What is NALC?
The National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC) is an online training and professional development center designed to support you at every step of your victim advocacy career. Whether you are a recent college graduate or an experienced advocate seeking a new challenge, NALC offers a wide variety of development opportunities to meet the growing and diverse field of victim advocacy.
Join NOVA as a Premier Member and access all of NALC’s benefits, including innovative online trainings, professional development tips, networking opportunities, job listings, and updates on best practices unique to victim assistance providers and allied professionals who assist victims of crime.
Who should join?
- Anyone interested in exploring a career in victim advocacy, criminal justice, military victim advocacy, mental health, social services, law enforcement, or other allied professions.
- Professionals who require flexible continuing education training hours in an easily accessible, on-line training classroom.
- Seasoned professionals seeking best practices in victim advocacy, crisis response, and crime victim rights and services.
- Victim assistance providers and other allied professionals looking to expand their victim assistance network.
- NOVA Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) Alumni interested in pursuing advanced training.
Why should I join?
- Access to NOVA Premier Members-Only Website: CEU Trainings, The NALC Career Center, networking opportunities, and informative updates on dynamic changes in victim advocacy.
- FREE Admission to NALC’s Monthly Continuing Education (CEU) Webinars and Quarterly CEU Trainings for Victim Advocate Program Managers: Earn up to 24 CEU Credits/per year which can be applied to National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and/or DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) Renewal.
- The NALC’s Career Center: Career guidance, job listings and other essential information for new and seasoned victim assistance professionals.
- NOVA’s E-Quarterly Membership Newsletter: Receive regular updates and other information on best practices, upcoming trainings and calls to action for victim assistance professionals.
- Networking Opportunities: Attend the NOVA Premier Members-Only NALC Networking Reception at the 2018 NOVA Annual Conference, among other networking opportunities.
How Can I Join?
Become a NOVA Premier Member and you will receive FULL access to NALC benefits.
Innovative and Sequential Victim Assistance Online Trainings
The National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC) offers skill-based, sequential victim assistance training designed to build and enhance knowledge, skills, and tools for victim assistance providers and allied professionals at all levels.
NALC MONTHLY CEU TRAININGS (18 CEUs/per year)
The NALC Monthly Webinar Trainings are offered FREE of charge to NOVA Premier Members. Monthly webinars provide victim assistance providers and allied professionals with information on best practices, model programs, and emerging trends in victim advocacy. Check out our schedule of upcoming CY2019 NALC Webinars below.
NALC QUARTERLY CEU TRAININGS (6 CEUs/per year)
NALC offers Quarterly CEU Webinars for Victim Advocate Program Managers. These webinars are offered FREE of charge to all NOVA Premier Members. The goal is to support program managers with new knowledge and tools related to program development, evaluation and leadership.
MISS A TRAINING?
All NALC CEU Webinars are recorded and available to NOVA Premier Members in the NALC Member-Only area of the NOVA Website.
Please contact NALC for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NALC CEU CY2020 Monthly Webinar Schedule (18 CEUs/year)
CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPIC
TRAINER / ORGANIZATION
TOPIC / TRAINER / ORGANIZATION
Bill Woolf, Executive Director
Teen Dating Violence
Donna Bartos, Founder and CEO
Invisible Injuries: Addressing the intersection of domestic violence, traumatic brain injury, and strangulation in your work
Rachel Ramirez, Founder and Director of The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
(Forensic Exams) Postponed
(Lisa Lee, RLS Medical Forensics) Postponed
Homicide Grief and Loss
James Gierke, Executive Director
Advocating for LGBTQ Survivors
Ericka Dixon, National Capacity Building Coordinator
Bullying and Harassment
Immigration and Family Separation
Gail Pendleton, Co-Director
Christine Mouton, Director
Safety and Technology
Corbin Street, Technology Safety Specialist
Children Exposed to Violence
Dr. Jim Lewis, Clinical Neuropsychologist
NALC CEU CY2019 Quarterly Webinar Schedule (6 CEUs/year)
CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPIC
TRAINER / ORGANIZATION
TOPIC / TRAINER / ORGANIZATION
The National Advocacy Credentialing Program (NACP)
Jeannette Adkins, NACP Chair,
Using Therapy Dogs to Enhance Victim Services
Colleen Phelan, Victim Advocate,
Premier Members Only is password protected.
Please enter the password that was supplied by NOVA.
NALC Career Center
We welcome you to explore the resources available in the NALC Career Center. The Career Center is designed to help you at every step of your career in victim advocacy. In these pages, you’ll find information from everything about how to become a victim advocate to advice from experts in the field. Future resources will include job listings, resume advice, and mentoring program. Please check back often for new resources!
Have a job you’d like posted? Email us: email@example.com
FAQ: How do I become a victim advocate
Victim advocacy attracts a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about helping others, including recent college graduates, military members, lawyers, and many more. “NALC’s Ask The Expert” column (found at the bottom of this page) highlights the many career opportunities within victim advocacy.
Victim advocacy is a rewarding career or volunteer opportunity, but it is also a difficult one. You will regularly work with people who have been through serious trauma. Before committing, you will want to have a good understanding of which will be expected of you.
Regular tasks include:
• Answering a hotline for victims/survivors
• Being on call to support a victim/survivor who goes to a hospital for a rape kit exam (called “hospital accompaniment”)
• Supporting as victim/survivor during court proceedings
• Making community presentations on services and prevention
A victim advocate is there to support the victims/survivors and make sure their needs and wishes are heard by the many systems s/he will interact with following their victimization. Your job is to be the one person who has solely the victim/survivor’s interests in mind.
There is no pre-requisite degree or educational background specific to victim advocacy. An associate, bachelor or master’s degree in social sciences (e.g., social work, psychology, sociology, human services or criminal justice) is helpful, but not a requirement for pursuing a career in victim advocacy. Many victim advocates hold degrees in unrelated fields, however have significant training and experience to prepare them for the work.
Experience in the field—including volunteer and/or paid experience—and a passion for helping others, are considered to be the most important “resume builders” for new victim advocates. Continual training is also essential to providing new and seasoned victim advocates with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to provide sensitive and ethical services to all victims of crime.
Many states and communities offer victim assistance academies and other comprehensive trainings on the core competencies for victim advocacy. The National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) has pre-approved many of these training as meeting a minimum of forty hours of training on basic or foundation level topics for victim advocates. For victim advocates who require a distance learning format, NOVA offers our innovative, 40-hour NOVA Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) on a semi-annual basis.
Seasoned victim advocates should pursue advanced trainings in their area of specialty. Many national, state and local victim advocacy organizations offer conferences, trainings and webinars to provide victim assistance professionals with continuing education training in their area of specialty. Amongst the many choices for continuing education, NOVA’s National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC) offers 24 hours/year of continuing education webinars, including 18 hours/year for all victim assistance professionals and six hours/year for program managers.
The education and training requirements to become a victim advocate vary from agency to agency. Any position will require specialized training, often offered by the agency themselves. Training courses are typically at least 35 hours and offer information about the type of crime victim you’ll be working with, policies, procedures, ethics, self-care, and much more.
If you don’t have any particular agency in mind, there are several training opportunities, but be aware that you will likely need to complete additional training specific to your desired position.
National victim assistance academies include:
• NOVA Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) – Pre-approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP), the NVAA is a 40-hour, online victim advocacy academy. NVAA Graduates may apply for NACP Credentialing upon completion of the course.
• If you become a Premier NOVA Member, you will receive access to our National Advocacy Leadership Center and monthly CEU trainings for maintaining credentialing requirements.
• The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime offers online training modules in four different sections: Basics, Core Competencies and Skills, Crimes, and Specific Considerations for Providing Victim Services.
The credentialing of victim assistance professionals is a relatively new development in the professionalization of victim advocacy. Emerging from the Crime Victims’ Movement, it was an incredibly important shift in the professionalism of victim advocacy. In 2003, the National Advocacy Credentialing Program (NACP) emerged as the first voluntary credentialing program available to crime victim advocates nationwide. NACP creates standards of behavior for all paid and volunteer victim advocates, requiring all NACP advocates meet a minimum training requirement and adhere to the NACP Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers.
Similar to other allied professions, victim advocates are increasingly pursuing professional credentialing through NACP, the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Certification Program (D-SAACP), and other state credentialing programs. While credentialing is not yet universally required, many civilian advocates choose to become credentialed, demonstrating their commitment to providing crime victims with sensitive, comprehensive and ethical services. Amongst military sexual assault advocates, credentialing is now a requirement for service
Most of these agencies will likely have both paid and volunteer victim advocates. Paid positions are more rare, and often the best way to pursue a career in advocacy is to first volunteer with an agency with which you are interested in working.
You can find victim advocates in many types of agencies, such as:
• Non-profit organizations
• Police departments
• District Attorney’s offices
• Military branches
• Peace Corps
There are also other unique opportunities, such as RAINN’s online hotline.
Many victim advocates are motivated to enter the profession because of personal experiences. Survivors who choose to become victim advocates can be highly effective, empathetic victim advocates, however challenges can arise if a survivor has not had adequate time and support to heal from his or her own experience.
If you are a survivor of crime interested in becoming a victim advocate, ask yourself:
Are you at a place in your healing process where you are ready and able to support other victims of crime?
• While healing is often a life-long journey, you should be at a place in your healing process where your own personal experience will not interfere or influence your advocacy services. If you are unsure, speak to a trusted mentor, therapist or colleague in victim services whom can provide you with honest feedback.
Do you find myself re-living or re-experiencing your own crime when helping other survivors of crime?
• If yes, consider focusing on your own healing prior to pursuing a career in victim advocacy. You may want to speak to a therapist, counselor, spiritual leader or other trained professional whom can offer you essential support and guidance
The NOVA is grateful for the support and leadership of our NALC Partners. These victim service leaders represent the diverse and growing field of victim assistance. In collaboration with our partners, NALC seeks to promote and advance the professionalization and care quality of victim advocacy.
NALC KEY PARTNERS
Mai Fernandez, Executive Director
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
Kim Pentico, Director of Economic Justice
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
Jose Juan Lara Jr. MS, National Trainer
National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza
Heidi Notario, MA, Training and Technical Assistance Manager
National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza
Julie Schoen, Deputy Director
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Laura L. Dunn, Founder & Executive Director
Meg Garvin, Executive Director
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)
Zoe Flowers, Program Manager
Women of Color Network Inc. (WOCN Inc.)
Jennifer Marsh, Vice President of Victim Services
Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN)
Dan Eddy, Executive Director
National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)
NALC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Cheryl Banks, Community Educator
Prince George’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center (DV/SAC)
Colleen Phelan, Victim Advocate
Pima County Attorney’s Office
Cindy Kuhr, Victim Specialist, Independent Consultant
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I)
Lisa DeGeeter (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), Executive Director
Harcum House, Child Advocacy Center of Fairfield County
Luis F. Bispo, (NVAA Fall 2014 Alum), DoD Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major
US Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Vanessa Guyton (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), CEO/Executive Director
Consulting Experts & Associates, LLC
Mary-Justine Todd, (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), Founder and Executive Director
Women’s Crisis Care International (Bahrain)
Maricella Montoya Carter (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), Interim Executive Director
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors
Lakisha Toussaint, (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), U.S. Army Major, Victim Advocate Volunteer
U.S. Army, Families in Crisis
Naticia Bryson (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), Criminal Restitution Specialist
Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
Cindi Haycox Wellman (NVAA Spring 2015 Alum), Program Director
Geauga County Prosecutor Victim/Witness Program
NALC Sponsorship Opportunities
NOVA’s National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC) CEU Webinars offer a dynamic opportunity to increase your brand exposure, show your support for victims’ rights, and reach more than 2,000 NOVA Premier Members located around the world. Our highly interactive webinars draw approximately 400 monthly participants, including civilian and military victim advocates working with victims and survivors of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, child abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking, homicide, hate crimes and mass casualties, among other crimes and traumatic events. With the support of our NALC Partners, we offer a wide variety of cutting edge topics, emerging issues, and best practices in victim services.
NOVA relies upon the generous support of our sponsors to offer the NALC CEU Webinars FREE of charge to our NOVA Premier Members. Each year, our members are offered 16 NALC CEU Webinars taught by nationally-recognized Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and earn up to 24 CEU hours for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Certification Program (D-SAACP).
Webinar a la carte ($600)
Select one webinar to sponsor from our 2019 NALC CEU Series.
Webinar 3-Pack ($1,500)
Select three webinars to sponsor from our 2019 NALC CEU Series.
Webinar 6-pack ($2,500)
Select six webinars to sponsor from our 2019 NALC CEU Series.
Join NOVA and show your company’s support for victims’ rights and the professionalization of victim advocacy. Sponsor benefits include:
- Website: Your company’s name logo on NOVA’s website, webinar registration pages, and the webinar recording in our webinar library
- Email Communications: Your company’s name and logo on a minimum of three (3) e-blasts sent to our database of 2,000+ members prior to and after the webinar
- Live Webinar(s): The NOVA moderator will feature your company’s support at the beginning of the webinar (with a 30 second voice-over) and a slide at the end of the webinar
- Complimentary Registration: Up to 20 free webinar registrations to distribute to your contact list per webinar sponsored
Please contact Claire Selib, NOVA Deputy Director, at (703) 535-6682 x130 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access NALC benefits?
All NALC benefits become available when you join NOVA as a NOVA Premier Member.
When did NALC launch?
NALC launched January 1, 2016! Our first NALC CEU Webinar training was January 21, 2016 on the
Neurobiology of Trauma.
Where can I access NALC?
NALC is accessed through the NOVA Premier Members-Only Website. This is where you will find on-line CEU trainings, the NALC Career Center, our E-Newsletter, and networking opportunities.
What trainings are available through NALC?
NALC offers both monthly Continuing Education (CEU) Webinars and Quarterly Victim Advocate Program Managers Training Webinars. A list of upcoming NALC trainings can be found here.
How will I access NALC Webinar Trainings?
NALC CEU Webinars are offered in a live virtual classroom accessed through Adobe Connect. Each webinar is offered twice a day (AM and PM) to accommodate victim advocates around the world.
Are NALC CEU Webinars eligible for Continuing Education (CEU) Credits?
Yes. NALC CEU Webinars can be applied to the 32 hours of continuing education training required for renewal of National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) certification.
Professionals requiring CEUs for social work, counseling, or other professional credentialing programs should check with their national or state chapter for eligibility requirements.
What networking opportunities are available through NALC?
NOVA hosts a NALC Networking Reception for NOVA Premier Members at our NOVA Conference. NOVA Premier Members also enjoy a discounted registration rate ($55 discount/per person) to NOVA’s Annual Conference.
Additional in-person and on-line NALC networking opportunities are forthcoming.
I’m ready to register! When will my membership begin? When can I access NALC benefits?
Join NALC today as a NOVA Premier Member and access the benefits right away!
How long will my membership last?
The NOVA Premier Membership is an annual membership. You will receive a reminder to renew 30 days prior to the expiration of your membership.
We have several staff members who would like to join. Do you offer group discounts?
Yes. NOVA offers a group discount of 20% to groups of five (5) or more individuals from the same agency.
Contact NALC for more information on group discounts: email@example.com.