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Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Consortium

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The CAST Consortium strengthens the knowledge and skill base of emerging and current members of the child-serving workforce. The Consortium develops and disseminates innovative curricula for mandated reporters across the postsecondary spectrum through professional continuing education. Consortium staff, Child Advocacy Studies academic programs leaders, and Child Advocacy Center service providers will analyze and interpret data gleaned through curricular needs assessments, surveys, and key informant interviews. The Consortium teams will then design high-impact learning experiences relevant to mandated reporters in multiple disciplines that intersect with children exposed to violence and trauma.

Provider Organization

University of Missouri-St. Louis
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Products developed by the CAST Consortium include Problem-Based Learning Simulation Facilitation manuals featuring advanced case scenarios with participatory roles for learners; "plug and play" instructional modules on relevant topics with slide decks, resources, and exercises ready to be inserted in Learning Management Systems; and resources and products aimed at strengthening education to workforce transitions such as internship guides.


  • Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Community Members
  • Court Personnel
  • Detention/Corrections Staff
  • Families
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Other
  • Prosecutors
  • School Personnel
  • Social Services
  • Students
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Tribal Community
  • Youth


Most Consortium products can be disseminated to postsecondary instructors and/or workforce trainers in various disciplines that serve and protect children (e.g., law enforcement, child protection, courts, health care, and education). Problem-Based Learning Simulation (PBL-S) facilitation manuals are available to participants who have completed the learning communities that train and support PBL-S facilitators.

  • Learning Community: Problem-Based Learning Simulations
  • New Problem Based Learning Simulation: Law Enforcement focus
  • New Problem Based Learning Simulation: Poverty vs Neglect in Early Childhood focus 
  • Supplemental PBL-S didactic and simulation modules to screen for violence exposure using Child Trauma Screen (CTS),  Environmental Screening Questionnaire (ESQ), and Safe Environment for Every Kid Parent Questionnaire-Revised (SEEK-PQ-R)
  • LMS ready instructional modules: Mandated reporting, CAC roles in community, Minimal facts interviewing 
  • Workforce Transition supports such as: CAC-CAST Director Guides,  Advisory Board Guides, Hiring/Onboard Guides

Jerry Dunn                                                                    
Executive Director  
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Cecilie Kreiner
Clinical Professor Project Manager
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  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Case Management
  • Child Advocacy/Protection
  • Child Welfare System
  • Children Exposed to Violence
  • Child Welfare System
  • Crossover Youth
  • Court Appointed Advocates
  • Court Services (Staffing and Pretrial)
  • Cultural Competency
  • Data, Information, Evaluation
  • Detention and Corrections/Youth in Custody
  • Detention/Corrections Facilities
  • Diversion
  • Evidence-based Practices
  • Family Courts
  • Family/Domestic Violence
  • Family Engagement
  • Foster Youth
  • Gender Responsive Services
  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Maltreatment
  • Mental Health
  • Missing and Exploited Children
  • Polyvictimization
  • Racial and Ethnic Minorities/DMC
  • Specialty Courts
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trafficking
  • Training for Law Enforcement/Court Personnel
  • Trauma
  • Tribal Court
  • Tribal Law Enforcement
  • Tribal Youth
  • Violence Prevention
  • Youth Advocacy
  • Youth Involvement

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Date Published: September 15, 2023