About the 2017 Academy

The 2017 MVAA will be held from June 4th to June 9th, 2017, at the University of Montana-Missoula Campus.

Applications are available here and scholarship request forms are available here.

The agenda for the 2017 Academy is available here. Please take a look to see what will be covered this year.


Time Commitment

This year, the Montana Victim Advocate Academy will require approximately 5-6 hours of online self-study work to be completed prior to the Academy. Transcripts and certificates of completion of the online work will be due by May 26, 2017.

The Academy itself is approximately 40 hours of classroom instruction. Both online self-study work and the classroom portions must be successfully completed to graduate from the Academy. 


Evaluation

If accepted into the Academy, participants will be required to complete a pre-test and a post-test on the first and last days of the Academy. Participants will also be required to complete daily evaluations and follow-up evaluations several months after the Academy.


Tuition

Tuition for the Academy is $350 per person. This includes the online work and the week of classroom instruction.


Tuition Payment

Payment is due by May 26, 2017 for applicants accepted into the Academy, unless the applicant receives a full scholarship. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than May 12, 2017.

MVAA can only receive payment via check. Please make checks out to Montana Victim Advocate Academy.


Applications

Applications for the 2017 Academy are available here and are due no later than May 5, 2017.


Scholarships

The Montana Victim Advocate Academy will be offering full and partial scholarships for the cost of tuition for Academy attendees who meet sufficient need and that are traveling greater than 50 miles to attend the training. Scholarships will be selected based on needs stated in the application. There are a limited number of scholarships available, and the disbursement of which may be given in full amount to selected recipients, or distributed partially to multiple recipients as per the discretion of the scholarship selection committee. 

Scholarship applications are available here and are due no later than May 5, 2017.


Credits

Advocates who have successfully completed the 40 hour MVAA program are eligible for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). NACP is a voluntary credentialing program available to crime victim advocates nationwide.

Law enforcement and 911 dispatch personnel can receive approximately 40 hours of Public Safety Officer Standards and Testing (POST) credit through the Montana Public Officer Standards and Training Council upon successful completion of the MVAA program. The training roster sign-up sheet will be available at the Academy.

The Academy will also provide approximately 40 hours of continuing education credits for Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Licensed Addiction Counselors through the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

The Montana Board of Crime Control considers the Academy an authorized training for Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded subgrantees.


Follow Along Consultation

Successful MVAA graduates are eligible to participate in our follow along consultation program after the Academy (July-December 2017). The follow along consultation group will be conducted by faculty from the University of Montana School of Social Work. The group will participate in monthly consultation conference calls. The goal of the follow along consultation is to provide technical assistance that supports the learning that takes place at the basic Academy.

Follow along consultation will provide increased support for victim service providers to raise the level of professionalism and to create skilled and knowledgeable victim service providers to be confident in their job and to better serve victims. The consultation group will allow victim service providers a forum to come together to:

  • Present challenging cases for consultation from peers and feedback from UM Social Work faculty
  • Participate in discussion around limitations/challenges, ethical issues, and dilemmas of cases and work
  • Create a supportive network of victim service providers
  • Provide and support strategies to identify problems and concerns, improve reasoning, improve decision making, and increase problem solving skills
  • Provide professional development opportunities in new knowledge topics

More information about the follow along consultation will be provided at the Academy.


Partners

Montana Board of Crime Control
Montana Law Enforcement Academy
Montana Office of Victim Services
U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Housing

Academy attendees have the option of staying in University of Montana dormitory rooms. If this option is selected, attendees have a choice between a single room for $171 (for the week) or a double room for $111 (for the week).


However, if attendees choose to stay in a hotel, the following hotels are located within walking distance of the University of Montana:

  • DoubleTree Edgewater : 100 Madison, Missoula, MT, 59802 Phone: 406-728-3100
  • Comfort Inn: 1021 E Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59802 Phone: 406-549-7600
  • Campus Inn: 744 E Broadway Street, Missoula, Mt 59802 Phone: 406-549-5134

Parking

Parking on The University of Montana campus requires a parking pass priced at $10.00 for 5 days. Parking pass requests can be made on the application form. For more information on parking, click here. For a map of appropriate places to park, click here.

Residential areas around campus require a parking pass from the city of Missoula. Parking in certain areas may result in a ticket and/or towing.


Cancellation Policy

Montana Victim Advocates Academy application fees may be reimbursed for reasons of professional or personal hardships or emergencies if written notice is given by May 26th, 2017. 

Contact

For more information about the MVAA, please contact:
Nancy Berg
Project Coordinator
(406) 243-4973
Nancy.Berg@umontana.edu
or
Brooke Marshall
Director
(406) 243-5764
Brooke.Marshall@mso.umt.edu

This website was produced by the Montana Victim Advocate Academy at the University of Montana and supported by funding awarded by the Montana Board of Crime Control. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this brochure are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position on policies of the Montana Board of Crime Control.