ICR Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the ICR?

The Institute for Collaborative Response (ICR) is an extra-curricular program in which students receive specialized training in family violence and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Institute provides students an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the scope and effects of family violence, trans-disciplinary skills for responding to family violence, the services and systems involved in response to family violence and how collaboration enhances these services. Students learn through direct community involvement how interdisciplinary collaboration allows communities to achieve more through the coordination of resources and efforts across systems and disciplines.

The ICR offers interdisciplinary education and specialized training through JS 137 in how to understand and address issues of family violence, increase awareness of victims' rights, and learn to improve response to family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration.

What are the requirements and how long do I have to complete them?

The requirements include 1) completion of the Justice Studies Collaborative Response Class ( JS 137), 2) working in a qualified collaborative field placement, and 3) completing a special project that contributes to improving the response to family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Requirements are completed over the course of an academic year. The first semester is focused on training and establishing a strong foundation of knowledge in family violence and collaboration. Students are encouraged to complete all core and most workshop requirements during this first semester. The second semester is focused on the field experience and special projects.

Can my degree internship/field placement be used to meet ICR placement requirements?

Yes, your degree field placement/internship can be used to meet the ICR field experience requirement. The ICR requires that the field experience/internship be in the field of family violence and offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Other research or special projects may also be used to meet ICR requirements. ICR faculty will work with you to plan how to best integrate ICR requirements into your learning goals and degree requirements.

I do not have an internship placement yet; is the ICR an internship?

No, the ICR is not an internship program. Field experience is one of the requirements for participation in the ICR, but placements are done through a student's department/school. The ICR has identified certain approved internships that meet ICR requirements. These placements are available through your department and designated as “ICR student preferred” placements. Students are welcome to inquire about these positions. The ICR does not place the student however; this is done through the department.

How does the ICR program work with my specific graduate or undergraduate program?

The ICR requirements are designed to allow students to meet degree requirements while fulfilling ICR requirements. It is perfectly acceptable and encouraged for students to get credit for both the ICR and degree requirements with the same project or placement. The ICR simply requires that the focus of internships and projects be on interdisciplinary collaboration and family violence. This emphasis is easily applied to many student's degree requirements. Students in programs that require a field experience may be in a position to easily meet the field experience requirement. Students who have field experience, practicum, or special project units as an option in their program may be able to enrich their requirements with the learning opportunities available through the ICR.

Students interested in improving services in the field of family violence and interested in working with students in other disciplines, will find this an exciting extracurricular opportunity to enrich existing skills and knowledge.

What are the benefits?

Collaboration is an increasingly valued skill by employers and professionals universally. The ICR is committed to helping students meet their career goals through both training and interaction with a network of community professionals and with peers from multiple disciplines. Upon completion of the ICR requirements, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion through the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Dean's Office.

Do I need to have prior experience/knowledge of family violence and/or collaboration?

No prior experience or knowledge is required. Each student brings with him or her a unique set of skills, experiences and perspectives which add to the overall value of the program.

What if I have other questions?

If you have other questions please contact Maureen Lowell at maureen.lowell@sjsu.edu.

The main office for the ICR is located in MacQuarrie Hall room 509.