Gain the knowledge to prevent violence and advocate for victims
The Violence Prevention and Advocacy Certificate at Lasell University is designed for the working professional who wants to focus on this area providing foundational knowledge to help you advance in your career or later continue in Lasell's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. You will learn effective strategies on how to prevent and respond to violence. You will also develop your communication and management skills to advocate for those who have suffered abuse or other types of violence and aid in their recovery.
Who Should Earn this Certificate?
A certificate in the Violence Prevention and Advocacy helps those succeed with careers in industries such as federal protection agencies, law enforcement, legal work, schools and healthcare institutions, and other related fields. Below are some examples of roles that could benefit from this certificate:
- Frontline staff in community health work, domestic violence, homeless organizations, and general human service organizations
- Manager or director in public health fields
- Title IX administrator on a college campus
- Administrative arbiter or mediator
- Independent consultant or trainer for a corporation or non-profit service agency
This curriculum provides the fundamentals for those interested in criminal justice, violence prevention & Advocacy professions.
The curriculum is comprised of 15 credits (5 courses).
- 9 credits (3 courses) required
- 6 credits (2 courses) electives
Electives can be drawn from any courses offered within the Criminal Justice degree program and specific courses from graduate offerings in Management and Communication approved by Graduate and Professional Studies in consultation with Criminal Justice Faculty.
This course investigates and analyzes aggression and violence as forms of individual, group, and societal behavior. The course also includes an assessment of anthropological, biological, philosophical, political, and sociological theories on the causes of violence and aggression.
This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examining interpersonal violence as a critical and complex social issue. Specific types of interpersonal violence covered include child abuse and neglect, child sexual violence, spousal abuse, elder abuse, date rape and other forms of intimate sexual and physical violence. The course includes a comprehensive examination of theoretical perspectives regarding the nature and origins of interpersonal violence as well as a critical examination of the effectiveness of the mental health, child welfare, and criminal justice system’s approach to interpersonal violence prevention, intervention, and policy.
This course provides students with an understanding of different models of social change and the various strategies of social movements and campaigns that accomplish social change. The course will examine the strategies, tactics, strengths and weaknesses of other historical contemporary movements such as the civil rights or women’s movement. Students will explore how victims of violence might develop successful public discourses that advocate their cause, transform public policy, and build or reform public institutions such as the justice system. The course will also identify successful modes of public address and tactics of activism that produce changes in public policy and reform institutional practices.
Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Criminal Justice Certificate must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission. The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.
Admission Requirements Checklist:
- Online application
- Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates with fewer than 3 years of professional work experience.*
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466