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Family Mentorship Experience

COLEND FME Guidelines for Trainees (26KB) [download]
FME Trainee Reflections Fall 2012 (26KB) [download]

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

The Colorado LEND Family Discipline program was introduced in 2009 to provide comprehensive training on the most important aspects of the family experience. In the Family Mentoring program, principles of family-centered care and professional recommendations are put to the test, as trainees and fellows acquire a real-world taste of parenting a child with a disability.

Trainees learn from families through observation, conversation, and community interaction. This knowledge is acquired in a safe context, as trainees are the learners with the families, not the experts. The cornerstone of the program is the Family Mentorship assignment in which fellows engage in home and community visits with families. Fellows reflect on their experiences in writing and during class discussions.

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