Academic Courses

JFK Partners' graduate courses are offered through the University of Colorado Denver, Graduate School Clinical Sciences Program and are open for enrollment to anyone with a degree in healthcare profession or related field or with instructor consent. Those interested do not need to be in a degree program and can take as a Non-Degree Seeking Student. For information about tuition costs, please click here and look for the Basic/Clinical Sciences tuition category.
CLSC 6653/6654: Key Concepts in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities 1 and 2 (4 credits over Fall/Spring semesters)
Instructors: Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH; Renee Charlifue-Smith, MA, CCC-SLP; Dina Johnson, MA; Kristen Kaiser, MA; Tracy Price-Johnson
This two-part course is offered sequentially in the Fall and Spring semesters. This is an interdisciplinary course series focused on systems, options for diagnosis and assessment, as well as alternatives for service provision related to children, youth, and young adults with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families to address this population's special health care needs.

CLSC 6661: Leadership Dialogues 1 (2 credits over Summer semester)
Instructors: Dina Johnson, MA and Kristina Hightshoe, MSPH (Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH, Instructor of Record)
This is an interdisciplinary leadership course focused on leadership strategies needed for providing family-centered, culturally competent, community-based services for children with special needs and their families.

CLSC 6662: Leadership Dialogues 2 (2 credits over Spring semester)
Instructor: Dina Johnson, MA (Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH, Instructor of Record)
This course builds an appreciation of the importance of policy and advocacy by health professionals to better serve and support individuals with disabilities and their families and facilitates an understanding of how to participate in policy and advocacy processes.
CLSC 6668: Screening and Assessment for Children and Youth with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (3 credits - Fall semester)
Instructors: Terry Katz, PhD and Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH
This interdisciplinary course presents a review of evidence-based practices in screening and assessment for autism, focusing on: (a) identification of signs and symptoms of autism at different ages and developmental levels; (b) differentiation of autism from other disorders of development; (c) recognition of core symptoms (e.g., social, communication), associated features (e.g., attention, anxiety), and moderating features (e.g., cognitive ability, language functioning) which impact upon the child’s overall presentation; (d) examination of the impact of culture on clinical presentation; and, (e) and approaches to share observations with family members in a sensitive, culturally-competent, family-centered manner.
CLSC 6663: Intervention for Children and Youth with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (3 credits - Spring semester)
Instructor: Renee Charlifue-Smith, MA, CCC-SLP (Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH, Instructor of Record)
Through a combination of lectures, on-going case discussions, and on-site, supervised practicum experience working with families of young children with autism, participants will improve their skills in family-focused home- and school-based interventions designed to promote social and communicative skills for children with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability.
For more information about registering for the courses, contact Christine Cook, Training Coordinator.
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