Child Advocacy Studies

June 9, 2020

CPTA article is now published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare

In addition to providing simulation training in its CAST program, UIS provides additional simulation training to child protection professionals in the field through its Child Protection Training Academy. This publication serves as both a testament to what CAST can do and how it can grow into new venues to better those already working in child-serving career paths.
June 4, 2020

WCUCOM 3rd in Nation for Primary Care

One of our CAST medical schools, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, was ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report for producing the highest percentage of primary care residents. Congrats, WCUCOM!
June 1, 2020

CAST Collaboration with APSAC

Zero Abuse Project, through the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program, is pleased to announce a collaboration with the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the New York Foundling.
May 20, 2020

25th San Diego International Virtual Summit Call for Posters

Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is currently seeking submissions for virtual poster presentations for their 25th San Diego International Virtual Summit. Topics such as innovative programming, research, literature reviews, etc. provide several pathways by which one’s CAST program may be showcased alongside the work being done by CAST faculty and students. Feel free to contact us if there’s anything we can do to […]
May 20, 2020

New On-Demand trainings added!

All previous Wednesday Workshops and many more informational webinars covering a wide range of topics in child abuse prevention, education, and intervention are now available in our On-Demand Video Library.
May 6, 2020

CAST Connections

We’d like to congratulate our CAST colleagues Dr. Jennifer Parker and Stacey Olson on being featured in the University of South Carolina Upstate’s 50th Anniversary news segment. Coverage includes interviews with Dr. Parker and Zero Abuse Project’s Founder and Senior Director Victor Vieth, both of whom participate in the From Crime Scene to Trial training which utilizes the center’s mock house and mock courtroom. The CAST program and […]
April 17, 2020

Trauma Informed Care in Schools (Webinar)

Join Pete Singer, co-founder of Care in Action Minnesota, as he discusses trauma informed care in schools. This webinar will be held April 22 from 3:30-6:30PM CT. The focus of this training will be 1) an understanding of six principles of trauma-informed care and 2) Individual and organizational responses to secondary traumatic stress.
March 6, 2020

Child Protector App: Protecting against child abuse

Child Protector assists Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement, attorneys and medical personnel when evaluating children who may have been physically abused. The free app was developed by Children’s Mercy and the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio) through Children’s Justice Act Funding from Texas and Missouri.
January 31, 2020

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection Educational Webinar Series

These webinars are excellent resources for learning from experts in the field on best-practices and current topics in child maltreatment
January 21, 2020

Textbook edited by CAST professor Dr. Michele Knox now available

This textbook provides research-based advice about common childhood and adolescent problems that are addressed at a clinician/doctor visit, such as: media use and screen time, educational issues and finding the right school, tantrums and behavior problems, sleep problems, potty training, overweight/obesity, discipline and punishment, typical and atypical sexual behaviors, bullying, and working with parents. It has a great chapter on sexual behaviors that helps professionals and parents understand why and when to be concerned about abuse, as well as chapters on physical punishment, identifying and reporting abuse and neglect (based on her CAST curriculum), and positive parenting, among many other topics.