Office for Victims of Crime-Training and Technical Assistance Center
Instructors: Dan Petersen
The target audience for this training is victim service professionals who work with victims of crime who have disabilities, as well as professionals from the various disabilities community who work with people who have cognitive, sensory, mobility, and other types of disabilities. Topics will include an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how agencies can comply with legal requirements, techniques for conducting appropriate needs assessments, outreach activities, and direct services to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Using case studies, role plays, and small group discussions, participants will examine the varied types of disabilities faced by the victims they serve. Activities will also encourage collaboration between professionals in the victim services and disabilities fields to strategize ways to better serve victims with disabilities.
Who are the instructors? Courses are taught by teams of nationally recognized scholars, researchers, and practitioners with hands-on experience—leaders in the field of victimology, criminal justice, and victims’ rights and services.
What courses are being offered? NVAA offers a multi-level educational experience to match the full range of skills providers need today. Trainings, according to track, include the following:
Track 1: Foundation-Level Training. This training is designed for persons with less than 3 years of experience and for those from states who do not yet have a State Victim Assistance Academy. 3.2 CEUs will be awarded for full participation and completion of all NVAA requirements.
Track 2: Professional Skill-Building Institute. This unique track is designed to address several timely topics that confront victim service providers on a daily basis. 3.4 CEUs will be awarded for full participation and completion of all NVAA requirements. Topics during the August 2009 session will include:
Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma
Ethics in Victim Services
Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime
Track 3: Leadership Institute. Topics include leadership in victim services, staff development, and strategic planning. 3.3 CEUs will be awarded for full participation and completion of all NVAA requirements
Attendees will benefit from nearly 100 workshops and plenary sessions on topics such as counseling and advocacy; restorative justice; program management; spiritual and mental health services; domestic violence and sexual assault; special concerns for children, elderly, and victims with disabilities; public policy; law enforcement and prosecution models; working with the media; self care and burnout; interdisciplinary services and collaboration; and much more. All workshops earn continuing education credits for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP).
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