Introduction

 

·         The Institute serves as an international resource for interdisciplinary education and multidisciplinary professional consultation and training in child abuse and family violence.

 ·         In its twenty-first year of operation, the Institute and its activities have advanced the mission of “Intervention with and prevention of child abuse and family violence through professional education and training,” growing it its reach every year.

 ·         Offered by the School of Health and Human Services, this program provides individuals from various disciplines with expanded interdisciplinary knowledge and formalized education in the area of child maltreatment and family violence, training and field experience in serving this population.  It provides excellent preparation and opportunities to qualify for career positions in which multidisciplinary child abuse and family violence training is required or is essential.

 ·         The certificate course work includes theoretical, conceptual, and practical experiences leading to a multidisciplinary view of the issues, processes, and systems involved. 

·         The goals of the program are to prepare individuals to better serve the needs of abused children and violent families, and to qualify for career positions in which multidisciplinary training is essential.  Given semester conversions, students who entered under the quarter system need 24 units of upper division course work:  including 16 units of required courses, 4 units of electives, and 4 units of field experience.  The students who entered under the quarter system have to take all the coursework listed below and COUN/ PSY 403 (4units) Psychosocial Dynamics of Child Maltreatment and Family Violence. This is part of the 16 units of required coursework listed above.

 

Students who enter under the semester system need 15 units of semester credit as follows:

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  • CHDV 4120 (3 Units) – Issues in Child Abuse, Neglect and Family Violence, offered in fall and spring.
  • COMD 4570 (3 Units) – Communicating with Abused Children and Violent Families, offered in winter.
  • SW 4560 (3 Units) – Multidisciplinary Teams, Child Maltreatment and Family Violence, offered in spring.
  • ELECTIVES (3 Units): Take one elective course from page 2 of the application.
  • FIELDWORK (3 Units): HHS 4950 or SW 4950 (See requirements for using SW 4950)

Per the university regulations, we will honor students’ choice as to which program they enter under during this brief period of transition.  Admissions to the certificate program requires upper division standing (completion of 90 quarter units), enrollment in the state university or through the PAGE (Open University program), an application to enter the certificate program, and approval by the program director. The application to the program is available on the door of the Institute, King Hall 109 B , or it can be emailed to you when phone the office and leave us your email.

         The Institute is also the home of the CSULA Juvenile Court Partnership, under Dr. Friend’s direction. This Partnership seeks to provide educational and training exchanges between each of our institutions. Every year we collaborate on the New Beginnings for Partnership Conference, now known as the Dr. Hershel Swinger Memorial Partnership Conference. Now that CSULA is the home of the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, the University is in a unique position to recruit and educate students who are interested in building a career in court related systems.   

 ·         The Institute also offers training to the community and is currently involved in research, training and evaluation projects with USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (located at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital),  the Los Angeles University Consortium for Children and Families, First 5 Los Angeles, and the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC).

 The Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute has many components including:

  • The Child Maltreatment and Family Violence Certificate Program
  • The CSULA Juvenile Court Partnership - This is a collaboration of the LA County Juvenile Court and the entire CSULA. It is dedicated to promoting joint opportunities for research, education and service learning. From its inception in 1988, it has grown to encompass:
    • Formal internship opportunities (focused on either service or research)
    • Service learning opportunities
    • The 16th Annual Dr. Hershel Swinger Memorial Partnership Conference (the conference will continue in 2017)
    • An information/resource center
    • Expert speaker list
    • Exchanges between Juvenile Court experts and CSULA Faculty for training and guest lectures
  • The Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute participates in ongoing research, evaluation and training in collaboration with:
  • The Los Angeles University Consortium for Children and Families
  • The California Forensic Science Institute
  • California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC)
  • The institute has a strong focus on helping students and professionals understand their obligation and duty to comply with the mandatory child abuse reporting laws (in California and also nationwide).  We also stress the importance of complying with the elder and dependent adult abuse mandatory reporting laws.
  • Presence of an on-campus resource center for child maltreatment and family violence
  • We have an outreach campaign for our “Court Scholars” who are CSULA students, who have had some firsthand experience with the foster care system.  These students are assisted by our office Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), under the leadership of Steve Wilson.  That link is here, http://www.calstatela.edu/eop
  • The California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI) is the career development and applied research center, for the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab (LARCL). The LARCL is a partnership among the LA County Sheriff, the LA Police Department and CSULA. The facility is located in the Hertzberg Davis building and is the only partnership between a university and law enforcement crime lab in the country.  Given the Juvenile Court Partnership, the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute,  the California Forensic Science Institute and its new Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, as well as the CSULA Forensic Psychology Master’s Program, our University is in a unique position to recruit and educated students who are interested in building a career in Court related systems. The CFSI has partnered with the CAFVI to deliver training to child abuse professionals in the area of child fatalities and child abuse reporting.