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Introduction to Child Advocacy Studies

This course provides perspectives on child maltreatment and child advocacy, a historical overview of legislation and system response to child maltreatment including the skills necessary for professionals working in the field. The goal of this course is to improve the knowledge and skill sets of those individuals who will interact with children during the course of their careers, often in the role of mandated reporters. Development of this knowledge will enable these professionals to recognize, react and respond appropriately in circumstances where children are maltreated or at risk of maltreatment. We will focus on teaching and encouraging best practice in a manner that addresses the child’s needs and best interests, first and foremost.


Upon Completion of this course, participants will be able to demonstrate:

Solid knowledge foundation in the clinical and empirical literature on child maltreatment and its psychological and legal sequelae.
Knowledge of risk factors for various categories of child abuse in the general population and to identify high-risk populations.
Appropriate responses to reports of child maltreatment consistent with best practice with a child-centered approach; appropriate communication with children and family members effectively.
Knowledge of  the state law governing various rules of confidentiality with respect to reporting of child maltreatment and its exceptions; knowledge of various rules of confidentiality with respect to medical and mental health treatment of both victims and offenders.

*Session 1: June 28 – June 30, 2019

Friday, June 28, 4 - 8 pm

Saturday, June 29, 8 am - 4 pm

Sunday, June 30 - Online

*Session 2: July 12 – July 14, 2019

Friday, July 12, 4 - 8 pm

Saturday, July 13, 8 - 4 pm

Sunday, July 14 - Online

**Participants must attend both sessions. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of both sessions.

There is no fee for this course.

Admission to The State University of New York at Fredonia is based on the qualifications of applicant without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Fees do not include personal health or accident insurance. We reserve the right to change instructors, rooms, times, dates, fees or cancel courses when necessary. No refunds after the start of the class.

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