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LEND participants are typically graduate- or post-graduate level students but can also include current practitioners and community members with a connection to the neurodevelopmental disability community. Curriculum requirements for trainees are similar across disciplines but vary slightly depending on the type of trainee. The multidisciplinary nature of the program allows trainees to share their unique perspectives with the cohort, including those with lived experience.

Each trainee will have a coordinator who will serve as a mentor to develop and carry out the goals of their training. LEND trainees are grouped into two categories, clinical and non-clinical, based on whether they are training in the LEND clinics. The hours listed below are generalizations and can be tailored, but cover all aspects of trainee’s involvementclinical, didactic, self-study, and project workover the course of the year. Note that the 300-hour minimum requirement works out to about one day per week. All trainees participate in LEND didactics and project work, and will learn together as an interdisciplinary cohort.


Psychology (clinical or educational)
Post-doctoral clinical fellow - full time
Post-doctoral research fellow - full time
Practicum student - 600 hours (approximately 2.5 days/week)
Post-master's fellow - full time
Social Work
Intern - 600 hours (approximately 2.5 days/week)
Pediatric Medicine
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellow - full time
DBP Resident - 300 hours/variable
Pediatric Dentistry
Resident - 300 hours minimum


Education/Special Education - 300 hours minimum
Nursing - 300 hours minimum
Occupational Therapy - 300 hours minimum
Physical Therapy - 300 hours minimum
Public Health - 300 hours minimum
Self-Advocacy (persons with developmental disabilities) - 300 hours minimum
Family Leadership (family members of persons with disabilities) - 300 hours minimum