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Core Competencies and Skills
course

Advocacy

Length: 30 minutes

Summary:

Examines the critical role of victim service providers in advocating for crime victims. When you know how to advocate for crime victims, you ensure that their voices are heard and they receive the appropriate assistance.

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Assessing Victims' Needs

Length: 30 minutes

Summary:

Describes how to accurately determine the services that will help victims in the aftermath of a crime. Conducting a thorough needs assessment helps you identify a victim's specific needs so you can refer the victim to the most appropriate resources.

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Basic Communication Skills

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

Provides the essential skills you need to communicate clearly with victims. Effective communication skills not only help you target victims' needs; they also help you establish the kind of rapport that's crucial for reassuring and comforting the victim.

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Collaboration

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Identify the challenges to a successful working partnership and describe responses to these challenges. No single organization can provide all the resources and services for crime victims, so working through other organizations to obtain this assistance is critical.

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Confidentiality

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

Describes best practices for maintaining confidentiality. As a victim service provider you deal with sensitive and personal information. Understanding the laws governing a victim's privacy and confidentiality are extremely important in protecting the victims you help.

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Conflict Management and Negotiation

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Introduces you to skills to help you manage conflict effectively and negotiate with others when conflict arises. Conflicts can arise in any situation. You may even experience conflict with a victim you're trying to help. Resolving the conflict by negotiating an outcome that's acceptable to everyone is an important skill for a victim service provider.

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Crisis Intervention

Length: 30 minutes

Summary:

Describes how to identify when a crisis has taken place and how to help those who have experienced traumatic situations. Understanding what constitutes a crisis, and knowing how to intervene when one occurs, can make a critical difference to someone who has been victimized.

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Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Covers the skills you need to interact with and assist crime victims from all cultures and backgrounds, and defines culture, diversity, and inclusion. Crime does not discriminate; victims come from all walks of life. In your work, you must be prepared to help victims who may be very different from you.

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Documentation

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Provides information for victim service providers who need to document information about victims of crime. Accurately recording victim data preserves the victim's privacy and confidentiality. And documenting your interactions with victims provides a record of your work and actions that may be useful later.

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Problem Solving

Length: 30 minutes

Summary:

Presents a structured approach to recognizing and solving problems that arise in your work. Being able to follow the steps of an effective problem-solving process will help you resolve issues quickly, and minimize difficulties when dealing with colleagues and victims of crime.

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Referrals

Length: 30 minutes

Summary:

Provides information on building and maintaining relationships with referral agencies so that you can provide critical referrals to victims of crime. Developing a referral network is absolutely essential for victim service providers. The wider your network of referrals, the more likely you'll be able to find the right kind of assistance for every victim you help.

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Self-Care

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

Covers the role of victim service providers in monitoring their own self-care and safety. Because of your work, you are susceptible to vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and other stress-related conditions. To remain effective in your job and helpful to victims, you must know the risk factors for developing these conditions, how to minimize them, and how to take care of yourself if you do experience a stress-related condition.

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Trauma-Informed Care

Length: 30 minutes

Summary:

Covers the impact of trauma on crime victims. Victims react to the psychological trauma of a crime in various ways. In order to ensure they receive the care they need, you must become familiar with the impact of trauma and the concept of trauma-informed care.

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