The Northern California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program is a graduate and post-graduate level, interdisciplinary leadership and service training program federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau. The purpose of the LEND program is to provide interdisciplinary and leadership training to clinicians, families, self-advocates, and community leaders involved with developmental disabilities. By training future visionary leaders, the LEND will improve the health, developmental, and behavioral outcomes of infants, children, and youth with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disorders (ASD/DD) and assist their families within highly diverse and dispersed, low income and low resource regions of northern CA.
The LEND will develop visionary leaders in communities who are:
- Experts in their disciplines and in interdisciplinary knowledge of ASD/DD
- Designers of new models of care provision
- Committed to high quality, evidence-based services
- Communicate well with families and providers from a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds
- Committed to advocacy and leadership in their communities
- Providers of culturally competent, family-centered care
The LEND program provides trainees with multiple learning experiences, including empirically supported clinical care and leadership within communities to adopt evidence-based practices for improving services.
Resources and faculty at the MIND Institute and affiliated programs at California State University of Sacramento (CSUS) provide LEND training. Training will occur in clinical settings at the MIND Institute and CSUS, as well as in other clinical settings and community settings.
Applicants who are seeking knowledge and skills in the following are encouraged to apply:
- Supporting families and persons with ASD/DD
- Providing evidenced based services for individuals and families with ASD/DD from under-resourced cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds
- Advocating for systems change
The LEND program will enroll nine or more long-term trainees and 20 medium-term trainees, either professionals who are finishing or have already finished their professional training, or family members or self-advocates.
Professional trainees will represent clinical or school psychology, social work, child psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, speech/language pathology, physical therapy, education including special education, genetics, public health, and nursing.
Training those from underrepresented groups, including non-professional family members and persons with disabilities, is a high priority.
Selected long-term trainees will receive 301 or more hours of high-quality interdisciplinary graduate-level clinical training and receive financial stipends to support them during training (We may also accept additional long-term trainees who qualify and do not need a stipend).
From August, 2018 until May 31, 2019 the LEND program will enroll up to 10 Full time trainees, Long term trainees (300 hours) and 20 to 30 Medium and Advanced term trainees (Medium term = participating in 40-149 hours of training; Advanced Term = participating in 150-299 hours of training). Trainees will come from (1) professional disciplines that provide clinical or educational care to children and families with ASD and other developmental disorders, or (2) are family members of a child or adult with these disabilities, or (3) are adults who have one of the disabilities themselves. Full-time and Long Term Trainees will have the opportunity and be required to participate in seminars, interdisciplinary clinical work, community work, and they will also complete a leadership project. Medium and Advanced trainees will experience the LEND curriculum courses, the LEND interdisciplinary clinical activities, the LEND community training activities, and will have some research experience. An individual training plan (ITP) will be developed to determine which LEND training activities will best meet the training needs of the candidate.
If you are interested in applying and can commit to this program for the 2018-19 training year, please contact Dr. Janice Enriquez at 916-703-0457 or firstname.lastname@example.org and submit application materials.