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Child Protection and Juvenile Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree

Child Protection and Juvenile Justice is an accelerated degree offered in cohort format so you will gain valuable perspective from fellow associates, build upon previous skills and knowledge and work through the entire course plan together. You will learn about the juvenile justice system, basic legal concepts and courtroom procedures, and about the roles of those involved in legal aspects of protecting and representing children and juveniles. You will also gain an understanding of victimology, psychological disorders affecting children and adolescents, the complexity and diversity of families, and the support systems in place in the community.

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Courses in the major include:

This course provides an introduction to the process of case management and assessment. The various forms and assessments (individual as well as family) used in this process are examined. The goal of the course is to increase effectiveness when working with children and their families.
This course is designed to give students the fundamental skills involved in intervention strategies with children, adolescents, and their families. The focus is on family systems, conflict resolution, cultural differences, and developmental issues in the intervention process.
The focus of this course is to develop skills needed in investigating facts, negotiation in conflict-filled situations, settling disputes, and interviewing a wide range of people. This course also includes a focus on understanding and developing motivational interviewing skills.
This course provides an introduction to the juvenile justice system. This course emphasizes the processing of juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system. The course also explores the connections between juvenile justice and child protection proceedings. The differences between the adult court system and the juvenile justice system are discussed.
This course provides an introduction to the complex nature of family systems. Family dynamics of culturally diverse families, non-traditional families and traditional families are explored. Community influences and how they affect children and adolescents are included. Strength based treatments and accessing community supports are discussed in detail.
This course is designed to introduce the legal framework for child protection and juvenile justice. Basic legal concepts, procedures, and definitions are explored. The course includes job descriptions of those people involved in the legal aspects of child protection and juvenile justice.
This course introduces the field of victimology. Topics discussed include child/adolescent trafficking, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and family violence. Intervention and treatment strategies for children and adolescents are explored.
This course introduces the psychological disorders that affect some children and adolescents. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options are explored. Symptoms of child and adolescent trauma are included. Resilience in children, adolescents, and families are discussed.
Current issues in child and adolescent welfare are provided as an overview. Recent child and adolescent welfare laws and policies are reviewed. Evidenced based interventions and strategies are emphasized.
This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.

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