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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

LEND Fellows

Fellows

LEND fellows are graduate or postgraduate students, or community members selected for their outstanding skills and commitment to improving the quality of life for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

In partnership with other academic departments, the LEND interdisciplinary collaboration will offer 6-10 graduate level students (masters or doctoral) opportunities as fellows.

LEND Fellow Benefits

There are many benefits to being a LEND fellow.

  • Opportunity to participate in a state of the art clinical and community training experience with one-to-one faculty mentoring.
  • Unique chance to learn with a group of students from other disciplines.
  • Stipend payment
  • Focused training on leadership skills and competencies.
  • Connections to other fellows in the United States with similar academic backgrounds and interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Training Requirements

Pre Doctoral and Community Fellows are required to complete at least 320 hours, and Post Doctoral Fellows must complete 1,788 hours. Each LEND Fellow will have an individualized learning plan outlining their experience. This includes:

  • Weekly LEND seminars
  • Completion of the Disability Policy and Services course (OLPD 5356). which is part of Disability Policy and Services certificate from Institute on Community Integration.
  • Clinic rotation at the University of Minnesota’s Autism clinic and/or other Interdisciplinary clinic.
  • Families as Teachers in home experience
  • Development of a professional online portfolio
  • Online training modules related to HIPAA and Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Team building activities and special events
  • An individualized policy, clinical, community organizing and/or research practicum under the mentorship of LEND faculty. View a detailed list of LEND program requirements for Pre, Post Doctoral and Community FellowsPDF document.

The MCH Leadership Competencies

Twelve MCH leadership competencies are presented here and organized into the three categories described in the conceptual framework. These categories include:
  1. Self
    1. MCH Knowledge Base
    2. Self-reflection
    3. Ethics and Professionalism
    4. Critical Thinking
  2. Others
    1. Communication
    2. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    3. Cultural Competency
    4. Family-centered Care
    5. Developing Others through Teaching and Mentoring
    6. Interdisciplinary Team Building
  3. Wider Community
    1. Working with Communities and Systems
    2. Policy and Advocacy
Each of the 12 competencies includes a definition of the competency, knowledge areas, and basic and advanced skills for that competency. Read more about the MCH competenciesPDF document.

MN LEND Competencies

  1. Knowledge about Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  2. Knowledge specific to Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
  3. Leadership
  4. Interdisciplinary Training, Teaching, and Practice
  5. Cultural Competence
  6. Family Centered Care
  7. Community Supports and Services
  8. Health Disparities
  9. Transitions to Adulthood
  10. Advocacy
  11. Evidence Based Health Science and Care
  12. Self-determination and Self-advocacy
  13. Research
  14. Technology
  15. Communication and Teaching
  16. Public Health and Health Policy
  17. Health Systems

LEND AWARD STIPENDS:

LEND Fellowship award stipends typically range from $4000-$12,000, dependent upon the type of fellowship awarded.

  • Post Doctoral Fellows receive the highest level of awards due to their level of expertise. 1.0 FTE awards Post Doc positions are rare. Most LEND Post Doctoral Fellows join LEND at the .50 or .25 FTE level, as they often also work within respective University Research Centers affiliated with MN LEND.
  • Predoctoral Fellows are typically awarded $11,000, based upon their individual FAFSA funding limit. Predoctoral Fellows must be registered as full-time graduate students at the University of Minnesota.
  • Community Fellows are typically awarded within a $4000-5000 range, dependent upon available funds in the annual budget. Community Fellows often are active family advocates, self-advocates, or community-based professional advocates.

Kristen Andrew 2011-12 LEND Fellow

"LEND taught me to always remember that although you may treat the individual for a short period of time, your treatment should look across the lifespan and think about how it may impact their future. I know these are values that I will strive to carry with me not only as I begin practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist but throughout my entire career."

Kristen Andrew 2011-12 LEND Fellow