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Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy

Basic Academy

The Basic Academy, which is designed for advocates who are new to the victim services profession, is committed to graduating advocates who possess the core competencies necessary to compassionately, knowledgeably, collaboratively, and sustainably support survivor agency with cultural humility in the aftermath of a crime.  The Basic Academy will require distance learning pre-work. 

The Basic Academy is a place for learning the fundamentals of effective victim advocacy and for building a sustainable, collaborative community dedicated to serving and empowering victims.  Success in this endeavor requires commitments from Basic Academy organizers, faculty and participants. 

In addition to participating in the 4-day, in-person Basic Academy and completing the required pre-work, participants must complete four mandatory two-hour pre-Academy distance learning sessions scheduled weekly.

National Advocate Credentialing Available:

Successful graduates of the SVAA Basic Academy will be eligible for the National Advocate Credentialing Program Provisional Level credential. For more information about this credential, please visit:  This training may qualify for CEUs.

CVSD Scholarships for SVAA Basic Academy:  

The Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victims’ Services Division (CVSD) has limited scholarships (full and partial) for victim service providers to attend the Oregon State Victim Assistance Basic Academy. Scholarships may cover the registration fee, lodging and transportation costs. Click here for a scholarship application.  For more information, please email Caroline Olfert, CVSD Training and Curriculum Policy Coordinator.

Costs and Basic Academy Information:

The $300 registration fee includes all written materials, coffee, morning and afternoon snacks and graduation certificate.  Participants pay for their own lodging, food and travel expenses.

Information about the training facility’s dress code and other logistics will be sent to registrants in advance of the Basic Academy.  

Lodging for SVAA Basic Academy

Participants are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging.

Please email NCVLI at, with any additional questions.

This project was supported by Award Nos. 2015-VF-GX-0027 and 2015-VA-GX-0013 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.