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Victim Advocacy Training

Victim Advocacy Training 

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We know everyone has been looking forward to returning to in-person training in 2022; however, NCAC has made the very difficult decision to keep all trainings virtual in 2022.  We realize this may be disappointing, but our first priority is the health and safety of our trainers and you, our trainees.  Given the continued unknowns surrounding the coronavirus and its variants, we feel this is the best decision for everyone’s well-being

An investigation of child abuse and possible legal proceedings are stressful for child victims and their family. As the criminal justice system was designed for adults, it can be a confusing, frightening and frustrating experience for a child and their family. Professionals have expressed concern that a child may experience secondary trauma from the very process originally intended to be helpful and protective.

Victim Advocates are uniquely positioned to provide information and support to children and families who often have a host of concerns and needs during the legal process. Victim advocates provide crisis intervention, education about the investigation and criminal justice process, ongoing support and help to connect families with resources.

This training is designed for Victim Advocates working with children and families within a Child Advocacy Center setting and focuses on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job.  All foundational sessions are presented by experienced professionals currently working in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention at the National Children's Advocacy Center. This training is presented in English. If you need interpretation or any other accommodation to participate in this training please contact the training coordinator. International participants are responsible for their own interpretation services.

The NCAC Victim Advocacy Training meets the 2017 National Children's Alliance Standards for Accreditation.

Foundational sessions:

  • Introduction to victim advocacy
  • Dynamics of child abuse
  • Crisis development, intervention, and resolution
  • Trauma, grief, and secondary trauma
  • Effective collaboration with the multidisciplinary team
  • Support and advocacy for caretakers
  • Cultural considerations

Skill-based sessions:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Court preparation
  • Facilitation of caregiver education/support groups



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