Child Advocacy Studies Minor

Minor in Child Advocacy Studies

The undergraduate minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) is an interdisciplinary program requiring 15 credits of training in Child Advocacy Studies. The CAST minor encompasses a group of courses focused on children, youth, and traumatic stress. The CAST minor is appropriate for students who want to explore working in a variety of professional settings with children and adolescents, many of whom may have experienced trauma. 

Most courses required by the minor in Child Advocacy Studies have prerequisites. Some students may satisfy prerequisites by virtue of their prior curriculum. When this is not the case, students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites. All required courses must be taken in residence at UM-St. Louis.

Required courses:
PSYCH/CAST 3290Traumatic Stress in Childhood and Adolescence 13
PSYCH/SOC WK/CAST 4398Child Maltreatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach 13
CAST 4498Forensic Investigation of Child Abuse3
or CAST 4598 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention
Please choose two of the following:
Forensic Investigation of Child Abuse (if course not used above)
Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention (if course not used above)
Youth Gangs
Crime Prevention
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Violence Against Women
Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships
Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment
Family and Professional Partnerships within School/Community
Introduction to Gender Studies
Intimate Partner Violence
Law, Politics and Society
Drugs and Behavior
Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence
Psychology of Trauma
Clinical Problems of Childhood
Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development of Children
Sociology of Wealth and Poverty
Sociology of Education
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Total Hours15

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ethical behavior and values of their discipline in the context of traumatic stress.
  • Integrate the current fund of traumatic stress knowledge into their professional role.
  • Generate effective responses to traumatic stress and child maltreatment using trauma-informed decision-making processes.
  • Create trauma-sensitive relationships with diverse consumers.
  • Interact effectively with professionals across multiple disciplines.
  • Communicate effectively with the community about traumatic stress and child maltreatment.