UW-Platteville Online adds Child Advocacy Studies Certification

May 18, 2011

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Beginning in the fall, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will offer a new Child Advocacy Studies Certificate to graduate students as part of its online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program.

The CAST certificate is designed to prepare students for the realities of child protection and serve the needs of learners interested in professions that work directly with or among maltreated children. The certificate meets the mission of the National Child Protection Training Center, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, to end child abuse in the United States.

"I'm elated that students pursuing the CAST certificate can analyze current practices, explore best practice options, dissect cases, debate controversial topics and address related child maltreatment issues," said Program Coordinator Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller.

The CAST certificate, which is earned upon the successful completion of nine graduate credits through the Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy, Victimology, and internship or independent study courses, is specifically tailored for students who intend to pursue careers in law enforcement and as child protection professionals, victim workers, lawyers, witness workers, school social workers and treatment providers.

For more information, contact Banachowski-Fuller at 608.342.1652 or banachoc@uwplatt.edu.

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