Advanced Academy

Advanced Academy

NCVAN is pleased to offer a day-long, interactive and informative training on working with loved ones in the aftermath of homicide, Friday, September 14th in Raleigh.



Given the magnitude of the approaching hurricane and how it may impact the state, NCVAN has RESCHEDULED this training and for September 28th.


This free training is ideal for service professionals such as advocates, court officials, law enforcement, counselors, and clergy, along with volunteers, loved ones and others who desire to learn and/or to assist loved ones in meaningful ways.


Featured presenters are Scott Bass, NCVAN’s Director of Victim Services and developer of NCVAN’s Homicide Advocacy Project (HAP), who for many years has supported survivors of traumatic loss through advocacy and leadership; and Lynda Simmons, an experienced group facilitator, counselor and artist, whose son was taken by homicide and who brings her personal experience along with years of professional and volunteer experience to this important topic.


Participants will receive a free copy of a book by Bill Jenkins, a nationally-recognized trainer who speaks from personal experience regarding the aftermath of homicide on families and others who love someone who was murdered.

Lynda Simmons is the Owner/Operator of ‘heART-n-soul journeys,’ which offers various expressive arts workshops with an emphasis on self-healing.  On July 25, 2004, Lynda’s son, Brian Eddie Colletti, was murdered, beginning a life-altering journey that continues to this day.  Lynda, a former substance abuse counselor, is a facilitator of groups, workshops and retreats on a variety of educational, spiritual and self-help topics.

Scott Bass is the Director of Victim Services at the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN), developing programs and services for loved ones of murder victims, including establishing support groups for homicide survivors and creating a pilot program to engage and equip volunteers  to support homicide survivors after a murder occurs. Scott has worked with loved ones as a therapist, a minister, and an advocate. He serves as a volunteer and board member for the Capital Restorative Justice Project (CRJP), supporting families and communities harmed by murder as well as educating on restorative justice practices. He was formerly an executive director of a national nonprofit that worked with murder victims’ loved ones who wanted to engage in policy and legislative advocacy.

Credit can be used towards state renewal of the NC Victim Services Practitioner Certification through NCVAN’s Academy.  To learn more about the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network,  resources and support for loved ones of and victims of violent crime, along with training opportunities, visit:


Registration closes at 3:00 p.m. on September 13th.  Location details are provided upon registration. For more information about this free training event, please email