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Child Welfare Certificate

The Child Welfare Certificate Program prepares students for a career in working with abused or neglected children and their families. The certificate program provides a foundation of knowledge in practice, policy, and programs that impact vulnerable children's lives. Students develop practice skills in areas relevant to:

  • Assessment skills considering children's development
  • Substance abuse
  • Family violence
  • Mental health concerns of child and families
  • Involvement with the dependency system
  • Specific interviewing techniques for children
  • Intervention strategies for children and families
  • Child welfare policy

The Child Welfare Certificate indicates the student has completed certain experiences to provide a foundation of child welfare. These experiences include completion of a child welfare course highlighting the history and dynamics of the child welfare system and a course focused specifically on the treatment of families involved in the child welfare system. In addition, students must complete an internship within the context of child welfare. For specific requirements for the Child Welfare Certificate please view the brochure here. If you have any questions about the Child Welfare Certificate, please email Dr. Farineau at

To apply for the Child Welfare Certificate, please complete the application here and email to Please note that Child Welfare Certificate applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks before graduation to ensure your transcript is updated.