SVAA Resource Center

Supporting state victim assistance academies through training and technical assistance.

Past SVAA Events

2016 SVAA Leadership Symposium

September 18, 2016 7:00 PM - September 21, 2016 10:00 AM

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Address: 201 N 17th St

The SVAA Leadership Symposium will begin with an informal reception at 7:00pm on September 18. 

SVAA Leadership Symposium: Strengthening Our Communities of Practice

The SVAA Leadership Symposium will be a dedicated training and professional networking track within the NCVC National Training Institute. It will focus on a complement of topics uniquely relevant and critical to the creation, operation, growth and sustainability of SVAAs. It re-establishes an earlier forum of SVAA leaders supported by OVC (formerly known as Cluster Meetings). Potential topics include:  creating partnerships/steering committees; different SVAA models; use of technology; evaluations; mentoring; faculty support and development; sustainability.  The design and content of the Symposium will be informed by the field of SVAAs and your priority needs.  

Who should come?
Anyone involved in initiating, developing and strengthening the training capacity for victim service providers in their state, specifically through their SVAA.  The content will be relevant for SVAA administrators, staff, steering committee members, faculty, academic partners, and others dedicated to providing training and education in the victim services field. We are planning for up to 2-3 representatives from each state to join with SVAA colleagues from around the country to create learn, network, and innovate together as a growing national Community of Practice. 

Why should you come? 
This is a rare opportunity to connect with other dedicated leaders in victim services involved in creating and strengthening SVAAs. This SVAA Track at the NCVC Training Institute will be an energizing and informative combination of didactic and experiential learning.  It will include time for meaningful networking opportunities that will help build and guide the development of individual SVAAs and a strong nationwide collaboration. While you will get the benefit of this dedicated SVAA Track, you will also be able to participate in the broader Training Institute’s plenaries and workshops to ensure that you can maximize your Institute experience.

SVAA Leadership Symposium Workshops:

Step One: Framing the SVAA Vision: Upholding Values and Ideals
This workshop will provide the opportunity to look at the big picture of SVAA’s beginning with the vision of the OVC in their establishment.  We will be sharing experiences of initial SVAA development as well as considerations for reviving, rebuilding, and the critical work of developing and working with a steering committee.

Step Two: Laying the Foundation: Frameworks and Structures
Looking together at a diverse sampling of academy models can enhance our understanding of the wide range of opportunities for learning offered across the country and develop a community of practice.  Areas of focus will include:  the role of academic partnerships; blended learning; distance learning vs. residential and mentoring models, evaluating your SVAA.

Step Three: Refining your Program: Recipes for Success
This workshop will hone in on the “nuts and bolts” of developing, delivering and assessing a victim-centered, research and trauma-informed academy.  Specific topics will include:  curriculum development (accessing research and clinical content); the recruitment, development and engagement of faculty members. 

Step Four: Keeping Up with the Times

Sustaining and maintaining an academy over time requires support on multiple levels, with many partners.  This workshop will focus on ways that states have been financing and otherwise supporting their academies, including discussion of the expanded VOCA funds.  We will consider successes and challenges of partnering with institutions to secure academic credits and/or professional certification; as well as look at state and professional mandates for participation.

View the Presentation Slides