Faculty Corner

CAST Faculty Corner

This is a collection of news articles and stories related to the CAST program.

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.
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.
December 6, 2019

New Research Concludes CAST Students Perform Significantly Better Than Current DSS Workers Already in the Field

A recently published peer reviewed study on Zero Abuse Project’s CAST initiative found that CAST students were performing as well as current DSS workers in the field and, in more complex cases, the CAST students were performing better. We are grateful for Dr. Jennifer Parker and her team at USC Upstate for their leadership in conducting and publishing this study.
October 17, 2019

CAST students get hands-on experience

On Wednesday, Clinton-Saunders, a senior family studies major at the Mississippi University for Women, could be cast as an investigator. The role-playing Clinton-Saunders does in the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) program is one of things she likes best about the studies preparing her for her first job as a professional.
August 28, 2019

New lab trains welfare workers who probe child abuse claims

The University of Illinois CAST program features a simulation lab exemplifying the critical importance of simulation training for child protection professionals. Zero Abuse Project has been instrumental in implementing 74 CAST programs across the country, many of which have similar simulation laboratories.
August 12, 2019

University offers training for frontline workers

The Child Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois Springfield held a Project FORECAST training event designed to demonstrate best practices for frontline professionals when responding to a maltreatment scenario in a hospital setting. This sort of educational experience helps CAST students and frontline child protection professionals better realize the dynamics of child maltreatment casework in a simulated environment so that they can be better prepared for responding to similar cases in the real world.