Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2018-48


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading: March 26, 2018

Date of Second Reading: April 23, 2018

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Public Service and Community Solutions – School of Social Work - for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – Domestic Violence and Evidence-based Practice

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: Research has demonstrated that social workers and other helping professionals are likely to come into contact with domestic violence victims in all areas of practice, but often lack knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and are not equipped to intervene effectively with this vulnerable population. This certificate will prepare undergraduate students in a variety of majors for a professional job after graduation in an agency serving survivors or perpetrators of domestic violence. Currently, students are being matched and provided internship opportunities in domestic violence agencies in conjunction with an AmeriCorps program. The AmeriCorps program will continue to help place students in the community to do meaningful service related to domestic violence. The AmeriCorps program has already seen a number of interns move on to employment within domestic violence agencies after finishing the internship/AmeriCorps service. The certificate provides both academic and practical expertise in domestic violence advocacy.



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