The Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) micro-credential offers three classes that are open to undergraduate students from any major, and are intended to prepare students in their future careers to recognize and respond to child maltreatment. They may be taken as a set, culminating in a digital badge, or as stand-alone courses (except for SW 235). These courses are geared towards students who plan on any career that involves working with children or families, including nursing, education, human services, medicine, law, or psychology.
SW 225 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy (offered Fall 2018)
Monday and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. in 116B Greiner Hall, North Campus
This course provides the foundational knowledge to understand and recognize child maltreatment in diverse settings. The course covers the historical and comparative perspectives, including a trauma-informed and human rights perspective, on child maltreatment, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for children and families. This course is designed for, but not limited to, students who are interested in public health, social work, human services, nursing and other health professions, sociology, psychology, law, and education.
SW 235 Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment* (offered Spring 2019)
This course focuses on interdisciplinary system responses to child maltreatment, including trauma-informed and human rights-based approaches. The purpose of this course is to expand the students’ knowledge of and skills in responding to child maltreatment. The course explores responses across multiple community systems, including child welfare agencies, health care systems, law enforcement, and schools. This course is designed for, but not limited to, students who are interested in public health, social work, human services, nursing and other health professions, sociology, psychology, law, and education.
*Requires completion of SW 225
SW 245 Global Child Advocacy Issues (offered Spring 2019)
The course is designed to increase student understanding of the adverse experiences of children growing up in various countries. The purpose of this course is to expose students to considerations of socioeconomics, health, culture, religion, and politics and how these affect the welfare and well-being of children across the world. This course examines advocacy efforts using a trauma-informed, human rights framework.
Questions about the CAST micro-credential? Please contact Assistant Professor Patricia Logan-Greene at (716) 645-1533 or email@example.com.
The CAST curriculum was originally developed by the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center in Minnesota in order to improve responses to child maltreatment. It has been implemented in dozens of colleges and universities across the country.