UM Clinical Programs Host Child Protection Conference

Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth

By: Prof. Phil Broadhead

On September 3, 2015, Clinical Professor David Calder, Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic, hosted a presentation at the UM School of Law by Victor Vieth, Director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center in Minnesota, who explained recommended improvements in child protection.  The Mississippi Attorney General invited Mr. Vieth to make presentations at all of the colleges, universities, and law schools in the state to propose implementing the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) curriculum into courses taken by students who desire to enter professions that involve child protection.  The goal of the CAST curriculum is to foster multi-disciplinary cooperation among child care professionals, so abuse and neglect of children can be identified more consistently, and appropriate steps can be taken to provide greater protection for children.

Mr. Vieth and other professors working with the Gunderson Training Center will present at another conference in Jackson, Mississippi, on October 7-9, 2015, to explain the CAST curriculum in detail, provide resources, and discuss how it can be incorporated into existing educational programs.  This conference is free to interested persons.  Please contact David Calder at the Child Advocacy Clinic, 662-915-7394, for more details.