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The Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare will equip students and human service professionals with knowledge and skills in implementing trauma-informed best practices in child welfare. Students will learn to implement evidence-based approaches that improve the quality of life for children and families vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Graduates of the certificate program will be able to facilitate restorative practices, assess and serve the needs of children and families without bias, and implement strategies for minimizing the traumatic experience of placements. Graduates will be able to facilitate attachment workshops that promote stable relationships for children and their families. Graduates will also be able to use screening and assessment tools to develop case plans for children.

Student learning outcomes

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Conduct child abuse and neglect investigations
  • Assess and serve the needs of children and families without bias
  • Provide trauma-informed care to children who have experienced abuse, neglect or other traumatic events, with an emphasis on promoting healing and resilience.
  • Assess the capacity of communities to facilitate restorative processes and support the well-being of children and families

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.