​​​​Next Academy: June 4-8, 2018

ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Academy Director, Faculty

dstanley@ubalt.edu

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer
Associate Director, Faculty

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu

Elaine Witman
Community Liason

ewitman@ubalt.edu

Dave Thomas
Faculty

t​homas@theiacp.org

Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org


Anne Litecky

Logistics Coordinator

alitecky@ubalt.edu


Phone

410.837.6082

2017 Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP)

…Bringing Crime Victim Training and Certification to Communities


WHAT IS V-STEP?
Purpose of Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP)
The Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP) expands the RVAAM mission to include 1) trauma responsive training to improve victim recovery; 2) regional specific evidence-based training with CEU’s; 3) regional access to state certification; and 4) support to develop strong regional linkages and victim services network. 

V-STEP Crime Victim Training Needs Assessments
V-STEP is conducting crime victim training needs assessments over the next 6 months, one in each region of the State. RVAAM alumni are highly encourage to participate.  Results from the needs assessments provides data that reflects specific training needs in each region of the State, and will determine training topics for 2018 V-STEP regional training schedule.  Benefiting from V-STEP trainings are service providers, first responders and all professionals who work with victims of crime. V-STEP provides quality trainings, locally and at no cost to attendees.  `

V-STEP Expands Accessibility and Ease of Application for Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP)
V-STEP will coordinate with RVAAM Regional Advisory Groups to bring MVSCP certification preparation, guidance and testing to each of the five regions.  Only RVAAM alumni are eligible to apply for MVSCP certification. For more information about the certification program contact Debbie Bradley, Certification Coordinator at bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org

V-STEP Coordinates RVAAM Regional Advisory Groups
With appreciation and thanks to the RVAAM alumni, RVAAM Regional Advisory Group members will predominantly consist of RVAAM alums.   The Regional Advisory Groups will identify training (all levels) and professional development needs, recommend qualifications needed in staff working for their agencies, methods to improve outreach, expanding education, certification recommendations for their agencies and communities, trends in their community for hiring criteria in the field, specific training topics that are of interest/needed within their communities, and other technical assistance needs and current related issues.  Advisory Group members may also host space for trainings, certification exams, and advisory board meetings, identify partners, create agency contact list/list serve to develop regional network systems, and help RVAAM staff identify overall needs within their community/region.

2017 V-STEP Regional Crime Victim Trainings
The Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland (RVAAM), V-STEP is presenting five (5) regional trainings, titled, TRAUMA TOOLS and RESPONSES.  All Regional Trainings will be 1.5 days in length with, three (3) certified trainers, and a state certification workshop offered the last half of Day 2. 

For more information about V-STEP contact Anne M. Litecky, Program Manager at alitecky@ubalt.edu or (410) 837-5934.