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TRANSFORMING LEADERSHIP THROUGH EDUCATION
The CDV Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) offers an array of academic programs that prepare current and future leaders to be catalysts for change in the nonprofit and public sectors. The PGV fulfills a nationally recognized need to educate individuals interested in a broad range of disciplines to effectively respond to survivors of interpersonal violence, and train them to be leaders in the movement to end violence against women. It interweaves learning in public policy, organizational management, social justice work, and interpersonal violence in a powerful and dynamic way. Individuals in the PGV are uniquely prepared to make a real difference–to advocate for change and to be a critical link to the well-being and safety of survivors.
- Well-trained, transformative leaders and managers for nonprofit and public sector organizations who are working to end gender-based violence.
- Table and effective intervention and prevention programs that have more options in service provision, reduced staff turnover, and serve as better agents for change in their communities.
- Enhanced policy making, advocacy, and leadership across the nation.
Highlights of the PGV include:
- A distinctive hybrid format, with PGV courses beginning with a week-long intensive campus class session in Denver (August and January), with the remainder of the courses taken on-line, allowing for non-residential participation.
- Students enter the program as a cohort, building a personal and professional network to rely on throughout their degree program and their careers.
- PGV faculty and lecturers are highly regarded scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of interpersonal violence, and bring expertise in public and nonprofit management, criminal and social justice, women’s studies, sociology, and law. Distinguished presenters have included Jeffrey Edleson, Olga Trujillo, Jacquelyn Campbell, Beth Richie, Evan Stark, Lundy Bancroft, and Barbara Hart.
The PGV offers the following graduate programs and certificates:
- A Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence
- A Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence
- A graduate-level academic certificate in Gender-Based Violence Studies
- A graduate-level academic certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care
- A PhD program in Public Affairs is available for an even deeper experience in the study of gender-based violence.
CERTIFICATE IN INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE AND HEALTH CARE:
The Certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care (CIVHC) is designed to educate and train health care professionals and students from a broad range of health disciplines to effectively respond to victims of gender-based violence. Developed in collaboration with local and national advisors representing schools of nursing, medicine and dentistry, this certificate produces knowledgeable health practitioners skilled in meeting the needs of patients experiencing interpersonal violence. The certificate is comprised of 4 courses (12 credit hours) administered through a combination of online learning and brief intensive periods of study in Denver over a 15-month period.
At the completion of the certificate program, participants will have:
- The leadership skills necessary to improve systematic responses to gender-based violence in healthcare settings
- A thorough understanding of the health ramifications of gender-based violence
- Skill and comfort with screening all patients for domestic violence–victims, offenders and child witnesses
- The ability to effectively assess and treat adults and children engaged in violent relationships
- The ability to build resources to meet the needs of patients including, but not limited to, collaboration with community-based providers
Students interested in this certificate must apply and enroll within the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Click here to learn more about the application process.
CERTIFICATE IN GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE STUDIES:
The Certificate in Gender-Based Violence Studies gives individuals access to intensive studies in interpersonal violence, independent of a degree program. This 15 credit hour certificate is ideal for individuals who may already have attained a Master degree, are not interested in an advanced degree, or who are pursuing a graduate degree in a field they wish to augment with learning in gender-based violence. Students in the certificate program will deepen their knowledge, gain expertise and build their skills as advocates and professionals in the gender-based violence field.
To complete the certificate, students will attend four (4) week-long intensive courses in Denver over the course of two years. The courses are as follows:
- Nature and Scope of Interpersonal Violence
- Psychology of Interpersonal Violence
- Interpersonal Violence Law and Public Policy
- Leadership, Advocacy and Social Change
As a student in the certificate program, you will learn from faculty and lecturers who are highly regarded scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of interpersonal violence who bring expertise in public and nonprofit management, criminal and social justice, women’s studies, sociology and law. Additionally, each class will feature nationally renowned speakers, conversations with experienced practitioners, and in-depth discussions with peers. Distinguished presenters have included Jeffrey Edleson, Olga Trujillo, Jacquelyn Campbell, Beth Richie, Evan Stark, Lundy Bancroft, and Barbara Hart.
Students interested in this program must apply and enroll within the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Click here to learn more about the application process.