Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Minnesota Victim Assistance academy

Dates: August 5 - 10, 2012

Location: St. Cloud, MN

 

Track 1: Foundations in Victim Services

 

Program Overview 

Track 1 of the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy (MNVAA) is a foundation-level educational opportunity.  Foundations in Victim Services is a week-long intensive course of study designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Minnesota.  The students for the academy class will consist of victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who work with victims of crime.  Through education, the MNVAA builds the capacity of providers to serve those victimized by crime, encourages cutting-edge thinking about the ways we can help victims regain control of their lives, and focuses on victim-centered multi-disciplinary collaboration building.

The MNVAA will select 35 candidates to attend the Foundations Academy at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), in St. Cloud, Minnesota. These participants will explore a comprehensive curriculum created specifically for Minnesota by a multidisciplinary committee assembled by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. All students who are accepted and successfully complete this 40-hour MNVAA course will receive a certificate of completion. Academic credit and CEUs may be available for an additional fee. For more details on the course, please see the Sample Foundations Academy Agenda

Information on Track 1 … website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/training-and-communication/Pages/track1.aspx

2012 Foundations in Victim Services

The 2012 Foundations in Victim Services is scheduled for August 5- 10 in St. Cloud. For additional information including cost, location, and student criteria, download the Foundation in Victim Services application.

Please complete the application form in its entirety.  No alternative forms will be accepted. Applications and all required documents must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be mailed or submitted electronically to:

 

MN Office of Justice Programs          OR      Alicia.nichols@state.mn.us.

MNVAA- c/o Alicia Nichols

445 Minnesota Street #2300

St Paul, MN 55101

 

 

Track 2: Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance

   

Program Overview

The Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance program is a multidisciplinary professional education course that challenges practitioners to critically analyze the process of effecting change of professional practices, organizational policies, and societal responses of victim assistance. Before the program, participants are contacted by a faculty consultant to identify specific issues and/or problem areas. During the three-day program, participants will work collaboratively to create a step-by-step structured action plan that can be implemented post-program to effect change.

 

The program is most appropriate for experienced practitioners and administrators in system and community-based organizations. Together these individuals are challenged to consider key ideologies, values, and attitudes that influence professional and organizational approaches to service provision. Participants are introduced to a problem solving process, which serves as a foundation for exploring and analyzing the justice system and various allied areas that serve victims from a comprehensive perspective.

 Participants work collaboratively on various issues that promote the quality professional practice; efficient and effective organizational programs and policies, and victim sensitive societal responses. This problem solving approach occurs through application exercises that build the knowledge and skills necessary for creating an action plan that can be implemented post-program.

 

College Credit

Optional undergraduate and graduate college credit at a reduced tuition rate is available from either Washburn University or California State University- Fresno.  All tuition fees are due at the time of the program.

 

Professional Certificate

The optional Professional Certificate in Victim Assistance: Critical Analysis is awarded by the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies for demonstration of knowledge and further critical analysis professionally presented to the field.  As a university-based organization, a certificate of completion issued by the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies offers  credibility and recognition valued by professions.  The certificate includes course attendance, a comprehensive exam, critical analysis report, and professional presentation.  With the exception of course attendance, all certificate requirements are completed during the second phase of the program.  All requirements have minimum standards of acceptance and are subject to review and approval by program faculty. 

 

Participation Guidelines

Registrants are expected to fully participate in all program activities with the exception of activities identified as optional.  Every effort should be made to ensure that work and other obligations do not interfere with the learning event. 

 

2012 Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance

The 2012 Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance is scheduled for August 7- 10 in St. Cloud. For additional information including cost, location, and student criteria, download the Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance application.

 

Please complete the application form in its entirety.  No alternative forms will be accepted. Applications and all required documents must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be mailed or submitted electronically to:

Information on Track 2 … website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/training-and-communication/Pages/track2.aspx

 

MN Office of Justice Programs          OR      Alicia.nichols@state.mn.us.

MNVAA- c/o Alicia Nichols

445 Minnesota Street #2300

St Paul, MN 55101

 

For information on the 2012 Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy please visit the conference website.

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