Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy

The SVAA is Oregon’s primary source of statewide training for victim advocates. SVAA provides fundamental education for victim service providers and allied professionals who routinely interact with victims of crime.

Basic Academy

Oregon Basic State Victim Assistance Academy 2017

When: August 14-17, 2017 with distance learning pre-work on select dates in July.
Where: Salem, Oregon

For more information and to register, please go to: www.bit.ly/svaa2017

State Victim Assistance AcademyThe Basic Academy is committed to graduating advocates who possess the core competencies necessary to compassionately, knowledgeably, collaboratively and sustainably support survivor agency with cultural humility in the aftermath of a crime.

The Basic Academy is designed for advocates new to the profession of victim services. The curriculum includes sessions that cover the core competencies of victim advocacy taught by advocacy experts.

Topics May Include: Justice System Overview; Ethics; Confidentiality; Crime Victims’ Rights; Effective Communication; Crisis Intervention; Intimate Partner Violence; Vicarious Trauma, Resiliency and Self-Care; Neurobiology of Trauma; and Financial Recovery.

Target Audience: The primary audience of the Basic Academy are Oregon advocates working in system- and community-based agencies who are new to victim services. Allied professionals working with crime victims (e.g., mental health counselors, medical professionals, crisis response workers) and those advocates with advanced experience will be enrolled as space allows. Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows.

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Advanced Academy

The Advanced Academy is designed for experienced advocates and ideally are persons who have graduated from the Basic Academy.  Each year, the Advanced Academy offers training on a different topic or topics focusing on specific crimes or specific victim populations, advanced skills, sustainable advocacy, or capacity building for programs and advocates.  Topics are selected based on feedback from advocates statewide.e Advanced Academy is designed for experienced advocates and ideally are persons who have graduated from the Basic Academy.  Each year, the Advanced Academy offers training on a different topic or topics focusing on specific crimes or specific victim populations, advanced skills, sustainable advocacy, or capacity building for programs and advocates.  Topics are selected based on feedback from advocates statewide.

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CVSD Scholarships for SVAA Basic Academy

The Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victims’ Services Division (CVSD) has limited scholarships (full and partial) for victim service providers to attend the Oregon State Victim Assistance Basic Academy. Scholarships may cover the registration fee, lodging and transportation costs. For more information, please email Caroline Olfert, CVSD Training and Curriculum Policy Coordinator.

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National Advocate Credentialing Available

Successful graduates of the SVAA Basic Academy will be eligible for the National Advocate Credentialing Program Provisional credential. For more information about this credential, please visit: www.TheNACP.org.