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OVC TTAC: Prepare for the Training
Prepare for the Training

Reviewing the Materials

Familiarize yourself with all materials prior to training. As one step, make sure you review any participant materials that are referenced in the Facilitator Manual.

Also note the following cues that appear throughout the curriculum:

Facilitator Tip iconThe Facilitator Tip icon identifies special instructions or helpful explanations for facilitators.

Words To Know iconThe Words To Know icon indicates terms that may be unfamiliar to participants and need further discussion.

In the News iconThe In the News icon appears next to discussions of current crime trends and statistics.

Chalkboard Exercise iconThe Chalkboard Exercise icon identifies facilitator-led writing activities using either a chalkboard or tearsheets.

Group Activity iconThe Group Activity icon is used to indicate a group activity, discussion, or journaling exercise.

Triad Session iconThe Triad Session icon identifies at what point you need to break the class into groups of three to discuss the examples of crime presented in each unit.

DVD Clip iconThe DVD Clip icon indicates when to show the appropriate crime victim scenario.

Customizing the Training

Add relevant examples from your own personal knowledge and expertise while maintaining the integrity of the training design, which is based on the principles of adult learning and active training.

Customizable Agenda iconIf, after reviewing all of the units, you decide to customize the training, use our customizable agenda to help gather all the materials you'll need in a few clicks.

Downloading the Materials

This is a downloadable training curriculum. We recommend that you create a folder for Victim Impact: Listen and Learn on your computer and download all the files you'll need into that folder rather than using the Web site during the training.

Gathering Equipment

Before the training, arrange for the following equipment:

  • Laptop PC

  • Overhead projector and easel, if necessary

  • One or two flip charts and colored markers for the facilitators to use at the front of the room

  • Small table for facilitator materials

  • Masking tape for posting chart notes

  • Blank attendance sheet

  • An adequate number of Participant Workbooks

  • Pens and paper for participants

  • Evaluation forms for participants

  • Name tents for tables

  • Name badges and tents for facilitators

  • Additional office supplies (e.g., sticky notes, stapler, tape)

Individual units may call for additional equipment (see the introductory pages of each unit's facilitator materials).

Preparing the Room

Make sure to visit the training room before the training.

  • Picture the layout, including the location of furniture and audiovisual equipment, and determine if you need any additional tables or chairs. Keep in mind that you will need a small table for your training supplies and a larger table for supplementary materials.

  • Make sure all equipment and electrical outlets are functioning.

  • Check for window shades (to control glare).

Maintain a structured and physically safe environment for learning (see Ground Rules in Unit 1: Getting Started). Encourage interaction by seating participants in small groups or in a large semicircle instead of using a traditional classroom arrangement.


Create a folder for Victim Impact: Listen and Learn on your computer and download all the files you'll need in that folder rather than using the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Web site during the training. To download files, right click on the file and select "save target as."