Help a child get the support they deserve by earning your Master of Human Services in Child Protection at NSU. With this degree, you will develop the critical knowledge, values and skills necessary to respond effectively to complex problems confronting children and families in the protective services system. Become a specialized expert in one of the many concentrations our program provides, and give your career the edge it needs to lay a strong foundation in a child's life.
Conveniently offered entirely online, you can participate in courses from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.
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This master's program comprises 33 credits: 24 credits (6 courses) of core curriculum plus a 9 credit (3 course) concentration.
HCP 0510 - Foundations in Child Protective Law (4 Credits)
This course will introduce students to the legal framework for child protection proceedings. It is designed to introduce students to the basic legal concepts governing child protection law, providing them with a background in the legal process and assisting them in understanding how that process responds to the particularized needs of children in the child protection proceedings. This background will also be useful in analyzing material in other courses in the degree program that focus on the legal process of child protection.
HCP 0520 - Foundations in Family Diversity and Conflict Resolution (4 Credits)
This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of family structure and interpersonal family dynamics that impact family functioning including communication and cultural diversity. Students will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of family systems functioning and investigate through practice the most effective application of theories introduced.
HCP 0530 - Foundations in Child Development (4 Credits)
This course reviews child growth and development and individual differences in brain development, temperament and biology. Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and language developmental sequences will be emphasized. Major theories of development will be reviewed.
HCP 0540 - Foundations in Child Placement Risk and Protective Factors (4 Credits)
This course will provide an overview of perspectives on placement and permanency, child protection trends, children in need, and the processes used to support children and their families while moving them through the system.
HCP 0550 - Foundations in Assessment and Case Planning (4 Credits)
This course introduces students to various forms of family assessments and case planning. It introduces students to multiple and holistic family assessments and provides students with skills to increase their effectiveness and efficacy while providing services to their clients.
HCP 0560 - Program Evaluation (4 Credits)
This course will provide a fundamental analysis of research and methodology as related to evaluation of agency and program administration. Included in this course will be an introduction to statistical analysis and the use of current technology.
(Offered through the College of Psychology)
HCP 6110 - Intervention Strategies (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a foundation in the issues involved in interpersonal communication, basic intervention strategies, and interviewing techniques in a multicultural world. Effective interviewing relies on knowledge of child development, mental health diagnoses, culture, family systems, and conflict resolution. Emphasis will be placed on learning strategies to effectively deal with difficult individuals and minimizing potential for conflict situations. Additional emphasis will be placed on cultural sensitivity. Prerequisites: HCP 6120 and HCP 6130.
HCP 6120 - Overview: Childhood and Adolescent Development (3 credits)
This course covers how developmental maturation and social learning shapes personality in early childhood through the adolescent years. Theory and research in social and psychological development and learning are covered in topics such as attachment, aggression, sexuality, morality, cognitive development, self-regulation and self concept. This course will also focus on the developmental process as it relates to special populations.
HCP 6130 - Overview: Childhood & Adolescent Psychological Disorders (3 credits)
Through the course readings, assignments and discussion boards, the students are expected to gain a working knowledge of the psychological disorders affecting children and adolescents and how these children with special needs are classified in the educational system. The objective of this course is to prepare students for assessing children and adolescents with the intent to understand how their needs will affect their ability to function in an academic setting.
HCP 6140 - Overview: Children and Trauma (3 credits)
This course will provide an overview of how to assist children who have been traumatized, and emphasis will be placed on understanding the developmental level of children and how that affects their behavior. This course will include information on building resilience in children.
HCP 6150 - Special Topics: Seminar & Case Studies (3 credits)
This course focuses on building concepts and skills in critical thinking and application. It will offer students the opportunity to consider cases and explore varying intervention and management strategies with consideration for ethical and legal issues. Topics of interest include: addressing the current and emerging models of the Mental Health Delivery System and the core principles of system care approach, testifying in court, waiver of juveniles to adult court, differences in family and juvenile court protection of children, competency for Miranda and other issues for children, placement decisions, report writing, case management, reducing work stress/burn-out and enhancing professional functioning, legal rights of children in termination of their parent's rights, what are the best interests of a child' in domestic violence or sexual abuse cases, and other contemporary issues. Prerequisites: HCP 6110, HCP 6120 and HCP 6130.
CJI 6910 - Theory of Child Protection, Investigation, and Advocacy (3 credits)
This course will focus on the interpretation of social and systemic policies and procedures of child welfare agencies and nongovernmental agencies with emphasis on child advocacy, due process, and institutional standards. Emphasis will also be included regarding the remediation, intervention, rehabilitation, education, and other services designed to reduce recidivism amongst children and their families.
CJI 6920 - Juvenile Justice: Systems, Structure, and Process (3 credits)
This course will focus on the response of law enforcement and other professionals in the protection of children in trouble or in need of services. Emphasis will be placed on an examination of the juvenile court as an institution, investigative process and forensic interview strategies needed to successfully classify and more accurately detect suspected child abuse, the policies and practices of agencies involved in processing children and youth through the juvenile justice system.
CJI 6930 - Family Dynamics: Motivation, Support and Communication (3 credits)
This course will examine the protective and risk factors associated with the developmental pathways internalized by youth through interaction with their family system. Emphasis will be given to child and youth development as it is affected by the family system, peer groups, schools and teachers, community and other social influences. In addition, the dynamics of traditional, non-traditional and culturally diverse family construction in contemporary society will be explored.
CJI 6940 - Victimology: Child Abuse and Exploited Children (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the field of victimology and explores its conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature. The course will be delimited by the exploration of the topics: family violence, child abuse including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional and verbal abuse; and prevention, intervention and treatment issues associated with exploited children.
CJI 6530 - Substance Abuse Treatment in the Community (3 credits)
This course introduces various models of community based programs for the substance abuse involved offender, research regarding factors of recidivism, treatment matching, case management, relapse prevention techniques, setting treatment goals, resources in the community and DUI and drug court operations.
CJI 6540 - Cultural Factors in Treatment (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to cultural and racial identity development, The impact that class, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation have on court disposition, sentencing and the correctional process, culturally specific treatment techniques, racial and sexual dynamics in institutional settings and in community programs, including knowledge of cross-cultural interviewing skills.
(Offered through the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences)
CARM 5040: Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: The Human Factor (3 credits)
This course presents communication theories relevant to conflict resolution as well as theories about understanding, analyzing, and managing conflict. The course focuses on the human and emotional aspects of conflict and includes the influence of gender and culture. This course is pragmatic as well as theoretical and presents communication and conflict resolution models in a practice-based approach.
CARM 6638: Conflict and Crisis Management Theory & Practice
This course is an overview of the theories of conflict and crisis management and the intervention models and protocols used. Conflict and crisis management will be explored among and between individuals and groups, organizations, communities, and governments around the globe. Topics will include the management of violent conflicts, such as kidnapping, hostage-barricade and terrorist acts, homeland security, and the response to natural disasters. There will be interactive exercises as well as a case study approach used.
CARM 6610: Family Violence: The Effects on Families, Communities and Workplaces (3 credits)
This course explores the overall effects of trauma and violence on individuals, families, communities, and the workplace. Issues of abuse, violence, and systemic responses are explored in relation to their effect on individual behavior, family dynamics, service provision, and community systems. Methods for identifying such issues in the context of family mediation and other types of conflict intervention are explored.
ABA 0711: Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course is Part I of a two-part series of ABA concepts and principles. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the field of ABA, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, and basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students in a variety of settings. Specifically, this course covers the following BACB Fifth Edition content areas: A: Philosophical Underpinnings and B: Concepts and Principles.
ABA 0712: Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis II (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course is Part II of a two-part series of ABA concepts and principles. Students will study the science of applied behavior analysis, the field of ABA, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, and basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students in a variety of settings. Specifically, this course will cover Unit B: Concepts and Principles from the BACB Fifth Edition task list. Prerequisite (or can be taken in conjunction with): ABA 0711.
ABA 0721: Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Application (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course will delve into the application of the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis. It will focus on the current research on behavior assessment strategies, behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. This course covers BACB Fifth Edition Task List content areas: F: Behavior Assessment, G: Behavior-Change Procedures, and H: Selecting and Implementing Interventions.
ABA 0731: Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Delivery Models (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course will focus on conducting behavior analytic assessments in order to identify targets for behavior change programs. Additionally, the class will explore the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Specifically, the delivery models of behavioral medicine, treatment of autism/developmental disabilities, organizational behavior management, and education will be examined. This course covers BACB Fifth Edition Task List content areas F: Behavior Assessment, G: Behavior-Change Procedures, and H: Selecting and Implementing Interventions.
ABA 0741: Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course will focus on evaluation strategies used in research and in the ethical provision of interventions. This course covers the following BACB Fifth Edition content areas: C: Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation and D: Experimental Design. Mastery of this content allows for critical evaluation of research literature resulting in evidenced based decision making on assessment and intervention strategies across a variety of populations.
ABA 0751: Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course will focus on applied behavior analysis supervision and management of behavior change agents. It will address the components of effective supervision, as well as the development of performance monitoring, reinforcement, and feedback systems. In addition, focus will be placed on the role of assessment in supervision and management. This course covers the following BACB Fifth Edition content areas: F: Behavior Assessment and I: Personnel Supervision and Management.
ABA 0756: Ethical and Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course will focus on the ethical practice of applied behavior analysis across clinical, research, and professional settings. It covers content area E: Ethics (Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts) from the BACB’s Fifth Edition Task List. Students will evaluate common ethical dilemmas that arise during clinical research and practice in applied behavior analysis and identify and apply strategies and guidelines for resolving ethical issues.
ABA 0761: Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective, 3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an approved ABA fieldwork setting where they are required to accrue the specified amount of clinical training and supervision hours. Students will gain meaningful training experiences with the oversight of highly qualified university faculty dedicated to training future practitioners in the philosophy and evidence-based practice of ABA. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisors.
ABA 0771: Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective, 3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course is a continuation of ABA 0761. These courses were designed to provide students the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an approved ABA fieldwork setting where they are required to accrue the specified amount of clinical training and supervision hours. These courses are spiraled, meaning each successive course builds upon the previous course, thus promoting advanced competencies and skills. Students will gain meaningful training experiences with the oversight of highly qualified university faculty dedicated to training future practitioners in the philosophy and evidence-based practice of ABA. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisors.
ABA 0781: Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis III (Elective, 3 credits)
This 45-hour graduate-level course is a continuation of ABA 0771. These courses were designed to provide students the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an approved ABA fieldwork setting where they are required to accrue the specified amount of clinical training and supervision hours. These courses are spiraled, meaning each successive course builds upon the previous course, thus promoting advanced competencies and skills. Students will gain meaningful training experiences with the oversight of highly qualified university faculty dedicated to training future practitioners in the philosophy and evidence-based practice of ABA. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisors.
HCP 6410 - Family Law (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the development of legal standards and protections that provide the legal framework of family law. The course will cover: the legal requirements for marriage and divorce; the distribution of marital property; custodial rights and visitation; the rights of unmarried persons and their children; child support and alimony; adoption. These topics will be covered through the study of statutory and case law. Specific emphasis will be placed on the overlap of child custody and child protection proceedings.
HCP 6420 - Children's Rights Seminar (3 credits)
Children have distinct rights recognizable at law even though they are considered to be incompetent minors as a matter of law. Even though their legal status is not equivalent to those of emancipated adults, children are entitled to specific legal protections in a variety of specific situations. To some extent they are entitled to similar constitutional protections of their adult counterparts. The course will also examine parental authority over minor children when there is disharmony between parent and child.
HCP 6430 - Juvenile Law (3 credits)
Juvenile law will explore the historical and legal background of juvenile law. This course will trace the development of juvenile law to the modern view of children's rights and legal recognition and enforcement they merit. The course will examine delinquent youth and the provision of services when the youth is also subject to child protection proceedings. The course will also examine status offenses and their role in shaping society's view of juvenile rights.
HCP 6440 - Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating (3 credits)
This course will focus the theory and practice examining and developing skills involved in investigating facts, interviewing and counseling clients, settling disputes, negotiation conflict situations. Instructional techniques include readings, discussions, audiovisual presentations, and extensive participation in role-plays and simulations.
HCP 6450 - Civil Rights of Children in State Care (3 credits)
This course will provide the student with an introduction to Constitutional Law and federal legislation regulating the legal rights of children in state care. This field includes, among other subjects:
the constitutional/statutory rights of children in state protective custody, i.e., those children who have been adjudicated as state dependent. This second category includes, among other things, the rights of children:
HCP 6460 - Domestic Violence Seminar (3 credits)
Domestic violence is a societal problem of epidemic proportions that affects families across America in all socioeconomic, racial and ethic groups. As information about the extent and impact of domestic violence emerges, it has been identified as a criminal justice issue, a public health crisis, and a costly drain on economic productivity. Domestic violence has a tremendous impact on the legal profession. Domestic violence and interpersonal family violence have direct connections to the child protection system and family court system as well. This course will explore those links from legal standpoint and explore the system protections designed to stop the violence.
HCP 6610 - Survey of Exceptionalities of Children & Youth (3 credits)
This course will provide students with fundamental information on laws, policies and practices in exceptional student education and on specific categories of exceptionality, including definitions, prevalence, causes, assessment techniques, educational strategies, and current and future trends in the field of exceptional student education.
HCP 6620 - Inclusive Education for Exceptional Students (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the current information on how exceptional children are served within inclusive school environments. Students will learn about the role of working with other professionals and parents to determine student eligibility for special education, to carry out educational programs, and to monitor learning. Information will also be provided about students who are not necessarily eligible for special education, but who would benefit from the same instructional strategies as exceptional students because of their own special needs.
HCP 6630 - Teaching Social & Personal Skills to Exceptional Students (3 credits)
This course will present students with a wide range of information regarding the social and personal skills that children with disabilities need in order to achieve their personal independence in school, at home, and in the community. Emphasis will be on the importance of teaching personal management and independent living skills, on providing appropriate adaptations to promote personal autonomy, and on creating supports and services that maximize independence and community integration of students with disabilities.
HCP 6640 - Consultation & Collaboration in Exceptional Student Education (3 credits)
This course will help students become more proficient in working together within school contexts. Emphasis will be on the context of school and home collaborations, and on the diversity issues that may affect the way people work together. Students will learn that school consultation, collaboration, and teamwork are essential in transforming school learning environments into settings where teachers, administrators, and parents of exceptional students work together and trust each other for the benefit of the students.
HCP 6650 - Special Education Law (3 credits)
This course focuses on laws and policies that apply to the education of students with disabilities. The legal system, constitutional and statutory provisions of federal and state law, and the judicial decisions relating to the education of students with disabilities are reviewed. Students will examine the foundational concepts of equal protection, procedural and substantive due process in general and as they relate to special education specifically. Students will examine IDEA legislation and its six principles, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In addition, students will examine similar principles in state legislation with particular emphasis on school practices in special education.
HCP 6710 - Family Systems (3 credits)
This course provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of traditional, nontraditional, and culturally diverse families.
HCP 6720 - Program Models (3 credits)
This course represents a comprehensive overview of family support programs and identifies emerging trends and unresolved issues.
HCP 6730 - Parent Support & Education (3 credits)
This course examines the acquisition of knowledge and technical skills for practitioners working with families.
HCP 6740 - The Profession in the Field of Family Support (3 credits)
This course provides a historical review of the field of family support and a sociopolitical analysis of its status as an occupation and a human service.
HCP 6750 - Public Policy in the Field of Family Support (3 credits)
This course examines the policy-making process as it relates to children and families. It reviews current agencies and organizations involved in developing and implementing child and family policy programs. Social issues and principles of advocacy are covered.
HCP 6760 - Assessment & Evaluation of Family Support Programs (3 credits)
This course identifies dimensions of differences in families and family support systems and describes formative and summative evaluation systems that tap these dimensions.
HCP 6810 - Supervision Methods & Approaches for Child & Youth Care Administrators (3 credits)
This course provides a survey of specific approaches and aspects for the supervision of staff in programs for children and youths.
HCP 6820 - Public Policy & the Child & Youth Care Field for Program Administrators (3 credits)
This course examines the process and dynamics involved in the development of public policy as it relates to programs for children and youths.
HCP 6830 - The Development & Acquisition of Resources for Child & Youth Care Program (3 credits)
This course reviews a number of strategies for seeking and obtaining financial and non-financial resources for child and youth care programs.
HCP 6840 - Supervision of Family Support Programs (3 credits)
This course provides an orientation to a range of supervision issues, including staff motivation, in-service training, and evaluation of personnel.
HCP 6850 - Legal Aspects of the Management of Programs for Children & Youth (3 credits)
This course examines many of the legal elements involved in the daily management of programs for children and youths. Personnel law, licensing, child abuse, and liability are among the topics addressed.
HCP 6860 - Financial Aspects of the Management of Programs for Children & Youths (3 credits)
This course covers the basic components of financial management in programs for children and youths. The budget process, fiscal management, and policy determination will be covered.
(Offered through the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine)
PUH 5504: Public Health Issues in Child Protection (3 credits)
In the course students will learn to apply public health planning principles to the creation and refinement of programs to protect children from the negative health impacts of abuse and neglect. This includes both follow-up restorative programs for children already identified as abused/neglected and community programs to prevent abuse/neglect before they occur. Since research knowledge in this field is expected to continue growing, students will become accustomed to adding to their personal knowledge base through critical study of new findings.
PUH 5002: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (3 credits)
Students will learn health promotion strategies that can be incorporated into multiple settings, focusing on wellness and preventive interventions. This course addresses individual and social factors, as well as behavioral issues, health determinants and community resources.
PUH 6120: Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation (3 credits)
This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to perform public health program planning, management, and evaluation. Students will critically identify and define a public health need, create a plan for responding to the need, implement and manage the planned intervention, and evaluate the extent to which the intervention effectively addresses the public health need. To accomplish these ends, students will develop and critique both a unique public health program plan and an evaluation plan for the program during the course of the semester.
PUH 5512: Health Policy Plan/Management (3 credits)
Discusses principles and logic involved in health policy, planning and management. Address history, political and environmental contexts, and their incorporation into population research.
(Offered through the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine)
DEM 5050: Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness (3 credits)
Students will review the ecological, sociological, environmental, and general health effects of disasters, natural and man-made. The course will explore the interprofessional roles and responsibilities of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers in all-hazards emergency planning, response, mitigation, and recovery. Students will gain insights into all-hazards preparedness within the health system, community, and state and local agencies.
DEM 5090: Weapons of mass threat and Communicable Diseases (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an understanding of pandemic influenza and other communicable diseases. Students will also be introduced to potential chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons and will learn the expectations of preparations and response to a pandemic or CBRNE event.
DEM 6410: Emergency Preparedness Public Policy and law (3 credits)
This course will address relevant state and federal statutes which affect emergency preparedness. Students will explore the legal implications of mitigation and preparedness efforts and will also become familiar with legal resources available for future reference and research.
DEM 6404: Community Planning, Response, and Recovery for Families and Children (3 credits)
This course is designed to address interdisciplinary roles in preparation and post disaster community health among families and children. The course will focus on the impact of a disaster on health and family, dissemination of health information and guides to family emergency planning. Topics will include: best practice of methods and evaluations of the impact of disaster on health and family; dissemination of health information; guides to family emergency planning; and avenues for public health and safety disciplines to interface with health management organizations.
HCP 6105 - Special Topics in All-Hazards Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)
This course is a capstone research and experience course for the student. Each student will select a topic of interest related to all-hazards preparedness for vulnerable populations research. In addition, students must take part in an approved community project at the volunteer or professional level in the all-hazards field.
The NSU ABA Fellowship provides students the opportunity to accrue hours toward the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) concentrated supervised fieldwork category while employed at NSU’s Baudhuin Preschool. Fellows will be eligible for tuition reduction contingent upon six months of successful employment. This two-year fellowship allows participants to immediately bridge theory to practice with the oversight of the University. Two fellows will be selected to begin August 1, 2022. Their two-year tenure will align with the Broward County Public School 2022-2024 academic and extended school year calendars. At the conclusion of the fellowship, fellows will have accumulated the necessary fieldwork hours towards Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification exam eligibility.
Students enrolled in NSU’s masters level ABA concentrations are eligible to apply for the ABA Fellowship Program. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
The application deadline is May 1, 2022 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only complete application packages that include all the following will be considered:
Email completed packages using the subject line “Fellowship Application: Last Name, First Name” to email@example.com.
|March – May||NSU accepts application|
|May 1, 2022 11:59 PM EST.||All application materials due|
|May 1, 2022 – June 1, 2022||Finalist selection and interviews|
|June 2, 2022||Selected Fellows notified|
|June 14, 2022||Deadline for Fellows to accept or decline the offer|
|June 15, 2022||Onboarding of Fellows|
|August 1, 2022||Estimated Start Date|
NSU ABA Fellows must successfully complete 45 hours of Child Care Training within 6 months of employment, participate in all ESE Teacher Aide trainings, and maintain a 3.5 GPA and satisfactory employee performance throughout the course of the fellowship.
For more information, contact Dr. Emmy Maurilus at firstname.lastname@example.org.