LEND Social Work Trainee Program

The LEND Social Work Fellowship/Internship is a nine month program (September - June, 16 hours per week) housed within the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Social work interns at CDRC work in interdisciplinary teams with other professionals, assessing children who have special healthcare needs. Our clinically trained social workers provide mental health assessments and treatment for children and their families. We also function as patient advocates in clinics by providing support with coping strategies, locating resources, financial assistance, respite care, counseling programs, support groups, and other services. We work with children and their families who have developmental, physical, medical, behavioral, learning and/or emotional issues.

Other disciplines on the evaluation teams may include Pediatrics, Psychology, Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, Nutrition, Nursing, and Special Education. We have trainees and/or fellows in each discipline represented in the LEND program. The social work LEND trainees have the opportunity to participate in weekly forum discussions with the other LEND trainees. They also complete a research project related to the area of children or adults with special needs.

For more information about national LEND programs, you can access the Association of University Centers on Disabilities at http://www.aucd.org

Current Project

Trauma Informed Care for Feeding Concerns: Collaboration with University of Nevada: Reno, Children's Hospital USC

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