The CAST minor program focuses on providing students with knowledge of the multiple disciplinary responses to child maltreatment and developing a multi-disciplinary understanding of the most effective responses. Students completing the courses in this program will be better equipped to carry out the work of various agencies and systems including health care, criminal justice and social services as they advocate on behalf of the needs of children as victims and survivors of child maltreatment.
The curriculum was developed with the help of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a leading organization dedicated to ending child maltreatment and abuse in the United States. The Child Advocacy Studies minor was fully established in 2004 after review by local, state and national experts.
The Child Advocacy Studies minor has a total of 21 credits: 18 required credits and 3 elective credits. Students must receive a grade “C” or better in each course and must adhere to the ethical standards of the program. The program is undergoing revision to better meet student needs and schedules. The revised program will have a total of 15 required credits and 6 elective credits. Anyone who needs assistance or who wishes to discuss substitutions while this change is underway please feel free to contact Dr. Jodi L. Saunders at JSaunders@winona.edu.
The WSU course catalog provides a full description of all offered CAST courses. A copy of the revised program course list can be obtained from Dr. Saunders and has been sent to all current CAST minors.
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