Curriculum

screenshot of LEND Trainees in virtual zoom class

NH-ME LEND traineeships require a minimum commitment of 300 hours over the course of the 9-month academic calendar 

The rigorous curriculum includes coursework and experiences working with faculty, families, community partners, and legislators in New Hampshire and nationally that support trainees’ abilities to:

  1. Develop leadership skills that address the needs of children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their families;
  2. Develop an understanding of public policy and evidence-based practices;
  3. Provide interdisciplinary clinical care in hospitals and community-based clinical settings in NH and Maine.

The program is structured around a hybrid model of program delivery with a combination of in-person and virtual learning activities. It is organized into three core areas; each representing approximately 100 hours of direct contact time and is designed to support trainee’s ability to move into professional leadership roles in NH and Maine communities.

CORE I:  Seminar (~100 virtual hours)

  • HHS 898 (NH) INT598-0002 (ME) Topics in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (3 credits each, 2 semesters)
  • Friday mornings 9:10-12:00
  • Weekly videoconference between UNH and UMaine

CORE II: Leadership (~100 virtual and in-person hours)

  • Monthly Leadership Intensive Sessions  Friday afternoons 1:00-3:00
  • Leadership Placements and Capstone Project
  • Attendance at Disability Policy Seminar, Washington, DC

CORE III: Clinical Training and Preparation (~100 virtual and in-person hours)

  • Trainees participate in 1-3 clinical placements and case reviews
  • Clinical placements vary in length and number of hours
  • Clinical placements are made according to experience, discipline, and individual interests