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About the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy (VVAA)

What is the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy?

The Vermont Victim Assistance Academy (VVAA) is an introductory educational opportunity designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim 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. 

We also have a list of main content from the VVAA available.

Benefits For Participants

The VVAA strives to be a transformative learning experience for new and seasoned professionals. At the end of the eight 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

Benefits To Supervisors and Organizations

The VVAA is a 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 CCVS, 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
  • Vermont Attorney General’s Office
  • Vermont Police Academy/ Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Community Justice Centers
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department for Children and Families
  • Mental Health Services
  • Victim/ Survivor Community
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Deaf Victim Advocacy Services
  • Disability Rights Organizations
  • Safe Space/ Pride Center of Vermont
  • Youth Justice Centers
  • 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
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs
  • Advocacy Programs
  • Child Welfare Programs
  • Youth Justice Programs
  • Department of Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Probation and Parole Boards
  • Court Diversion Programs
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Public School Systems
  • Higher Education (students and administration)
  • Faith Community Providers
  • Disability Services
  • Economic Services
  • Community/Parallel/Restorative Justice Programs
  • Elder Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Medical Services
  • Communication and Information Services
  • Victims and Survivors of Crime
  • Community Members

2016-2017 VVAA Program

Location

Waterbury State Office Complex – State of Vermont

Fox Conference Center – Rooms Cherry A, B & C

103 South Main St, Waterbury VT 05676

Dates

The VVAA 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: Wednesday, November 2 – Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Session II: Monday, January 23 – Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Session III: Monday, March 20 –Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Session IV: Monday, May 15 – Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm

Program Costs

The total course fee per student is $250. Each participant must pay the nonrefundable Confirmation of Enrollment amount of $50 in order to reserve a place in the VVAA. Waivers are available for those who are unable to pay the remaining course fee of $200, either partially or in full. To request a course fee waiver, please answer the related questions included in the participant application.

NOTE: Students participating for course credit (VT State Colleges) are not eligible for a course fee waiver and there is an additional administrative fee of $100 per credit.

Application Information

We are introducing a new application process. Please review the documents below find more information about the program this year, like associated costs, participant commitments, and application information. Applications for 2016-2017 are due by Friday, September 23, 2016.

For more information, contact outreach@ccvs.vermont.gov

 

Vermont Victim Assistance Academy Documents