Human Development Center

Interprofessional Preparation for Related Services Personnel

Interprofessional Preparation Program

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Are you a graduate student in the Allied Health Professions and hope to work with children with disabilities in your future profession? Get acquainted with this unique environment by participating in the Interprofessional Preparation Program.

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About the program

The LSU Health New Orleans' Interprofessional Preparation for Related Services Personnel Serving Children With Disabilities Who Have High Intensity Needs, shortened to Interprofessional Preparation Program (IPP), is a scholarship program training related services personnel in interprofessional evaluation and management of school-age children with disabilities presenting with high-intensity needs.

Graduate students in various disciplines often clinically engage with special education populations. However, application in school environments requires knowledge, skill, and adaptations for the education landscape. IPP introduces graduate students to these interventions today so they are prepared for future work in school settings.

Related Services Personnel are professionals who are not teachers that provide direct services to students in school environments. Related services disciplines include:

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Program Details

IPP is a 12-month program. Graduate students initially focus on child health and healthcare, child development (birth-21 years), disability across the lifespan, as well as, laws, rules, and regulations regarding disability. 

The second phase of the program integrates these topics into community-based settings and the scholars' respective disciplines through observations and engagement in real-life environments. The program culminates by a four-day intensive experience in a special education program within a school environment. 

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Service Obligation

This project is made possible by the Personnel Development Program, authorized by IDEA, a Federal program aimed at increasing the supply of qualified personnel in the field of special education. This program awards competitive grants to institutions of higher education to support scholars who are preparing to provide special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities. Scholars who receive funding agree to work with students receiving special education or related services for two (2) years for each year of support they receive.

Contact Us

Interprofessional Preparation Program
LSUHSC Human Development Center
Michael C. Norman, Ph.D.
Project Director

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