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To support victim service agencies and allied professionals during these challenging times, OVC TTAC is temporarily accepting applications submitted 60 days prior to your desired start date.

Prior to applying for assistance, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) specialist.

Training Descriptions

OVC offers the following comprehensive and practical skill-building curricula delivered by subject matter expert consultants. Click on each title to view a summary of the training content.

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Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations

CEUs: 0.7 CEU Length: 1 Day

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The goal of this 1-day training is to identify the five individual elements of resiliency and explore how they can be implemented in an organization through policies, supervisory techniques, and training.
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Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma

CEUs: 1.1 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training will explore self-care techniques as well as strategies managers can use to help ensure balance and self-care for those that they supervise. By participating in case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will learn how to recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, develop resilience and healthy coping skills, and create a professional and personal care plan to minimize the risk of compassion fatigue in your work.
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Curriculum Design for Victim Service Providers

CEUs: 1.4 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training is appropriate for individuals who design and deliver curricula, who are involved in the planning and development of training, or have some background in either adult education or instructional design. In this 2-day training you will first listen to skills-based lectures, then practice what you have learned in large-group activities, and end by creating a training module for your own organization. The goal is to strengthen your abilities to design, implement, and evaluate your training programs.
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Cyberviolence Judicial Training

CEUs: N/A Length: 1 Day

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This 1-day interactive training is designed for judges and court personnel to explore the various issues that the use of technology in domestic violence cases presents to the court. The training goals are to identify how common technologies look, what they do, and why people use them; analyze the use and misuse of technology in cyberviolence cases; and rule on cyberviolence cases, including evidentiary considerations.
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DNA in Sexual Assault Cases: The Role of Law Enforcement, SAFE/SANE Nurses, and Victim Advocates

CEUs: 1.2 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This 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 and collect DNA evidence at a simulated crime scene.
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* Please note that two additional training rooms will be required for a training activity on the afternoon of the second training day.

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Enforcing Victims' Rights

CEUs: 1.3 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training provides a comprehensive overview of crime victims' rights and the advocate’s role in enforcing those rights. In this interactive training you will analyze a hypothetical case scenario and actively explore how victims’ rights can be exercised during pretrial proceedings, during trial, and in relation to sentencing, parole, and other post trial proceedings. Participants will develop an individual action plan for applying the new information to their own organizations so that victims will better understand their legal rights and the actions they can take to enforce those rights.
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Grant Writing and Other Funding Strategies for Victim Service Providers

CEUs: 1.4 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training is designed for professionals working in victim service organizations that rely at least in part on grant funding. The goal of this training is to provide the information and skills you need to identify grant opportunities, write successful proposals, and navigate the federal funding process and basics of grant management. A walk-through of federal funding Web sites and practice working with scenarios and a sample case study will keep you fully engaged and motivated.
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Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse

CEUs: 1.6 CEUs Length: 2.5 Days

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This training is designed for victim advocates and other allied professionals. Through interactive exercises you will learn to recognize the risk factors for and indicators of elder abuse among older persons; name the types of elder abuse, relevant statutes, and responsibilities of a mandated reporter; and intervene appropriately and collaborate with other organizations and agencies involved with elder abuse. You will also practice techniques for communicating with older adults, explore the challenges and benefits of working on a multidisciplinary team, and develop a blueprint for collaboration based on a case study.
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Increasing Effectiveness of Child Welfare Workers for Child Victims of Trauma

CEUs: 0.4 CEU Length: 4.5 Hours

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This training provides an overview of the most current trauma-focused, evidenced-based treatments and tools for child welfare workers and CPS professionals. Your understanding of these assessment tools and treatments is essential in order to provide support and referrals for children who faced violence.
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Increasing Effectiveness of Providers for Child Victims of Violence

CEUs: N/A Length: 1 Day

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This training is designed to enhance the capacity and ability of mental health professionals to assist victimized children and adolescents by disseminating the best available science and research on violence, trauma, and trauma-focused assessment tools and mental health treatments.
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Leadership in Victim Services

CEUs: 1.2 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training is designed for leaders and program managers at all levels of experience. Topics include the basics of leadership as well as advanced concepts such as emotional intelligence, feedback and conflict resolution, teambuilding, and change leadership within different organizational cultures.
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Program Evaluation

CEUs: 1.2 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training is designed for program managers, directors, or other allied professionals who have primary responsibility for the development, monitoring, and evaluation of direct services and other programming. The user-friendly, interactive exercises give you the information, skills, and tools you need to participate in the planning and implementation of an ongoing evaluation of your programs and services. Improved skills in reporting the results to your various stakeholders can help raise public awareness and attract funding for the services you provide.
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Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime

CEUs: 1.6 CEUs Length: 2.5 Days

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Cultural competence is a core requirement in the field of victim assistance because crime can happen to anyone in any neighborhood. This interactive, 2.5-day training addresses cultural barriers such as stereotyping, value differences, communication styles, and language and interpreter bias, and prepares victim advocates to provide effective service delivery within diverse communities and to recognize and value the diversity of their clients who are victims of crime.
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Serving LGBTQ Survivors of Violence

CEUs: 1.4 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training will provide victim advocates and allied professionals with knowledge and skills needed to effectively support and work with LGBTQ-identified people, communities, and survivors, and 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.
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Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims

CEUs: 1.2 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training begins with interviews of several survivors of homicide victims. They tell their stories of grief, trauma, and ultimately – resilience. The case study of one of the survivors is threaded throughout training to help participants understand how one survivor coped with the devastating grief resulting from the homicide of a family member, and the resilience that helped alleviate the pain and lead to healing.
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* If you are considering offering this training, please note that you must arrange a panel discussion.

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Sexual Assault Advocate / Counselor Training

CEUs: 1.4 CEUs Length: 2.5 Days

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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, role-playing, 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.
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Strategic Planning for Victim Service Leaders

CEUs: 1.2 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training is designed for current and potential program managers who want to learn and practice skills that will help them plan strategically and effectively for their organizations. The training includes modules on the basic steps of strategic planning: getting your organization ready, determining where you want your organization to go, putting the plan into action, and communicating and marketing your plan.
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Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships to Respond to Sexual Assault

CEUs: N/A Length: 1 Day

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This 1-day, interactive training is designed for community victim advocates, law enforcement officials, sexual assault nurse examiners, mental health counselors, prosecutors, military victim advocates, sexual assault medical forensic examiners, military chaplains, and military criminal investigators. Through videos, discussions, and small group activities, you will develop an understanding of military life and how to work within the military structure to better serve military victims of sexual assault.
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Supporting Children Living with Grief and Trauma: A Multidisciplinary Approach

CEUs: 1.3 CEUs Length: 2 Days

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This training is designed for victim advocates who want to develop knowledge and skills to provide appropriate services for children experiencing trauma and grief as a result of violence. You will examine how children perceive death, how they process grief and trauma, and how you can recognize the signs of grief and trauma in children and support their recovery. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, victim service providers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement can improve existing services and create new opportunities to support child living with grief.
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Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities

CEUs: 2.0 CEUs Length: 3 Days

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This training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, you will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities you will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities.
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The Ultimate Trainer

CEUs: 1.4 CEUs Length: 2.5 Days

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This training for trainers is just what you need if you develop and deliver training but do not have a formal background or extensive experience in adult education or instructional design. Through interactive exercises and practice sessions, you will strengthen your knowledge and skills to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate high quality training programs. As a practical application you will present a portion of a training and receive feedback on your training skills.
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* If you are considering offering this training as a Training by Request (TBR), please note that a second training room will be required for a training activity on the afternoon of the second training day.

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What is capacity building?

Capacity building refers to the process of identifying the internal and external barriers that inhibit victim services organizations, allied professionals, or individual providers from delivering effective services to all crime victims, and building on existing strengths, enhancing skills, and providing new tools to overcome those barriers. TTA specialists will conduct a thorough needs assessment to maximize the use of OVC's resources to build capacity.

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