What is Victim Advocacy?
Participants are prepared for the field of victim advocacy that includes roles that assist crime victims and participants of human services programs. They are being prepared to offer these types of services:
-Emergency services: Safe haven shelter, support through medical exams, help with protective orders, and assistance finding food banks, toiletries, and basic needs created by crime impact or the lack of self-sufficiency.
-Court liaison services: Escort to and from court proceedings, emotional support during the preparation of witness statements, and assistance with strategies to seek victim compensation.
-Services assisting with self-sufficiency objectives: Help with identifying professional development needs, establishing reoccurring medical insurance and food supplements, job placement training programs and housing subsidies.
All services also include identifying and making referrals to external providers such as crisis counselors, housing programs, and job training programs.
The Aspiring Advocate: This course is ideal for participants who seek employment in the community based program structures such as: homeless shelters, family self-sufficiency programs, transitional crisis programs, transitional/temporary shelters and other programs that offer victim advocacy services.
Professional Development: This course is also ideal for professionals that are currently in the victim services field, but does not hold an NACP credential AND/OR those who need additional development in areas such as:
-Being more persuasive/empathetic to victim needs
-Conducting a needs assessment
Participants may seek or hold roles such as:
-First responder advocate: A professional within programs that offer assistance with obtaining emergency services.
-Court advocate: Professionals within programs that offer court liaison services.
-Case manager: Professionals within programs that offer services assisting with self-sufficiency objectives. OR
-Receptionist or intake specialist within a program that offers these services.
This course uniquely offers job readiness sections that practice actual advocate tasks such as safety planning, case planning, conducting needs assessments, and skills training on how to present intake forms and counter victim reluctance. Participants are provided with mock victim scenarios to offer a practical application to course topics.
The 10 core competencies provided in this course are outlined by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). These competencies are devised into sections that connect the topic to the advocate's career plan. Within each section, competencies are covered as units. Sections have two or three units. Each unit covers two chapters, and presented each week, for a total of 10 weeks. Participants are expected to spend time reading the textbook, answering chapter reviews (graded as quizzes) and attending a weekly webinar to go over correct answers. Each week a topic paper is assigned, 1 page double -space requirement. At the end of each section, there is an assessment. Assessments count as a test grade.
The course has two parts: Theory and Practical.
There is a Mid-Term Assessment that covers all theory questions at the end of the last theory section. (counts for two tests).
There is a Practical Assessment that is the Final Exam.
This course is longer than most other standard courses that offer the same certification. We have slowed down the pace in order to give participants the opportunity to grasp the concept of a new field, while being prepared with skills that make them job ready.
If you are wanting a course that focuses on helping your skill level for core tasks required of many advocate roles instead of just information, this is the course for you!
We have leveraged the victim services community to extract core tasks that are most common to roles in program structures to develop a Core Tasks/Skills Training portion presented as the course practical.
There is a high-school diploma prerequisite only; however, the course is still effective training for professionals with other qualifications. After successful completion of the course (per hours completed, assignment assessment average of 70%), participants are eligible to apply for a minimally a Provisional certification, presented by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) of the NOVA organization. Some participants with additional experience may be eligible for higher certification through NACP. https://www.thenacp.org/pre-approved-trainings-by-location/ .
Next Steps to Take if You're Interested
If you are interested in this course, visit the "Enrollment" page on this site, locate the "Sign up for a Course" section and click on "Book" to purchase your registration. OR
Also, we offer a compatible textbook and workbook to this course.
Required Course Material
The workbook is included in registration amount. The textbook must be paid separately.
*Please email Treasure Keith firstname.lastname@example.org or call ( 984) 900-1653 after registering for this course.
Feel free to also send an email to request a one-on-one Q&A about the course or about a career in victim advocacy.
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