Understanding Youth Violence and Victimization

Youth violence is a serious social and public health concern, and numerous studies have documented risk factors associated with youth's exposure to and experiences in violence occurring in multiple contexts. The aim of this class is to enhance social work practitioners' understanding of youth violence and how various types of violence impact children and adolescents. The major focus will be on child maltreatment, school bullying and victimization, and juvenile justice involvement. We will explore the associated risk factors and outcomes, particularly among diverse children and adolescents (i.e., racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ, special education, etc.) and the strengths and drawbacks of the current programs and policies.

Course objectives:

  • To highlight the importance of understanding whether routine activities theory helps to explain school-based victimization across urban, rural, and suburban school contexts.
  • To highlight the importance of understanding factors that potentially explain why children who are maltreated at home are likely to be involved in bullying and victimization in school and to explore factors that disrupt the pathway from maltreatment to bullying involvement.
  • To investigate factors that are related to the likelihood of re-arrest among youth involved in the juvenile justice system and to highlight the importance of residential treatment centers.

Steps to complete this course:

  1. Read the course materials: Article 1, Article 2 and Article 3
  2. Complete the post-test and evaluation quiz
  3. Pay for the course: The cost of the course is $25, and payment can be submitted via our online store before or after the successful completion of the post-test and evaluation. Please use your computer, (not a phone), to pay. The course is open to all licensed social work practitioners and is worth 2 Continuing Education Clock Hours. 

Pending a passing test score and payment in full, a CE certificate will be e-mailed to you within 7 to 10 business days.

Refund Policy:

If you pay for this course before taking it, you have up to 60 days after payment to complete this course. After that, no refund or CEs will be issued. Visit our Contact Page for more information in regards to payments.

For further information or any questions, please contact the CE department at ce_ssw@wayne.edu