Domestic Violence and Evidence-based Practice (Certificate)

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When you are an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, you can help ensure their safety and empower them when they most need it. Become equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to aid this vulnerable population.

The certificate program in domestic violence and evidence-based practice provides students with the experience and knowledge they need to intervene safely and effectively on behalf of the survivors of gender-based violence, a vulnerable group that helping professionals are likely to encounter in all areas of practice. Those knowledgeable about the dynamics of intimate partner violence are better equipped to assist those suffering its negative physical and mental health consequences.

Evidence-based care is crucial in domestic violence settings. Students of the certificate program engage in service-based and classroom learning to understand the role of evidence-based interventions in promoting survivor safety and client empowerment.

Upon completion of the program, certificate holders become Arizona state-certified advocates for victims of domestic violence.

At A Glance

Domestic Violence and Evidence-based Practice (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

During their first semester in the certificate, students enroll in SWU 416, Domestic Violence and National AmeriCorps Service.
A grade of B or better is required in each course to satisfy the certificate.
Students must participate in an approved internship for a minimum of 300 hours.
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Notes: Other internship credit may be substituted with department approval.
Notes: Other internship credit may be substituted with department approval.
Electives -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

All students seeking the certificate must have 56 credit hours of coursework completed with a minimum GPA of 2.50. In order to enroll in SWU 416, students must have a current Arizona fingerprint clearance card, which will be verified through the State of Arizona system.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.