
  • Receive a list of job/career possibilities on different levels that match a student's strengths and interests.
  • Take part in increasing self-awareness, which will help them recognize their part in making positive outcomes.
  • Participate in a guided personalized career exploration process resulting in student engagement, self-satisfaction and readiness to move forward in their own career direction.

This course is PERFECT for you if you want to get these specific results:

  • Getting your students or young adults involved in discovering a career interest through their strengths, personal preferences and emotional self-awareness (using a one-of-a-kind assessment).
  • Getting your students or young adults involved in using tools to emotionally adapt to new and unfamiliar people, a job, or college going.
  • Getting your students or young adults active in a personalized career exploration with engagement and self-satisfaction.
  • Getting your students or young adults ready for a job/career with tools to enhance self-awareness, on-the-job capability, self-advocacy and belief in themselves.

What's inside?

This course contains:

  • 7 Mini-Modules of about 3 hours total viewing time. Each lesson inside is a stand-alone video.
  • 6 downloadable Templates
  • 2 Downloadable Assessment Tools, the online Strengths and Career Index© and The Alternative Self-Awareness Assessment© (ASAA).
  • Downloadable Teaching Tools—The Golden Wheel©, The Predictability and Engagement Timeline©
  • A downloadable Career Readiness Program Completion: A Student Checklist
  • 4 Infographics to realize successful employment
  • Members-Only Facebook Group

About the instructor

Dr. Jackie Marquette, is an Autism Career Strategist, researcher, in private practice and parent of an adult son with autism. In 2007 she received a Ph.D. from University of Louisville. Jackie has 3 decades of professional experience as a teacher in special education, district transition consultant, consultation with young adults and their families, an autism evaluation service to the clients of Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and 4 decades of personal experience guiding and supporting her son who has autism. The tools she created are powerful and can: 1) assure the student/young adult of their career possibilities, uniqueness, and one-of-a-kind self-expression and, 2) guide and support a student/young adult to take steps to emotionally adapt, progress, and safely manage a job/career.

Jackie's 15 years of research has shown her what enabled young adults to safely transition into a career or job. She conducted interviews with 220 young adults with autism, and combined with their families and providers, she has over 800 interviews. From the data, theory emerged: The Theory of Interdependence and Emotional Adaptation. She created S.A.F.E.T.Y Works© an Interdependent Employment and Emotional Adaptation Model with tools that can enable students and adults to best prepare for a career, practice career exploration and self-advocacy, and then become effective by using using these tools to adapt to a job/career. The model is so personalized because the tools meet each individual at any level where they are in development.

She has published numerous articles in industry periodicals and published three books: Power Practices: Explore Careers and Create Your Own Pathway (2017); Becoming Remarkably Able: Walking the Path to Talents, Interests, and Personal Growth, For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities (2007); and Independence Bound: A Mother and Her Autistic Son's Journey to Adulthood (2002) Harmony House, Publishers. Prospect, KY. She lives out what she teaches. Trent, her autistic son, taught her how to assist him to create and live the career of his dreams an award winning professional abstract artist now for 16 years. One of the most distinguished awards he received was from the United Nations, 2012 when his art was chosen for a UN stamp to raise awareness for autism worldwide.

Jackie also created a consulting based model and e-course so others can use these tools to enable youth to employment success. The e-course is: How to Engage Youth to Discover Dream Careers and Adapt for Success.

Class Curriculum

  • To begin: Present to the student the most important question h-she must ask.
  • What are students' career readiness needs?
  • Template: Ability vs. Capability
  • Quiz, 2 questions

Introducing the Strengths and Career Index� (SCI):

  • Template: The SCI promotes student experiences from a deeper learning frame-work.
  • Template: 5 top Predictors to Student Transition Success
  • How to Identify Support Needs Before Student Takes the Strengths and Career Index�
  • How to use the Strengths and Career Index� to support all student including those with a greater need for supports.
  • Quiz - 2 questions.

  • Assessment Tool: Introducing a student engaged Alternative Self-Awareness Assessment (ASAA).
  • Checklist: When to use the Alternative Self-Awareness Assessment (ASAA).
  • Using the Alternative Self-Awareness Assessment (ASAA) and benefits to the student with a greater need for supports. In workbook
  • Quiz - 1 question

  • Sarah's findings from the Strengths and Career Index� and her career outcomes (Visuals)
  • Tim's findings from the Strengths and Career Index� and his career outcomes (Visuals)
  • Quiz - 1 question

  • Template: Don't guess on the kind of supports the student needs: Use The Golden Wheel�, to pinpoint settings, tools, structure and people that may link to a job/career possibility.
  • Tool:Don't allow doubt or fear to hold the student back: Use The Predictability and Engagement Timeline�, a tool to create tools and supports to promote emotional adaptation to a specific event/task.
  • Quiz - 2 questions

  • John's Experience: Part I
  • John's Experience: Part II
  • Quiz - 2 questions

  • Template: How to assist student in career exploration.

  • Checklist: Receive an engaging focused student checklist for student to track where they are, what they did, and the next steps to pursue toward their career.
  • Send students out into the world with feelings of worthiness and empowerment.
  • Quiz - 2 questions


"Dr. Marquette's integration of mental health concerns, rigidities, social struggles and anxieties is both seamless and well thought out and encourages young students to see themselves more positively and to embrace all that they are and to see that they have important contributions to make in the world. I believe the Marquette Strengths Index and the Power Practices book should be in-troduced as part of school transition planning starting in early adolescence."
-- Book Review - Sheila Mansell, PhD. R. Psych. --
"Jackie Marquette provides the guidance and the blueprint for helping professionals and parents move away from a deficit orientation to a celebration of abilities and strengths of persons with autism and related disabilities. By learning to energize the spirit of all persons, regardless of their challenges, we ultimately become more in touch with our own humanity."
-- Book Review - Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, adjunct professor, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University;
co-author of the SCERTS TM Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support) --