National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA)
National Victim Assistance Academy: From Face-to-Face to Online and Blended Learning Delivery
The mission of the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) has always been to provide an intensive, interactive learning experience to develop and promote professional skills and knowledge for victim service providers. While the mission remains unchanged, the method of delivery has been redesigned to provide more comprehensive content for a wider audience. NVAA's blended learning approach includes a combination of self-paced online training and Web-based facilitated training. As a result of this shift, the Academy becomes accessible to all victim service providers with Internet access.
Here are some of the changes you will see in the upcoming months.
VAT Online will replace NVAA Track 1. NVAA Track 1, Foundation-Level Training, was a 5-day general training for those with less than 3 years of experience serving victims of crime. VAT Online is a Web-based, self-paced training, also funded by OVC, that is currently being revised and updated. Both VAT Online and the NVAA Track 1 training were developed for the same audience—victim service providers with less than 3 years of experience. In the revision process the content included in Track 1 has been incorporated in VAT Online. Basic information and core knowledge and skills are now covered in 19 VAT Online modules, which each take 30–90 minutes to complete. These modules will be available in early 2014. Additional VAT Online modules that address specific crimes and the needs of special populations will be launched in 2014.
Three NVAA trainings will be available in 2014 as Web-based facilitated trainings led by NVAA faculty.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for those who complete all requirements.
- Leadership Institute
- Advanced Trainer Institute: Delivering Online Training
- Advanced Skills Institute
Finally, the NVAA will offer the Advanced Trainer Institute: Delivering Face-to-Face Training using both face-to-face training and a virtual classroom format. This training also will be available in 2014.
We are looking forward to improving and broadening trainings for victim service providers during the next 2 years, and will keep you informed of our progress.
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