Training Activities

The LEND training develops competencies in the following 7 domains: (1)Leadership (2) Public Health (3)Interdisciplinary Clinical Training and Practice (4) Cultural Competence (5) Family Centered Care (6) Emerging Issues and (7) Research. Learning experiences include core didactic seminars, interdisciplinary group activities, systems and policy trainings, clinical screenings, care coordination, a research or leadership project, and faculty mentoring.  Sessions take place over 2 semesters starting in the fall and ending in the spring.

Program Requirements

Fellows in the IL LEND program are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of didactic, advanced clinical, community, and interdisciplinary leadership training. The following activities are integral components of the IL LEND training program:

  • A mandatory all-day LEND Orientation held in August
  • Weekly seminars (Thursdays from 4 to 7pm)
  • Bi-weekly Clinical sessions (Fridays from 1 to 4pm)
  • Monthly meetings with your training coordinator
  • Development of a Tailored Leadership Plan (TLP) to structure your LEND time and select personal goals
  • Participation in clinical and community training, including multiple visits outside of class time
  • Development of a policy project and final LEND project
  • A mandatory poster presentation of final LEND project at the end of the year all-day Open House held in May


Our Disciplines

  1. Applied Behavior Analysis
  2. Disability Studies
  3. Family
  4. Nursing
  5. Nutrition
  6. Occupational Therapy
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Physical Therapy
  9. Psychology
  10. Psychiatry
  11. Public Health
  12. Self-Advocacy
  13. Social Work
  14. Special Education
  15. Speech Language