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The Essentials

The Essentials for Victim Advocacy is the only nationally approved prerequisite class and online training, offered in the state of Ohio, for assisting individuals in becoming a comprehensive National Credentialed Advocate. This is only one of the many courses that will be offered by our Summit County Victim Assistance Academy.

Participants who complete the 40-hour hybrid learning course will become equipped to use National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) crisis intervention model to assist individuals impacted by victimization or traumatic events. In addition, participants will increase their knowledge about the judicial system, victims’ rights as well as resources available for both victims and the advocate providing the service.

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Who Should Attend?

The Essentials is open to all those in the helping profession who may have the need to assist someone who has experienced trauma. Law enforcement, social workers, counselors, attorneys, medical personnel, first responders, clergy, students and of course victim advocates should attend. This training is required for all individuals who intern with Victim Assistance Program.

What topics will be covered?

  • History of the Victims’ Rights Movement
  • Crisis & Trauma: Physiological and Psychological effects
  • Individualized Crisis Intervention
  • Children Who Witness Violence
  • Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Identity Theft, Missing Persons, Stalking
  • Unexpected Deaths: Homicide, Suicide, DUI, Sudden Death
  • Crime Scene Response
  • Judicial System: Court Advocacy and Victims’ Rights
  • Victim Compensation
  • VINE-Victim Information and Notification Everyday
  • Protection Orders
  • Vicarious Trauma, Burn Out, Self Care

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