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ChAP: FAQ

What does ChAP stand for?

ChAP is the Certificate on Promoting Child and Adolescent Wellbeing. It is called the Child and Adolescent Program (ChAP) for short.

Are Certificate programs mandatory?

No, these are optional programs that students can elect to apply to if that have an interest in a particular area/population/topic that is addressed by one of the Certificate programs.

What is the focus of ChAP?

ChAP focuses on many topics related to children, youth, and their families, across multiple settings. Topics range from child maltreatment to mental health to gender and sexual diversity (and many more!). Students might work in various settings such as schools, hospitals/health care, juvenile justice, child welfare, local agencies, and many more.

Can students apply to more than one Certificate?

Students can apply to two Certificate programs, which means completing two separate applications. But students can only enroll in ONE Certificate. Because each Certificate has its own Field and curriculum requirements, it is not possible to do more than one Certificate.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students in the Foundation Year of the MSW program (either Traditional or Blended program). Students must be starting Advanced Field when the officially start the Certificate program (the ACT Certificate might haves lightly different requirements. Please check their website)

Are Advanced Standing Students able to apply to ChAP?

Starting in Spring 2021, Advanced Standing students will be able to apply to ChAP

Is ChAP only for New Brunswick students?

ChAP accepts students from all three campuses: New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden.

Is ChAP open to Intensive Weekend and online students?

We are looking into expanding ChAP to both programs, hopefully by the application period of Fall 2021

How can students apply for the Child & Adolescent Certificate program?

Applications to all Certificate programs will be available in the Fall semester of 2020. Notification about access to the online portal to complete applications will be forthcoming via email from Student Affairs.

Please keep an eye out for this in your email! Students are encouraged to apply early in this time period.

How many students are accepted into the Child & Adolescent Certificate program?

 Although we don’t have a set restriction on the number of students we will accept, we do try to base enrollment on the number of appropriate Field Placements we have available.

When will applicants be notified of acceptance?

Applicants will be notified of a decision in November or early December of 2020. Planning for the Advanced year field placement will begin in Spring of 2021.

Do you offer any Scholarship or Fellowships?

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot promise that we will have any scholarships or fellowships available for the incoming ChAP cohort.

How can students contact someone from the Child & Adolescent Certificate Program?

Please send an email to childcertificate@ssw.rutgers.edu

Will there be an Orientation to the Child & Adolescent Certificate Program?

In early spring ChAP Certificate Program faculty will be holding orientation sessions via Zoom, for accepted students.

Are there required courses?

Yes, there are four required Certificate courses, encompassing policy, practice, and HBSE domains. Please see the Info Sheet/website for more details.

Is ChAP open to both Clinical and Management and Policy (MAP) students?

Yes, ChAP is open to both.

Can students take ChAP coursework even if they aren’t in the Certificate program?

Yes, the ChAP courses are open to all students; all students interested in the course topics are encouraged to enroll in the courses. Non-ChAP students can also develop an Area of Emphasis if they wish, to tailor some of their interests and coursework with a focus on children and youth.

What is the Community Involvement/Academic Enrichment experience?

For the ChAP Certificate students, they will be required to attend one event during the academic year (which will be virtual in the 2020-21 academic year). More information will be provided about this at a later time.

Will students actually get a Certificate when they graduate?

Yes, students who successfully fulfill all of the requirements of the Child and Adolescent Well-being Certificate will receive a Certificate at graduation; their transcripts will also indicate that they earned a specialized Certificate.

Who oversees the Child & Adolescent Certificate Program?

This Certificate program is directed by Dr. Cassandra Simmel, Associate Professor and coordinated by Dr. Margaret O'Donoghue, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, both at the School of Social Work. They also work closely with Student Affairs and Field Staff at all three campuses to coordinate this program.

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