Interdisciplinary Training Program

The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics offers a two-semester Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP) for advanced students in medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy/physical therapy, psychology, law, social work, education, public health, nursing, sociology, and related disciplines. Established in 1987, the ITP provides specialized training in clinical practice, prevention, policy formation, child advocacy, research, and administration in the field of child abuse and neglect. Over 330 US students and 7 international students have participated in the ITP program.

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP) is directed by the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the OU Child Study Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect has eleven faculty members who teach, conduct research, provide patient care, and administer child abuse treatment and research programs.

The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect is located in Children's Hospital at the OU Medical Center, a major children's teaching hospital and clinical facility used in the diagnosis and treatment of abused and neglected children in Oklahoma. The didactic seminar of the Interdisciplinary Training Program is conducted at the OU Child Study Center. Currently, faculty members and practicing professionals from a variety of disciplines participate in the ITP academic program.

ITP Eligiblity
To be eligible for the ITP, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate or a postgraduate program;
  • Have sufficient background in their major discipline to benefit from interdisciplinary training;
  • Evidence a career interest and commitment to the field of child abuse and neglect;
  • Demonstrate leadership potential; and
  • Have the recommendation of their major advisor or department chair.

**Special consideration is given to faculty members and international students**

Academic Program
The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect is designed to provide advanced academic training in child abuse and neglect. Students can enroll in credit hours based on their program's requirements. Credit hours will be arranged through the student's major department or through the Graduate College of OUHSC. The academic year for the ITP begins in August and ends in April of each year. The two components of the academic program are described below.

Program Goals
The educational goals of the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect are to develop leaders in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect:

  • Who are rigorously trained and understand the value of the prevention of child maltreatment;
  • Who are committed learners in all aspects; and
  • Who will, through professional advocacy, education, policy development, research, and service, contribute substantially to the knowledge base for the prevention of child maltreatment at the state, national, and international levels.

ITP Didactic Component
Weekly seminars (90 clock hours)

  • Fall conference (1-3 days)
  • Major project, such as a case study, research project, or program evaluation.
  • Mock trial at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Court

ITP Clinical Component

  • Discipline-specific clinical practicum (hours vary by discipline)
  • Cross-discipline practicum experience (35 hours), such as observing cases in juvenile and criminal court, attending the Child Protection Committee at Children's Hospital, or observing a caseworker at the Department of Human Services.

If you are interested in applying for ITP: