About Child Advocacy Studies
The Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Minor started at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. The curriculum brings the vision of Zero Abuse Project to reality by providing students with real-world experience in a classroom setting.
CAST focuses on developing students’ understanding of the factors that lead to child maltreatment and the currently existing responses to incidents of child abuse and neglect, so they work more effectively within multiple systems and institutions that respond to these situations. Students learn about the various professional responses to child maltreatment and develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the most effective responses. Learners completing the courses in this program will be better equipped to carry out the work of different agencies and systems (healthcare, criminal justice, social services) as they advocate on behalf of the needs of children as victims and survivors of child abuse.
Universities seldom prepare students for the reality of child protection. Successful professional training will produce child maltreatment professionals who will be knowledgeable enough to competently manage child maltreatment cases. Beginning in college, we must produce an army of front line workers well equipped to organize all the players in their local communities for the benefit of children.
Each member of the CAST front line has experience interviewing, on a witness stand testimony, conducting a home visit and planning case management. While these experiences increase professional competency, the most compelling reason to provide this training is that it may prevent a child maltreatment case from being mishandled or overlooked.
Child Advocacy Studies Videos
Learn more about the Child Advocacy Studies program of the Zero Abuse Project through these informative videos.
Watch Victor Vieth discuss the importance of child advocacy studies training and education with the Judiciary Subcommittee in May 2012.
Learn how the CAST Program addresses critical defficiencies in the how training is provided to social workers and child protection workers who need it the most.
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi have produced an excellent video on the importance of CAST and detailing the growth of the program in Mississippi.
Learn how the residential simulation lab closely models real-world scenario and provides training on how to handle difficult situations in the field.
Implemented Child Advocacy Studies
- Alcorn State University
- Alvernia University
- Arkansas State University
- Athens State University
- Auburn University at Montgomery
- Belhaven University
- Buffalo State College
- Copiah-Lincoln Community College
- Culver-Stockton College
- Delta State University
- East Carolina University
- East Central MS Community College
- East MS Community College
- Florida Institute of Technology
- Hinds County Community College
- Holmes County Community College
- Houston Community College
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Indiana Wesleyan
- Jackson State University
- Jones County Community College
- Judson University
- Kennesaw State University
- Liberty University
- Meridian Community College
- Miami of Ohio
- Mississippi College
- Missouri State University
- Montclair State University
- MS Delta Community College
- MS Gulf Coast Community College
- MS State University
- MS University for Women
- MS Valley State
- New Mexico State University
- Northeastern Illinois University
- Northeast MS Community College
- Northwest Community College
- Oklahoma City University
- Rust College
- Shoreline Community College
- Southeast Missouri State
- Southwest Community College
- State University of New York at Fredonia
- Tougaloo College
- Tulane University
- University at Buffalo
- University of Arkansas
- University of the District of Columbia
- University of Houston-Downtown
- University of Mississippi (Judicial College)
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of South Florida
- University of Southern Mississippi
- University of Toledo
- University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville Online
- William Carey University
- Wilmington University
- Winona State University
International CAST Programs
- Academy of Postgraduate Studies
- Belarus State Medical University
- Institute of State Committee of Forensic Expertize
* Some of the institutions listed are currently in development for CAST launch
CAST Approval Process
Desiring to maintain the best practice model, informed by research and practical experience, Zero Abuse Project has engaged its current educational partners in the development of a program approval process for the CAST curricula. The goal of the program approval is to establish a baseline of knowledge in the core competencies for students completing a course of study in the CAST curricula. At its most basic level, CAST students will be substantially better prepared for a front-line career than at any time in the past.
To learn more, please contact Tyler Counsil at [email protected]
CAST Job Opportunities
The University of Missouri – St. Louis is seeking an Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology for a 75% undergraduate teaching load. Coursework includes Introduction to Child Advocacy Studies, Traumatic Stress in Childhood and Adolescence, Policy and Global Issues in Child Advocacy, and Internship seminar in Child Advocacy. The position entails overseeing the internship and service-learning components required for the Applied Psychology of Child Advocacy Studies (AP-CAST) BA degree and certificate.
Ready to Get Involved?
We are always looking for new partnerships and leaders in the academic world to help make a difference in the lives of children through our Child Advocacy Studies programs. Contact us today to see how we can work together towards a safer future for everyone.