Beginning this fall, USC Upstate is offering a Certificate Program in Child Advocacy Studies designed for professionals already working in the child protection field and who wish to develop greater knowledge and skills.  The program is also open to those who are preparing for a career in this area.  According to Dr. Jennifer Parker, this post-baccalaureate certificate program is 15 credit hours and graduates from the program will have a strong understanding of the issues that surround child abuse, intervention strategies, and multidisciplinary approaches to prevention, advocacy and treatment of victims and survivors.  Those in law enforcement, behavioral health, healthcare, law and education will find this program greatly enhances their professional skills.

USC Upstate has been offering excellent professional training through their annual Child Advocacy Conference each March.  I attended this training and it was outstanding.  USC Upstate also offers an undergraduate minor in Child Advocacy Studies.  Now this certificate program for professionals will open new opportunities and continue to build on USC Upstate’s commitment to the prevention of child maltreatment.

Registration for the fall program is now open.  Contact Dr. Jennifer Parker if you have questions.  You’ll find more information on the website at