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NVAA Schedule and Session Descriptions


Track 2: Professional Skill-Building Institute

This track is designed to build skills and address several timely topics that confront victim service providers on a daily basis and that have direct impact on service providers’ work with victims. The training is targeted for those who have been in the victim services field for at least 2 years. Prior to attending this training, participants are expected to complete Pre-Academy readings and assignments; estimated completion time is 5 hours.

Examples of topics and skills covered:

Track 2A - Enforcing the Rights of LGBTQ Victims of Crime

This training will provide victim advocates and allied professionals with knowledge and skills needed to effectively support and work with LGBTQ people, communities, and survivors. Participants will have the opportunity to translate the knowledge and skills into a defined action plan for themselves and their agencies. The training will help participants strengthen their knowledge of the obstacles LGBTQ people experience in seeking victim services and explore how best to overcome or alleviate these obstacles. At the conclusion of the training, it is expected that victim service providers and allied professionals will be better able to serve LGBTQ victims of crime more effectively. This track will expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge and skills to help victims assert and seek enforcement of their rights in state and federal criminal courts. This training provides theoretical concepts, historical and legal perspectives, practical guidelines, and a breakdown of the laws to help support the consistent enforcement of LGBTQ victims' rights.

Track 2B - Sexual Assault and the Use of DNA in Prosecution

With a focus on crisis intervention rather than long-term counseling, this training will deepen your understanding of sexual assault and the major roles of an advocate/counselor. This training is designed primarily for sexual assault advocates/counselors who are volunteers or staff at rape crisis centers. Others who may benefit include nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and professional counselors who do not have specific sexual assault training. Through case studies, and other interactive exercises, you will build the basic skills necessary to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors effectively and sensitively. This training will also teach how DNA evidence is used effectively in sexual assault cases. As the use of DNA technology becomes integral to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases, advocates and other professionals in the sexual assault field need to know appropriate protocols for identifying, collecting, and using DNA evidence effectively. The training is intended for law enforcement officers, SAFE/SANE medical personnel, and victim advocates to help strengthen collaboration in a team response, from the initial crime scene to prosecution of sexual assault cases. During the training participants will identify DNA evidence at a simulated crime scene.