The Alaska LEND Training Program

Alaska LEND without Walls requires a minimum commitment from long term Fellows of 300 hours, which includes over 100 hours of clinical experience in an academic year. Long term Fellows receive a Workforce Credential and a stipend for completion of the LEND program.

The LEND program is offered using distance technology to Fellows across the state, including Video Conferencing and some Web conferencing. LEND Fellows also travel to Anchorage three times during the program year. Approved travel for required LEND activities will be paid for by the grant.

Expectations

  • Sept–May Academic Year commitment
  • Attend LEND Orientation (2-day face-to-face in Anchorage in September)
  • Participate in weekly seminars (offered via video/web conferencing at community sites outside the Anchorage bowl.)
  • Attend two Leadership Workshops (2-days each, face-to-face in Anchorage; one during Fall semester and one during Spring semester)
  • Complete all program requirements
  • Monthly meeting with your faculty mentor
  • Spend an average of 5–10 hours per week outside the Friday seminars on LEND activities such as family match, clinical/field experiences, and research.

Eligibility criteria for Long Term Fellows

  1. You have completed a Baccalaureate degree and are enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following disciplines: nursing, public health, social work, psychology, special education, education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or medicine.
    -or-
    You have completed a graduate degree in one of the following disciplines: nursing, public health, social work, psychology, special education, education, speech language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, or medicine. Note: Occupational Therapists, you have achieved an academic degree and training which constitutes basic professional level training.
    -or-
    You are a parent or family member of a child with a neurodevelopmental disability.
  2. A minimum of 3.0 GPA
  3. Long-term professional leadership goals focused in developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder in Alaska.

PEND program graphic

Long term Fellows develop an individualized leadership training plan (ILTP) with their faculty mentor which meets their personal long term goals. All program components tie directly to this plan and many options are available within each component.