The purpose of the LEND program is to provide interdisciplinary and leadership training to clinicians, families, self-advocates, and community leaders involved with developmental disabilities. By training future visionary leaders, the LEND will improve the health, developmental, and behavioral outcomes of infants, children, and youth with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disorders (ASD/DD) and assist their families within highly diverse and dispersed, low income and low resource regions of northern CA.

The LEND will develop visionary leaders in communities who are:

  • Experts in their disciplines and in interdisciplinary knowledge of ASD/DD
  • Designers of new models of care provision
  • Committed to high quality, evidence-based services
  • Communicate well with families and providers from a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Committed to advocacy and leadership in their communities
  • Providers of culturally competent, family-centered care

The LEND program provides trainees with multiple learning experiences, including empirically supported clinical care and leadership within communities to adopt evidence based practices for improving services.

Resources and faculty at the MIND Institute and affiliated programs at California State University of Sacramento (CSUS) provide LEND training. Training will occur in clinical settings at the MIND Institute, at CSUS, in other clinical settings, and in community settings.


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Applicants who are seeking knowledge and skills in the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Supporting families and persons with ASD/DD
  • Providing evidenced based services for individuals and families with ASD/DD from under-resourced cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds
  • Advocating for systems change

The LEND program will enroll nine or more long-term trainees and 20 medium-term trainees, either professionals who are finishing or have already finished their professional training, or family members or self-advocates.

Professional trainees will represent clinical or school psychology, social work, child psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, speech/language pathology, physical therapy, education including special education, genetics, public health, and nursing.

Training those from underrepresented groups, including non-professional family members and persons with disabilities, is a high priority.

Selected long-term trainees will receive 301 or more hours of high-quality interdisciplinary graduate-level clinical training and receive financial stipends to support them during training (We may also accept additional long-term trainees who qualify and do not need a stipend).

We are now accepting applications for 2017-2018. Long-Term applications are due April 3, 2017 but will remain open until all spots are filled. Please refer to LEND Application PDF on this website for additional information and application requirements.

From July 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018 the LEND program will enroll 20 to 30 Medium and Advanced term trainees (Medium term = participating in 40-149 hours of training) (Advanced Term = participating in 150-299 hours of training). Trainees will come from (1) professional disciplines that provide clinical or educational care to children and families with ASD and other developmental disorders, or (2) are family members of a child or adult with these disabilities, or (3) are adults who have one of the disabilities themselves. Medium and Advanced trainees will experience the LEND curriculum courses, the LEND interdisciplinary clinical activities, the LEND community training activities, and will have some research experience. Candidates for these roles will meet the same criteria as LEND long term trainees. An individual training plan (ITP) will be developed to determine which LEND training activities will best meet the training needs of the candidate. There are no training stipends or costs other than transportation to the training sites.

We are now accepting applications for 2017-2018. Medium-Term applications are due June 30, 2017 but will remain open until all spots are filled. Please refer to LEND Application PDF on this website for additional information and application requirements.

If you are interested in applying and can commit to this program from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, please contact Dr. Janice Enriquez at 916-703-0457 and submit application materials.