The Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) is committed to giving advocates the tools they need to support victims of crime. The academy has been the primary source of statewide training for victim advocates since 2003. Each year, the SVAA provides comprehensive, academically-based, fundamental education for victim service providers and allied professionals through both the Basic and Advanced Academies.
"I was changed this week, because of the place, the organization, incredible speakers, the knowledge." - SVAA student
The Basic Academy is designed for advocates who have been working in their positions for less than one year. The forty-hour curriculum includes courses that cover the tenets of basic advocacy and a breadth of victim services. The pool of instructors includes local advocacy leaders so that the training is relevant, reflects many of the issues that are encountered on a regular basis, and addresses concerns that are unique and specific to Oregon.
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Each year the academy offers a different topic focusing on a specific crime, working with different populations or sustainability and capacity building for programs and advocates. Topics are selected based on training needs identified by advocates statewide. Past topics have included Mass Casualty Incidents and the Role of the Advocate (2015), Advanced Communications: Confidentiality and Crisis Response (2012), and Serving Survivors of Homicide (2013). The Advanced Academy is designed for advocates who have been working in their positions for longer than a year.
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