AUCD Trainee Journal Club

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
4:00 pm ET - 5:00 pm ET
Location: Teleconference

To help link AUCD trainees, the 2009 Virtual Trainee is hosting a "Journal Club" for trainees to discuss articles of interest to those working in and learning about the field of developmental disabilities, interdisciplinary practice, and leadership.   This project will utilize a free teleconference to get trainees talking!

With support from AUCD, the Virtual Trainee asks all AUCD Training Directors to inform their trainees about this new opportunity and encourage trainee participation.

Article for discussion:

The National Status of In-Service Professional Development Systems for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Practitioners
Bruder, Mogro-Wilson, Stayton & Dietrich
Infants & Young Children, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 13-20
[pdf, 85KB]

Teleconference information

Dial 1800-820-4690; enter the code 1010173# at the prompt.


Contact Liz Terelle, 2009 Virtual Trainee

Trainees unable to participate in the live teleconference are encouraged to participate by posting comments on the article on the AUCD discussion board at AUCD Trainee Discussion Board.

Discussion Questions

The following questions will be used to guide this journal club discussion.

  1. Are there journal club participants who were involved in the data collection for this study?
  2. How has your program (LEND, UCEDD, and individual discipline) prepared you to work in early intervention? What needs and knowledge gaps will need to be filled by in-service education?
  3. This article states (p. 14) that providing "ongoing workforce development" for early intervention practitioners is a challenge. How can this challenge be addressed?
  4. In the discussion, the authors recommend that statewide systems should deliver in-service education in the most efficient and effective methods possible and provide guidelines for designing such opportunities. What would these in-service education sessions look like? How can we as trainees or (future) LEND & UCEDD graduates transform in-service education in our own states or local agencies?
  5. Should additional statewide or national credentialing or certification be required for early intervention professionals in addition to their discipline-specific credentialing/licensure?
  6. Have call participants been involved in gathering outcome data from families and children involved in early intervention programs (see page 18, bottom of column one for context)?
  7. Have any call participants been involved in collaboration with another facility or organization to provide EI specific in-service or continuing education? What are the perceived benefits and consequences of this type of model?
  8. What are the service delivery forms of early intervention in your state? What are specific problems or issues in your state and how are they being addressed?