The 2018 Montana Victim Advocate Academy will be held June 3-8 at the University of Montana.
The Montana Victim Advocate Academy requires 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 are due by May 25, 2018.
The Academy itself is approximately 40 hours of classroom instruction. Both online self-study work and the classroom portions must have been successfully completed to graduate from the Academy.
If accepted into the Academy, participants are required to complete a pre-test and a post-test on the first and last days of the Academy. Participants are also required to complete daily evaluations and follow-up evaluations several months after the Academy.
Tuition for the Academy is $350 per person. This includes the online work and the week of classroom instruction.
Payment is due by May 25, 2018, for applicants accepted into the Academy unless the applicant received a full scholarship. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than May 18, 2018.
NOTE: MVAA can only receive payment via check. Please make checks out to Montana Victim Advocate Academy.
Applications for the 2018 Academy are due no later than May 4, 2018.
The Montana Victim Advocate Academy offers 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. Scholarship recipients are selected based on needs stated in the application. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Disbursement of scholarships can be made in full or distributed partially to multiple recipients per the discretion of the scholarship selection committee.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are due no later than May 4, 2018.
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.
Successful MVAA graduates are eligible to participate in our follow-along consultation program after the Academy (July-September 2018). 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 with 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
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 or double room. Cost of this option is $176/week-single room or $116/week-double room (includes a $1.00 fee for a dorm access card).
However, if attendees choose to stay in a hotel, the following hotels are located within walking distance of the University of Montana:
Parking on the University of Montana campus requires a parking pass priced at $12.00 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
Montana Victim Advocates Academy application fees are able to be reimbursed for reasons of professional or personal hardships or emergencies if written notice is given by May 25, 2018.