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*PSY 493 - 03 hrs. - Section 731 - online course "Introduction to the Theory, Practice and Research Concerning Child Maltreatment" Summer II, 2012: 7/1/13 - 8/15/13 Professors Bogat (Psychology) and Johnson (Education)

---- *Enrollent Information*Note: Interested students are encouraged to contact either Dr. Bogat, or Dr. Johnson for more information re. this course. ---- Course Description: The events of November, 2011, involving the sexual abuse allegations at Penn State, have focused national attention on the topic of child maltreatment. We know that child maltreatment occurs frequently throughout the United States. Professionals and laypeople under-report child maltreatment. The reasons for this include lack of or insufficient training in recognizing maltreatment and not understanding the state reporting laws. This course will focus on those issues as well as provide a broader, historical and cultural context in which to understand child maltreatment in the United States.
This course will be of interest to students or lifelong learners who (will) work with children and may, at some time in their, need to understand, recognize and report abuse.
Course Focus:
This online course focuses on child maltreatment and provides a broad introduction to its history, the legal framework, interventions, and other pertinent issues (e.g., child advocacy). Students will become familiar with the history of the field and its legal framework. Theory, research, and practice regarding child maltreatment, including controversies in the field, empirically-validated treatments, and future directions will be covered. The course will pay particular attention to children with disabilities as well as issues relevant to the State of Michigan.
Course Format:
Relevant readings and power point lectures will be available for each class session with weekly tests. The course also includes a unique practicum that allows students to interface with community professionals across the United States who are active in the area of child maltreatment. Students will help solve problems faced by the professional and his/her agency as they deal with issues of child maltreatment. The student team interacts with the professional to fully understand the dilemma. Then, the team of students researches the problem and writes a paper outlining possible solutions based on the research conducted. Finally, the team presents its document to the professional. Note: Instructors will identify the professionals; student contact with the professionals can occur via telephone, email, or Skype-type interface. You do not need to be in geographical proximity to the professional in order to enroll in the course.
Course Students:
The course is designed for students majoring in criminal justice, education, social work, sociology, psychology, nursing, paralegal, or other areas where knowledge of child maltreatment and advocating for children might be necessary. In addition, enrollment for life long learners is available for professionals in the community who want to know more about child maltreatment (e.g., teachers, social service workers).
*Note: this is the first, of potentially three courses, that are designed to meet the requirements of "Child Advoacy Studies" (CAST) as established by the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) at Winona State University. The MSU PSY 493 course was designed to reflect the goals, objectives, and content of the CAST 301 course entitled "Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & Child Advocacy. An overview of the CAST Program can be found by "clicking" HERE.