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 Michelle Kobus
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 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.
This online certificate program offers a 12 credit hour course of study to prepare individuals in mental health, school psychology, school administration, education, early education, and social work to implement Positive Behavior Support with individuals, in schools, and early childhood 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 TSBA: Preparing Tiered System Behavior Analysts
Project TSBA: Preparing Tiered System Behavior Analysts is a 5-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The purpose of Project TSBA is to prepare highly qualified behavior analysts who can work collaboratively with educators to provide Tier 3 behavioral interventions to high-need children with disabilities and who can provide leadership in implementing the multi-tiered systems of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) in schools. By blending the ABA Master’s Program and PBS Graduate Certificate Program, the project will prepare 4 cohorts of 4 students on a 2-year cycle to graduate with a master’s degree in ABA as well as with a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification and a PBS certificate.
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 email@example.com. Completed applications should be send to firstname.lastname@example.org
PBS Graduate Certificate Forms
If you are interested in the PBS Graduate Certificate, please contact Michelle Kobus. 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 Michelle Kobus
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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 Michelle Kobus or Dr. Ferro.
Featured Training Resources:
Trainees attend the AUCD Conference
Two FCIC Trainees attended the 2013 AUCD Conference in November. They are Heather Williamson and Richard Glaesser. Heather is our Trainee Liaison and had a poster presentation at the conference. You can listen to a summary of Heather’s presentation and some information about the conference HERE
Left to Right: Dr. Liz Perkins, Heather Williamson, and Richard Glaesser
Heather Williamson, FCIC Trainee Liaison (left) with Dr. Liz Perkins, FCIC Associate Director (right)
The Amazing Brain: The Neurobiology of ADHD and Related Disorders
This is a thought-provoking webinar for those of you interested in, or currently working with, people diagnosed with ADHD. The presentation is decidedly biomedical in nature. However, it provides a clear understanding of brain function and activity associated with ADHD, co-morbid disorders, and the activity of medications prescribed for those identified with ADHD. It may provide the information you need to support a medication reduction or support for suggested environmental changes.
This webinar, co-sponsored by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is free, lasts 1 hour, and can be found at: