Institute for Collaborative Response

Dear interested student,

You are invited to participate in this exciting new opportunity to learn about collaborative approaches to address the needs of people who have been victims of family violence. Students will join with other students across disciplines within the College of Applied Sciences & Arts (CASA) who are interested in learning about such topics as; child abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and abduction. The Institute will offer interdisciplinary education and facilitate internship placements in collaboration with central public and community agencies in both Santa Clara County and the city of San José.


Eligibility for participation includes upper division standing in your respective department/school or acceptance in a master's degree program within CASA. Additionally, students must be eligible for internship placement in his or her respective departments and be willing to commit to completion criteria enumerated below. Students already placed in a qualifying internship may also apply.


Students will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion in Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence, awarded through the CASA Dean's Office, upon successful completion of the following criteria:

Field experience for a minimum of one semester in a community service or government agency that offers interdisciplinary services related to victims of family violence.

a. For students unable to commit to the field experience requirement (total of 120 hours) due to department or school restrictions, other equivalency participation will be developed on a case-by-case basis with the ICR team.

b. Students may use field experiences in their respective majors if these experiences meet ICR criteria. As appropriate, ICR will work with interested students and departments to augment existing field experiences to meet ICR criteria.

c. Field Observations

  1. Participation in core workshops (8 hours) on collaborative theory and practice.
  2. Four special topic workshops (2 hours each).
  3. Four interdisciplinary discussion groups (1.5 hours each) offered over the course of the year.
  4. Completion of a project reflecting the student's experience in collaborative response and services for victims of family violence.
  5. Reflection Journal (throughout the program).


Field placement sites will meet criteria for inclusion if they offer students experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and provide services related to the needs of victims of family violence. Presently the Institute is focused on victim services listed above, but remains open to other family violence services that afford students the opportunity to work collaboratively with other disciplines in a coordinated community response. Your current internship may meet these criteria. Students are not required to do additional field placement hours beyond their department requirements. Some sites may not meet ICR criteria.


Students must complete an application or acceptance into this program. Copies of the application are available on the CASA website, the Dean's office and through participating departments.

Applications are currently being accepted. Students can submit applications in the CASA Dean's Office, MacQuarrie Hall, room 433. Please do not submit applications to department offices. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated; students will be notified of decisions via email.

For more information, please contact Maureen Lowell in the Dean's Office at 408.924.2918 or by email at


Maureen Lowell, MFT
Project Director

Laurie Drabble, Ph.D., MSW, MPH
Faculty Coordinator

This material was produced by The Institute for Collaborative Response of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts of San Jose State University under cooperative agreement number 2009-D1-BX-K024, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.