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Education & Training

Training and Professional Development efforts this year have focused on expanding student and community training opportunities, providing professional development experiences for faculty and staff, and conducting seminars on cultural diversity for members of the Section. Training included interdisciplinary pre-service training for students in multiple disciplines; state, national and international training to providers in health, education, human services, mental health and juvenile justice; and training on cultural adaptations of evidence-based practices for American Indian children and their families. Our training teams include Master Trainers in a variety of evidence-based practices.

We continued to expand both the number of individuals receiving training and staff with specific expertise to provide high quality interdisciplinary training on a wide range of topics related to children with special needs, and children exposed to abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. The current training programs are described below.

DBP Medical Resident and Student Trainee Program

28 pediatric/medicine-pediatric residents from the OUHSC campus completed the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric rotation during January-December 2019. Each trainee’s rotation consisted of supervised clinical experiences on the clinical teams, visits to community programs, didactic material and critical reviews of developmental and behavioral research. We supported the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric training in the OU-Tulsa pediatric/medicine-pediatric residency program by providing 9 residents 32 hours each of supervised clinical experience, didactic material, and critical reviews. Several additional healthcare/undergraduate students completed 1-day clinical observations with our DBP medical team.

Interdisciplinary Training on Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP

The Section offers a two-semester academic and clinical program for advanced students in Pediatrics, Dentistry, Psychology, Law, Social Work, Education, Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, and related disciplines. Established in 1987, the ITP provides specialized training in clinical practice, prevention, policy formation, child advocacy, research, and administration in the field of child abuse and neglect. The 2019-2020 class of 19 trainees from law, social work, and psychology graduated in April 2020.

Oklahoma LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) 

The Section offers a two-semester interdisciplinary leadership education program for advanced graduate or postgraduate students in Audiology, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Child Psychiatry, Genetic Counseling, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work and Speech-Language Pathology. In addition a parent or family member is selected to represent the Parent-Family Perspective and an Individual with a Disability is selected to represent Self-Advocacy. Core Faculty representing those disciplines work together as Interdisciplinary Mentors. OKLEND was established in 1995 through a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Interdisciplinary education experiences are provided through classroom, clinical/community and research activities focused on the

core principles of Family-Centered/Person-Centered Care, Cultural Competence, Interdisciplinary Teaming and Inclusive Community-Based Practices on behalf of children-youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD) and their families. Nineteen 21 long-term trainees completed the program in the spring of 2019, and 20 long-term trainees started the program in the fall of 2019. Medium trainees in the disciplines of medicine-pediatrics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and child psychiatry participated in training throughout 2019 focused on the same core principles in 40-299 hours of didactic, practicum and clinical or community service activities. Two highlights of the year among many were: 1) expansion of OKLEND to an increased number of medium-term trainees and short-term trainees (including pediatric residents, Allied Health, Nursing, and Dental students); 2) a collaborative distance seminar with the Southern Region LEND programs in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. Oklahoma LEND federal grant funding was renewed for five more years (2016-2021). 2 long-term trainees and 2 Core Faculty joined the program as part of the expansion to OU Tulsa. For more information on the LEND program please contact Kecia Huff at (405) 271-5700 or email her.

Professional Fellows Program in Inclusive Disability Employment 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) supports mid-career professionals (fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who are committed to advancing inclusive employment for individuals with disabilities. Fellows participate in an intensive four-week program to learn innovative strategies to promote economic empowerment of individuals with disabilities through the growth of inclusive employment opportunities and develop a project to implement in their home countries.