Trainer for victim assistance

Victim Assistance Academy

Audience: Victim advocates, educators, attorneys, law enforcement, mental health workers, medical professionals and all allied professionals who assist crime victims
Method: In-person, instructor-led
Duration: 5 days
Cost: $500 (Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks.)

Continuing education and college credits are available. See the note on credits below. 

In-depth victim advocacy training

This in-depth training session focuses on both interpersonal and professional development, covering subjects like communication, empathy, professional advocacy, self-care and understanding traumatic reactions in the brain. Experts in their fields will present on the latest research, legislation and practical resources to provide continuing professional development on a variety of relevant issues.

NEVAA brings training to students and professionals who work with victims of crime and has served more than 350 advocates in the Nebraska community since its launch in 2013. In October 2018, NEVAA became a Creighton University program that offers nationally accredited training to students and professionals who work with (or will work with) victims of crime.

Victim Assistance Academy topics

The course curriculum is both broad and rigorous, covering more than 25 topics, including:

  • Advocacy
  • Communication skills
  • Tactical communication
  • Empathy
  • Maltreatment of children
  • Navigating boundaries and advocacy ethics
  • Domestic/dating violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Human trafficking
  • Immigration
  • Technology-facilitated crimes
  • Self-care for helping professionals
  • Working with Native American victims
  • Mental health

A note on credits

Upon completion of the academy, students are eligible for 40 hours of continuing law enforcement units (CLEUs) or continuing education units (CEUs) for many of the disciplines involved in the academy. You may also take NEVAA for three undergraduate course credits through Creighton University or University of Nebraska at Kearney with proper registration, completion of the academy and any additional course requirements. Creighton University tuition is reduced to UNK’s tuition rate.

NEVAA is a pre-approved “A” level training with the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) for those who are interested in national victim advocate accreditation. You can find more information at

This course meets the Board of Mental Health and Social Work requirements for continuing education in the state of Nebraska. Credits are self-reported.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is pending in Nebraska.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships and reimbursements may be accessible through the Nebraska Crime Victim-Training and Technical Assistance Program (NCV-TTAP) with the Nebraska Crime Commission. These funds are available to help fund training for victim service providers and allied professionals, including law enforcement, attorneys/judges, mental health professionals and more. Note that the NCV-TTAP does not make direct payments to Creighton for this training. Here’s how the process works:

  • Apply for the NCV-TTAP scholarship (due at least 10 days prior to event registration deadline)
  • You or your organization pays the registration fee
  • Within 14 days of the training, submit to NCV-TTAP for reimbursement

Visit the Nebraska Crime Commission website for links to the scholarship application, guidelines for reimbursement and more information. Or contact us with any questions. 


If you have questions about the course, we’re happy to help. We can also provide assistance with group registration or work with you to develop a customized course for a team.  

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This Course is Offered on the Following Dates

July 20–24, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., On Campus