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Certificate in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies

  • Working Professionals: Specialize and Expand Your Credentials

    The Sociology and Psychology Departments are now offering two new interdisciplinary programs in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies: a minor for undergraduate students and a certificate for those already in the workforce.

    The Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Certificate program is designed for individuals who are already working in professional environments and are seeking additional training and knowledge relevant to their work.

    This 12-credit program provides mandated reporters and first responders in many disciplines with evidence-based, culturally relevant knowledge and skills to improve the outcomes for victims and perpetrators of interpersonal violence across the lifespan.

    Related Career Fields

    • Criminology
    • Family studies
    • Child protection and advocacy
    • Education
    • Medicine
    • Nursing 
    • Psychology
    • Public health
    • Domestic violence services
    • Sociology
    • Older adult protection and advocacy
    • Social work 

    Course Requirements

    The interdisciplinary certificate in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies requires the following coursework:

    Child and Adult Advocacy Studies (CAAST) Certificate Program - 12 cr
    Prerequisite: Program Coordinator(s) approval

    Required Course:
    PSYC 322 Violence Across the Lifespan - 3 cr

    Controlled Electives:
    One additional PSYC course from the following list - 3 cr
    PSYC 313 Non-normative Development and Aging
    PSYC 314 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    PSYC 332 Community Psychology and Prevention Science
    PSYC 380 Gender and Violence

    Two SOC courses from the following list - 6 cr
    SOC 357 Sociology of Aging and the Life-course
    SOC 427 Social Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence
    SOC 428 Child Abuse

    Coordinators

    The coordinator for this interdisciplinary program in the Sociology Department is professor Dana Hysock Witham, PhD. She can be reached in her office, 112D McElhaney Hall, or by phone at 724-357-6247.

    The coordinator for this interdisciplinary program in the Psychology Department is professor Pearl Berman, PhD. She can be reached in her office, 206 Uhler Hall, or by phone at 724-357-2105.