Welcome to the Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada
SAVE the DATE
Second Annual Victim Assistance Academy of
Weaving a Tapestry of Advocacy in Nevada
August 10-14, 2015
Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada
The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS),
in partnership with public, private and statewide agencies, is excited to be
holding the second Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada (VAAN)! This
week-long academy will be held August 10-14, 2015 at the Silver Legacy Resort
and Casino in Reno, Nevada.
The goal of VAAN is to provide, expand and enhance
foundational skills and knowledge for those who interact with victims of crime
and has been designed to reflect Nevada’s changing needs. The academy
will be open to 35 participants, geared towards advocates and victim
assistants, so space is limited.
The application for VAAN can be found on the
“Application” link. Topics covered
include an overview of victims’ rights, ethics, boundaries, confidentiality,
cultural considerations, homicide, sexual and domestic violence, human
trafficking and other special classes of victims. VAAN will utilize the
experience of national and local trainers to incorporate group activities and
simulation exercises to foster learning and fellowship. CEUs may
also be available.
$200 registration fee includes:
§ 5 full days of training from local and national
§ Resource information
§ Binder of presentation materials and flash
§ Opportunities to network throughout the
Travel assistance and per diem reimbursement will be
available for those participants traveling more than 50 miles to attend.
Do you want to attend or send staff to the
Inaugural VAAN? What is standing in your way? Do any of these sound
§ Funding – Does your agency have limited training
funds and this just isn’t possible?
§ Staff Coverage – Does your agency have such
limited staff that sending someone to this training would dramatically hinder
your agencies ability to serve victims of crime? Or, it would be too
difficult for the employee left in the office to cover?
§ You have been doing this for years and don’t
think you would benefit from this.
§ Too busy to leave the office for an entire week.
We believe this academy will be valuable to each
agency and individuals who serve victims of crime. The Steering Committee
has made it a priority to work creatively and individually with those wanting
to attend but face some of the issues above. If you are interested in
attending or sending someone from your agency to VAAN, please contact Ben Felix
336-0295 by phone, or firstname.lastname@example.org by email so we can discuss how we may be able to help. We are working with
service providers around the state on some creative solutions to assist other
agencies with coverage of phones, offering advocacy services, applying for
scholarships, and even free volunteer training to get some well-trained volunteers
into your agency. We realize there may be some unique geographical
challenges but let us try to help make this training opportunity a reality.