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The certificate program in domestic violence and evidence-based practice provides graduate students with the experience and knowledge to intervene safely and effectively on behalf of the survivors of gender-based violence. Those knowledgeable about the dynamics of intimate partner violence are better equipped to assist those suffering its negative physical and mental health consequences. Students in the certificate program engage in service-based and classroom learning to understand the role of evidence-based interventions in promoting survivor safety and client empowerment. The certificate program prepares students to become Arizona state-certified advocates for victims of domestic violence.
Required Core (3 credit hours)
SWG 545 Domestic Violence and National AmeriCorps Service (3)
Restricted Electives (6 credit hours)
SWG 546 Approaches to Teen Dating Violence Prevention (3) or
SWG 618 Advanced Practice in Domestic Violence (3) or
SWG 647 The Domestic Violence Movement: An Intersectional Framework (3) or
SWG 648 Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment (3)
Other Requirement (6 credit hours)
SWG 541 Field Practicum I (3) or SWG 641 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice I (3) or SWG 643 Advanced Practicum: Planning, Social Work Administration and Community Practice I (3)
SWG 542 Field Practicum II (3) or SWG 642 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice II (3) or SWG 644 Advanced Practicum: Planning, Social Work Administration and Community Practice II (3)
Additional Curriculum Information
For restricted electives, students select two courses from the approved course list. Other coursework may be used with the approval of the academic unit.
For the other requirement section, students must select one course from SWG 541, SWG 641 or SWG 643 and one course from SWG 542, SWG 642 or SWG 643. Other coursework may be used with approval of the academic unit.
The student's department-specific field experience practicum credits may be substituted for the other requirement section with department approval.
All students are required to complete 300 hours (minimum) of domestic violence service through a field experience practicum. Students should work with the academic unit in coordinating the field experience practicum. Concurrent to the beginning of their field experience practicum, students will take the Domestic Violence and National AmeriCorps Service core course (SWG 545) in order to learn about the foundations for working with domestic violence victims. The coursework and field experience practicum experience maximize experiential learning opportunities.