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Program Description
The Certificate in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Response and Prevention is designed to provide professionals within the criminal justice, mental health, and social service systems with the education and practical tools needed to identify, prevent, and respond to various types of physical, emotional, fiduciary, sexual, and other violence and abuse that occurs within intimate partner relationships.  Students engage in academic discussion on historic changes in public sentiment, gender disparities, and state/federal policy and legislation.  Courses within the certificate program will expose students to issues such as police responsiveness to IPV situations, community support agencies and organizations, and current research and theories.  Students explore the impact of IPV on children, the intersection between IPV and drugs, mental illness, and prior abuse, and the prevalence of IPV in the LGBTQ, minority, and immigrant communities.
 
Note: The certificate is designed to be interdisciplinary, drawing on courses in Criminal Justice, Victimology, and Psychology to achieve a more holistic approach to the subjects. 
 
Suggested Backgrounds
  • Anna Maria College undergraduate and graduate students of Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Law, Sociology, and Psychology; other interested students.
  • Undergraduate students from similar disciplines at other area colleges
  • Police and other law enforcement will be the primary target audience
  • Local, county, Commonwealth, and Federal court personnel
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Advocates and social services professionals
  • Lawyers and paralegals who deal with civil rights, women’s rights, victim rights, and related cases.
 
Admission Requirements
Applicants should follow the general procedures for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
 
Learning outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the multiple types of intimate partner violence and deconstruct the impact of power and control on an intimate partner relationship
  2. Students will discuss and critique police responsiveness to intimate partner violence situations given victim preference, legislated responsibility, and police discretion.
  3. Students will provide recommendations for policy change and program implementation
  4. Students will explore potential outcomes based on ethical and moral considerations.
  5. Students will examine victim/survivor’s motives for leaving or remaining in an abusive or violent relationship and the community reactions to victimization and the decisions of the victim
  6. Students will explain the impact intimate partner violence has on children and explore the multigenerational perspectives
  7. Students will compare and contrast the prevalence of intimate partner violence considering race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic status as to gain further understanding of the multicultural and cross-economic nature.
  8. Students will critically analyze various intimate partner violence prevention programs and awareness campaigns.
 
Certificate Requirements
The Certificate in Intimate Partner Violence Response and Prevention is a 12 credit program.  At least two of the required courses must be taken at AMC.
 
Curriculum
 
Pre-requisite/Co-requisite Course(s):
  • CRJ 816 Criminological Thought- Presents major theories of crime and criminality. Theories are analyzed by common sense, logic, evidence, policy utility and compatibility with one another. Theories will be examined through a discussion of measures, correlates and popular beliefs regarding the prevalence, causes, and continuance of criminal offending.
Required Courses
  1. CRJ 826 Social Issues in Criminal Justice (Intimate Partner Violence) – This course may be replaced by a permanent course of the same name (Intimate Partner Violence) at another time. By running this course as “Social Issues” it maintains its availability to students currently in established criminal justice programs. 
  2. Two of the following:
    1. VCT 602 Trauma and Its Effects (or PSY 743) - This course examines the different ways trauma and crime can impact victims. It includes an analysis of who is affected by trauma and crime; immediate, short-term and long-term reactions; factors that impact a victim’s ability to cope; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and emotional and psychological trauma; and the spiritual impact of trauma and crime.
    2. VCT 605 Victim Advocacy- An examination of the developing field of victim advocacy. The course will focus on the history and nature of the victims’ rights movement, basic victims’ rights, communication and service provision, cultural and spiritual skills, and ethical issues. The analysis will conclude with an analysis of best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the field to move it forward.
    3. VCT 613 Children as Victims- This course will analyze the special vulnerabilities and needs of children. Issues surrounding their vulnerability, how the justice system responds to and works with others in addressing those needs and vulnerabilities, and services and treatment will be the focus.
    4. VCT 622 Domestic and Family Violence-Analyzes the experiences of and responses to domestic violence. The course will examine the causes and effects of violence within various family structures and interpersonal relationships. Theoretical and legal analysis will be a focus as well as research and systematic response. Research data, as well as case studies, will be utilized to help illustrate and further explore the various forms of violence in intimate relations.
    5. CRJ 828 Gender and Crime-Examines gender differences in criminal offending, criminological theory, and the experiences and treatment of women offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system.
Electives: (Any One)
  • CRJ 764 Forensic Psychology- Provides an overview of forensic psychological theory and practice. Students will be exposed to the relevant laws, psychological theory and research, and the importance of understanding the racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic factors that must be taken into consideration in the culturally competent practice of forensic psychology.
  • CRJ 803 Juvenile Offender- Explores the philosophy and practice of the juvenile justice system from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Act of 1899 to present policies and process. Students are challenged to examine critically the juvenile justice system—its mandate, separateness, and effectiveness.
  • CRJ 823 Drugs and Human Behavior- Considers of the effects of psychotropic substances on individual and societal human behavior. Students will study the history of drug use in the United States and the development of regulatory and enforcement policies and practices. The behaviors studied will chronicle the effects of drug abuse upon individuals. Societal behaviors, domestic and international, that result from widespread use or trafficking of illegal drugs will also be examined.
  • CRJ 828 Gender and Crime-Examines gender differences in criminal offending, criminological theory, and the experiences and treatment of women offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system.
  • CRJ 831 School and Workplace Safety- Focuses on the global phenomena of workplace and school violence, how these forms of violence can be prevented, and what can be done to limit the harm and help those who have been directly or indirectly affected. These issues will be addressed using a multidisciplinary, contextual approach, drawing on theory and research from psychology, law, sociology, business, education, criminal justice, human services, history, and political science.
  • MCI 610 Multicultural Perspectives-Multicultural Perspectives uncovers the breadth of topics pertaining to multiculturalism and its effect on best practices for instructors and learners. This course intends to introduce participants to the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism as well as to clarify some of the major issues, misconceptions and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society. Participants consider how ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic status, exceptionality, sexual orientation and religious affiliation influence ethical beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors. Participants explore strategies for change to promote equity, respect, and inclusion for all cultural groups.
  • PSY 618 Psychology of Adolescence-A study of the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of adolescent development. Topics include an overview of developmental theories, the sense of self in adolescence, morality, family relationships, ethnicity, and sexuality. Attention will also be given to the issues of delinquency, violence, and substance abuse.
  • PSY 643 Marriage and Family Therapy- A study of alcohol use and abuse in the American culture. Attention will be given to theories of causation, both the biological and the socio-cultural as well as the influence of one’s personal history. Prominent theories of intervention and treatment will be discussed in detail.
  • PSY 726 Alcoholism: Manifestation and Management- A study of alcohol use and abuse in the American culture. Attention will be given to theories of causation, both the biological and the socio-cultural as well as the influence of one’s personal history. Prominent theories of intervention and treatment will be discussed in detail.
  • PSY 727 Counseling the Substance Abusing Client-A course which assumes a basic knowledge of alcohol and drug abuse and will focus on the major types of treatment alternatives as well as stages of treatment. The course will also discuss research data in treatment effectiveness.
  • PSY 743 Psychological Trauma (or VCT 602) - An in-depth examination of male and female sexuality, both psychologically and physiologically, contrasted with the major forms of human sexual dysfunction. The course will also examine diagnostic categories as well as appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • PSY 746 Human Sexuality- An in-depth examination of male and female sexuality, both psychologically and physiologically, contrasted with the major forms of human sexual dysfunction. The course will also examine diagnostic categories as well as appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • SCM 701 Workplace Violence-Provides students with an understanding of the holistic and systems approach toward preventing and responding to workplace violence. Students learn to design a multidisciplinary strategy. Students also learn how to develop effective incident reporting systems and tailored plans, policies, and procedures.
  • VCT 601 Victim Studies-Considers the evolution of the study of Victimology from a historical perspective. It will focus on the scientific study of the physical, emotional and financial harm people suffer as victims in our society. The course will also examine the public’s political, social, cultural and economic reactions to victimization.
  • VCT 605 Victim Advocacy- An examination of the developing field of victim advocacy. The course will focus on the history and nature of the victims’ rights movement, basic victims’ rights, communication and service provision, cultural and spiritual skills, and ethical issues. The analysis will conclude with an analysis of best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the field to move it forward.
  • VCT 613 Children as Victims- This course will analyze the special vulnerabilities and needs of children. Issues surrounding their vulnerability, how the justice system responds to and works with others in addressing those needs and vulnerabilities, and services and treatment will be the focus.
  • VCT 622 Domestic and Family Violence-Analyzes the experiences of and responses to domestic violence. The course will examine the causes and effects of violence within various family structures and interpersonal relationships. Theoretical and legal analysis will be a focus as well as research and systematic response. Research data, as well as case studies, will be utilized to help illustrate and further explore the various forms of violence in intimate relations.
  • VCT 798 Special Topics in Victim Studies- Rotating topics in Criminal Justice.
 
Career Opportunities
  • Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence Careers
  • Shelters
  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Advocate
  • Case Worker 
  • Counselor
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Youth Advocate
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Courts
  • Hospitals
  • Non-profit groups