Child Advocacy Certificate Program - Graduate - 2009 University Catalog

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Data indicates that child abuse and neglect continue to increase. For this reason, children's welfare has become a primary concern to society. Child advocates - trained professionals committed to the well-being of children - are in high demand. Presently, most individuals working in this capacity are self-proclaimed child advocates. That is, they are dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in many capacities, but do not have the necessary sociolegal understanding of the juvenile justice system in order to be effective child advocates. Montclair State University offers the first and only Child Advocacy program in the State of New Jersey.

The Post-BA Certificate Program in Child Advocacy has been designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of the child advocate as seen through the disciplines of law, sociology, and psychology. This unique perspective encompassing these three areas of learning equip graduates with training that will enhance their skills in a variety of settings.

Upon successful completion of the Post-BA Certificate students may transfer all 15 credits towards the Master's of Arts in Child Advocacy, in accordance with all related graduate policy.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with a Certificate in Child Advocacy will be qualified to work in a variety of settings:

  • State agencies, such as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS),
  • Child Assessment Resource Teams (CART),
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA),
  • Child Placement Review offices,
  • Community mental health centers,
  • Schools,
  • and other facilities where a child's welfare is a concern.


Course Descriptions:

CHAD501: Introduction to Applied Child Advocacy

This course will examine the maltreatment of children from both a historical and contemporary perspective. It will discuss the three major reform movements of the Progressive Era that shaped the field of child advocacy. Students will also explore recent trends in legislation that affect abused and neglected children. Emphasis will be on the historical and current role of the child advocate. Empirical and applied research will be reviewed. 3 sh.

CHAD502: Child Abuse and Neglect

This course will take a comprehensive look at the social and psychological development of children caught in the child welfare system. It will compare normal and pathological models of child rearing. Special consideration will be given to the impact of family and social systems on the development and behavior of abused and neglected children. 3 sh.

CHAD503: Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy

This course will focus on current social issues in the field of child advocacy. Poverty, drug abuse, illnesses and violence will be explored. Strategies for social change will be highlighted and discussed. 3 sh.

CHAD504: Children and Justice

This course will provide students will a multisystems view of children's rights and the justice system. Advocacy protocols and practice will be examined. Confidentiality, expert-testimony, and child abuse reporting laws will be studied. 3 sh.

CHAD505: Theoretical and Applied Models for Interviewing Children. Starting Spring 2009:Forensic Interviewing of Children

This course will provide students with an understanding of various theoretical and applied models for interviewing children who may have been abused. Recent research on the communication process and the significance of integrating age-appropriate interviewing strategies and child development will be explored. Appropriate models for interviewing children of diverse backgrounds will be presented. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 501.