Emerging Transformational Leadership Program


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
2:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST

Webinar Objectives:

This webinar is one of a series of webinars developed by LEND and UCEDD programs within the Southeast Regional Consortium.  The objectives of this webinar were:

1.  Recognize the challenges of LEND programs that seek to have a direct impact on systems of care for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities 

2.  Describe at least one training program designed to address these challenges 

3.  Consider how the lessons learned from group-based intervention of post-service professionals may be applied to LEND training 

Webinar Description: 

Is it possible for a LEND program to have a direct impact on systems of care? For decades LEND programs have focused on training future leaders, with indirect and typically long-term impact on systems of care. In 2011 the Mailman Center for Child Development LEND hypothesized that providing systems-change training to a small group of established professionals could have a short-term, direct impact on local systems of care. 

The Emerging Transformational Leadership Program (ETLP) is designed as a supplement to our traditional LEND training. Each year we select a small group of early-to mid-career professionals, parents and self-advocates who have been identified as emerging leaders in the disability community. We provide a targeted leadership training curriculum focused on changing systems of care for people with developmental disabilities. Participants develop a group project, with measurable outcomes and a specific plan for implementation. An overview and lessons learned were shared, along with preliminary results of the program.


Jeffrey P. Brosco MD PhD photoJeffrey P. Brosco MD PhD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Associate Director, Clinical Services, Mailman Center for Child Development

Dr. Brosco completed an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He served as chief resident after training in pediatrics at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he is board-certified in Pediatrics and in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.  He completed his tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar in 2003, and he continues to teach and practice both general pediatrics and developmental pediatrics.  Dr. Brosco's previous research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children, and his current project focuses on social history and public policy trends in health care for persons with developmental disabilities.  Dr. Brosco has a leadership role in a variety of local, state, and national health policy groups, including the Act Early State Workgroup (Florida/CDC, co-chair), Newborn Screening Translational Research Network (ACMG/NIH, co-chair of Ethics Legal Workgroup), and PKU Scientific Review Conference (NIH, co-chair of Long-term Outcomes and Management Across the Lifespan workgroup).


Shelly Baer, LCSW photoShelly Baer, LCSW

Associate Director, Training, LEND, Coordinator: Emerging Transformational Leadership Program (ETLP), Coordinator: Self-Advocate Leadership Training (SALT), Clinical Social Worker

Shelly Baer, LCSW received her bachelor's in psychology/special education at University of Miami and her master's in social work at Yeshiva University. She has worked as a clinical social worker for 20 years in the Miami community focusing on under-served populations. Her current position at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is at the Mailman Center for Child Development as Associate Director, Training, LEND, Coordinator of the Emerging Transformational Leadership Program and Coordinator of Self-Advocate Leadership Training (SALT). As clinical social work supervisor, she supervises LEND social work interns. Ms. Baer is an individual with a disability growing up with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and it has never slowed her down. Ms. Baer created a resource guide called ACCESS Miami providing social service and accessibility resources for people with disabilities; the guide is now part of Mailman's website. Ms. Baer provides public speaking to college classes and health care professionals on sexuality, dating and disability. As a springboard for discussion, she utilizes the photography exhibit she co-created, Uncensored Life: Raw Beauty which showcased women with disabilities beauty and sensuality.