Training

If you have a specific area you need addressed in your agency, our on-site or virtual Customized Training can be tailored to your needs.

Training

Victim Relations Training provides coaching and skills so that you know what to say and do to assist victims.

Training

NOVA’s Victim Assistance Academy, offered through our National Advocacy Leadership Center provides comprehensive, skill-based training through an innovative on-line platform.

Training

NOVA’s Campus Advocacy Training is a live virtual training designed to meet the growing need for specialized, skill-based trainings for campus victim advocates.

Training

Customized Training

Are you seeking professional training on a specific topic? Our trainers can customize a training just for you and your staff, in person or online.  The following are topic examples:

Cultural Competency

Victim Compensation

Retaliation

Criminal Justice

Sexual Violence and Substance Use

Crisis Response

 

Suicide prevention and response

Death Notifications

The Effects of Trauma on the Brain

Communication Skills

Dynamics of Victimization/Victimology

Program Management Skills

Ethics in Victim Services

LGBT issues in Victims of Crime and Crisis

Self-Care

Stalking and Harassment

Male Victimology

 

 


Contact us at victimrelations@trynova.org for more information!

What Do You Say To Someone Traumatized By Violence Or Crisis?

Some people panic, fearful of saying the wrong thing. Others revert to clichés or lectures, thinking that will help. This training is for those whose primary responsibility is NOT victim care.

Whether you are a caring supervisor or compassionate friend, Victim Relations (VR) Training provides coaching and skills so that you know what to say and do to assist victims. Roles like Risk Management or Human Resources are tasked with addressing the needs of customers, clients and/or employees in crisis. NOVA brings decades of experienced in working with traumatized people with the added dimension of expertise of criminal victimization assistance.

Contact us at victimrelations@trynova.org to discuss a customized one-day contract training that provides practical competencies for communicating with and serving people in crisis. When contacting NOVA, please indicate the nature of your business, the types of crises that you are seeking to support (e.g. employees, customers, etc.) and the number of people you expect to participate in training.

NVAA: Shaping The Future Of Victim Advocacy

The NOVA Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) is a forty-hour live distance learning training for aspiring and new victim assistance professionals. Offered through NOVA’s National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC), this unique academy provides comprehensive, skill-based training through an innovative on-line platform.


Who should apply?

This course is designed for new and aspiring victim advocates.

When is the training offered?

The Spring 2018 NVAA training will be April 18-June 13 (every Wednesday).  There are two class options, a morning class, 9AM-1PM EST or an evening class 5PM-9PM EST.

How Do I Apply?

Please fill out the Spring 2018 NVAA Application.  Applicants will be received, reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Early Bird Registration will end 3/1/18!

What is the cost?

Tuition is $375 per student. Apply by 3/1 for the Early Bird Rate of $300! Group discounts are available for 5 or more students from the same organization. Please contact nvaa@trynova.org for more information. NOVA Premier Members receive a 10% discount!

Why Apply?
  • CONVENIENT: Expanded access to learning for victim service professionals who may have schedule, geographical or physical limitations with accessing more traditional academies.
  • SKILL-BASED: Students receive comprehensive, skill-based training in an innovative on-line classroom.
  • INTERACTIVE: Small class sizes allow students to interact directly with faculty and classmate, as well as participate in role plays, group exercises, all in real time from their home or office.
  • UNIQUE: Direct access to over 20 nationally-recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) Faculty Members. See our dynamic faculty members in action!
  • VALUABLE: Pre-approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)®.

 


Take a moment to browse through our NVAA Alumni testimonials to learn why these and other victim assistance professionals are choosing the NVAA.

Ask Our Alumni


  • Luis Bispo, MA
    DoD Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
    Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major
    Stuttgart, Germany
    NVAA Fall 2014 Alumni

    My Introduction to Victim Advocacy

    While on active duty, I started developing advocacy skills by caring for Soldiers and family members. This was a duty or role in which those in leadership positions had no choice but to engage in caring for others. I had many opportunities to support families when in crisis. This included help finding lodging, providing advice on their budget plans, and reacting to after hour calls including a drive by shooting at their living quarters and on certain occasions attempts of sexual assault at their quarters. When the Army began developing their sexual assault program, I was selected by my Commanding General to lead the implementation of such program in our command in Stuttgart. From this experience, I developed an interest in pursuing a career in victim advocacy. When I retired from the U.S. Army in 2013, I found a job as Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC).

    NVAA’s Impact on my Career

    As a SARC, NVAA is part of my career and professional development. I believe NVAA brings to the table the reality of victim advocacy and experienced instructors that can make me a better SARC.

    My Experience with NVAA Instructors and Staff

    I rate them “way above excellence.” The impression they left regarding their knowledge of every subject was impressive.

    Knowledge and Skills Gained

    I learned how to talk to a victim, what to expect from each of the different scenarios presented, confidentiality (although I have it, the course gave me truthful reasons to accept it from the heart rather than my job alone) and apply it in discussions to show the community we care for victims of sexual assault; how to appreciate what my peers know and their level of knowledge; and listen to others more attentively.

  • Mary-Justine Todd, MPH, MA
    Founder and Executive Director
    Women’s Crisis Care International
    Lagoon, Bahrain
    NVAA Spring 2015 Alumni

    NVAA’s Impact on my Career

    The NVAA training has given me the credentials necessary to run and operate the first rape crisis counseling and response program in the Middle East, Women’s Crisis Care International. Although where we work, primarily, the Kingdom of Bahrain has no credential requirements as it’s not yet a professional widely understood here, having gone through the NVAA gives me confidence that we can make strong claims about our professionalism, training and expertise.

    My Experience Attending a Virtual Academy

    It is equally interesting and rigorous as any classroom course, however it allows you the freedom to do it from your home and in my case, from the Middle East. Without the online platform it would not have been possible for us.

    Knowledge and Skills Gained

    Ideas about how I can improve upon and expand our advocate training that we hold here in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I got lots of ideas about how to improve and add to my current program.

  • Maricella Montoya Carter
    Interim Executive Director
    The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors
    Newport News, VA
    NVAA Spring 2015 Alumni

    My Career in Victim Advocacy

    I have been in the field of victim advocacy for over 20 years from a volunteer to an employee. I started out volunteering at a domestic violence shelter in junior high. Once I graduated, I was hired as an intake worker and eventually as a victim advocate. I went on to work as a case manager in a men’s prison in Arizona. In California, I worked as a victim advocate and house manager for victims of human trafficking for many years. I worked for Homicide Survivors Inc. as a bilingual advocate and now I am with The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors. I started out as the Hispanic Community Outreach Specialist/Victim Advocate and I am now the Interim Executive Director.

    NVAA’s Impact on my Career

    Even though I have years of experience in advocacy, the NVAA gave me the opportunity to learn new practices. Being able to interact with advocates from other areas of the county and world is an invaluable experience. The fact that we had advocacy in common made it even better.

    My Takeaway from the NVAA

    I realized through the academy many of us out here are trying to help victims survive every day. We do not have to carry it all on our own. I find myself reaching out more now to NOVA and other agencies for resources and support.

  • Lakisha Toussaint, MA

    Why the NVAA

    The NVAA offers an interactive experience to assist me in developing my professional skills as a victim advocate. While I am an active duty military officer, I am volunteering as a victim advocate. The NVAA is a vital tool in broadening my skills and providing instruction on how to better serve victims of crime.

    My Experience with a Virtual Academy

    My experience with attending the virtual victim assistance academy was awesome! The online blended course provided a very interactive learning environment. The instructors for the course were experienced and very knowledgeable of their specific area of expertise. They made class very interesting and gave students a chance to interact at their comfort level.

    Knowledge and Skills Gained

    This course provided a lot of insight for me.  I learned a lot through my classmates’ experiences as well as from the instructors.  The NVAA provided vital knowledge to use as a victim advocate.  For example, knowing my role while trying to meet the needs of the survivor was a major takeaway for me during the training.

  • Dede Dacyk
    Assistant Manager, RCMP Victim Services
    Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) Victim Services
    British Columbia, Canada

    My Introduction into Victim Advocacy

    I joined the Royal Canadian Mountain Police Victim Services team in 2003. I first joined as a Volunteer and then moved to a paid position. I love being a victim service worker.

    My Experience with the NVAA

    I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the NVAA. I found it very interesting to hear about people situated all over the world and all coming together to share their experiences and knowledge of the same cause. Furthermore, the staff and instructors were wonderful. I found them extremely well qualified and knowledgeable on their subject matter.

    Knowledge and Skills Gained

    The nine week NVAA was a great experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and actually wish it had gone on longer. Being in this field for 12 years, I found this program a great refresher. I gained different tools and knowledge from each instructor. I also found it interesting to learn of some differences in law and victim advocacy being that I am from Canada.

What is the NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) Academy?

Through our National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC), the NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) is a six-week, 20-hour advanced training academy focused on building participants’ knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to sexual assault, stalking and interpersonal violence in higher education.  Graduates of this unique academy will be eligible to apply for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)®’s new “Campus Advocacy Specialist” Credential.

Who should apply?

You must be a campus-based advocate or community-based advocate providing services on a college campus to apply.

Applicants are required to complete 40-hours of Introductory Advocacy Training prior to enrolling in the NCAT.  This prerequisite may be satisfied by attending any of the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® Pre-Approved TrainingsOR by completing a cumulative 40 hours of Introductory Advocacy Training in each of the core competency topics defined by NACP.

Wondering if your experience meets the prerequisite? Please email us at ncat@trynova.org.

When is the training offered?

The Winter 2018 NCAT which is scheduled to meet January 17-February 28, 2018 (every Wednesday from 12-3 pm Eastern Time).

Due to an overwhelming response, registration for the Winter 2018 NCAT is now closed.  To join our wait list, please email the NCAT program.  Thank you for your interest!

The Academy will be delivered using a blended-learning approach, which includes six consecutive weeks of live, virtual training and self-paced outside assignments designed to foster classroom discussion.  To enhance participation, class size will be limited to forty.  Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the class is full.

How is it different?

The NCAT is a unique, high-quality training academy which allows students to directly interact with nationally-recognized Subject Matter Experts from the following agencies:


What is the cost?

Tuition for the Winter 2018 NCAT is $350/student.  

Members of NOVA and the Campus Advocacy & Prevention Professional Association (CAPPA) enjoy a 10% discount and group discounts are available for groups of five (5) or more advocates.  Contact NCAT for more information.

How do I apply?

Contact ncat@trynova.org

Hdave a question or interested in receiving more information regarding the NCAT?

Email us at ncat@trynova.org.

NOVA is committed to the professionalization of Campus Victim Advocacy- check out our recent op-ed in USA Today.

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