If you’re on this web page, you are either a trainee or are interested in becoming a trainee within the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC).
Trainees include undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students in a discipline such as psychology, education, public health, medicine, social work, or related disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Training Program provides an integrated education program that relies upon the interdependent contributions of a collaborating team of people. Team members may include people with disabilities and their families, health and allied health professionals, community providers, and educators and researchers representing a variety of disciplines.
Participation in the program provides students with instruction, support, and mentorship from faculty and staff who are nationally recognized in the field of developmental disabilities. FCIC trainees are expected to be:
The benefits of becoming a trainee include:
FCIC encourages trainees to review and use the resources available through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). AUCD not only provides resources developed by the UCEDDs and LENDs in the US and its territories, but also provides access to nationally developed resources and opportunities for trainee involvement, information about jobs in AUCD and other UCEDDs, access to webinars and other training, and information about fellowships and scholarships.
If you're already a trainee:
Congratulations on being admitted as a trainee in the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities. Take a look at the resources and materials available to you at FCIC. Visit the AUCD website. If you have questions, contact Dr. Ferro
One of the missions of FCIC and UCEDDs is to expand and influence higher education curriculum to impart knowledge on developmental disabilities to accomplish a shared vision of ensuring that all Americans, including Americans with developmental disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. FCIC offers interdisciplinary training programs and activities that provide opportunities for students and professionals to learn more about how to promote the full inclusion and support of individuals with developmental disabilities within community through a core curriculum. For more information, contact Dr. Ferro.FCIC’s interdisciplinary training programs and activities revolve around a core curriculum that includes participating in any of the following FCIC programs and activities.
The Master of Science degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) is designed to prepare professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges. The core curriculum focuses on evaluation and research, cultural competency, policy, and an introduction to child and adolescent behavioral health. The concentration in Developmental Disabilities provides interdisciplinary training as well as research and application opportunities to meet the critical need for practitioners and administrators who can provide services for children and adolescents with both developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
This online certificate program offers a 12 credit hour course of study designed to prepare individuals currently working in mental health, school psychology, school administration, education, early education, and social work to implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) in school, early childhood, and community settings. The certificate program includes classes focused on providing consultation and guiding collaboration, implementing school wide positive behavior support, addressing behavior challenges in young children, and intensive individualized interventions.
This exciting interdisciplinary course will provide students with a rich curriculum that addresses health, educational, social, cultural, and economic issues related to developmental disabilities across the life span. Further, it will address the latest trends in policy, legislation, and services that impact these very critical issues. This 3-credit course will be taught by interdisciplinary faculty, including guest speakers, individuals with disabilities, and family members involved in advocacy and policy efforts. Course components include: group projects focused on disability issues and improving the lives of persons with disabilities, interactive class activities highlighting current events related to class themes, a disability enriched curriculum with focused readings and lively class discussions.
Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) Clinical Rotation
The Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI; formerly USF FDLRS) is funded by the Florida Department of Education to offer interdisciplinary evaluations and interventions to students between the ages of 3 and 22 who present with serious behavior problems and complex social/emotional, developmental, learning, medical, and other co-occurring conditions. The primary focus of the clinic is to conduct functional behavior assessments and develop function-based support plans that are feasible and effective to be implemented in school and other settings. A secondary focus is to provide exemplary, comprehensive evaluations for students at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental or psychological conditions. The clinic services are no-cost to the community and attempts to reach underserved individuals. Students can receive practicum experiences by participating on the clinic’s interdisciplinary team that includes professionals and graduate students representing the areas of psychology, behavior analysis, pediatrics, psychiatry, special education, social work, public health, and families.
Beginning in 2005, FCIC faculty have worked closely with their colleagues in the Department of Family Medicine (USF Morsani College of Medicine) to provide 3rd year medical students with innovative, interdisciplinary training about the health care needs of patients with disabilities. USF is one of a handful of medical schools to offer this training. FCIC faculty deliver lectures, participate in panel discussions, and assist in evaluating students' clinical examinations. Since Summer 2013, the disability content has been expanded and infused throughout the 3rd year as part of the Doctoring 3 class. The curriculum has also been expanded to the Doctoring 1 class. FCIC faculty provide lectures to first year students within their first six weeks in medical school. The introduction of this topic earlier in their medical school training allows more time for students to become familiar with the health issues and disparities experienced by people with developmental disabilities. More advanced clinical content can now be undertaken in the third year. For more information about FCIC's collaboration please contact Dr. Liz Perkins
Project ABA: Preparing Related Services Personnel in ABA for Children with Autism
Project ABA is a 5-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified school-based behavior analysts who can work collaboratively with educators and families to provide services for high-need children with autism at all grade levels. The project will prepare 4 cohorts of 5 students on a 2-year cycle to implement evidence-based practices in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and positive behavior support (PBS). Students will graduate with a master’s degree in ABA, a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification (BCaBA), a PBS certificate, and be eligible to sit for the BCBA certification examination.
Director: Kwang-Sun Blair
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program and faculty are affiliated with FCIC. The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program is designed to meet growing needs in Florida and nationally for practitioners who can work effectively in the fields of developmental disabilities, education, autism, child protective services, rehabilitation, mental health, and business and technology. ABA provides an approach for developing, implementing, and evaluating practical strategies to produce changes in socially significant behaviors of individuals in the context of community settings. This interdisciplinary program was designed to create a comprehensive, cohesive degree program in applied behavior analysis to train students to become practitioners and researchers and as such provides coursework and practical supervision across three colleges (College of Behavioral and Community Sciences College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education) with faculty expertise in applied behavior analysis, psychology, and special education.
Training and Research Mentorship
Interdisciplinary trainees are mentored by FCIC faculty through individual studies, internships, practica, and thesis and dissertation committees. FCIC faculty represent a variety of disciplines, including psychology, education, special education, nursing, and public health. Find out more about FCIC core and affiliate at our web site. If you are interested in working with a particular member of the FCIC faculty, please contact them directly. If you are interested in more information about mentorship, FCIC programs, or becoming a trainee, contact Dr. Ferro.
Trainees must complete a form to provide us with the information needed for enrollment in the national database. If you’re interested in becoming a trainee, click on the enrollment link and complete the application or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications should be send to email@example.com
PBS Graduate Certificate Forms
If you are interested in the PBS Graduate Certificate, please contact Laura Rodríguez López. If you are already in the PBS Graduate Certificate program, complete the following forms needed for your program of study. Email questions and the completed forms to Laura Rodríguez López
One elective is required in the PBS Graduate Certificate Program plan of study. Acceptable electives are listed on the PBS Graduate Certificate web site: http://pbs.cbcs.usf.edu/courses/index.cfm. If you wish to take a course that is not listed, you must request permission.
Application for Conference Funding
FCIC has limited resources to fund some costs for trainees who are presenting at conferences. Funding is limited to trainees who are actively involved in FCIC programs. Those trainees who are involved in more than one FCIC activity are given priority. To apply for funding, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for Poster Funding
FCIC has some resources to fund posters for conferences or presentations. Funding is limited to trainees who are actively involved in FCIC programs. Those trainees involved in more than one FCIC activity are given priority. To apply for funding, please contact email@example.com.
This Trainee Welcome Guide is intended to welcome new trainees to the AUCD network, help them understand the depth and breadth of the network they are a part of, and outline some of the many benefits and resources available to them so they can maximize their time as a trainee in one of AUCD's member programs. A membership card is included to solidify trainee identification as a "card-carrying member" of AUCD.
The AUCD Trainee Handbook is intended to be used to support AUCD network trainees with a variety of learning goals. This document will provide a consistent approach to accessing information about the network, its history, our federal partners, and the rich resources available to trainees.
Learn about the national opportunities available to trainees including resources, conferences, trainings, scholarships and employment opportunities.
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Core Curriculum Training
Our Training Modules were designed to be part of the CORE Curriculum for FCIC Trainees. However, the modules are also a resource for those seeking more information about developmental disabilities. Modules may be completed by students, staff, members of the community, family, and persons with disabilities. Please direct questions to Dr. Ferro.
Module 1: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
The Interdisciplinary Training Program is pleased to announce the first of three core curriculum online training modules. The training includes a survey and certificate. Once you’ve completed both the module and survey, you can download the certificate.
Register for this module Here
Module 2: Orientation to FCIC, AUCD and UCEDD
The second module in the core curriculum is an introduction to the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities education, research, and service. The module includes a survey and certificate. Once you’ve completed the module and survey, you can download the certificate.
Register for this module Here
ABA student, Kristina Bewley, attends the ABAI 2016 Conference
Every year, we fund a few people to attend the ABAI yearly conference. In 2016, we provided funds for Kristina Bewley, a trainee from the ABA program, to attend this conference. Her goal was to learn about the newest research and interventions for working with individuals with autism and other disabilities so as to provide more effective treatment in the least restrictive manner. Kristina’s presentation provides an overview of the conference and some of the things she found most helpful.
Taylor Naronzanick presented at the 2016 ABAI conference in May
Taylor Naronzanick attended the 2016 ABAI conference supported by an FCIC travel award. Taylor’s presentation provides a short overview of the conference but also reviews the presentation she did of her research in which she compared video modeling with video modeling with video feedback. Although the research was performed with competitive dancers, this teaching strategy has implications for other populations as well. Click here to view a summary of Chris’ presentations.
Gary Lam presented at the AUCD conference in December.
Gary Lam is a doctoral student in the school psychology program at USF and also an FCIC trainee. Recently he presented a poster at the AUCD conference in December, which he attended through a trainee travel grant. The poster is about self-determination during the transition from school to adulthood for young adults with Autism across American and Chinese cultures. Those of you interested in advocacy, Autism, cultural differences, and self-determination should find something of interest in this presentation.
Trainee Seth Van Zant at the American Public Health Association National Meeting on integrating disability into health services.
Seth Van Zant is a student in the Morsani College of Medicine and also a trainee. He recently presented at the American Public Health Association National Meeting on integrating disability into health services. Seth has been working with Dr. Perkins to develop materials to help health professionals and individuals with disabilities and their guardians communicate more effectively. This presentation is a summary of that presentation.
Trainee Chris Barclay attends the National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP) Public Policy Training
Chris Barclay, a PhD student in the School Psychology program at USF and a trainee at FCIC attended the Public Policy training in Washington, DC, by way of an Interdisciplinary Training Travel Grant. The training was a joint venture between NASP and George Washington University. Chris’ presentation is a report on his experience at this conference.
Trainees present at the 13th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support
Trainees Chris Barclay and Brittany Hearon received travel funds to present at the APBS Conference in San Francisco in March 2016. Both Chris and Brittany are school psychology students who work with the Florida PBS project. Chris reported on his thesis research into racial disparities in school office referrals and participated in a symposium presented by the PBS AWARE project, a collaboration with three Florida districts to increase access to mental health services within an MTSS framework. Brittany presented a poster on selecting tools for universal behavioral health screening.
Click here to view a summary of Chris’ presentations.
For more information about the AWARE project, click here.
Trainees present at the 41st Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International
Sara Barnes, a master’s student in the Applied Behavior Analysis program, presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) conference in San Antonio, Texas. She presented on the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce model and the application it may have when used for children with ASD. Sara is also in Project TSBA and involved with the Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI).
Trainee Lindsey Slattery received a travel award to present on safety skills at the 41st Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) conference in San Antonio, Texas. Lindsey is a doctoral student in the ABA program.
Trainees Attend Association for Behavior Support International (ABAI) Annual Conference
Anna Garcia and Sindy Sanchez attended the ABAI Annual Conference in May 2014. Both students are current trainees and are doctoral students in the ABA Ph.D. program.
Featured Training Resources:
Supporting Individuals with I/DD and Mental Health Needs
This webinar is archived at: http://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=7806&id=379&parent=379
This webinar was originally provided through AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of I/DD Special Interest Group.The presenters are Beth Bryant-Claxton, Ph.D. from the Mississippi UCEDD and Leslie Smith, M.D. from Arkansas START. Their discussion examines support needs of individuals with IDD and co-occurring mental health diagnoses or complex behavioral challenges. Their framework is biopsychosocial and case-presentation.
ABA & PBS Graduate Certificate
PhD in Applied Behavior Analysi
Sandy Au Yeung
MS in CABH
“Being a UCEDD trainee has given me the opportunity to continue to work to further enhance my medical education and background in public health, while also allowing me to serve the disability community. Being involved with this [program] helps me remember why I wanted to become a physician in the first place, and it also serves as motivation to help me through my education.”
“Being an FCIC Trainee has given me the opportunity to attend the National Training Institute, which provided a great amount of useful information that I will be able to apply to my job and share with other staff."
“The trainee program has been such a great resource. This is a great program for students.”
“I firmly believe that the experience I have gained as a trainee, both the resources to the experience I receive at the ICEI clinic, has been so valuable and will continue to promote my development as a practitioner."
“This program helped with my current job and offered a lot of good materials. Lots of good readings!”
Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Developmental Disabilities Concentration
*If you have recently been admitted to the Developmental Disabilities concentration,
please be sure you have reviewed the program orientation first.*
Faculty Advisor Introductions
To view each faculty’s video simply click on the play button and select the full screen option. To read a faculty member’s biography, click on their name under the video.
|Lise Fox||Liz Perkins||Jolenea Ferro|
|Chris Vatland||Rose Iovannone||Amanda Keating|
Did you know there are over 100 unique positions a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and a focus on Developmental Disabilities would be eligible to apply for?
Watch the video above to learn more about the career prospects for graduates!
Orientation to FCIC, AUCD and UCEDD
This module is an introduction to the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center
of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities education, research, and service.
The module includes a survey and certificate. Once you’ve completed the module and survey, you can download the certificate. Register for this module here.
Laura Rodríguez López, Progam Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 813-974-3126