Each year, the URLEND training program admits a core group of long-term trainees who complete 300 hours of URLEND experiences. Trainees come from the following disciplines: audiology, family members, genetic counselors, health administration, individuals with neurodevelopmental or related disabilities, medicine (relevant medical specialties or subspecialties), nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pediatric dentistry, physical therapy, psychology, public health, social work, special education/education, and speech-language pathology. Other disciplines may be considered in special circumstances.
Intermediate-level trainees who completed 40-259 hours are also considered for participation in the URLEND program.
A long-term URLEND trainee:
- Must have successfully completed an undergraduate program from an accredited college or university
- Must provide documentation that establishes acceptance by and enrollment in a graduate program that is one of the URLEND core disciplines, prior to entrance into the URLEND program OR must have achieved the academic degree and completed requisite training that constitutes the basic professional-level training for their field. Post-masters and post-doctoral fellows must have an earned masters or doctorate and must have completed any required internship. Post-residency fellows must have an earned medical or dental degree and must have satisfied requirements for certification in a specialty relevant to this proposed training.
- Must be a citizen of the United States or be admitted to the United States with a permanent resident visa.
- Must be available Friday afternoons from 12-4 Mountain Time to attend didactic sessions
Additionally, trainees should possess the following:
- Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills with professionals, peers, families, and service providers
- Evidence of leadership in professional roles, academics, community, etc. as commensurate with level of training and experience
- Evidence of initiative in academic, clinical, or research work
- Evidence of the ability to work effectively in groups/teams as well as independently
- Previous experience / strong interest in working with individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- Understanding and ability to identify systems needs and areas for improvement for individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- Self-defined leadership goals in the field of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and public health
- Flexibility and adaptability combined with persistence