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Whether you work in child welfare or another field where you’ll interact with children and families, this comprehensive certificate program adds value to your career preparation. The curriculum is designed to increase understanding of human diversity and family dynamics, as well as how factors like poverty and substance abuse can play a role in abuse and neglect.
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Open to IUPUI undergraduates in any major, the program is relevant to students pursuing a career in social work, but also to those in nursing, education, psychology, sociology and other fields.
Certificate Requirements #
The Certificate in Child Abuse and Neglect requires students to have a grounding in basic theory about human diversity, growth, and development across the life cycle, basic knowledge of the development of public and private social services and specific content on child abuse and neglect and family dynamics. A minimum of 21 credit hours are required (24 for non-BSW) for the certificate, of which 12 credit hours must be from social work courses.Students are expected to participate in the service learning component of S180 and/or S201 to maximize their learning during coursework.
Once Admitted, Requirements
- The Child Abuse and Neglect Certificate student will need to maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- The Child Abuse and Neglect Certificate student must have at least a “C” in core certificate courses.
- SWK-S 102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 221 Human Growth and Development in the Social Environment (3 cr.) or B 310 Life Span Development (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 251 History and Analysis of Social Welfare Policy (3 cr.) or Y 213 Introduction to Public Policy (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 305 Introduction to Child Protection (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 180 Exploring Child Welfare in Indiana (3 cr.)
- Non BSW Students are REQUIRED to take SWK-S 201 Introduction to Case Management (3 cr.)
- Select TWO courses from the list below:
One Course on Substance Abuse and one course on Families are REQUIRED
- Substance Abuse:
- B394: Drugs and Behavior or B396: Alcohol, Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse (3 cr.)
- H318: Drug Use in American Society
- S410: Alcohol, Drugs, and Society (3 cr.) (pre-req is R100)
- SWK-S 202 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 442 Practice Seminar: Addictions (BSW Majors Only)
- SWK-S 306 Crisis Intervention (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 307 Grief and Loss (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 309 Working with Families (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 300 Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 302 Law, Inequality and Poverty (3 cr.)
- R314 Families and Society (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 442 Integrated Practice/Policy Seminar: Children and Families (3 cr.) (BSW Majors Only)
- SWK-S 442 Integrated Practice/Policy Seminar: Public Child Welfare (3 cr.) (Offered only in the Fall and only offered to DCS Scholars)
- Substance Abuse:
24 Total Credits for Non-BSW Credits
21 Total Credits for BSW Credits
Admission Requirements #
- A regular Admission to the University
- Applicant needs to have a minimum of 26 credit hours to be considered for admission
- Currently pursuing of an undergraduate degree or completion of an undergraduate degree
- A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
If you do not have 26 hours completed or a GPA of 2.5, please do not allow this to stop you from applying. However, it does mean that you must include Petition for Exceptional Consideration with your application.
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