Each year, a minimum of 12 student participants are competitively selected from University graduate students and health care practitioners in the field. Students participate in our year-long leadership education program as an Academic Trainee or post-degree Community Trainee.
- Academic Trainees: advance standing, matriculated graduate students in the health disciplines
- Community Trainees: post-graduate health professionals in health disciplines who engage in an individualized program of training
All trainees attend seminar sessions and engage in individual professional development under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Our program focuses on skill development in leadership, advanced clinical settings, research, and interdisciplinary team building. As one component of the program, students and faculty participate in a weekly 3-hour seminar that uses family partnerships to teach students about: a) clinical diagnoses b) state and community service systems c) family and cultural issues d) health care policies e) interdisciplinary team skills and f) research-program evaluation. Additional components include clinical practica, research/program evaluation, and community-based activities.
Upon acceptance into the MCH LEND Program, all trainees are required to complete an Individualized Learning Plan with a faculty coach. The learning plan typically includes the following components: core knowledge, research/program evaluation, and advanced clinical skills.
The program components are typically offered in a modular format. The format is broken up into four main content blocks: professional development, core knowledge, research, and advanced clinical skills. Each content block has specific program components as shown in the list below:
- Professional Development
- Toolkit for leadership
- Individual learning plan
- Core Knowledge
- Service systems
- Support systems
- Public policy and advocacy
- Research and program evaluation
- Advanced Clinical Skills
- Advanced clinical skills practicum