Graduate Education/Training

Leadership Development in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

Purpose of LEND Training Program

The LEND training program is designed to prepare future leaders to apply advanced clinical knowledge and skills to maternal and child populations with or at risk for neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. Graduate and post-graduate students, otherwise known as trainees from many disciplines have the opportunity to obtain advanced training in their discipline.

Educational Goals

In addition to discipline specific training, trainees also have the opportunity to gain:

  1. Knowledge about neurodevelopmental disabilities and the assessment, treatment, and prevention approaches used by the trainee’s discipline, and demonstration of clinical skills consistent with those expected of someone at the trainee’s level of training.
  2. Knowledge about (a) interdisciplinary approaches to assessment, treatment, and prevention, (b) interdisciplinary approaches to family-centered and culturally competent care, and © demonstration of the skills necessary to conceptualize clinical cases from an interdisciplinary perspective and develop evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches within an interdisciplinary context.
  3. Knowledge about (a) the role of research in interdisciplinary care, (b) how to access research findings using current tools, © methodological approaches to research in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, and for advanced trainees, (d) skills in planning and conducting research and in disseminating research findings.
  4. Knowledge about (a) systems that affect care delivery to children with NDD and SHCNs, (b) strategies used to evaluate, modify, and create systems of care delivery, © leadership skills necessary to affect systems of care, and (d) leadership skills needed to develop new and/or improved models of care delivery.

At all levels of this program, trainees are expected to acquire knowledge and skills related to working with individuals of diverse ethnicity, language, culture, socioeconomic status, and to become aware of the variety of care delivery systems and health care financing systems that affect children with NDD and SHCNs and their families. Training in these skills is integrated into all parts of the curriculum.