Oregon State Basic Victim Assistance Academy – Spring 2020 Salem

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The Oregon State Basic Victim Assistance Academy (Basic Academy) provides fundamental education for victim service providers and allied professionals who routinely interact with victims of crime. The Spring 2020 Basic Academy in Salem, Oregon, will require online distance learning on select dates in March and April, in addition to in-person learning from April 20-23, 2020.

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

The Basic Academy is committed to graduating advocates who possess the core competencies necessary to compassionately, knowledgeably, collaboratively, and sustainably support agency in the aftermath of crime.

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

Target Audience: This training is designed for Oregon advocates new to the role of advocacy who are working in system-based and community-based agencies. Allied professionals working with crime victims (e.g. mental health counselors, crisis response workers) will be enrolled as space allows. Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows.

Learner and Academy Obligations and Commitments

The Basic Academy is a place for learning the fundamentals of effective victim advocacy and for building a sustainable, collaborative community dedicated to serving and empowering victims. Success in this endeavor requires commitments from the organizers of the Basic Academy and from each participant.

In addition to participating in the 4-day, in-person Basic Academy and completing the required pre-work, participants must complete four mandatory two-hour pre-Academy distance learning sessions scheduled for Monday, March 23Monday, March 30thMonday, April 6th, and Monday, April 13th, 2020 (flexible times available).

All registrants must review and sign the Agreement.

National Advocate Credentialing Available

Successful graduates of the SVAA Basic Academy will be eligible for the National Advocate Credentialing Program Provisional Level credential. For more information about this credential, please visit: http://www.trynova.org/help-crime-victim/nacp/.

Costs and Basic Academy Information

The $350 registration fee includes access to all materials, CEUs (if desired) and certificate of completion. Participants pay for their own lodging, food and travel expenses.

Logistical information will be sent to registrants in advance of the Basic Academy.

Lodging for Basic Academy

Participants are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging. There are many hotels that offer government rate rooms in Salem.

Answers to many other questions can be found on NCVLI’s SVAA FAQ page. Please email NCVLI at ncvli@lclark.edu if you need additional assistance.

This project is supported by Award No. 2018-V3-GX-0030 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice and is funded by the Oregon Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division, Oregon Department of Justice.


April 20
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Regional Victim Assistance Training
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National Crime Victim Law Institute

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Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

4190 Aumsville Hwy SE

Salem, OR


United States

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