A proposed certificate for students who are interested in learning more about the issue of child homelessness.
The proposed certificate in Child Homelessness Studies is designed to provide participants with a multi-disciplinary understanding of the origins and nature of child homelessness. Participants will also become knowledgeable regarding common intervention strategies for homeless children and families, from trauma-focused psychological approaches and case management to housing and shelter initiatives, as well as policy-level advocacy. The certificate has three aims: (1) to inform future educators and clinicians about the challenges of working with homeless children and families in classrooms and therapeutic settings; (2) to prepare undergraduate students for future employment in settings related to child homelessness, or for graduate study in fields that are germane to the problem of child and family homelessness; and (3) to provide professionals in fields that impact on child homelessness with a comprehensive and solid foundation that will leave them better prepared to address the needs and challenges of the individuals, families, and communities with whom they work.
The certificate entails a series of five courses, including two required classes and three focused electives. A full program of study will be available upon curriculum approval.
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In February 2013, "Far from the Tree" author Andrew Solomon addressed the Lesley Conversation Series with a powerful lecture on Ameliorating Child Homelessness. Read more.