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State Victim Assistance Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to frequently asked questions.

When and where will the next Basic Academy take place?

The next Basic Academy will take place in late summer/early fall 2018.  For a short time, Oregon advocates will be given the opportunity to register before enrollment is opened.  Registration priority is given to Oregon participants.  Please email to be placed on a list of persons interested in learning more about upcoming sessions.

When and where will the next Advanced Academy take place?

Details have not been finalized yet.  Please email to be placed on a list of persons interested in learning more about upcoming sessions.

Can you tell me more about the combination of online and in-person learning?

The Basic Academy is the primary source of statewide training for victim advocates.  The Basic Academy is designed to help crime victim advocates identify, develop and practice core victim advocacy competencies through adult learning methodologies. This year the Basic Academy is moving to a Hybrid Learning Model. 

What is “hybrid learning”, “blended learning” or “mixed method learning”?

The three terms “blended learning”, “hybrid learning” and “mixed method learning” describe learning that combines independent, self-paced learning, online or e-learning methods and traditional classroom methods.  In this model, an e-learning component can be asynchronous (e.g., a self-paced course) or synchronous (e.g., an instructor led online course).  

Why is “hybrid learning” being used?

The combination of learning methods has many benefits:  (1) it accommodates a variety of learning styles and paces; (2) it accommodates individuals’ existing obligations by lessening the in-person time commitment of the training; (3) it leverages the variety of features unique to each delivery environment to optimize learning.  By taking advantage of each learning method, the Basic Academy aims to support advocate development in the best way possible.

How long is the Basic Academy?

The mandatory elements of the Basic Academy total 40-hours of training.  The 40 hours are comprised of a combination of independent, online and in-person learning methodologies.

In addition to these mandatory elements, the Basic SVAA offers optional learning and community building opportunities.  Specifically, in the ten months following completion of the Basic Academy, follow-on learning opportunities in the form of monthly “remote brown bag lunches” on key topics will be provided to graduates.

What is the breakdown of the 40 hours?

  • There are four (4) mandatory online modules to be completed using distance learning prior to the in-person component of the Basic Academy. Each online module is 2 hours long.  The “live” sessions take place weekly, from 12-1:30pm (Pacific), and modules are recorded so that learners can complete them on their own schedules any time prior to the in-person aspect of the Basic Academy.
  • In addition to the mandatory online modules, the Basic Academy also incorporates four (4) in-person training days.  In-person sessions will take place from 8:00am-5:00pm on all four days. 

Is there pre-work in addition to the online learning?

Yes.  There is some work that needs to be done before the in-person training days.  Specifically, learners are required to:

  • Identify key victim resources (e.g., written information, electronic databases, lists of partners, experienced colleagues) that exist in your office.
  • Identify the office policy or practice regarding when and to whom to refer victims for complementary needs (e.g., victim attorneys, victim advocates in another organization). 
  • Read the “Vision of a Graduate” and after self-reflecting identify three (3) areas of strength you already bring to being an advocate and three (3) areas in which you hope to grow.
  • Download, read, print and sign the Learner Commitments.
  • Identify two (2) unique or interesting facts about yourself that you are willing to share with the group.  These will be used for a community building exercise on Day 2 of the in-person training.

When do I have to do the pre-work and online learning?

The required pre-work and online modules may be completed on the learner’s own schedule in advance of the in-person training days.  Registered learners will be emailed information about how to access that content, as it is released.

I am an advocate in another state.  May I attend?

Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows.

Can I earn continuing education credits for the Basic Academy?

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. 

Will I receive an advocate certification when I complete the Basic Academy?

Upon completion of all required Basic Academy activities, the SVAA will provide you with a Certificate of Completion.  The SVAA does not certify advocates, but if an advocate is interested in seeking a certification, the Basic Academy is a pre-approved training course with the National Advocate Credentialing Program, which offers a number of different credentials, including a Provisional Advocate Credential (no experience required), a Basic Advocate Credential (3,900 hours/2 years of experience required), an Intermediate Advocate Credential (7,800 hours/4 years of experience), and an Advanced Advocate Credential (15,600 hours/8 years of experience required). For more information about advocate certification, please visit: 

Can I apply for a scholarship to attend the Oregon SVAA?

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.  

What does the registration fee cover? 

Registration fees include all written materials, coffee, morning and afternoon snacks and graduation certificate. Participants pay for their own lodging, food and travel expenses.

For more information, please email NCVLI at

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.