45-hour crime victim advocates course


This course is “drop-in” so you can enter at any time! See below for more information-

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 and healing centered 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 explore ethics and boundaries
-To provide a deep understand of crime victims rights
-To map out both the civil and criminal justice systems
-To train advocates to be human-centric, trauma informed and healing inspired
-To explore trauma, complex trauma and other biological responses
-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

There are a total of eight learning modules:
Module One- Being Human:
Case for change, Boundaries and Ethics, Vicarious Trauma, demoralization, burn out, unrealistic expectations, Self-care (individually, organizationally), Organizational trauma and healing
Deep Crime Dive:  Offenders and Cross Over Research
-illustrate cross-over
-challenge silos
-third persona
-some people cannot be social worked (in a nice way)
5 hours total

Module Two- The System
Crime Victims’ Rights (Federal and State), Civil System, Criminal System, Victims Compensation
Deep Crime Dive:  Stalking/ Domestic Violence/ IPV
-DV 101
-Stalking (use of technology)
5 hours total

Module ThreeImplicit Bias:
Implicit Bias, Confirmation Bias, Applied Intersectionality and Marginalized Communities
Deep Crime Dive: Sexual Assault and Rape
5 hours total

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

Module Five-
Human Centric. Trauma Informed. Healing Inspired. Transformative.

(Ethics, Confidentiality, Grievance), Elements of Trauma Informed Service Delivery
Thinking Beyond Trauma Informed into Healing, Assets and Transformations.
Deep Crime Dive:  Child Abuse
5 hours total

Module Six-Being an advocate:
What does it mean, Self-prep and mindset, Empowerment model, “How” to connect with clients
Deep Crime Dive:  Assault
5 hours total

 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
Deep Crime Dive:  Strangulation
-Forensic Strangulation Exam
5 hours total

Module Eight-After Care:
EMDR, Yoga, Somatic Experience, Organic Intelligence, Ecstasy and other drugs
Crime Type Dive: Sexual Harassment:  it is actually a Crime
5 hours total

Module Nine-Cultivating the advocates complicated voice:
Principled Negotiation Systems Advocacy, CCRT, SART, MDTs, Review Boards
Crime Type Dive: Death (unattended, homicide, suicide)
advocate for investigation
5 hours total

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There is a 15% Military Discount.
Email myrastrand@strandsquared.com for promo code.



45 -Hour Victim Advocacy Course
Lead Instructor: Myra Strand
Russell Strand provides all “crime deep dives” through recorded webinar

This course is “drop-in” so you can enter at any time!  When you register, you will receive an email directly from Myra Strand within 72 hours.  You will schedule a time to meet with her via zoom in order to conduct the course orientation (unless you need to use another platform due to zoom limitations).  After the orientation, you have 3 months to date to complete the course on your own time.

*Pre-approved for Victim Advocate Certification
for both Civilians and Military Advocates
Click: Learn More on certification

There is a 15% Military Discount.
Email myrastrand@strandsquared.com for promo code.


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