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
Advocacy for Victims of Homicide
Victims and Technology-Cyberbullying
District Attorney’s Role in Serving Victims
Federal Victims’ Rights
Serving Victims With Disabilities
Criminal Justice Professionals: The Barriers We Face
Working with Victims in a Military Setting
Serving Victims in the LGBTQ Community
WHEN IS THE NEXT CERTIFICATION ACADEMY?
A: Information about the NCVAN Spring 2021 NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy will be posted as soon as the information is available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.
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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. Recipients of the NCVAN Memorial Scholarship will be announced on March 1, 2019. 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