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Expert Q&A LogoA recording of the April Expert Q&A session on “The Mental Health Consequences of Sexual Assault” is now available, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

This session provides information from an extensive meta-analysis of research focused on the range of mental health problems that are associated with sexual assault and discusses risk factors for developing mental health problems after victimization.

(Posted April 19, 2019)

This quarter’s OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the International Rescue Committee chapters in Seattle, Miami and Tallahassee, Phoenix, and Sacramento. The OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the work and promising practices of OVC's Human Trafficking Grantees in serving victims of human trafficking and provides a space for grantees to relate to, identify with, and further engage with one another, the anti-trafficking community, and our many allied partners. 

(Posted April 19, 2019)

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On June 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Andy Mao and Mark Lachs on "Identifying Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect."

This session will explore the different forms of elder abuse, the role that dementia and other cognitive issues play, promising preventive measures, and some of the challenges of prosecuting such cases.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted April 18, 2019)

In preparation for National Police Week, May 12–18, we offer several resources:

(Posted April 17, 2019)

The latest recordings from the Elder Justice Initiative webinar series are now available.

“Utilizing Federal and Community Resources To Overcome the Opioid Epidemic in Tribal Communities” provides an overview of some of the factors that are contributing to the opioid epidemic among elders and looks at SAMHSA's approach to working with tribal organizations on opioid misuse.  

(Posted April 10, 2019)

Expert Q&A LogoOn May 29, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Marcus Bruning on "Law Enforcement Response: Approaching Your Work with a Trauma–Informed Lens."

This session will provide insight into the surprising similarities of victims and police officers that will help connect the complex thought patterns of a victim in trying to survive the moment and in the long term.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted April 5, 2019)

The latest recordings from the Mass Violence and Terrorism webinar series are now available.

“Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: The First 24 to 48 Hours – Part 1” introduces tips for building and maintaining partnerships before a mass violence incident occurs, effective collaboration strategies to implement when planning for and responding to mass violence incidents, steps to execute a response plan, challenges with issuing death notifications, and factors to consider when setting up a Family Assistance Center.

“Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: 48 Hours and Beyond – Part 2” provides an overview of the transition from short-term to long-term assistance; how to execute productive outreach plans; understanding immediate/acute, intermediate/transitional, and long-term needs of survivors; how to honor victims and survivors; and how to get involved in exercise planning.

(Posted April 3, 2019)

This quarter’s Activity Spotlight highlights the Advanced Trainer Institute, Train the Trainers To Enhance Their Presentation and Facilitation Skills.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Services received in-person, capacity building training on advanced training skills in Columbus, Ohio. The Advanced Trainer Institute program trains professionals in victim services to enhance their presentation and facilitation skills.

(Posted April 2, 2019)

In preparation for National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 8–12, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 29, 2019)

In preparation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7–13, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 29, 2019)

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Developing and Sustaining Collaborations training, which will be delivered online. In this 4-week training you will identify methods that you can use to explore, plan, implement, and evaluate strategic collaborations. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

Introductory Week: The Foundations of Collaboration, April 29–May 3, no webinar.
Week 1: Forming Collaborations, May 6–10, webinar on May 9.
Week 2: Collaboration in Action, May 13–17, webinar on May 16.
Week 3: Evaluating the Outcomes, May 20–24, webinar on May 23.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 2:30–3:45 p.m. e.t.

Apply Now

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 26, 2019)

In preparation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 22, 2019)

Expert Q&A LogoA recording of the March Expert Q&A session on “Expanding Outreach to Victims of Identity Theft and Cybercrime” is now available, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

This session provides guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims. 

 

(Posted March 21, 2019)

In preparation for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 20, 2019)

Access the new TTA Network Resource Directory for information on current OVC-funded training and technical assistance projects.

The searchable online directory provides information on current OVC-funded training and technical assistance (TTA) projects and allows easy access to those TTA resources for the victim services field.

(Posted March 7, 2019)

EQA LogoA recording of the February Expert Q&A session on “Serving Victims of Teen Dating Violence” is now available, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

This session identifies warning signs of teen relationship abuse and explores the effect relationship abuse has on teens.

 

(Posted February 22, 2019)

In preparation for National Consumer Protection Week, March 3–9, OVC TTAC highlights the following resources:

 (Posted February 20, 2019)

The latest recordings from the Elder Justice Initiative webinar series are now available.

"Resources for Financial Institutions To Prevent and Protect Against Elder Financial Exploitation" provides information about how to access training programs and support for tellers and other financial professionals who want to report financial exploitation and work collaboratively with others in their communities to prevent it.

“Barriers and Facilitators to Health, Wellness, and Treatment in Tribal Communities Dealing With Elder Abuse” explores the intersection of elder abuse and public health in tribal communities with a special focus on the barriers and facilitators to health, wellness, and treatment.

“Resources for State and Local Elder Abuse Prosecutors” explores ways to break down the silos by highlighting elder justice resources and training currently available to support their work.

(Posted February 12, 2019)

Expert Q&A LogoA recording of the January Expert Q&A session on “Housing, Addiction, and Human Trafficking” is now available, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

This session discusses the intersection between housing, substance use, and addiction, and explores the impact of the opioid crisis on the already limited appropriate and available housing supply for victims of trafficking.

 

(Posted January 30, 2019)

In preparation for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February, OVC TTAC highlights the following resources:

(Posted January 17, 2019)

The latest recordings from the Elder Justice Initiative webinar series are now available.

"Resources for EMTs and Medics in Fighting Elder Abuse and Neglect" explores professional resources for EMTs and Fire and Rescue Personnel to help identify possible signs of elder abuse and neglect, communicate with potential victims, identify and document evidence in the home or nursing facility, report suspected abuse, and develop and sustain a good working relationship with aging professionals.

“Veterans Administration Resources for Older Veterans” discusses the various Veterans Benefits Administration programs, and the protections and preventive measures an older adult can put in place. The webinar also addresses how to respond after there is an incident of abuse.

(Posted January 10, 2019)

This quarter’s Activity Spotlight highlights the Riverside Superior Court Vicarious Trauma Program Development. 

The Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, received virtual technical assistance on the development and implementation of an organizational-level vicarious trauma response program for courthouse personnel. The technical assistance helped develop the court's infrastructure and capacity to promote a vicarious trauma-informed organizational culture.

(Posted December 14, 2018)

In preparation for National Stalking Awareness Month this January, OVC TTAC highlights the following resources:

(Posted December 12, 2018) 

In preparation for Human Trafficking Awareness Month and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11, OVC TTAC highlights the following resources:

(Posted December 12, 2018) 

In preparation for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week this January 28–February 1, OVC TTAC highlights the following resources:

(Posted December 12, 2018)

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn has been updated to include the latest statistics and data.

The curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics and is intended to help offenders to become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims and to take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends. It is also an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.

(Posted November 30, 2018)

OVC has updated the Victim Assistance Training Online module on Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military.

The Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military module provides information on issues specific to the military related to sexual assault. It includes issues that victims may face, specific military procedures to help victims impacted by this crime, as well as tips and strategies to help victims.

(Posted November 29, 2018)

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A recording of the November Expert Q&A session on “Effective Telenursing Response to Sexual Assault” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session targeted toward Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, participants learned about some of the advantages to telenursing, as well as some of the potential obstacles, such as cross-state licensure, credentialing for nurses responding to a hospital where they are not employees, provision of medications, and maintenance of medical records.

(Posted November 19, 2018)

This quarter’s OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the Minnesota Department of HealthThe Salvation Army New Day to Stop Trafficking Program, and University of Maryland, Baltimore. The OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the work and promising practices of OVC's Human Trafficking Grantees in serving victims of human trafficking and provides a space for grantees to relate to, identify with, and further engage with one another, the anti-trafficking community, and our many allied partners. 

(Posted November 19, 2018)

As you plan for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in December, we offer several resources:

(Posted November 12, 2018)

Past Announcements

March 2019

 


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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Financial Management training, which will be delivered online. This 6-week training will teach you key bookkeeping and accounting principles, how to prepare financial documents, how to prevent fraud, and the differences in available financial management tools. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, April 22–26, no webinar.
Week 1: Planning the Budget, April 29–May 3, webinar on May 2.
Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, May 6–10, webinar on May 9.
Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, May 13–17, webinar on May 16.
Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, May 20–24, webinar on May 23.
Week 5: Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Organization, May 27–31, webinar on May 30.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. e.t.

Apply Now

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 18, 2019)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Implementing the Model Standards: A Primer for Victim Service Program Managers training, which will be delivered online. In this 4-week training you will learn about the importance of the Model Standards to the field and to your organization, explore your organization’s capabilities to implement the Model Standards, and develop a plan to integrate the Model Standards into your program’s policies, procedures, and activities. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

Introductory Week: Introduction to the Model Standards, April 15–19, no webinar.
Week 1: What are the Model Standards?, April 22–26, webinar on April 26.
Week 2: Incorporating the Model Standards into Your Organization’s Policies, April 29–May 3, webinar on May 3.
Week 3: Creating a Plan To Implement the Model Standards, May 6–10, webinar on May 10.

All webinars are conducted on Fridays from 2:30–3:45 p.m. e.t.

Apply Now

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 18, 2019)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Developing and Managing a Board of Directors training, which will be delivered online. This 4-week training will provide a step-by-step guide to building an effective board as well as strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, April 1–5, no webinar.
Week 1: Assessing Board Needs, Recruiting, and Orienting Board Members, April 8–12, webinar on April 11.
Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, April 15–19, webinar on April 18.
Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, April 22–26, webinar on April 25.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

Apply Now

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 4, 2019)

 

Expert Q&A LogoOn April 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Jo Johnson, Emily Dworkin, and Nicole E. Allen on "The Mental Health Consequences of Sexual Assault."

This session will provide information from an extensive meta-analysis of research focused on the range of mental health problems that are associated with sexual assault and discuss risk factors for developing mental health problems after victimization.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted March 4, 2019)

 
 

February 2019

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Program Evaluation training, which will be delivered online. This 5-week training will give you the practical skills to conduct an evaluation and take some of the fear out of the process. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

Introductory Week: What is Program Evaluation, March 4–8, no webinar.
Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, March 11–15, webinar on March 14.
Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, March 18–22, webinar on March 21.
Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, March 25–29, webinar on March 28.
Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using it to Develop Your Program's Story, April 1–5, webinar on April 4.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

Apply Now

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted February 7, 2019)

 

NVAA Advanced Skills Institute

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Advanced Skills Institute: Trauma–Informed Organizations training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Bridgette Butler and Amy Fleischauer, this 5-week training provides guidance on how your organization can become trauma-informed and how to modify policies and procedures to respond to trauma victims. The schedule for this training is as follows:

Introductory Week: The Impact of Trauma, February 18–22 (no webinar this week).
Week 1: The Layers of Being Trauma-Informed, February 25–March 1. The facilitated webinar will take place on March 1.
Week 2: The Foundation of a Trauma-Informed Organization, March 4–8. The facilitated webinar will take place on March 8.
Week 3: Assessing Your Organization, March 11–15. The facilitated webinar will take place on March 15.
Week 4: Developing Your Organization's Trauma-Informed Approach, March 18–22. The facilitated webinar will take place on March 22.

All webinars are conducted on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted February 4, 2019)

 
 

January 2019

 

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On March 20, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Hazel Heckers on "Expanding Outreach to Victims of Identity Theft and Cybercrime."

This session will provide guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted January 30, 2019)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NVAA Leadership Institute, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Anita Carpenter and Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, this 11-week training will assist you in becoming a more effective leader of your team, work group, or organization. CEUs will be awarded to those who complete all of the requirements.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted January 15, 2019)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Building and Managing Volunteer Programs training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Michelle Harkey and Kirsti Mouncey, this 3-week training will focus on the importance of volunteers; how to recruit, screen, onboard, and retain them; and how to determine the costs associated with managing volunteers. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: The Importance of Volunteers, week of February 4–8, 2019.
  • Week 1: Finding the Right Volunteers, week of February 11–15, 2019; webinar on February 15.
  • Week 2: Onboarding and Retaining Volunteers, week of February 18–22, 2019; webinar on February 22.

All webinars are conducted on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted January 10, 2019)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Financial Management training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Charlene Allen and Trisha Gentle-Wilemon, this 6-week training will teach you key bookkeeping and accounting principles, how to prepare financial documents, how to prevent fraud, and the differences in available financial management tools. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, January 28–February 1, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Planning the Budget, February 4–8, webinar on February 7.
  • Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, February 11–15, webinar on February 14.
  • Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, February 18–22, webinar on February 21.
  • Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, February 25–March 1, webinar on February 28.
  • Week 5: Ensuring the Health of Your Organization, March 4–8, webinar on March 7.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted January 9, 2019)

 
 

December 2018

 

Join us for an Elder Justice Initiative webinar on Thursday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m. e.t., on “Resources for Financial Institutions To Prevent and Protect Against Elder Financial Exploitation” with host Judith Kozlowski, J.D., consultant and subject matter expert with DOJ's Elder Justice Initiative, and presenter Lisa Bleier, J.D., Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and the lead on its Senior Investor Protection efforts. Also presenting is Billie McNeeley, Financial Exploitation Specialist, Aging & People with Disabilities at the Oregon Department of Human Services.

They will discuss currently available tools and training that financial professionals in small and medium-sized firms, from the bank teller to executives, can use to recognize and combat elder financial exploitation. 

Register Now

(Posted December 14, 2018)

 

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On January 29, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Deepa Patel and Karen Romero on "Housing, Addiction, and Human Trafficking."

This session will discuss the intersection between housing, substance use, and addiction, and will explore the impact of the opioid crisis on the already limited appropriate and available housing supply for victims of trafficking.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted December 13, 2018)

 

Expert Q&A LogoOn February 20, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Connie J. Kirkland and David R. Thomas on "Serving Victims of Teen Dating Violence."

This session will identify warning signs of teen relationship abuse and explore the effect relationship abuse has on teens.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted December 13, 2018)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Developing and Managing a Board of Directors training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Judy Benitez and Marcie Davis, this 4-week training provides a step-by-step guide to building an effective board and offers strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, January 7–11, 2019. No webinar.
  • Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, January 14–18, 2019, webinar on January 17.
  • Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, January 21–25, 2019, webinar on January 24.
  • Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, January 28–February 1, 2019, webinar on January 31.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted December 3, 2018)

 
 

October 2018

 

Please join us on November 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. e.t. for an Elder Justice Initiative webinar on “Barriers and Facilitators to Health, Wellness, and Treatment in Tribal Communities Dealing With Elder Abuse.” Susan Lynch, Senior Counsel for Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, will discuss the intersection of elder abuse and public health in tribal communities with a special focus on the barriers and facilitators to health, wellness, and treatment.

Register Now

(Posted October 31, 2018)

 

Please join us on November 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. e.t. for an Elder Justice Initiative webinar on “Rural Multidisciplinary Teams: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations.” Presenters Jason Burnett, Co-Director of the Texas Elder Abuse & Mistreatment Institute (TEAM), Co-Director of the TEAM-Forensic Assessment Center Network, Tammy Sever (Nevada), and Michele Knittle (Nevada) will discuss the unique, but not insurmountable, challenges facing rural MDTs. This webinar will dive into the issues faced by real-world rural MDTs while highlighting the good work, resources, and innovations that can serve as examples of what is possible.

Register Now

(Posted October 31, 2018)

 

Please join us on November 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. e.t. for an Elder Justice Initiative webinar on “Veterans Administration Resources for Older Veterans.” Host Maria Shumar and presenter Gina Bohr, Program Analyst, Pension and Fiduciary Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will discuss the various Veterans Benefits Administration programs, and the protections and preventive measures an older adult can put in place. The webinar will also address how to respond after there is an incident of abuse.

Register Now

(Posted October 29, 2018)

 

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A recording of the October Expert Q&A session on “Batterer Intervention Programs and Victim Safety” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

This session describes model practices for Batterer Intervention Program outreach to victims as well as collaboration with victim advocacy programs.

(Posted October 26, 2018)

 

The latest recordings from the Elder Justice Initiative webinar series are now available.

"Increasing Access to Capacity Assessments via New Technologies" discusses how your community might increase access to capacity assessments that can assist in cases where the determination of elder abuse may depend upon the older adult’s capacity.

“Trauma Informed Services: An Introduction to ACES and Elder Abuse” discusses the connection between early adverse experiences, often called "ACES," and the older adult population.

"Building an Elder Justice Unit in South Dakota" describes the journey to create an Elder Justice Unit, finding support in the adage "If you build it, they will come" and provides examples of two recent (closed) cases and how the Unit aided in those prosecutions.  

"Digging Deeper: When Consent is Not Consent" discusses the elements of consent, how to confirm consent, and how to distinguish consent from actions or conditions (such as diminished capacity) that negate consent.

(Posted October 23, 2018)

 

As you plan for National Native American Heritage Month in November, we have several resources that will help:

(Posted October 22, 2018)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Outreach and Marketing training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Anita Carpenter and Virginia Pérez-Ortega, this 3-week training addresses how to develop a marketing plan, conduct an analysis of your audience, and identify techniques to launch your outreach and marketing campaign. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Marketing, October 29–November 2. No webinar.
  • Week 1: Identifying Your Marketing Goals and Target Audience, November 5–9, webinar on November 8.
  • Week 2: Finalizing a Marketing Plan and Measuring Your Efforts, November 12–16, webinar on November 15.

All webinars are conducted on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted October 22, 2018)

 
 
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