Training Overview

UC-LEND Training Overview

UC-LEND is an interdisciplinary training program that focuses on developing skills in leadership, education, policy work, and advocacy in neurodiversity. Our trainees come from various disciplines, professional backgrounds, and work experience. We encourage all of those who are interested in neurodiversity to apply to our program, you do not need to have previous experience with this population to apply. Our trainees are highly motivated, involved, and seeking to further their training in their respective field. 

Training Track

FEATURES PRACTITIONER TRACK TRAINEES GRADUATE STUDENT LONG-TERM TRAINEES MEDIUM-TERM TRAINEES
Hours of Training 300+ 300+ 40-299
Enrollment in Courses X X - Only one course required
Clinical Seminar Presentation X X
Fall Research Seminar Attendance X
Capstone Project Completion X X
One-on-One Mentorship with Faculty group mentorship X

UC-LEND Program Training Tracks

UC-LEND provides training in neurodevelopmental disabilities to community service providers and graduate students from a variety of disciplines.

Practitioner Track Trainees are current working professionals who are seeking to further develop their skills in their respective disciplines and gain additional knowledge on neurodiversity. Completion of 300+ hours of training is required, which is accomplished as trainees complete the following program requirements:

  • ONLINE CURRICULUM covering neurodevelopmental disabilities from a neurodiversity lens  
    • Complete at your own speed over the course of the year 
      • Lectures included from courses taught by LEND faculty, including a Population Health Approach to Autism; Child Health, Programs, and Policies; and Leadership Seminar  
  • CLINICAL TRAINING (tentatively scheduled Mondays 2-3pm PST)

 

Fall
Weekly Clinical Seminar with LEND faculty (End of September through early December)

Observation of LEND Clinic three times during training year (LEND Clinic occurs bi-weekly Wednesdays 9am-12pm)


Winter 
​​​​​Observation of LEND Clinic three times during training year (LEND Clinic occurs bi-weekly Wednesdays 9am-12pm)
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Spring
Observation of LEND Clinic three times during training year (LEND Clinic occurs bi-weekly Wednesdays 9am-12pm)
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  • CAPSTONE RESEARCH PROJECT
    • Group project utilizing expertise from each represented discipline  
    • Legacy project continuing from previous cohorts to provide digestible resources for UC-LEND clinic patients and their families
  • MONTHLY CHECK-INS with fellow trainees and LEND leadership
    • Scheduled based on trainee availability 

Overall Time Requirement: 1 hour monthly check-in, 1 hour of weekly clinical seminar during fall quarter, and 3 hours of quarterly clinical observation. 

Graduate Student Long Term Trainees (GS-LTT) are currently enrolled students at UCLA or UC Riverside who are looking to increase their knowledge on the public health approach to neurodevelopmental disabilities. GS-LTTs are required to enroll in a LEND curriculum course each quarter, complete both clinical and research training, and receive quarterly 1:1 mentorship from LEND faculty. The selection process for incoming long-term trainees is competitive. The applicant’s discipline, interest in the population being served, letters of recommendation, and interview will be taken into consideration. Completion of 300+ hours of training is required, which will occur as trainees complete the following program requirements: 

COURSEWORK (scheduled on Fridays from 9am-12pm)

Fall
HPM 243: Population Health Approach to Autism (4 units) 


Winter
HPM 449A: Child Health, Programs, and Policies (4 units) 


Spring
HPM 428: Leadership Seminar (2 units)


CLINICAL TRAINING (tentatively scheduled Mondays 2-3pm PST)

Fall
Weekly Clinical Seminar with LEND faculty

Observation of LEND Clinic three times during training year (LEND Clinic occurs bi-weekly Wednesdays 9am-12pm) ​​​​


Winter
Attend 5 Clinical Seminars total during weeks 1-9  

Lead a case presentation during Clinical Seminar (winter or spring)

Observation of LEND Clinic three times during training year (LEND Clinic occurs bi-weekly Wednesdays 9am-12pm)   


Spring
Attend 5 Clinical Seminars total during weeks 1-9  

Lead a case presentation during Clinical Seminar (winter or spring)

Observation of LEND Clinic three times during training year (LEND Clinic occurs bi-weekly Wednesdays 9am-12pm)   


 

RESEARCH TRAINING (tentatively scheduled Mondays 3-4pm PST)

Fall
Weekly Capstone Research Seminar with LEND faculty 


Winter
Quarterly in-person social event and Capstone Project updates with LEND faculty 

Research mentorship from Capstone Project Faculty Mentors

​​​​Dedicated group meeting time for Capstone Project tasks 


Spring
Quarterly in-person social event and Capstone Project updates with LEND faculty 
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Research mentorship from Capstone Project Faculty Mentors

​​​​Dedicated group meeting time for Capstone Project tasks 

Final Capstone Project presentation to LEND faculty and fellow trainees 



Overall Time Requirement: 4-5 hours of weekly didactics and up to 3 hours of quarterly clinical observation. 

 

Medium Term Trainees have a variety of career backgrounds and are not required to be enrolled at UCLA or UCR. Medium-term trainees complete 40-299 hours of training, which occurs as trainees audit courses and participate in the Clinical Seminar.  

  • Attendance at Clinical Seminars is not required, but highly encouraged.   
  • Trainees can enroll or audit one of the three courses offered on Fridays from 9am-12pm:

Fall
HPM 243: Population Health Approach to Autism (4 units) 


Winter
HPM 449A: Child Health, Programs, and Policies (4 units) 


Spring
HPM 428: Leadership Seminar (2 units) 


UC-LEND is also actively working to train physicians and nurse practitioners in providing high quality primary care for patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Physician track trainees are current physicians who are interested in working with the neurodiverse patient population and are seeking to gain training in this field. Physician level trainees complete 300+ hours of training over a three-month period with continued patient support:

  • Online curriculum covering neurodevelopmental disabilities from a neurodiversity lens 
    • Medical team focused online curriculum completed during the first month of training 
  • Clinical Training
    • Complete 6 LEND Clinic observations, 2 per month during 3-month program 
    • Collaborate with LEND clinic team to support LEND patients
    • Continued support from LEND clinical team to see patients as a LEND provider 

Nurse Practitioner track trainees are post-grad NP’s in a joint program through UCLA and UCSF who are interested in working with the neurodiverse patient population and are seeking specific training in this field. Trainees in this level participate in the program for 6 months and complete 300+ hours of training:

  • Online curriculum covering neurodevelopmental disabilities from a neurodiversity lens 
    • Medical team focused online curriculum completed during the first month of training 
  • Clinical Training
    • Complete 6 months of LEND clinic and primary care shadowing directly with LEND PI and Medical Director Dr. Alice Kuo