Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) Certificate

Preparing students/professionals to respond to cases of child abuse encountered in the world

The Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) certificate is designed to prepare students / professionals for the realities of child protection and serve the needs of learners specifically interested in professions that work directly with or among maltreated children. It’s specifically tailored for students who intend to pursue careers in law enforcement and as child protection professionals, victim witness workers, lawyers, school social workers and treatment providers.

The CAST certificate meets the mission of the National Childe Protection Training Center (NCPTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to end child abuse in the United States.

To obtain a certificate at Alvernia, students must:

  • Complete an Alvernia Continuing Studies application with supporting documentation
  • Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course from the certificate program
  • Complete the certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Students can begin the program this fall session starting August 27, 2012 and in the spring session starting January 14, 2013.  Students must complete the following three courses.

Certificate Program – 9 credits

  • SW 318 - Child Maltreatment: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy
    (8/27/12 - 12/14/12, Mondays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm)
  • SW 319 - Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment
  • SW 320 - Responding to the Survivor of Child Abuse and Survivor Responses


2012-2013 continuing studies tuition rates apply.  For more information, visit Tuition and Fees.

Please click here to download the CAST brochure.

For more information about how to enroll, please complete the form below or call Lori Korch at 610.796.8496. Thank you!


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