Frequently Asked Questions/ Office Hours

 

1) Where is the office located?
The Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute office is located on the basement of the King Hall Building, wing B, room 109B.

2) What are your office hours?

Summer Quarter 2016 Office Hours
(323) 343-4696

Monday
 By appointment only*
Tuesday
 By appointment only*
Wednesday
By appointment only*
Thursday
By appointment only*
Friday
Closed

 

*To make an appointment, contact the student assistant 

Dr. Friend is on sabbatical this quarter so she will only be in the office intermittently. She will be accessing email occasionally. The office hours listed here are for the student assistant. HHS 495 students should still submit all syllabus requirements the usual way. Your GET instructor of record will be listed as Beatrice Shumaker, but Dr. Friend is still your main contact. Dr. Friend will return in Winter 2016.

Please call before you visit to ensure that we are available to assist you. 
For updated office hours, click here

 

    3) How do I apply?
    Students can call our office to request information on the Certificate Program to be sent via postal mail (We will need your current address etc.; if you choose to leave a message, please speak slowly and clearly). We can also send you an application in email. In that case, we need an email address, clearly described. You may come to our office and pick up an application. Applications are placed on the inside office door and the outside door as well. If you have any questions, student assistants cover the office for approximately 20 hours per week, and will be there to help you. Student Assistants’ hours may change quarterly. It will be posted quarterly on our inside and outside doors. State supported university students (undergraduates and graduates) may apply. There are some special restriction for graduate level students, such as taking all 400 level courses. The University is no longer admitting students who are only pursuing a Certificate, so the Certificate must be pursued in the context of a degree. Students may take the Certificate program as a separate program through the Open University. In that case a student must make an application through both the Institute office (see above) and by contacting the CSULA Open University at: http://www.calstatela.edu/exed/ Email: extendededucation@cslanet.calstatela.edu

    4) What are the required courses? Check GET for most recent class offerings.

    • Class Requirements to obtain a Child Abuse and Family Violence Certificate under the QUARTER system:

      The Certificate Program consists of 24 core units:  4 electives units, and 4 units of fieldwork. Theoretical, conceptual, and practical experiences lead to a multidisciplinary view of relevant issues, process, and systems involved in child abuse and family violence.

    • CHDV 4120 (4 Units) – Issues in Child Abuse, Neglect and Family Violence, offered in fall and spring.
    • COMD 4570 (4 Units) – Communicating with Abused Children and Violent Families, offered in winter.
    • SW 4560 (4 Units) – Multidisciplinary Teams, Child Maltreatment and Family Violence, offered in spring.
    • Counc 403 (4 units)
    • (check on GET for most updated schedule)

       

      ELECTIVES (4 Units):

      Take one elective course from page 2 of the application. Elective units investigate special interests in maltreatment and violence at greater depth.

       

      FIELDWORK (4 Units):

      Register for HHS 4950 units under Institute Director Dr. Colleen Friend. The fieldwork experience is an opportunity to apply course learning and provides a window for future career opportunities. All field placements are at the Juvenile Court. HHS 4950 offers seminar sessions that meet twice. (Social Work students may be able to substitute SW 4950, see website for more details.)

       

      Class Requirements to obtain a Child Abuse and Family Violence Certificate under the SEMESTER system:

      The Certificate Program consists of 15 units:  electives units, and 3 units of fieldwork. Theoretical, conceptual, and practical experiences lead to a multidisciplinary view of relevant issues, process, and systems involved in child abuse and family violence.

    • CHDV 4120 (3 Units) – Issues in Child Abuse, Neglect and Family Violence, offered in fall and spring.
    • COMD 4570 (3 Units) – Communicating with Abused Children and Violent Families, offered in winter.
    • SW 4560 (3 Units) – Multidisciplinary Teams, Child Maltreatment and Family Violence, offered in spring.
    • (check on GET for most updated schedule)

       

      ELECTIVES (3 Units):

      Take one elective course from page 2 of the application. Elective units investigate special interests in maltreatment and violence at greater depth.

       

      FIELDWORK (3 Units):

      Register for HHS 4950 units under Institute Director Dr. Colleen Friend. The fieldwork experience is an opportunity to apply course learning and provides a window for future career opportunities. All field placements are at the Juvenile Court. HHS 4950 offers seminar sessions that meet twice. (Social Work students may be able to substitute SW 4950, see website for more details.)

       

       

      Admission Requirements:

    • Registered CSULA students or candidates at Open University
    • Upper division standing. Completion of 90 quarter (60 semester) units of baccalaureate level college work.
    • A grade point average of 2.0 or higher
    • Complete and submit our application forms available in our office.  Application can be mailed or emailed upon request. (Attach a photo of yourself when submitting the application.)
    • Review and approval typically occurs within a week.
    •  

      After you apply:

      Keep track on your courses, and keep in touch with program staff here to assist your Certificate completion, especially when planning the fieldwork.

       

      Course Substitute:

      If you need a course substitute send an email to Dr. Friend with the following information:

    • The reason you cannot take the required course.
    • Your proposed substitution (you should explain the approved elective first.)  Your proposal will require you to look at the university catalog of classes and possibly examine the syllabus of the substitute class.  (It is possible to submit a class you have already taken. 
    • Why the proposed substitute is a worthy substitution. 
    • Keep copy of Dr. Friend’s reply and she will keep a copy in your record.
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      Upon completing the requirements:

      Pay certificate fee, bring your unofficial transcript, and fill out the Certificate Request Form that you obtained at the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute. .

       

      Mission:

      Serve as an educational resource for interdisciplinary education and multidisciplinary professional training/consultation.

      Provide intervention and prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.

      Enrichment and Growth:

      The certificate program will likely be valuable as well in your personal and family relation-ships.

      You will gain understanding of many aspects of multidisciplinary practice, including how to deal with children/families exposed to mal-treatment/violence.

      Develop confidence in preventing and intervening with potential child maltreatment and domestic violence situation. Learn to build community of knowledge, understanding and skills toward addressing a serious issue in society.

       

      Training:

      Earn your Interdisciplinary Child Abuse and Family Violence Certificate through a high quality, respected program. A Certificate, signed by the president of the university appears on your transcript.

      Los Angeles County Superior Court Dependency Court/CSULA Partnership. Among past fieldwork placements: Free Arts, Children's Law/Legal Center, Research and Adoption Department of Court, Juvenile Court Bar Association, and Child Advocates Office.

    5) How many hours do I need in total for my field placement?
    You need a total of 120 hours or 4 units in HHS 495. Students may take 1 to 4 units in one quarter, each unit requiring 30 hours for a total of 120 hrs for 4 units. Note that each section of HHS 495 corresponds to the number of units it carries (e.g. HHS 495 sec. 02 is 2 units).
    *** Social Work students see #11***; you may be able to count all hours and units from their SW 495 internship.

    6) Do I have to do the internship hours all in one quarter?
    No, the hours can be spread out into different quarters. One way to do this is to register for 1 unit in one quarter and 3 in another. Some students take 2 units at a time. If you do not finish the hours you registered for within the quarter, you can obtain an incomplete by filling out an incomplete contract. In that contract you determine your own plan for completion within one year. Please note that you have to fill out the contract before the end of the quarter in order to get an incomplete submitted as your grade. We have these forms in the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute office.

    7) Can my intern hours be done in the summer?
    You may be able to do the hours in the summer, but you would have to register for HHS 495 in the previous Spring Quarter. You would need to get interviewed by a placement supervisor in Spring to assure that this arrangement for Summer would be workable. There are additional requirements you would need to meet in order to make this happen. It would require meeting with the Director or Student Assistant for more details.

    8) What is EPIC? Why do I need to register at EPIC and where is it located?
    EPIC (Educational Participation In Communities) engages students directly in the fight against urban poverty and social inequity through off campus field placements in human service agencies and on campus volunteer opportunities in student-run service projects. You need to register in order to do your field placement because EPIC has agreements that address liability issues with Juvenile Court sites. EPIC is located in the lower level of the Career Center. Please call (323) 343-3380 to obtain their hours of operation. Registering with them will take approximately 10 minutes. Certificate students are then asked to send us an email, confirming that this requirement was met.

    9) What Field Placements are currently available?
    · Free Arts
    · Children’s Law Center
    · Other placements are in the process of signing agreements through EPIC. We also have some very limited special placements that are not open to all students.

    10) Why do I need to register for HHS 495? Why can’t I just go to the internship site on my own?
    HHS 495 is a requirement for the Certificate Program. It’s a Credit/No Credit course and it has specific requirements outlined in the HHS 495 syllabus. You will need 4 units of HHS 495 in order to obtain a Certificate. You must register for it in order to have it appear on your transcript. Students are also formally screened by the Superior Court Volunteer’s Office, before they begin. That process takes place after your interview with your potential supervisor. Student’s initiate those events by selecting a placement and writing a letter. All of this is outlined in the HHS 495 syllabus.

    11) Can I use my hours through social work (SW 495) course and placement internship for the HHS 495 course and placement internship?
    ***The Certificate Program will accept the SW 495 course and placement internship for the HHS 495 course and placement internship if the following summarized conditions are met:

    • The SW 495 placement provides the intern with at least 120hrs of experience with family violence and/or child maltreatment cases. The Field Instructor needs to agree (see below).
    • Student must provide a copy of:
      • Evaluation – signed by supervisor (SW 495 evaluation is acceptable)
      • Timesheet – indicating hours completed at SW 495 placement (total hours recorded on the evaluation are acceptable)
      • 1pg paper – typed, identifying what you learned at the SW 495 placement internship and identify how it is consistent with the certificate program’s purpose.

    Expanding on the above summary:

    • Only SW students who are currently or will be enrolled in SW 495 are eligible. Student must have a placement that deals with child abuse or family violence.
    • The SW 495 Field Instructor needs to be asked and agree to provide the student with cases that have these elements: child maltreatment and family violence.
    • The student must provide a copy of his/her SW 495 evaluation and hours performed for one quarter, signed by the supervisor at the SW 495 placement. This is the Student Field Work Evaluation Form (SW495) filled out from that internship. The evaluation must reflect acceptable, passing performance, as well as the number or hours in placement.
    • Social Work students may request all 120 hrs of performance credit. The decision to waive this is at the discretion of the CAFVI director.
      • Social Work students must submit a 1 page paper typed identifying what they learned at the SW 495 internship and identify how it is consistent with the certificate program’s purpose (see application and syllabus).

    12) Do I have to pay for this certificate program?
    Yes, according to the personnel at the Associate Registrar Office: "In order to comply with Academic Policy found in the Faculty Handbook, effective beginning Fall 2011 quarter (September 22nd, 2011), students completing a certificate must pay a $25 application fee and follow the guidelines outlined on the application."

    13) I have completed all the required courses needed for the certificate, now what?
    There are three other things that need to be done after all required courses are completed AND you are approaching graduation. Like question 12 stated you need to pay $25 and fill out an Application for Certificate with the Cashiers office and bring that form back to us. The second thing we need of you is to fill out the form, “Credit Certificate,” that you can get in the office that states all the classes you have taken for the Certificate Program. And lastly we ask that you also bring us a copy of your unofficial transcripts with the grades of the required courses taken highlighted.

    14) How long does it take to receive the Certificate?
    The coursework can be completed in a year, but that requires attending classes when offered. The process of receiving the Certificate may take 2-3 months after it is requested. Students are required to initiate the request, as they are the only ones who can track their academic classes.