Susan Ramage, MS, RN
The Families as Mentors Program (FAM) enhances trainee’s appreciation of the family experience of raising a child with a neurodevelopmental disability. The program offers UW LEND trainees the opportunity to learn directly from families through extended interactions and experiences that take place in the family’s home and community. The family is the mentor and teacher, the trainee is the learner and does not have any clinical role or responsibility to the family.
UW LEND Trainees enrolled in the FAM Program participate in:
- The FAM Program Orientation (typically scheduled Fall Quarter)
- At least four visits with an assigned family and their child with a neurodevelopmental disability. The visits are jointly agreed upon by the family and trainee and may include such things as a family meal, a family outing, attending the child’ s swim lessons or therapy appointment, or a birthday party , just to name a few of the possibilities. Family visits are typically scheduled over the course of several academic quarters.
- Scheduled discussion sessions with trainees enrolled in the FAM Program and a faculty mentor to share and reflect on the FAM Program experiences.
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