TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
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.
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.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE NCVAN’S ACADEMY?
WHO SHOULD APPLY AND HOW DO I QUALIFY?
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?
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: The Spring NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy is Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Mornings April 13 - May 26, 2021
WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
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?
HOW LONG DOES RECERTIFICATION TAKE?
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.
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