LEND (Leadership Education in Neuro-developmetal and Related Disabilities) is a nationwide training program sponsored by the Maternal Child Health Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In Oklahoma, the LEND Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Program prepares graduate students for leadership roles as professionals with interdisciplinary skills to support community-based partnerships with professional colleagues, clients, and families. Within a 300 hour program, LEND interns receive mentored learning experiences with interdisciplinary faculty, including family and self-advocates. Dr. Steven Wells has served as the LEND Core Faculty Member for Social Work since 2001.
Meghan Mueller shares about her time as a LEND intern.
I absolutely loved my LEND experience. Being a LEND intern has made me not only a better social worker, but also a better person in general. I learned so much about working with families and children, as well as other professionals from diverse backgrounds. As the 2013-2014 social work intern for LEND, I had the opportunity to meet with students from a variety of disciplines for a weekly class, attend multiple practicum experiences and conferences related to disability services across the state, participate in both an individual and team research project, meet one-on-one with core faculty members at OU, and learn interdisciplinary teaming through first-hand experiences. My experiences in LEND were invaluable, and I am so thankful to have gone through the LEND program.
Posted on Tue, June 24, 2014
by Amy Arnold filed under