Family Faculty

Family faculty are programs to interact with future professionals, and include:

Parent Panel Class presentations. Parents can participate on panels of 3 family members presenting their experiences to undergraduate and graduate classes in UVM Education and Health Sciences (nursing, physical therapy, communications) courses, and at Saint Michael’s College. Each parent speaks for 20 minutes. Daytime and evening classes are held on campus. Parking covered. $50 stipend.

Medical Education Project. Third-Year Medical Students participate in a 3-session seminar. The second session is a home visit with families. The purpose is to teach principles of family -centered care and to provide a family’s perspective on healthcare. Families are needed throughout the year. The student calls the assigned family to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet for about 2 hours. Brief feedback form is sent to Vermont Family Network. $50 stipend. Watch a video clip about this Project.

Professionalism, Communication, Reflection (PCR) class. First-Year Medical Students meet in groups of eight with a faculty member and a parent for an introduction to family-centered care. Meeting 4-5:30 early in the fall semester, a brief orientation and follow-up are included. Parents share their family’s experience of having a child with special needs, and their perceptions of healthcare for 45 minutes. UVM Medical Education Building. $50 stipend.

Families as Teachers. Saint Michael’s College graduate Education students take courses in Special Education law and Inclusion in the Classroom. Families who have children or youth on an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Plan participate on panels of 2-3 to share their stories and experiences with educational systems. $50 stipend.

Vermont LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities). Family-Centered Care and Cultural and Linguistic competence are core concepts for professional fellows enrolled in this graduate program. The Family Connection Experience involves sharing your family story during a one-time 2-hour home visit interview with one assigned trainee/fellow. An Eco–map and Genogram are created with you and shared with participants. $50 stipend.

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