NM LEND Curriculum

Long-term trainees complete 300 hours or more of interdisciplinary leadership training. This is typically completed over fall and spring academic semesters. It includes:

  • Didactic seminars enhanced with experiential learning
  • Leadership training, identifying your individual leadership style
  • Mentored clinical experiences
  • Critical thinking and applied research
  • Family/trainee matches
  • Hands-on training in public policy

The LEND hours are individually tailored to your interests. Trainees complete a set of requirements [PDF], including leadership, research, a Capstone Project, and a Family and Community as Faculty Match Project.

Trainees have the option of participating in the NM LEND program for academic credit.

Courses are offered in:

Depending on the discipline, NM LEND trainees have the option of participating in advanced clinical training at the Center for Development & Disability through fieldwork placements, internships, and post-doctoral fellowships, as well.

NM LEND seminars occur Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters at the Center for Development & Disability on topics related to neurodevelopmental disabilities, leadership, research, public health, and family-centered and culturally competent care.

It is not required that LEND be taken for academic credit. If you are interested in applying the LEND curriculum for academic credit, contact your home department to determine if LEND could be taken as an independent study course. For assistance, contact your LEND faculty mentor. As an alternative, LEND may be taken for academic credit through Occupational Therapy. Note that a tuition differential is added to each credit for OT.

OC TH 508 - Interdisciplinary Leadership in Family and Community Partnerships
1 credit (credit/no credit) can be taken both semesters.

Course Description:
Provides necessary information and practice to enable students to develop and maintain partnerships between health care practitioners, parents, families, and community organizations to ensure that optimal family-centered care for children with developmental disabilities is delivered.

OC TH 518 - Interdisciplinary Leadership in Advocacy and Public Policy
2 credit (credit/no-credit)

Course Description:
This course offers an in-depth view of the operations of the State of New Mexico legislature and the federal legislature and provides specific skills to advocate for persons with disabilities and other health care issues.

OC TH 538 - Interdisciplinary Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Didactic 3 credits (credit/no credit)

Course Description:
This course provides the academic, theoretical grounding and observations of clinical practice in the area of disabilities.

Learn more about the requirements and application process to join the LEND program today. How to apply.

FY 2019 Capstone Projects

Headshot Crystal AlleyCrystal Alley, Self-Advocacy

"The friendships I have made that I hope will be everlasting and leadership. I have done so many programs on leadership, but this one is so important. Anyone who gets accepted should be honored that they were picked. For me, I have learned so much in this year."


Headshot Leslie Becerra.Leslie Becerra, Psychology

"LEND taught me how to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of professionals in order to advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. I also learned how to use my knowledge and experiences to be a leader in various settings and communities."


Headshot Richard Bell.Richard Bell, Public Health

"Teach my nephews to be self-advocates. Pay closer attention to what our legislators are doing."


Headshot Craig CharltonCraig Charlton, Occupational Therapy

"LEND has been: The place of my strengths on a team of amazing people, full of opportunities to grow and develop. What I otherwise could call "weaknesses" into new strengths. An academic home to grow as a professional, and a place where my life has joined others on a life journey through academia."


Headshot Kait Casaus.Kait Casaus, Occupational Therapy

"LEND has been an opportunity to pursue social growth and personal change in the company of extremely passionate and dedicated LEND fellows. It has provided such unique resources and experiences to facilitate both professional and personal development."


Headshot Emma Clapp.Emma Clapp, Social Work

"When a flower doesn't grow you fix the environment, not the flower."


Headshot Steven Fischer.Steven Fischer, Self-Advocate

"As a self-advocate the most important experience I gained was how I could not only build a closer relationship with professionals but gain a stronger rapport with other people within the disabled community."


Headshot Ellen Geib.Ellen Geib, Psychology

"1. The process and impact of policy making and legislature on individuals with disabilities. 2. Family-centered and individualized care. 3. Hearing the personal stories and perspectives of LEND trainees and panelists."


Headshot Mariah Groll.Mariah Groll, Speech-Language Pathology

"LEND has helped me to understand disability from a completely different perspective. I feel empowered to move forward to advocate WITH others in my professional career."


Headshot Jaime King.Jaime King, Public Health

"I've learned so much from this program. This is just one: I will be taking the perspectives of persons with disabilities and families and their support into my career as an epidemiologist. This program has given me the knowledge to best support this population in future research, policy, and public health programs. I'm forever grateful!"


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Meg McLaughlin, Occupational Therapy

"I have expanded my knowledge of interdisciplinary practice to include individuals with disabilities and their families. I have gained leadership and advocacy skills that I am already using."


Headshot Sandra Montoya.

Sandra Montoya, Family Leader

"I will forever remember the leadership and meaningful relationships I acquired. LEND is one of the most impacting life experiences I will remember throughout my life and career."


Headshot Zlata Nourie.

Zlata Nourie, Public Administration

"I have learned so much about family-centered care. I really liked doing research for our seminar sessions and for my capstone project. Thank you such much for an opportunity to learn so much new during this year!"


Headshot Tiffany Otero.

Tiffany Otero, Psychology


Headshot Christina Patterson.

Christina Patterson, Psychology


Headshot Christina Sanchez Quinata.

Christina Sanchez Quinata, Social Work

"Every week in my work, I find an opportunity to remember and use the information I've learned here - whether it be from the didactical lessons or the interpersonal ones. I am grateful for having been a part of this cohort."


Headshot Erin Sandoval.

Erin Sandoval, Social Work

"Two things I will take away with me from LEND is how useful and important interdisciplinary practice really is. The next part is how important policy and advocacy is. It does not matter who you are, you can always advocate for what you are passionate for."


Michelle Winklejohn, Occupational TherapyHeadshot Michelle Winklejohn.

"LEND has not only given me more confidence in myself as a leader, but confidence in the people and fellow disciplines I will be working with. Through LEND I now know the multitude of people who actually care and truly want to make a difference for individuals with disabilities, not only in my city but nationwide."

NM LEND Staff