LEND Interdisciplinary Training Program
Core Function: Professional Training
LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) is a graduate level training program which prepares health professionals for leadership roles in providing health care for children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. The LEND program at CHDD is one of 52 LEND programs in the United States funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Autism CARES Act 2014 (originally Combating Autism Act).
The purpose of the LEND is to provide training for health professionals who will assume leadership roles across the nation. These leaders assure the continued development of a comprehensive system that serves the needs of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and other special health care needs. Program faculty participate in clinical research and policy development and partner with community programs to better serve the needs of these children and their families.
The UW LEND interdisciplinary training program enrolls health care professionals who have completed entry level training in their discipline. This includes postdoctoral fellows who have completed professional training and graduate students who are enrolled in an academic program at the University of Washington and need to complete clinical and didactic components to meet the requirements for their degree program. Community professionals and students enrolled at other universities also participate in the program.
Long-term fellows engage in more than 300 hours of interdisciplinary training framed by an individual interdisciplinary leadership plan. The plan includes a leadership project, clinical experiences, public policy experience and a didactic program of core seminars intended to establish knowledge and skills based on individual needs and core training competencies. Long-term fellows present their projects at an annual forum and receive a certificate of recognition.
UW LEND is in its fifth decade. Former fellows hold leadership positions in academia, public health, community programs, and health care facilities across the nation. LEND has a major responsibility for continuing education and technical assistance in the state of Washington and the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.
UW LEND successfully competed for a supplement funded by the Combating Autism Act to increase the number of LEND fellows, community professionals and families who are skilled in recognizing early signs, screening, making referrals, evaluating children, and implementing treatment for children with autism and other developmental disorders. UW LEND partners with major advocacy groups, programs affiliated with UW, Seattle Children's Hospital, State of Washington Title V programs, and community partners to implement a state-of-the-art curriculum.
LEND Program website