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About Summit Victim Assistance Academy:

The Summit Victim Assistance Academy is one of two nationally approved prerequisite trainings, offered in the state of Ohio, for assisting individuals in becoming a comprehensive National Credentialed Advocate. Participants who complete the 44 hour academy will become equipped to use NOVA’s (National Organization for Victim Assistance) crisis intervention model to assist individuals impacted by victimization or traumatic events. Additionally, participants will increase their knowledge about the judicial system, victims’ rights as well as resources available for both victims and the advocate providing the service. 

What can I expect to learn?

  • Participants will graduate from the Summit Victim Assistance Academy with knowledge of variios types of trauma/victimizations impacting our world. More importantly, participants will gain expert skills needed to provide crisis intervention to individuals affected by trauma. 

Who should attend?

  • Law enforcement, social workers, counselors, attorneys, medical personnel, first responders, clergy, students and of course victim advocates. The academy is open to all of those in the helping profession who may have the need to assist someone who has experienced trauma.  *This training is required for all individuals who volunteer or intern with Victim Assistance program. 

What topics will be covered?

  • History of the Victims Right's Movement
  • Crisis & Trauma: Physiological and Psychological effects
  • Individualized Crisis Intervention
  • Children Who Witness Violence
  • Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Identity Theft, Missing Persons, Stalking
  • Unexpected Deaths: Homicide, Suicide, DUI, Sudden Death
  • Suicide Prevention and response
  • Crime Scene Response
  • Judicial System: Court Advocacy and Victim's Rights
  • Victim Compensation
  • VINE-Victim Information Notification Everyday
  • Protection Orders
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Vicarious Trauma, Burn Out, Self Care

What does the academy have to do with the National Advocate Credentialing Program?

Summit Victim Assistance Academy was created by our Executive Director, Leanne Graham in January 2015. As Leanne wanted to standardize services provided by the advocates, volunteers and interns at the agency, she utilized her years of experience and best practices to create the academy's curriculum. This curriculum was submitted to the National Organization of Victim Assistance Program's National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) and approved.

"In order to be eligible to apply for Provisional credential, you must have completed a NACP pre-approved forty-hour basic training program. Completion of one of these Pre-approved training programs is also acceptable to meet the “A” Series requirement for all other NACP credential levels (Basic, Intermediate or Advanced).  Please click here to see a list of NACP Pre-approved training programs." (NACP)

Although the completion of the academy will allow individuals to apply to become credentialed, Victim Assistance Program is not involved in the acceptance of candidates nor does Victim Assistance Program contribute to the cost of the application.

Akron Police Department Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Barberton Police Department
Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Summit County Prosecutor's Office
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Victim Assistace Program

Upcoming Sessions:

January 8, 2018 - January 12, 2018

June 4, 2018 - June 8, 2018


Note: Pre registration is required for all attendees to ensure we can accommodate interested parties. Each class is limited to 50 participants who are selected on a first come first serve basis. 


$275 per week. Participants will receive a binder of the academy's powerpoints, materials and handouts, snacks, coffee, water and a certification of completion. This cost does not cover room/board. Hotel Options include:


  • Make payable to Victim Assistance Program, 150 Furnace Street, Akron, OH 44304 
  • Credit Card -  Payments can be made by phoning 330.376.0040.
  • Payments must be made in advance to participate in sessions.

Cancellation Policy

Participants will be reimbursed $50 for each day VAP is forced to cancel due to unforseen circumstances. However, if an individual chooses to withdraw their registration, they may do so within 48 hours of the first day of training for a full refund. Any withdrawals or no shows occurring after the 48 hour cut off period, will not be eligible for a refund.


Please contact Dana Zedak, Director of Professional Enhancement at 330.376.0040 or DZedak@victimassistanceprogram.org.


Updated 9.22.17