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Mississippi’s Experience Implementing CAST

Researchers Ted Cross and Yu-Ling Chiu have analyzed the implementation of Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) in Mississippi and concluded the “CAST initiative has had considerable success and good prospects for enduring.” This is the 9th peer reviewed and published study on CAST. Read the study here.

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Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA)’s Global Health Summit

The Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) is a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting health education and research as it pertains to the recognition, treatment, and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse throughout the lifespan. As such, AVA has been a long supporter of Zero Abuse Project’s Child Advocacy Studies and Child Advocacy and Adult Studies (CAST,

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New Technology Tested by CAST Students

The University of Illinois Springfield has partnered with Creative InformationTechnology, Inc. to beta-test app-based software to help modernize and improve childwelfare investigations. CAST students, under the guidance of Dr. Betsy Goulet, will be involved in the preliminary research surrounding these apps.

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Rationale for a Social Statement on Child Abuse and Child Protection

Students at Wartburg Theological Seminary interacted with numerous child abuse experts and reviewed multiple scientific and theological works related to child abuse. From this work, the students developed a social statement on child abuse and child protection. Zero Abuse Project was honored to consult on this project and hopes this publication will aid faith communities in responding to child abuse.

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Providing Results: Mississippi CAST Initiative

Providing Results: Mississippi CAST Initiative Eighteen months into a two-year evaluation project, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CAC) is discovering valuable data to support their Children’s Advocacy Studies (CAST) Initiative. With the help of University of Illinois’s research team, the preliminary data has reinforced the significance of CAST courses at participating Mississippi colleges and universities. A two-year study was

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Fredonia launches Child Advocacy Studies certificate program

A new Advanced Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST), designed to better prepare educators and other professionals to respond to child maltreatment, has been approved for Fredonia. The university anticipates enrolling its first students in Child Advocacy Studies during the Summer of 2021. Admission requirements include a master’s degree or current enrollment in a master’s degree program. Read full article

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In These Times: An Online Safety Inventory

As families work to respond to COVID-19, many parents are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and afraid. Caregivers are trying to do what is right for their children without the benefit of a road map of what has worked well before.

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