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2014 Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Training Academy

Thank you for your interest in applying to attend the first Advanced Victim Assistance Academy sponsored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

The Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Academy (VAVAA) is a two-and-a-half day training for victim services providers who have a minimum of five years of experience providing direct services to crime victims or three years of direct services following successful completion of the Virginia Basic Victim Assistance Academy.

This advanced training will provide an opportunity to explore topics related to victim assistance in greater depth, to network with colleagues and other allied professionals, and to provide a forum for discussion of lessons learned from years of experience working with victims of crime in Virginia.

Training topics will include:

  • A trauma informed approach to services
  • Assisting victims with mental illness
  • Providing services to victims of Human Trafficking
  • Improving leadership and communication skills for experienced victim services providers and allied professionals

In order to apply, interested individuals must sign up for a DCJS User Account. Once the account is set up, the application can be completed at https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/trainingevents/victims/vvaapp/advanced.cfm.


Intended Audience/Who is eligible to attend

The Academy is open to individuals who live or work in Virginia and all potential participants are required to submit an application to attend. Successful applicants will be required to attend all sessions of the Academy and will also be required to complete some work assignments prior to the Academy.

Those selected to attend will pay a $50.00 registration fee, which will go toward covering costs of training materials. There will be a continental breakfast for two days, lunch for two days and a full breakfast on the final day of training. Dinner and lodging will be on your own.


Location

The location of the training is the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, Virginia. The hotel is located just north of Richmond. The hotel is offering the state rate of $83.00 per night, (plus tax and lodging fees), single/double occupancy. A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel for this event. Information on hotel registration will be provided along with notice of acceptance to attend the Academy.


Academy Schedule

The Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Academy begins on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The Academy will conclude on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., following graduation and award of certificates.


Selection Process

In selecting participants from those who apply, the Selection Committee will engage in a process intended to promote an Academy class which offers a balance of geographic, cultural, professional and programmatic diversity. Only members of this Committee and DCJS will have access to the applications. Please note that those applicants selected to attend are chosen based on their individual qualifications and agencies may not send substitutes if the original applicant cannot for any reason attend. Applicants will be notified of their selection status by September 22, 2014.

To be considered for admission, interested individuals must submit their application on-line to DCJS on or before 12:00 p.m. on September 17, 2014.

Questions about the application and/or the Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Academy can be directed to: Becky Sirles at (804) 225-1847 or e-mail at: becky.sirles@dcjs.virginia.gov.

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