Family Discipline Trainee
To provide the family perspective to the interdisciplinary setting and to afford the Trainee opportunities to expand their knowledge of other disciplines, community resources, and leaderhsip responsibilities. The family role is unique in that the experience of being a family member of an individual with a developmental disability cannot be learned in any university course. The family's experience is an irreplaceable body of knowledge and respresents qualifications to improve service to families beyond what any degree or certification might provide.
Each family trainee will demonstrate:
- An understanding of the history of the disability movement in the United States constitutes best practice in the field today of developmental disabilities;
- An understanding of and the ability to practice advocacy at the individual, family, community and systems levels;
- A working knowledge of and ability to implement principles of family centered care;
- An understanding of and ability to advance culturally and linguistically competent practice;
- A working knowledge of family service and support systems at a local, state and national level;
- The ability to support other health care providers in their understanding of the family perspective and its importance to effectively serving families;
- The ability to be an effective partner and exhibit leadership on the interdisciplinary team;
- An understanding of developmental disabilities and related issues as they pertain to a variety of families; and an understanding of and ability to engage in practical research.
Experiences in the BCDD training program are available to qualified family applicants. Each trainee's experience is individually planned and considers the persons ’s existing knowledge and prior experience in the intellectual and developmental disability field, the goals, and the length of experience needed. Interaction with individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability, their family, and professionals from various disciplines occurs during clinic visits, community agency visits, educational sessions available through the BCDD. The Interdisciplinary Leadership Training seminars (ILTs), the Brown Bag presentations, and the Family Mentorship program are designed as components of the leadership experience.
Who Can Apply
Applicants for stipends must be citizens of the United States or non-citizens admitted to the United States as permanent residents, with no other means of financial support.
For more information, contact Training Director, BCDD, 711 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 (901) 448-6511.