LEND Curriculum

RCDC Trainees have access to a rich and dynamic interdisciplinary leadership training experience focused on life course and autism spectrum disorders and other developmental conditions. Trainees represent a wide variety of disciplines and complete degree/field experience requirements while specializing their learning in LEND topics. Long-term trainees spend minimally 300 total hours in the RCDC LEND; however, some complete as many as 2000 hours depending on their individual needs and expectations.

Individual Training Plans

Each trainee, in partnership with their supervisor, develops an individualized training plan, with goals related to: clinical services (assessment, diagnosis, & intervention), advocacy and public policy, research methods, and use of technology.   Beyond clinical work, most trainees will complete a project that will enhance their learning within the LEND core content areas.

Core Curriculum

The RCDC LEND organizes its core curriculum via five primary platforms: 1) orientation, 2) supervised clinical experience and training within the interdisciplinary evaluation clinic, 3) interdisciplinary didactic learning via monthly core training curriculum, 4) weekly topical studies, 5) community-based learning opportunities, and 6) research and evaluation.

Didactic and experiential learning across key content areas are infused throughout the curriculum. Targeted content areas include: 1) leadership, 2) interdisciplinary practice, 3) life course, 4) cultural competence, 5) autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, and 6) family and community.

2017-2018 Training Cohort

Required Training Dates in 2017/2018 include:

  • Afternoon sessions on 8/25/17, 9/22/17, 11/17/17, 12/15/17, 1/19/18, 2/16/18 & 3/16/18, 4/13/18
  • Full day on 10/6/17

Many additional training opportunities, including a weekly journal discussion club, are available throughout the year.