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TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
March 2019 NCVAN Academy Graduates - Gro

March 2019 Academy Graduates

NCVAN is happy to once again offer the Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy virtually this spring 2021! The NCVAN Academy provides practitioners who work with victims of crime with an opportunity to receive 40+ hours of substantial training to bolster their knowledge and experience while also gaining prestigious state and nationally-recognized certification to reflect their growing expertise.

 

Academy webinars will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning April 13 through May 26th. There is also a required student orientation Monday morning, April 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Academy will take a pause/break (no Academy classes) during the week of April 19 - 23rd, so students can participate in National Crime Victims Rights Week activities.

 

NCVAN’s Academy is the official academy recognized in North Carolina, approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). The curriculum is also approved through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). The program continues to evolve in keeping with emerging best practices and research through on-going guidance by a statewide committee of victim advocacy leaders and thorough extensive participant feedback. Upon completion of the pre-requisite NCVAN academy, graduates may opt to seek provisional licensing and certification on the national level, through NOVA/NACP.

 

Credits: **Participants must complete each module to become certified as a Victim Service Practitioner. Through NCVAN’s partnership with the North Carolina Justice Academy, law enforcement officers who complete the training and certification may receive continuing education credits. The training also counts towards fulfillment with requirements set forth by the Council for Women (for DV/SA programs and Child Advocacy Centers). (Please do check for updates with the applicable entities.)

 

Topics covered typically include: State & Federal Crime Victim's Rights, Advocating for Homicide Co-Victims, Child Abuse, Childhood Trauma, Domestic Violence, Victims and Technology, District Attorney’s Role in Serving Victims, Diversity & Inclusion, Stalking, Sexual Assault and Statewide Sexual Assault Kit Updates, Restorative Justice, State & Federal Crime Victim's Rights, Serving Victims With Disabilities, Barriers Faced by Criminal Justice Professionals/Law Enforcement, Ethics in Serving Victims of Crime, Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Military Settings, History of the Victims Movement, Serving Victims in Immigrant Communities, Crisis Intervention, Victim Empathy, Human Trafficking, Serving Victims in the LGBTQ Community, Victim's Compensation, Utilizing NC-SAVAN, and more.

 

Attendees engage in real-time conversations with facilitators and faculty who are some of the best in the field in North Carolina. Recent faculty has included Dr. Rumay Alexander (UNC-Chapel Hill), Jon Powell, JD (Campbell University School of Law), Michael Parker (former prosecutor), Sabrina Garcia, M.A. (retired law enforcement officer), John Guard (Pitt County Sheriff’s Office), Christine Long (Executive Director, NC Human Trafficking Commission), Aurelia Sands-Bell (Medical University of South Carolina - Mass Violence), JP Przewoznik (UNC-Chapel Hill), Michelle Scott (US Attorney’s Office - Eastern District), Scott Bass (NCVAN), Marie Brodie (Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune), Amy Feath (Carousel Center Child Advocacy Center), Liddie Shropshire and Kim Banko (NC Department of Public Safety), Pam Dickens (disability and victim advocate), Angelica Reza Wind (Executive Director, Our Voice, Asheville), among others. An updated list will be provided as the event draws near. (Click the tab above "Speakers" to read more!)

 

NCVAN’s Academy participants represent a diverse group of allied professionals. Our students are: law enforcement officers – military personnel – therapists – court officials – clergy – victim advocates – to name a few. In this way, the academy is a blended learning experience. Networking brings valuable connections that benefit participants well beyond the completion of the certification. Our students are professionals who have met the prerequisite of having -at least- 6 months experience from a state-recognized program.

 

Prerequisites for acceptance: Approved applicants have a minimum of 6 months experience working directly with victims of crime prior to participating in the Academy, by working (and in some cases volunteering) with a state-recognized program or entity seeking to follow best practices. Applicants who do not yet meet these requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Non-profit domestic or sexual violence programs must be the official program designated by the N.C. Council for Women in the corresponding county.

 

Cost: The certification fee which accompanies this 40+ hour training is $200. NCVAN grants a limited number of scholarships each year through a special fund for advocates with recognized non-profit domestic & sexual violence programs. The Staff of District Attorney offices across the state at times may be able to receive financial assistance through the Conference for District Attorneys.  

FAQs

WHAT IS THE VICTIM SERVICE PRACTITIONER ACADEMY?


A: NCVAN’s Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy (the Academy) provides practitioners who work with victims of crime with an opportunity to receive 40 hours of substantial training to bolster their knowledge and experience, while also gaining prestigious state and nationally-recognized certification to reflect their growing expertise. NCVAN’s Academy is the official academy recognized in North Carolina, approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). The curriculum is also approved through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). The program continues to evolve in keeping with emerging best practices and research through on-going guidance by the Academy Steering Committee and thorough extensive participant feedback. Upon completion of the pre-requisite NCVAN academy, NOVA may consider NCVAN Academy graduates for provisional licensing on the national level. Law enforcement officers who complete the training and certification may receive continuing education credits through NCVAN’s partnership with the North Carolina Justice Academy.




WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE NCVAN’S ACADEMY?


A: NCVAN sees that credentialing of professionals is a serious undertaking, requiring thoughtful and deliberate planning and development. The training faculty includes a number of well-known and seasoned experts steeped in North Carolina law and practices who bring direct and deeply-relevant experience from the field. Training is conducted in a real-time classroom environment, providing opportunity for full engagement with the facilitators. NCVAN’s Academy participants themselves are more than students; they are professionals who have worked in a victim service related profession for at least 6 months. Representing a diverse group of allied professionals, our students are: law enforcement – military – therapist – court officials – clergy – other victim advocates – to name a few. In this way, the academy is a blended learning experience. Networking brings valuable connections that benefit participants well beyond the completion of the certification program. To assure professionalism, NCVAN conducts a criminal history check on all students, which also protects the integrity of the work and upholds the significance of the certification awarded.




WHO SHOULD APPLY AND HOW DO I QUALIFY?


A: The NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy is open to professionals who have been working directly with victims of crime at a recognized program for at least six months or more. Participants typically come from law enforcement, district attorney offices, the military, state-recognized domestic and sexual violence programs, and other agencies and organizations which provide direct support to victims of crime. The training serves professionals who seek a thoughtful and thorough understanding of the experience of victims of crime and how better to serve them. The pre-requisite of having six months of prior experiences serves to provide each participant with a framework to lend relevance to the highly-specialized training and to assure participants have a common baseline for reference in networking and in group discussions. Exceptions are sometimes made. If a potential participant does not meet the six-month or current work prerequisite, we may consider other variables, including but not limited to, becoming employed with a state or other agency in a position that will primarily directly serve victims of crime, or having a prior work history that makes participation relevant. To be considered for an exception, the potential participant should email a request to the director of training upon applying to the Academy, and include relevant information such as a description of the person’s new role or employment and/or a resume which lists past work experience and references.




WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMY TRAINING AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE?


A: Click on CURRENT MEMBERS to see the NC VAN TRAINING AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS.




WHO ARE YOUR TRAINERS?


A: Click to see the TRAINERS for the current NC VAN Academy.




WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR CURRICULUM?


A: Below is a sample of the presentation topics that are typically covered during the week.

  • History of the Victims Movement
  • Building Relationships for Community Advocacy
  • Working with Immigrant Victims of Crime
  • Theory of Crisis Intervention/Victim Empathy
  • Human Trafficking
  • Advocacy for Victims of Homicide
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Victims and Technology-Cyberbullying
  • District Attorney’s Role in Serving Victims
  • Cultural Relevancy
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Restorative Justice
  • Federal Victims’ Rights
  • Serving Victims With Disabilities
  • Criminal Justice Professionals: The Barriers We Face
  • Working with Victims in a Military Setting
  • Victim’s Compensation/NCSAVAN
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Serving Victims in the LGBTQ Community




WHEN IS THE NEXT CERTIFICATION ACADEMY?


A: The Spring NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy is Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Mornings April 13 - May 26, 2021 (With a break April 19 - 23 for National Crime Victims' rights Week)




WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?


A: Call Jane Allen Wilson at (919) 831-2857 ext. 102 or email training@nc-van.org.




WHAT IS THE COST OF CERTIFICATION?


A: The cost of certification is $200.00 per participant. Payment should be received no later than two weeks before the Academy. Placement in the Academy is not guaranteed until payment is made. Without the payment by the deadline, the applicant’s place in the Academy may be cancelled and the participant may be placed on the waiting list. If special payment arrangements are needed, please contact the Director of Training at janeallen@nc-van.org for approval and to coordinate.




WHAT IS THE COST OF RECERTIFICATION?


A: The cost of recertification is $125.00. Additionally, certified practitioners must submit documentation of 20 hours of continuing education to the NC Victim Service Practitioner Oversight Committee every three (3) years to be re-certified. Click here for more information on RECERTIFICATION.




HOW LONG DOES RECERTIFICATION TAKE?


A: Certified practitioners must submit documentation of 20 hours of continuing education to the NC Victim Service Practitioner Oversight Committee every three (3) years to be re-certified. Click here for more information on RECERTIFICATION.




ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?


A: Yes. NCVAN Memorial Scholarship Program NCVAN is pleased to announce the NCVAN Memorial Scholarship program. Two scholarships will be awarded to two deserving victim advocates working in a recognized nonprofit victim service organization in North Carolina. Each scholarship will help defray costs associated with attending the next upcoming NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy. The Memorial Scholarship covers the cost of certification along with one night of lodging for recipients who may require overnight accommodations. Note that while there is just one application for the scholarship, two will be awarded. Each NCVAN Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in the memory of four much-loved North Carolinians whose lives ended because of homicide. To learn more about The Jenna and Ethen Nielsen Memorial Scholarship & The Stephen and Michael Hoyle Memorial Scholarship and the application process see our SCHOLARSHIP page.





NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy

“The exceptional training provided through this week-long intensive program is essential to NCVAN’s goal of ensuring that victims of violent crime in North Carolina receive reliable, consistent services. Facilitators, presenters and participants alike share a guiding commitment to provide victims thorough and thoughtful person-centered support.”

Jane Allen Wilson, Director of Training

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