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Training Opportunities

The Arizona Coalition for Victim Services (ACVS) offers academies, trainings and conferences. The Basic and Advanced Arizona Victim Assistance Academies are collaborative interagency efforts to provide victim service professionals with opportunities to learn, interact and network with other advocates from across Arizona. The Academies are a unique and comprehensive training series that address the barriers that victims of crime face and how advocates in agencies across Arizona can work together to empower and serve those in need whether it be through on-scene crisis intervention, court advocacy or community based services and shelters.


One of our newest projects is the Mobile Advocacy Training Program.  This program provides trainers that come to your jurisdiction to train your staff on-site.  If you are interested in this program, please click on the button below for more information and request forms.

Mobile Advocacy Training Program


Flagstaff, AZ

July 22 – 26, 2024

The Basic Academy is designed for advocates who are new to victim services and is structured to teach participants basic advocacy skills. The Basic Academy curriculum addresses topics such as victimology, crisis theory and response, the criminal justice system, victims’ rights, and cultural awareness. Additionally, experienced service providers and educators from across the state lead participants through an examination of various crime types including homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, drunk driving, and vulnerable adult abuse in an effort to impart a better understanding of the barriers people face as they strive to overcome their victimization and heal. The 40-hour Basic Academy curriculum meets the requirements for the National Advocate Credentialing Program and the Military Advocate Certificate Program pre-service training through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).

The July 2024 AVAA format will combine in-person training with work you will complete on your own. This will include a pretest that MUST be taken before the start of the Academy.

This combination of training styles allows the speakers to spend more time answering questions and applying the knowledge to real world problems. The Academy will total 40 hours of training which makes it eligible for the National Advocate Credentialing Program.

  • To keep the interactive nature of the training, the in-person portion will total 36 hours with 4 hours of “pre-work” to be completed before the start of the Academy. This pre-work provides the foundation for the training that will occur during the week. The pretest will measure the attendees knowledge before the training and a posttest must be completed before certificates are awarded.
  • By registering for this training, each attendee agrees to complete the necessary work as described above.
  • The pre-work will be sent to you  as soon as you register, so register early to ensure the maximum amount of time to complete the work.
  • Hotel scholarships are available, to be considered for one, register for the training and then send an email to Connie Chapman at to request it.

For more information on the program or to register, click on the link below:–tickets-809497196907 

If you have any questions, you can contact Connie Chapman at


May 8, 2024

Technology Safety for Victim Services Providers

Prescott Valley, AZ

Legal services for Crime Victims is open for Registration.  This low cost Advanced Academy training will provide information and tools for those working with victims that may need services outside the criminal justice system.  We will have two attorneys and one NOVA trainer present important information to help victims with Family Law, Immigration and Cybersecurity.  VOCA funds can be used for this training; speak with your VOCA coordinator.


JUNE 13, 2024

Conscious Leadership

Gilbert, AZ


Please join us for a day of training that will provide the following outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact that toxic stress has on behavior and health.
  • Learn trauma-informed de-escalation and conflict resolution skills for managing high-stress situations.
  • Learn integrative skills for developing professional resilience and optimal program development.

Get ready to engage and interact – it will make you laugh as much as it will make you think!

To register or to get more information, click on the link below:

ACVS periodically offers a Leadership Academy designed for more experienced advocates and supervisors who have worked in the field of victim advocacy for a few years. Although each Leadership Academy varies in content, the curriculum serves to address the most current issues advocates and supervisors in victim service agencies face. Experienced service providers and educators from across Arizona lead students through in-depth examinations of the unique challenges of leading a victim services unit.