NVAA Registration & Course Information

Shaping the Future of Victim Advocacy

The Spring 2024 NVAA registration is open! Registrations will be accepted until March 15th, or until capacity has been reached.

Applicants who apply by the Early Bird deadline of February 12th are eligible for the discounted rate. Applications received after that date will be charged the standard rate. A grout rate of $275/per student is available for groups of five (5) or more; Contact [email protected] for information on group applications.

The Spring 2024 NVAA will be offered April 1 – June 12, every Monday and Wednesday. There are two class sessions, 10am-12pm ET and 6pm -8pm ET; Students cannot switch between classes, you may ONLY attend the class session you are registered for.  

Students are required to participate in all ten (10) weeks of live training (40 hours) in order to receive a certificate of completion.

NVAA Student Center (Password Protected)

The NVAA Student Center will be your resource portal throughout the duration of NOVA’s Victim Assistance Academy. This is where you can find class links, reference materials, instructor information, and more! 

Your NVAA Coordinator is Carolyn Eskin, NOVA’s Education & Outreach Manager. 

Only students registered for the course are able to access the password protected Student Centers. Please do not share or distribute any information contained within the student center without permission from NOVA. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 No. You will have completed an NACP Pre-Approved “A” Level training, which means that you can apply for the NACP Provisional Level Credential by submitting an application to the NACP along with your NVAA Certificate. 

NOVA does offer limited need-based scholarships for the training academies. The scholarship covers the registration fee only and all scholarship recipients are required to have access to Zoom and a microphone feature to complete the academy. The scholarship application for the 2024 Spring NVAA can be accessed here.

Yes. While this course is designed for new and aspiring advocates, many seasoned advocates and allied professionals will complete the course as a valuable refresher training.

The following topics are covered in the 40-Hour NVAA:

  • Foundations in Victim Advocacy
  • Role of the Advocate
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Abuse
  • Interpersonal Violence and Animal Cruelty
  • Stalking and Interpersonal Violence
  • Trauma and Resilience
  • Advocating for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Crime
  • Communication Skills
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Human Trafficking
  • Inclusion and Belonging
  • Criminal Justice System Overview
  • Victim Compensation and Notification
  • Victims with Disabilities
  • Elder Abuse
  • Ethics and Confidentiality
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
  • Survivors of Homicide

Yes. The NVAA group discount is $275 per student for a group of 5 or more from the same agency. Please send a list of the applicant names, point of contact information for the group, and cardholder information to [email protected]Each person in the group will need to fill out the PDF registration form in its entirety.

No. When you register, you are selecting your class time and must attend at that time throughout the course. Occasionally, your NVAA coordinator will make an exception but that must be approved beforehand.

Attendance is taken throughout the live training. Per the attendance policy, students can miss up to two presentations but must make them up by completing a brief assignment. In order to receive a certificate of completion, students must adhere to the attendance policy.

The NVAA will be offered online via Zoom Meeting.  In order to participate in the NVAA, each student must be able to access Zoom. Access to a camera and microphone are not required, but highly encouraged to increase participation and engagement. Auto-transcription is provided during the training. 

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