San Diego LEND is a comprehensive leadership training program that runs September through May. The program provides interdisciplinary and person-, family- centered training through didactic, community, clinical, leadership, and research training experiences emphasizing the promotion of equitable access to evidence-based care. All training activities are designed to allow trainees to participate in experiences to promote culturally responsive care. LEND training activities conducted in Imperial County are a priority.
Training activities for the 2021-2022 year will be a combination of virtual and in person activities in accordance with institutional and public health guidelines.
LEND training includes (1) didactic trainings, (2) clinical placements, (3) community placements and (4) Community Action Projects.
Didactic training includes LEND seminars and continuing education activities.
San Diego LEND will provide didactic educational experiences for trainees through a weekly seminar series with content from an Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders curriculum and a Leadership curriculum; as well as an intensive two-day leadership training.
Our weekly Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders seminar focuses on 6 core modules that address:
1) Autism Spectrum Disorders/ Developmental Disabilities/Genetic Disorders
2) Screening, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
3) Service Systems, Access, and Disparities in Care
4) Evidence-based Interventions
5) Promoting Equity in Care
6) Person and Family Centered Care
Our weekly Leadership seminar focuses on 6 core modules that address:
1) Implementation Science and Improvement Science
2) Understanding and Conducting Research
3) Teaching and Training
4) Addressing Disparities: Self, Others, and Community
5) Skills for Leading and Supporting Others
6) Effective Communication for Program and Policy Change
- The Leadership seminar will also include a monthly roundtable responding to community technical assistance requests and developing Evidence-Based Practice and Policy Briefs.
Our intensive 2-day workshop provides training in Implementation Leadership to promote equitable access to evidence-based care.
Attendance: Long-Term Trainees are expected to attend LEND seminars weekly, while Medium-Term Trainees will be asked to participate in at least one weekly seminar module with the option to attend as many seminars as their schedules allow. The intensive workshop is required for Long-Term Trainees but open to all LEND participants.
Continuing Education Activities
LEND trainees will be invited to participate in continuing education and professional development activities.
- The UCSD/Rady Children's Autism Research and Practice CME seminar is designed to (1) increase knowledge of the latest research and practice innovations related to the causes, assessment, treatment, or services for individuals with ASD; (2) identify applications of evidence-based diagnostics and treatment practices to routine care for individuals with ASD; and (3) understand approaches to navigate complex community services for ASD. The UCSD/Rady Children's Autism Research and Practice CME seminar is offered monthly.
- The Introductory Clinical Workshop in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) will teach participants how to assess and diagnose ASD using the ADOS-2. The CME workshop is designed to (1) demonstrate a basic understanding of how to administer and score the ADOS 2; (2) explain issues in the clinical application of ADOS-2 results; and (3) describe use of ADOS-2 for operationalizing diagnostic criteria for ASD. The two-day CME workshop will be offered once each training year and LEND trainees and the professional community will be invited to attend.
- The "Expo" is an interactive continuing education conference designed to showcase trainee Community Action Projects. It will be organized through the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center. Trainees will present their projects with LEND faculty serving as conference discussants. The Expo will be held annually and LEND trainees and the broader community will be invited to attend.
San Diego LEND clinical placements will occur at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego through the Autism Discovery Institute Multi-Disciplinary Team and other ASD/DD screening, assessment, and intervention programs and are designed to provide experience (for clinical trainees) and exposure (for non-clinical trainees) to state-of-the-art interdisciplinary care. Clinical placements are required for Long Term and Advanced Medium-Term Trainees and will be included for Medium Term Trainees based on trainee availability and individual training goals.
Examples of potential clinical placement include:
·John M. Sachs Family Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorder
·Autism Discovery Institute
·Down Syndrome Center
·Developmental Evaluation Clinic
·Alexa's Playful Learning Academy for Young Children (PLAYC)
San Diego LEND will provide community practicum training experiences at programs throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties providing, coordinating, or studying care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Community programs span multiple community service systems (e.g., early intervention, educational, mental health, rehabilitation and vocational) and disciplines. Placements include services for traditionally underserved communities. LEND trainees will work with the Training Director to match at a placement relevant to their experience and LEND training goals.
Community Action Projects
All Long-Term Trainees and advanced Medium-Term Trainees will complete a Community Action Project focused on research or quality improvement. The focus of a research or quality improvement project will take a strengths-based approach and meet the following criteria: (1) build on the strengths of a community to address an identified need, (2) evaluate an identified evidence-based or promising practice for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families, (3) consider application of an implementation or improvement science measure, method or framework, and (4) address a topic to promote health equity in access or receipt of high-quality assessment, navigation or treatment/intervention.
Trainees will receive guidance from a Faculty Committee that will include their Primary LEND mentor and two additional LEND faculty members. The trainee’s Faculty Committee will be available to offer ongoing supervision and technical assistance to ensure satisfactory progress in achieving the project goals and targeted feedback on best practices for conducting community-engaged implementation and improvement science projects.