Hufstedler School of Education faculty offers professional development workshops on child abuse and advocacy

Barbara Stein-Stover, Ed.D., assistant professor of teacher education at the Hufstedler School of Education, will present at two upcoming events on the issue of child advocacy in conjunction with Alliant International University’s Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT).

Stein-Stover will first present at IVAT’s 9th Annual Hawaii Conference on Preventing, Assessing and Treating Child, Adolescent and Adult Trauma in Honolulu. She and a team of colleagues will next offer a two-day training workshop, titled “Child Maltreatment: Perspective and Techniques for Child Advocacy,” on April 13-14 at Alliant’s Irvine, CA campus.

The presentation and training represent the culmination of an interdisciplinary team lead by Stein-Stover and psychologists from both the California School of Professional Psychology and the California School for Forensic Studies to develop child abuse and advocacy training curriculum on behalf of IVAT

The workshop covers the history, comparative perspectives, legal framework, responses to child maltreatment, mandatory reporting issues and other pertinent issues pertaining to child maltreatment and child advocacy. The workshop is designed for those in criminal justice, education, social work, sociology, psychology, nursing, law or other areas where knowledge of child maltreatment and advocating for children might be necessary.

IVAT’s mission is to provide professional training and information dissemination to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse and trauma. IVAT is approved to offer continuing education to a variety of professional practices by organizations including the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

For more information about IVAT, its upcoming conference and professional training workshops, please visit