February 28-March 5, 2010
The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Application deadline is February 5, 2010.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice sponsors the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA). The NVAA is comprised of education and skill-based classroom trainings for those who assist victims and survivors of crime.
Following a formal evaluation in 2003, the NVAA was redesigned to better address the skills and abilities that are required of victim service professionals. The revised NVAA was launched in 2007 and includes three distinct tracks tailored to the needs of each participant. All three tracks will be offered during the week-long 2009 Academy.
Track 1, Foundation-Level Training, is a general training for those who have less than 3 years of experience serving crime victims. The goal of the foundation-level training is to provide entry-level professionals and volunteers with skills, knowledge, and resources to serve victims and survivors of crime more effectively.
Track 2, Professional Skill-Building Institute, is designed to build skills and address several timely topics that confront victim service providers on a daily basis and that have direct impact on service providers’ work with victims. The training is targeted for those who have been in the victim services field for at least 2 years.
Track 3, Leadership Institute, consists of courses on management issues, for example, leadership and strategic planning. Track 3 is intended to help victim service administrators and leaders develop and refine the skills and abilities needed to manage and sustain their victim service programs.