Students will read, interpret, and evaluate the significance of research findings to child advocacy study. The course helps students understand the role of research and information technology in providing evidence-based practice for child advocacy study within their respective disciplines. Students work in small groups to critique research studies and synthesize their knowledge of the research process in the analysis of several studies. These studies focus on concepts relevant to child advocacy such as the effects of maltreatment, prevention and education; cultural elements of practice; as well as other factors that influence practice with families affected by maltreatment. This course also examines research design, ethical issues in research, the professional’s role in research, and the application of technology. Students will explore the use of computers and technology for processing and managing data. Prerequisites: CAST 301 - Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy, CAST 401 - Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment, and CAST 402 - Responding to the Survivor of Child Abuse and Survivor Responses, or instructor’s permission. Grade only. Offered annually as demand warrants.