Online Minor in Child Advocacy Studies for Helping Professions

Minor in Child Advocacy Studies

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For students in the online BA in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program or U of A degree-seeking students

In order to add this minor, students must complete the program application form. Click the red "How to Apply" button above for detailed instructions.

Offered by:
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

Develop Professional Competency in Child Advocacy

Child maltreatment and advocacy issues continue to grow in scope and prevalence in our society. Our online minor program in Child Advocacy Studies (CHAS) gives University of Arkansas students the skills and knowledge they will need to competently manage child maltreatment cases. You must be working toward a bachelor's degree at the University of Arkansas to take this minor.

The most compelling reason for front-line professionals to gain this advanced training is to develop a professional competency that may prevent a child maltreatment case from being mishandled or overlooked. Students will explore interviewing techniques, preparing to testify on a witness stand, conducting a home visit, and planning competent case management. Students will explore case studies and benefit from problem-based learning methods centered on current child maltreatment issues and research.

Child maltreatment and welfare are important areas of overlap for many helping professionals

  • Social workers
  • Child protective service workers
  • School-based counselors
  • Speech therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Attorneys
  • Criminal justice and law enforcement workers
  • Nursing and other medical professionals
  • Childhood development and education professionals

The School of Social Work offers the CHAS program in accordance with Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center.  Our program may be completed as a certificate (9 hours) or a minor (18 hours), and is designed to enhance practice for professionals currently working in fields that deal with child maltreatment and welfare or to help prepare students for future practice in various settings where child maltreatment is encountered.

A key strength of the CHAS curriculum is it emphasizes experiential learning and skill-building for helping professionals that can be immediately translated into practice skills in their various work settings, making CHAS students more marketable and proficient in the areas of child advocacy and support.

CHAS Minor (18 hours)

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • SCWK 3013: Child Advocacy I: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • SCWK 4013: Child Advocacy II: Responses of Professionals to Child Maltreatment
  • SCWK 4023: Child Advocacy III: Responding to Survivors of Child Maltreatment

Elective Courses (9 hours)

Application Requirements

  1. Major of Study in Interdisciplinary Studies or related field: Social Work, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Pre-med, Psychology, Sociology, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or other related field.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on prior coursework
  3. A federal and state background check completed no more than 6 months prior to program application (fee assumed by applicant)
  4. Two letters of recommendation (from academic or work/field related experience)
  5. Current Transcript