Child Advocacy Curriculum

The Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center has developed the Child Advocacy Studies Curriculum that provides hands-on experiential training for undergraduates and graduate schools (Medical, Law, Seminaries) who will interface with cases of interpersonal violence. Dr. Berman and Dr. McHugh in the Psychology Department, and Dr. Hysock-Witham in the Sociology Department spearheaded the initiative to develop the Child & Adult Advocacy Studies curriculum. This is the first undergraduate lifespan curriculum in the United States. The Psychology and Sociology Departments are now offering both a minor and a certificate in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies.  These interdisciplinary programs provide mandated reporters and first responders in child protection, child advocacy, criminal justice, domestic violence, education, medicine, nursing, older adult protective services, older adult advocacy, psychology, sociology, social work and other disciplines with evidence-based, culturally relevant knowledge and skills to improve the outcomes for victims and perpetrators of interpersonal violence across the lifespan.