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NEXT Available Course:
Aug-Oct Session
Instructors: Russell and Myra Strand
At your own pace, On-demand: Aug 1- Oct 31
One live session– Aug 3, 2020:  1:00-3:00 pm EST
50 Seats Available

We apologize, the April-June session is SOLD OUT

Starting in August, Russell Strand will be joining Myra as co-presenter for this course
teaching all of the “Crime Deep Dives”.

Basic Course Description:

What you’ll learn:

The 45- hour victim advocacy course is designed for advocates who are new to victim services and is structured to teach participants human centric, trauma informed advocacy skills. Participants will be prepared to work in victim advocacy arenas, such as domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines, and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery.

The 45 hour curriculum meets the requirements for the National Advocate Credentialing Program and the Military Advocate Certificate Program pre-service training through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).

-To provide a history of the advocacy movement
-To provide a deep understanding of crime victims’ rights
-To look at the both the civil and criminal justice systems

-To train advocates to be human-centric, trauma informed
-To explore trauma, complex trauma and other biological response to adverse experiences
-To help advocates explore their own implicit bias and to work through an intersectional lens
-To inspire a dedication to professional health and wellness both individually and organizationally

Course Modules:

Module One- Being Human:
Case for change, Vicarious Trauma, demoralization, burn out, unrealistic expectations, Self-care (individually, organizationally), Organizational trauma and healing
Crime Type Dive: Offenders and Cross Over Research
5 hours

Module Two- History of the Movement:
Crime Victims’ Rights (Federal and State), Civil System, Criminal System
Crime Type Dive: Stalking, Intimate Partner Violence
5 hours

Module ThreeImplicit Bias:
Applied Intersectionality and Marginalized Communities
Crime Type Dive: Sexual Assault and Rape
4 hours

Module Four-Psychophysiological response to trauma:
Trauma and Complex Trauma
Crime Type Dive: Human Trafficking
5 hours

Module Five-Human Centric, Trauma Informed Response and Care:
(ethics, confidentiality, grievance), elements of trauma informed service delivery
Crime Type Dive: Child Abuse
5 hours

Module Six-Being an advocate:
what does it mean, self-prep and mindset, empowerment model, “how” to connect with clients
Crime Type Dive: Assault
5 hours

Module Seven- Tools of the Trade:
immediate response to crisis, case management, long term response to crisis, safety planning, lethality assessment, informed consent, breaking it down, use of index cards, getting creative,  dogs
Crime Type Dive: Strangulation
 5 hours

Module Eight-After Care:
EMDR, Yoga, Somatic Experience, Organic Intelligence,
Ecstasy and other drugs
Crime Type Dive: Sexual Harrassment
5 hours

Module Nine-Cultivating the advocates complicated voice:
Principled Negotiation systems advocacy, CCRT, SART, MDTs, Review Boards
Crime Type Dive: Homicide (and unattended death, suicide)
5 hours

Pre-requisites: There are not pre-requisites for this training.

This course includes (an estimated):

  • 12- hours on-demand video
  • 2 -hours live scheduled course (Aug 3, 2020:  1:00-3:00 pm EST)
  • 35 articles
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Access on Computer
  • Certificate of Completion

Who this course is for:

  • Crime Victim Advocates, both system and community based.  Allied professionals welcome.


Normally this course will cost $650.00, but because this is the second round and there is bound to be some hiccups- it is on-sale for $500.00