Graduate Education/Training : Leadership Development in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND )

Leadership Training

  • All trainees are expected to participate in designated leadership opportunities and activities. A sampling of these activities includes:
  • Attend a Mailman Center committee
  • Attend national conferences such as the AUCD National Conference and Policy Seminar, held yearly in Washington D.C.
  • Attend a regional conference such as Florida Maternal and Child Health Bureau Network Collaborative, held yearly in Orlando.
  • Serve as the AUCD LEND Trainee Liaison
  • Give a community presentation related to DD/ASD, children with special health care needs, or maternal and child health
  • Publish an article (research, public policy, program description) on some aspect of neurodevelopmental disabilities, CSHCN, or maternal and child health
  • Participate as a reviewer of a research manuscript or grant application
  • Participate in a community forum
  • Meet with a community, state, or federal agency or elected governmental group to address an issue of current concern

Trainees are required to participate in leadership activities based on their length of internship and academic level. All long-term trainees will be expected to develop an advocacy action plan and present at the LEND Trainee Conversation Series. The trainee’s discipline supervisor will determine additional leadership activities. This ensures that the trainees have exposure to these critical leadership activities, and advanced trainees acquire both depth and breadth of leadership experience.