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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 sign the Learner Academy Commitment agreement.

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 $350 registration fee includes access to all materials, CEUs (if desired) and certificate of completion.  Participants pay for their own lodging, food and travel expenses.

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

Registration is now open.  Follow this link to access the 2019 Winter Basic SVAA registration page.

Lodging Information

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 February 20, 2019.  To reserve one of these rooms, please call Hotel Modera directly at 877-484-1084 and ask for the “SVAA Basic Academy Group Rate” or reserve online using this link, Hotel Modera Reservations. (The Group Code, 235190303NATIO, should automatically populate; attendees only need to update the date range.)

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 Basic Academy. Scholarship applications are due Friday, February 1, 2019. Scholarships may cover the registration fee, lodging and transportation costs.

Follow this link for the Basic Academy scholarship application. For more information, please email Caroline Olfert, CVSSD Training and Curriculum Policy Coordinator.

 

Please email NCVLI at ncvli@lclark.edu with any additional questions.

SVAA is supported in part by funds from the Oregon Department of Justice through funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.