CAAST Professors Selected as Pilot Team for Project FORECAST

Posted on 1/26/2018 2:16:46 PM

Pearl Berman (Psychology) and Dana Hysock Witham (Sociology) were selected as pilot participants for Project FORECAST (Foundations for Outreach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training). The mission of Project FORECAST is to develop training partnerships with universities with Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) programs and their community-based workforce partners that will increase the competence of professionals entering child-serving sectors and retain those professionals in their positions.

Project FORECAST is a five-year grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through its National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Using innovative problem-based learning simulations (PBL-S), Project FORECAST focuses on developing a set of trauma-informed experiential reasoning skills (TIERS) appropriate for use by undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines and professionals entering child-serving sectors.

Berman and Hysock Witham invited community partners Terri Wells (Indiana County Children and Youth) and Whitney Carmichael (Alice Paul House) to serve on the Project FORECAST team from IUP.

Berman and Hysock Witham will implement PBL-S in their undergraduate Child and Adult Advocacy Studies courses, and Wells and Carmichael will implement PBL-S into the trainings they conduct with consumers, volunteers, and community professionals.

The CAAST minor and certification program at IUP are the first of their kind in the U.S. to address violence across the lifespan. For more information about CAAST, please contact Prof. Berman ( or Prof. Hysock Witham (