Prerequisites: Full Major status in Social Work.
This course involves an intensive study of child abuse and the developmental aspects included in evaluating abused children and their families. An overview of the brief history of child abuse in the United States is examined as well as the implications of major policy in the relation to child welfare. The course will also examine the causation, typologies of abusers, characteristics of abused children and adults, assessment and diagnostic skills, crisis intervention and effective treatment approaches. This course is taught through the use of lectures, class discussions, visual media and student presentations in an interactive environment.