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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 requires distance learning pre-work. 

The Oregon State Victim Assistance Basic Academy (Basic Academy) provides fundamental education for victim service providers and allied professionals who routinely interact with victims of crime.  The Basic Academy will require distance learning pre-work: 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.

The Basic Academy is designed for advocates who are new to victim services.  The curriculum includes sessions that cover the core competencies of victim advocacy taught by local advocacy experts.  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. 

 The Basic Academy 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.

Topics May Include: Justice System Overview; Ethics; Confidentiality; Crime Victims’ Rights; Effective Communication; Crisis Intervention; Intimate Partner Violence; Vicarious Trauma, Resiliency and Self-Care; Neurobiology of Trauma; and Financial Recovery.

Target Audience: This training is designed for Oregon advocates working in system-based and community-based agencies. Allied professionals working with crime victims (e.g. mental health counselors, crisis response workers) will be enrolled as space allows.  Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows.  This training is focused on basic information for advocates who are new to victim services.

Learner and Academy Obligations and Commitments

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 the organizers of the Basic Academy and from each participant.

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 prior to the in-person component (flexible times available).

All registrants must review and agree to the Agreement found here.

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: http://www.trynova.org/help-crime-victim/nacp/.

Costs and Basic Academy Information:

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

Logistical information will be sent to registrants in advance of the Basic Academy.  

CVSSD Scholarships for SVAA Basic Academy

In the past, the Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division (CVSSD) has offered limited scholarships (full and partial) for victim service providers to attend the Oregon State Victim Assistance Academies, both Basic and Advanced.  More information will be available once future training dates are set.

 

Please email NCVLI at ncvli@lclark.edu 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.