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Building Community for Maltreatment Response.

The Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAAST) certificate focuses on interdisciplinary, ethical, realistic, and culturally sensitive content that provides professionals working with vulnerable populations a foundation for responding to maltreatment. Students will learn about the various disciplinary responses to maltreatment and will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the most efficient responses. Students completing the courses in this certificate will be better equipped to accomplish the work of related agencies (social work, criminal justice, nursing, etc.) as they advocate on behalf of victims and survivors of maltreatment.

Admissions Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to the Public Health & Health Sciences Department in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admissions Requirements.

For more information about the online Graduate Certificate in Child & Adult Advocacy Studies, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

Application Deadline: December 1

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The CAASt certificate program and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) have partnered to offer continuing education trainings that increase universal knowledge and trauma-informed care among health and human services professionals when working in multidisciplinary teams.