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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.

(Posted February 12, 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)

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)

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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)

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)

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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)

As you plan for America’s Safe Schools Week this October 21–27 we offer several resources:

(October 4, 2018)

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A recording of the September Expert Q&A session on “Navigating the SART Toolkit” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session, learn about the newly updated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) toolkit, an online manual that supports SARTs in all aspects of their work, from building a team to responding to victims.

(Posted September 28, 2018)

As you plan for National Bullying Prevention Month in October, we offer several resources:

(Posted September 21, 2018)

As you plan for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, we offer several resources:

(Posted September 20, 2018)

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

“Banks & Triads Working Together To Combat Scams Against Older Americans” demonstrates how banks and law enforcement can work together to combat elder financial exploitation and abuse.

“MDT Cross-Training: Prosecutors and MDTs” discusses the ethical responsibilities of a prosecutor and the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the fight against elder abuse, as well as the prosecutor’s perspective on what makes a good case; what are their parameters on an MDT; what they get out of MDT collaborations and how best to collaborate; and what they contribute.

“What Judges Should Know About Elder Abuse” discusses the dynamics of elder abuse, relevant issues such as cognitive capacity, expert witnesses that may be required, reasonable courtroom accommodations, the advantages of elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, and the importance of judicial leadership on the issue of elder abuse.

(Posted September 11, 2018)

Photo of Chaplain Clementina M CherySeptember's Consultant Spotlight shines on Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry, the President & CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. With more than two decades of experience as a survivor serving families impacted by murder, Chaplain Chéry has developed best practices in the field of homicide response. She strives to ensure that all families affected by homicide are treated with dignity and compassion. Chaplain Chéry has trained public health, criminal justice professionals and law enforcement officials to better serve families impacted by murder and interrupt cycles of retaliatory violence.

(Posted September 4, 2018)

Past Announcements

February 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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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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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)

 

Please join the upcoming Elder Justice Initiative webinar on October 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t. to learn 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.

Register Now

(Posted October 17, 2018)

 

The Department of Justice is hosting a Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit on November 14–15, in Des Moines, Iowa.

This summit will bring together a diverse group of experts and elder justice professionals to: (1) identify the challenges rural and tribal communities face in responding to elder abuse; (2) identify promising practices, resources, and tools available to rural and tribal communities; and (3) explore what more can be done to break down silos and foster greater collaboration at the tribal, local, state, and federal levels.

For more information about the summit and rural elder justice topics, please visit the Elder Justice Initiative website.

(Posted October 11, 2018)

 
 

September 2018

 

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On November 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. e.t. OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Susan Chasson and Dr. Sheridan Miyamoto on “Effective Telenursing Response to Sexual Assault.”

In this session targeted towards Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, participants will learn 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.

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

(Posted September 27, 2018)

 

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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. Co-facilitated by Cynthia Hedge and Kiricka Yarbough Smith, this 4-week training addresses how to identify when a collaboration is needed, how to choose potential partners and generate an action plan, and how to measure success. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: The Foundations of Collaborations, October 1–5. No webinar.
  • Week 1: Forming Collaborations, October 8–12, webinar on October 11.
  • Week 2: Collaboration in Action, October 15–19, webinar on October 18.
  • Week 3: Evaluating the Outcomes, October 22–26, webinar on October 25.

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

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

(Posted September 20, 2018)

 

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Program Evaluation training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Joan A. Reid and Alyssa Rheingold, 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? October 1–5, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, October 8–12, webinar on October 12.
  • Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, October 15–19, webinar on October 19.
  • Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, October 22–26, webinar on October 26.
  • Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using It To Tell Your Program's Story, October 29–November 2, webinar on November 2.

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 September 13, 2018)

 
 

August 2018

 

Join us for the upcoming Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “An Introduction to ACES and Elder Abuse,” on September 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., as Gabriella Grant, Director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care, discusses the connection between early adverse experiences, often called “ACES,” and the older adult population.

This webinar will discuss how past victimization can relate to future victimization later in life, provide an overview of the definition of trauma, review keys to recovery and stability, and discuss implications for law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim services.

Register today.

(Posted August 29, 2018)

 

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A recording of the August Expert Q&A session on “Addressing Vicarious Trauma for the Individual” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session covers what contributes to vicarious trauma and how vicarious trauma is related to secondary traumatic stress.

(Posted August 24, 2018)

 

Join OVC TTAC for the two-part webinar series, “Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism,” which will highlight significant actions needed to help your community prepare and respond appropriately to assist victims in the first few days after a mass violence tragedy occurs.

“Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: The First 24 to 48 Hours” will discuss steps to execute a response plan.

“Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: 48 Hours and Beyond” will build upon the details that were discussed in the first webinar, and will discuss the transition from short-term to long-term assistance.

September 2018

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: The First 24 to 48 Hours
September 13, 2018
1:30–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Register Now

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: 48 Hours and Beyond
September 20, 2018
1:30–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Register Now

October 2018

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: The First 24 to 48 Hours
October 12, 2018
1:30–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Register Now

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: 48 Hours and Beyond
October 19, 2018
1:30–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Register Now

(Posted August 24, 2018)

 

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On October 24, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t. OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Dr. David Adams and Gabriela Nunez-Santiago on "Batterer Intervention Programs and Victim Safety."

Batterer Intervention Programs (BIP) provide an opportunity for program participants to be accountable for their abusive behavior. This session will describe model practices for BIP outreach to victims as well as collaboration with victim advocacy programs.

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

(Posted August 23, 2018)

 

In preparation for National Campus Safety Awareness Month this September, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted August 22, 2018)

 

Advanced Skills Institute

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 Marcie Davis and Pamela Jacobs, this 4-week training will provide a step-by-step guide to building an effective board and strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, September 4–7, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, September 10–14, webinar on September 14.
  • Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, September 17–21, webinar on September 21.
  • Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, September 24–28, webinar on September 28.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

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

(Posted August 20, 2018)

 

As you plan for National Preparedness Month this September, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted August 20, 2018)

 
 
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