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Pathways in the Victim Services Field

1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) will be offered for this training.

There are many different ways to make an impact in the victim services field. This training explores and builds skills within three paths—advocacy, public speaking, and activism. This training is designed for those who are new to the victim services field.

Audience: This training is designed for those who are new to the victim services field.

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Making an Impact in Victim Services
  • Week 1: Exploring Opportunities in the Victim Service Field
    • Describe the paths of opportunity that will be explored in this training.
    • Describe methods of exploring your own recovery to better prepare you for serving victims.
    • Examine your goals for pursuing involvement in victim services.
  • Week 2: Exploring the Path to Victim Advocacy
    • Describe the paths within systems-based and community-based advocacy in the victim services field.
    • Describe the duties that victim advocates perform in the victim services field.
    • Describe the opportunities available for peer support workers and program administrators in the victim services field.
    • Describe the skills, education, and experience needed to become a victim advocate.
  • Week 3: Exploring the Path to Public Speaking
    • Describe the role of public speaking within the victim services field.
    • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of public speaking.
    • Describe how to plan and deliver your message as a public speaker.
    • Discuss how to handle the business of public speaking.
    • Describe the skills, education, and experience needed to become a public speaker.
  • Week 4: Exploring the Path in Activism
    • Describe the role and history of activism within the victim services field.
    • Explain how to participate in a successful meeting with a policy- or decisionmaker.
    • Describe how to hold a public discussion as an activist.
    • Describe how to engage the media as an activist.
    • Describe the skills, education, and experience needed to become an activist.
  • Week 5: Navigating the Workplace in the Victim Services Field
    • Create a plan of engagement for finding a path within your chosen field of victim services.
    • Describe how to secure a position in victim services.
    • Describe ways to practice resiliency in the workplace.
    • Identify how to navigate through victim service workplace environments.