Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate

Electives and Interdisciplinary Partnerships

Electives for the Leadership in Disability Studies Certificate are flexible and designed to work with the student's graduate degree program and/or career interests. Depending on your major, there are several possibilities for electives. Check with Dr. Julie Warm for more information on electives.

Interdisciplinary Partnerships

Graduate students pursuing a variety of majors find the ILDS certificate compliments their studies and makes them more competitive in the job market. Students also working toward a graduate degree at UMKC may take a course in their major toward the elective in the certificate. Talk with your advisor to learn more! Partnerships are set up with the following graduate programs.

Sample Electives

Disability Law

An interdisciplinary study of the law relating to people with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, and access to transportation, health, welfare and social services to provide an understanding of how the law affects individuals with disabilities and public and private entities. Legislation considered include the American with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Family and Medical leave Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The enrollment of graduate students from other disciplines, such as education, business, and health sciences is encouraged to allow for interdisciplinary discussion of the topics involved.

Psychopathology: A Competency Based Assessment Model in Social Work Practice

The DSM will be used in conjunction with a competency-based assessment model that includes an ecological approach and systems theory to determine what biopsychosocial factors have contributed to the client's problem. The multi-axial system becomes a tool to gather information that supports the competency-based assessment. Prerequisites: Foundation

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

This course is designed to provide students with a strong knowledge base related to concepts of health promotion and health protection for clients across the life span. Clients are conceptualized as individuals, families and populations. An application of various developmental theories for the child, adult, older adult and family will provide the basis to individualize health-care needs for various age and family groups. Core concepts for the course include: theories of health and health promotion and protection, reasoned action, health belief model, epidemiology, disease and injury privation, health education, growth and development, nutrition, and family systems theory. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: NURSE 5550 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing.



Julie Warm, PhD
Director of Interdisciplinary Training

UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 W. Pershing Road, 6th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

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