Advanced Academy

Advanced Academy

NCVAN Announces the

“September Sustainability Series”

 to Strengthen Victim Support Work

NCVAN is committed to supporting those who support victims and loved ones impacted by violent crime. Through five initial offerings of NCVAN’s Resiliency Retreat & Training on Vicarious Trauma, advocates, executive directors and prosecutors from all across the state were given opportunities to learn about vicarious trauma on a personal level and integrate helpful tools within their daily lives.


A natural follow-up to these events, the “September Sustainability Series” now takes a closer look at the resiliency and long-range well-being of the organizations that work collectively with people who have been traumatized. Through our September Sustainability Series, NCVAN remains truly dedicated to supporting “the helpers,” and ultimately to sustaining North Carolina’s collaborative movement to end violence in our state:

Part I, “We Will Survive!: Building Resiliency and Sustainable Dynamics in Your Organization,” September 9 – 10th. To be held outside of Asheville, in Black Mountain.  The training and the lodging (with meals included!) are free.


What lurks in the shadows of mission driven organizations that work with trauma? What are the potential negative consequences of social idealism? How do we cultivate resiliency and restorative practices to sustain our agency’s survival and ongoing positive impact? How do organizations avoid catching what it is we are “treating” in society? NCVAN is pleased to invite organizations to apply for this unique two-day interactive training event! National expert, consultant, and author Shana Hormann, Ph.d. M.S.W. will guide participants through an integrated learning process, with discussions designed to support organizations to recognize and respond to the deeper challenges their

organizations may be experiencing in their collective work. Having worked extensively with mission-focused, victim-service organizations all across the United States to build resiliency and sustainability, including the National Network to End Domestic Violence and sexual assault coalitions in multiple states, Shana offers wise counsel, tools, and practical ideas to help organizations restore well-being. Space is limited.

Part II, “Healing from the Inside Out: An Abundance Mindset Towards Organizational Healing” September 25th – 26th. To be held by the Downtown Riverwalk, Wilmington, NC.


This interactive workshop will support organizations to shift away from locking into a crisis-based, scarcity mindset and systemic “fault,” towards discovering protective factors in healing our work culture from within. Programs will be guided in ways to integrate innovative perspectives on individual and collective trauma and care towards organizational wholeness and wellbeing. Facilitators Angelica Reza Wind of Our Voice and Saira Estrada of NCVAN will offer sessions in both English and Spanish.