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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. 

For a limited time, registration will be open exclusively to Oregon advocates who are on a list of interested persons. Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows.

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 on Tuesday, August 14, Tuesday, August 21, Tuesday, August 28, and Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  There will be two different in-person options for the upcoming Basic Academy.  Participants may attend one of the following two in-person training options, in addition to the mandatory online sessions: 1) September 10-13, 2018, in downtown Portland, Oregon; or 2) September 17-20, 2018 in Seaside, Oregon.

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 on select dates in August and September, in addition to the 4-day, in-person Basic Academy in September.

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 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 for Tuesday, August 14, Tuesday, August 21, Tuesday, August 28, and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 (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/.  This training will qualify for CEUs.

Costs and Basic Academy Information:

The $300 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

The Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division (CVSSD) has limited scholarships (full and partial) for victim service providers to attend the upcoming Oregon State Victim Assistance Academies, both Basic and Advanced. Scholarship applications are due July 20, 2018. Scholarships may cover the registration fee, lodging and transportation costs. Click the following link for a scholarship application to the Basic Academy. For more information, please email Caroline Olfert, CVSSD Training and Curriculum Policy Coordinator.

Registration

The following links will take you to registration pages for the Portland (September 10-13) and Seaside (September 17-20) Basic Academies.

Lodging for SVAA Basic Academy

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

For the September 10-13, 2018 Basic Academy in Portland, NCVLI has secured a block of hotel rooms at Hotel Modera that will be available on a first come-first served basis for attendees to reserve at a discounted group rate through August 8, 2018.  To reserve one of these rooms, please call Hotel Modera directly at 877.484.1084 and ask for the “National Crime Victim Law Institute Group Rate” or reserve online using this link, Hotel Modera Reservations. The Group Code “NCVLI” will be automatically populated and attendees just need to update the date range.

For the September 17-20, 2018 Basic Academy in Seaside, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Plus Ocean View Resort.  For more information about reserving one of these rooms, view the Ocean View Resort flyer.  According to the hotel, it is recommended to reserve space sooner, rather than later, as guest rooms are not being blocked or held out of inventory.

8-2-18 Seaside Update:  If the Best Western Ocean View Resort does not have availability, Shilo Inns Seaside Oceanfront hotel has government-rate rooms available for the dates of the 2018 September Basic SVAA training in Seaside.  You may access their website at https://www.shiloinns.com/shilo-inns-seaside-oceanfront or call 503-738-9571.  To use the government rate there, you’ll need to bring documentation, such as a government ID or a document showing government funding (for example, a copy of a government grant document for those who work at a nonprofit organization).

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.