Department of Social Work and Human Services

Child Advocacy Studies - CAST

Course Summary:




Course Descriptions



HS4450– Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & Child Advocacy

3 credit hours (required)


This course covers the history, comparative perspectives, legal framework and responses to child maltreatment. It also discusses the skills necessary to work in the field and other pertinent issues pertaining to child maltreatment and child advocacy. The field of child maltreatment is fraught with controversy. Much of the class focuses on these controversies. The approach of the course will be from a variety of diverse, professional perspectives including the perspectives of a prosecuting attorney versus a defense attorney.

HS4460 – Professional & System Responses to Child Maltreatment

3 credit hours (required)


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to identify and investigate child maltreatment and apply intervention strategies for children and their families including prosecution where indicated. The class will discuss issues related to child witnesses such as recantation, suggestibility, memory and the impact of multiple interviews on children.

  • Prerequisite: HS4450 (Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & Child Advocacy)


Elective (3 credit hours)


Undergraduate students may select from the following concentration electives:

  • HS4415 Child Welfare
  • HS4420 Family Violence
  • CRJU 4430-Victimology
  • PSYC 3340-Psychology of Family Interaction