Vermont Victim Assistance Academy

The Vermont Victim Assistance Academy is currently under construction!

We are excited to announce that from November 2013 to September 2014, we will be working on revamping this program, after 12 years of ongoing implementation.

                                                                                   
     
 
ABOUT:

What is the Vermont victim assistance academy (VVAA)?

The Vermont Victim Assistance Academy (VVAA) is an introductory educational opportunity designed to improve the quality and consistency of victims’ services in Vermont.  The VVAA integrates core concepts and best practices that encourage a victim-centered, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to supporting those whose lives have been impacted by crime.  By cultivating participants’ knowledge, skills and attitudes, we build the capacity of our community to recognize, respect and respond to the needs and experiences of crime victims in our state.

This 64-hour course on victims' rights, services and experiences of crime and its aftermath was developed by local professionals with expertise in a variety of disciplines that encompass the network of support to victims and survivors of crime in Vermont.  The VVAA is designed as a practical, interactive training founded on the principles of adult education (see below).  It is open to those whose work and lives intersect with victims and survivors of crime. 

Click here for a list of VVAA main content areas and “Core Concepts”

BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPANTS

The Academy strives to be a transformative learning experience for new and seasoned professionals.  At the end of the six days the participants will have a "toolbox" containing the following:

  • Working knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and alternative responses to crime
  • Effective communication skills
  • Sensitivity to victims of crime
  • “Lenses” for identifying root causes of oppression
  • Understanding of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence
  • A wide variety of collaborative skills to best serve crime victims
  • Analysis of crime prevention and systems improvement
  • An extensive collection of resources and referral options
  • Action plans for post-training work
  • CEUs, Academic Credit, Advocate Credentialing Program (pending)
BENEFITS TO SUPERVISORS and ORGANIZATIONS

The VVAA is cost-effective and high quality training that stands to energize participants and improve services to victims of crime throughout Vermont.  This course benefits not just its participants, but also the agencies, organizations and communities that support their involvement.  The VVAA offers the following opportunities to participants, which enhance organizational efficacy, quality of services you provide, and relationships you cultivate in your community:

  • Trauma-informed and victim-centered practices
  • Responsiveness to victims from underserved populations
  • Networking across disciplines
  • Collaborative approach to service provision
  • Well-trained staff with certifications by the NASW, Vermont State Colleges, and/or NOVA
TRAINERS
In collaboration with staff from the Community Engagement and Training Department of VCCVS, training sessions are taught by seasoned professionals whose knowledge and skill draws on extensive work in various disciplines encompassed by victim services, from organizations such as:
Spectrum Family Services
Victim/Survivor Community
Vermont Attorney General's Office
VT Network Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
VT Police Academy/Law Enforcement Acencies
Deaf Victim Advocacy Services
Community Justice Centers
Disability Rights Organizations
Vermont Department of Corrections
Safe Space/RU12 Community Center
Department for Children and Families
Youth Justice Centers
Mental Health Services
Victim Services Programs
PARTICIPANTS
VVAA participants come from many programs, agencies, organizations and communities.  In the past, many participants have come from the following:
State’s Attorney’s Offices Higher Education (students & admin.)
Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs Faith Community Providers
Advocacy Programs Disability Services
Child Welfare Programs Economic Services
Youth Justice Programs Community/Parallel/Restorative Justice Programs
Department of Corrections Elder Services
Law Enforcement Agencies Mental Health Services
Probation and Parole Boards Medical Services
Court Diversion Programs Communication and Information Services
Department of Children and Families Victims and Survivors of Crime
Public School Systems Community Members
2014-2015 VVVAA PROGRAM
Location
52 Pike Drive, Berlin, VT 05602

Dates
The VVAA now coincides with the academic calendar year.  It is a total of 64 hours and occurs in four, 2-day sessions on the following dates:
  • Session I:  October 27-28, 2014
  • Session II:  January 27-28, 2015
  • Session III:  March 24-25, 2015
  • Session IV:  May 12-13, 2015

Click here for a breakdown of content topics by Session

Application Information
As of 2014, we are introducing a new application process.  Please click the link below to find more information about the program this year, like associated costs, participant commitments, and application information.  Applications for 2014-2015 are due by Thursday, September 25th, 2014.

For more information, contact outreach@ccvs.state.vt.us

 

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