NVAA, as part of NOVA’s National Advocacy Leadership Center, provides the foundation of core competencies for victim advocacy with the benefit of direct access to nationally recognized Subject Matter Experts. The knowledge shared has broad application for anyone working with victims of crime.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of NVAA is that students interact with faculty, participate in role plays and group exercises, and talk to fellow classmates all in “real time” from their home or office. The forty-hour Academy meets nine consecutive Wednesdays, in a live, distance-learning classroom. To enhance participation, class size is limited to thirty. Students interact directly with instructors.
NVAA is NACP-approved and offers knowledge about core competencies, practical skills, and resources for an advocate’s toolkit. These include:
- Trauma of Victimization
- Crisis Intervention
- Role of the Advocate & Vicarious Trauma
- Case Management
- History of Victim Services
- Victims’ Rights
- Criminal Justice System & Crime Victim Compensation
- Ethics and Confidentiality
- Cultural Sensitivity and Special Victim Populations
A participant from the inaugural NOVA Victim Assistance Academy wrote, “NVAA has expanded my knowledge and skills and encouraged and motivated me to continue doing this work. Thank you!”