LEND: Leadership Trainee Program
The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities offers a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program to provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. This is accomplished by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by insuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.
The BCDD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training focuses on leadership in advocacy, ethics, research, and systems change through clinical programs, didactic instruction, and research.
Students from a variety of disciplines and universities come to the BCDD for observation or specific training purposes. Each year approximately 250 students complete training at the Boling Center, 18 to 25 of whom are long-term trainees/fellows. This training is funded by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to support trainees, faculty, continuing education and technical assistance to train the next generation of leaders in maternal and child health. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary, family-centered, life-course, linguistically and culturally competent care with a population-focused and public health approach.
The MCHB vision for the 21st century is that all children, youth, and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well being.
Traineeships and/or Fellowships are available in the following fields:
- Family Discipline
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Psychology Pre-doctoral
- Psychology – Post Doctoral
- Social Work
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Other inquiries please contact the Training Office
Criteria and necessary procedures to apply for any of these traineeships or fellowships.
For further information regarding training, contact the Training Coordinator, 711 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105, 901-448-3127.