The Montana Victim Advocate Academy (MVAA) is a 40-hour, 5-day residential course intended to provide essential victim advocate training across the range of crimes and systems. The Basic Academy, designed for individuals with less than 3 years of experience, is appropriate for all victim advocates working for governmental or nonprofit agencies. The Academy uses National Victims Assistance Academy curriculum materials adapted to meet the needs of advocates practicing in Montana. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to better serve victims and survivors of crime.
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- History of the victim services field
- Basic victims' rights and the justice system
- State, federal, and tribal jurisdictions
- Impact of crime on victims
- Communicating with victims and survivors in crisis
- Providing direct services to victims and survivors
- Collaborating for victims' rights and services
- Cultural and spiritual competence
- Ethics in victim services
- Developing resilience