In an effort to raise awareness and improve services for child maltreatment, Dr. Tamara Hurst has helped lead the development of a multidisciplinary Child and Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor through the Southern Miss School of Social Work.
The 18-hour minor – the only one of its kind in Mississippi – is part of a statewide effort that includes the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi and the state Attorney General.
The CAST program is available to all Southern Miss majors and also includes input from criminal justice, psychology, education and similar disciplines.
“Mississippi is a model for taking big steps toward addressing this issue,” Dr. Hurst says. “When other states are looking at how to implement this in their universities, they look at what we’re doing.”