UC-LEND Clinic Care Team

At different times and different communities, there are a variety of potential services available based on individual’s fluctuating support needs. Here are descriptions of some of the most common service providers.

  • Therapist - Creates individualized treatment plans according to patient needs and circumstances. Meets with patients regularly to provide counseling, treatment and adjust treatment plans, as necessary.
  • LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists) - A LMFT helps couples and families reconcile their issues and build stronger, more caring relationships.
  • LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) - A LCSW supports people through various challenges by providing general counseling services, crisis intervention, mental health therapies, substance abuse support, and other key services. LCSWs work to create positive change and impact in the lives of their clients by helping them reach goals.
  • Psychologist - Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and to their environments.
  • Psychiatrist - trained physicians who specialize in mental health. They evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders. The treatments they offer include medication, therapy, and behavioral interventions.

Occupational therapy helps people participate in meaningful, everyday activities ("occupations") that they want to and need to do. Occupational therapists work with individuals from birth to old age with a range of injuries, illnesses, and disabilities. Occupational therapists use a client-centered approach to understand the person, their abilities, strengths, challenges, and the factors that influence their participation in occupations. Occupational therapists are trained to break down activities and improve a person's ability to perform the activity and achieve their goals.

Speech-language Pathologists aim to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in both children and adults, Speech therapy aims to improve person's functional communication skills in order for the person to better understand and interact with their peers and the world around them. Speech-language Pathologists are trained to capitalize on each person's strengths and provide evidence-based treatment to assist individual's in overcoming communication challenges.

RNs work in many capacities and settings and work with patients of all ages, An RN can have multiple responsibilities, including wound care, medication administration and education, head-to-toe assessments, and patient specific feedback to multidisciplinary teams. Some RNs are specialized and others see a variety of patients. Most RNS play the role of a clinical judge — deciding what medical orders to question and what new treatment-altering information to communicate to the provider. A core part of an RNs role is to be a non-biased advocate for their patient's unique and often complex wishes and needs.