Long Term Trainees

Long Term Academic  (300 hours min.)

Long Term Academic Trainees complete 8 credit hours of seminar coursework and 4 credit hours of Practicum that can be used for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Disability Leadership.  The seminars require attendance once a week on Wednesdays beginning at 4:30 pm.  The Practicum hours are spent doing a Family Mentorship Experience, and an array of clinical observations and participation in the Va-LEND interdisciplinary Clinics.  In the family mentorship experience the trainee maintains regular contact throughout the year with a family who has a child with special needs.  Through home visits, shared activities and telephone contacts, the family will mentor the student about the realities of rearing a child with a disability. In addition, trainees complete at least 20 hours in disability policy related activities.

Length of Time:  Usually 4 semesters over 2 years.

Va-LEND Financial Support:  Trainees enrolled as full time graduate students at VCU absorb the tuition cost of the seminars through their full time tuition.  Va-LEND will provide tuition for the 4 credit hours of Practicum and any additional fees associated with participation in the program.

Requirements for Admission:  Must be in the terminal degree program or have the terminal degree required by the professional discipline.  Family member trainees or people with disabilities trainees applying for this category must have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Who Should Apply:  VCU Graduate Students, Community Professionals, Family Members and People with Disabilities who have at least a bachelor degree.

Long Term Non Academic  (300 hours min.)

Non-academic Long Term Trainees have an individualized program based on a combination of clinical experience and selected Seminar participation.  They do not enroll in the courses or practicum, but do attend 6 sessions of Seminar I (Fall semester – Wednesdays beginning at 4:30 – 32 hours) and at least 2 sessions of Seminar II (Spring semester) which are held on Wednesdays beginning at 4:30 – 8+ hours).  Trainees in this category complete a Family Mentorship Experience, and participation in the Va-LEND interdisciplinary Clinics. In the family mentorship experience the trainee maintains regular contact throughout the year with a family who has a child with special needs.  Through home visits, shared activities and telephone contacts, the family will mentor the student about the realities of rearing a child with a disability.  In addition, trainees complete at least 20 hours in disability policy related activities.  The trainee, along with their academic advisor, will develop a plan of clinical experience that completes the required number of hours.

Length of Time: 2-5 semesters.

Va-LEND Financial Support:  Trainees receive a stipend of approximately $1500.

Requirements for Admission:  Must be in the terminal degree program or have the terminal degree required by the professional discipline, and have access to clinical practice settings.

Who Should Apply:  VCU Graduate Students or Community Professionals who are in clinical training or practice in clinical settings.

VaLEND Application 2017