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Program Description
The Certificate in Sexual Violence and Trauma is designed to address current perspectives on sexual deviance, criminality, victimization, re-victimization, assessment, and post-victimization trauma recovery.  Through scholarly and non-scholarly literature and pop-culture, the students will critique existing and emerging theories, which seek to identify explanations and rationalizations for criminal sexual behavior.  This certificate combines courses and theories from the criminal justice, victim studies, and psychology in order to examine the intersections between other violent and non-violent crimes, prior victimization and exposure to violence, and sexual deviance and offending.  The coursework covers a variety of topics including species of criminality such as public order crimes, group violence, sexually-motivated crimes, and criminal subcultures and “rape culture,” re-victimization, institutional victimization, human trafficking, pornography, sexual abuse against children, role of sexual violence in terrorism/war, the lives of immigrants and refugee, the mentally ill and intellectually disabled/challenged, and other protected class, minority, and disenfranchised members of society.
 
Suggested Backgrounds
  • Any Anna Maria College undergraduate or graduate student in of Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Law, Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology, and 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 identify and differentiate between various theories of criminality and rationalization for sexual offending.
  2. Students will conceptualize ideas in criminal justice and apply methods for exploring those ideas.
  3. Students will assess and compare sex offender monitoring and rehabilitation programs
  4. Students will differentiate between sexual offending and deviance through cultural and historical lenses.
  5. Students will defend or criticize current sexual assault laws, policies, and law enforcement responses.
  6. Students will accurately identify and communicate immediate, intermediate, and long-term trauma associated with sexual violence, including victim behavior and presentation.
  7. Students will examine the impact of visual, print, and social media on “rape culture,” gender-based biases, and miseducation related to consensual and non-consensual sexual contact (physical and non-physical).
  8. Students will consider ethical boundaries for working with sexual offenders and victims.
 
Certificate Requirements
The Certificate in Intimate Partner Violence Response and Prevention is a 12-15 credit program. 
 
Curriculum
Pre-requisite/Co-requisite Course(s):
  • CRJ 710 Research Design and Methodology Designed to enhance students’ awareness of the fundamentals of research and research design. Students are required to complete work that demonstrates their ability to conceptualize ideas in criminal justice and apply methods for exploring those ideas
Required Courses
  • 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.
  • CRJ 7XX Sexual Violence and Victimization– This course examines current perspectives on sexual deviance, criminality, and victimization.  Through literature and pop-culture, the course analyzes existing and emerging theories, which seek to identify explanations and rationalizations for criminal sexual behavior. The intersection between other violent and non-violent crimes and sexual deviance and offending is examined.  The course covers a variety of topics including species of criminality such as public order crimes, group violence, sexually-motivated crimes, and criminal subcultures and “rape culture,” re-victimization, institutional victimization, human trafficking, pornography, and sexual violence against children. The course explores the social, legal, clinical, and public policy issues involving sex offenses and offenders in the United States in comparison to other countries and cultures.  
 
One of the following
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
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 797 Anatomy of a Homicide Encompasses criminal homicide case presentation from a collection of evidence through to the courtroom. Cases are assigned to teams that research case development and prosecution, as well as, defense perspective on homicide.
  • 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 Options
  • Sexual Violence and Trauma Careers
  • Therapist/Clinician
  • Police Officer or Federal Agent
  • Victim Advocate
  • Court Appointed Advocate
  • Legal Professional
  • Probation Officer
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Nurses
  • Juvenile Justice Professionals
  • Clergy
  • Any career working with people