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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The Arizona Coalition for Victim Services (ACVS) periodically 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.


BASIC VICTIM ASSISTANCE ACADEMY

January 14 – 18 in Phoenix, AZ

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).

This year we are pleased to be able to offer the same great training at the reduced price of $200 for the week. This is a result of a grant from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) received by ACVS.

THE TRAINING IS CURRENTLY FULL HOWEVER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-basic-victim-assistance-academy-phoenix-tickets-48468095378

Check back for our next Basic Academy which will probably be in July or August.

 

 

 


NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA

February 28, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona Coalition for Victim Services is excited to bring back Dr. Christopher Wilson to talk about how trauma affects the brain.

ACVS is pleased to bring back this important training for those who were not able to attend this training last year.

This one-day conference  will provide valuable information about how trauma affects the brain. The training will cover: how the brain responds to threat, the potential immediate impact of trauma (including immobility responses and the potential effect of trauma on memory), the potential long term impact of trauma, what it means to provide trauma informed care, and how working with trauma survivors can affect the brain of service providers.

To find out more information or to register for this event, click on the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neurobiology-of-trauma-tickets-48356172614

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ADVANCED ACADEMY

ACVS periodically offers an Advanced Academy designed for more experienced advocates and supervisors who have worked in the field of victim advocacy for a few years. Although each Advanced 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 challenges advocates face when serving victims in their communities. The Advanced Academies cover topics such as assisting victims with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury. Moreover, participants may be exposed to other crime types, such as human trafficking and child sex slavery, or may explore the challenges in assisting undocumented victims in Arizona. The Advanced Academies often include learning modules designed to improve supervisors’ knowledge and skills, covering topics such as grant writing, professionalism and ethics, maximizing advocates’ potential, and violence in the workplace. Prior attendance at the Basic Academy is preferred but not mandatory in order to attend one of the Advanced Academies. Most of these topics come from input from Victim Service Advocates.

Check back after June for more information on our next Advanced Academy.