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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.
Relevant readings and power point lectures will be available for each class session with weekly tests as well as a midterm exam. The course also includes a unique practicum that allows students to interface with community professionals and colleagues, i.e., “
,” across the United States who are active in the area of child maltreatment. Students will help to gather information and address problems faced by the “Bright Spot” and his/her agency as they deal with issues of child maltreatment. The student team interacts with the “Bright Spot” to fully understand the dilemma. Then, the team of students researches the problem and writes a paper outlining information, strategies, and insights based on the research conducted. Finally, the team presents its document to the “Bright Spot” for their feedback and use. Note: Instructors will identify the ”
s”; student contact with the Bright Spot can occur via telephone, email, or Skype/ooVoo-type interface.
You do not need to be in geographical proximity to the Bright Spot in order to participate in this aspect of the course
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