Dear ACEs community,
Several colleges/universities in Mississippi are creating Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Programs. At my institution, Mississippi State University, we are creating a 3-course sequence for a certificate program that adds a credential in experiential, interdisciplinary training in child/family trauma and response. The certificate is meant to be open to community professionals as well as college students. There are many different ways that community members can partner with university faculty. If you, or someone you know, work in the Golden Triangle Region of MS and have a professional role in teaching, supervising, or training the people who work with (or care for) children/families facing trauma, please read on for an opportunity to develop/retain our workforce in rural MS and improve evidence-based care.
Community Contact – be added to our contact list for updates regarding CAST certificate, such as new CAST courses available on-campus or through distance learning.
Community Partners – can guest-lecture at the university or consult with faculty to make our courses more relevant to the real-world experience of working with children and families. You can also partner with faculty for assessment and in-service training in trauma-informed evidence-based best practices.
Right now, MSU is partnering with MUW to actively recruit community partners for the FORECAST Learning Community application (individual section attached, see page 1 for detailed benefits and expectations). It provides free training and coaching in Problem-Based Learning Simulations as a technique to teach core concepts in trauma and experiential reasoning skills. If you have any interest or questions, please message me.
Thank you for all the work each of you does for kids and reducing ACEs,
Arazais Oliveros, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Mississippi State University