ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF
Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer
Dr. Gabriela Wasileski
Dr. Mel de la Cruz
Francis Beirut Poblete
Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP). Certification for Victim Assistance Professionals is available in three levels coinciding with years of experience and training. You are eligible to become certified within two years of entering the victim assistance field if you have completed a 40 hour basic training academy such as RVAAM, NVAA, or other SVAA. Each level has specific requirements and testing, as well as a minimal fee for processing. Once certified you will be required to complete continuing education training as well as certification renewal every three years.
SEASONED Victim Service Providers and Advocates May be Grandfathered into Level 1! Please inquire directly with the Certification Coordinator.
Prior to completing the certification requirements, you will need to:
Complete the Certification Application Form, download/print PDF below, and
Complete the Certification Payment Form download/print PDF below and submit with the Certification Application Form.
There are three levels of certification in Maryland, each require a specific set of qualifications and are described in detail below:
LEVEL I (VASI)
a) complete application packet; b) minimum of two years’ experience (paid or unpaid); c) 40 hours of training (RVAAM, NVAA, or other SVAA) and 3 hours of Ethics in Victim Services Training; d) interview; e) $50 application processing fee.
LEVEL II (VASII)
a) complete application packet; b) minimum of five years’ experience (paid or unpaid); c) 80 hours of training (40 hours RVAAM, NVAA, SVAA and 40 hours advanced training and/or University level coursework in victim services) and 3 hours of Ethics in Victim Services Training; d) written essay on what changes are needed in Victim Services; e) $75 application processing fee.
LEVEL III (VASIII)
a) complete application packet; b) minimum eleven years’ experience (paid or unpaid); c) 120 hours of training (40 hours RVAAM, NVAA, SVAA and 80 hours advanced training and/or University level coursework in victim services) and 3 hours of Ethics in Victim Services Training; d) oral presentation (in-person or web-based video conferencing through Zoom) on approved topic in Victim Assistance; e) $100 application processing fee.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at any time, Debbie Bradley, MVSCP Program Coordinator at email@example.com or
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Accepting Applications for Summer
Academy June 7 - 11, 2021
I n response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all staff are available remotely via telephone and
email. During the University System and State closures, we are NOT accepting hard copy or faxed
applications at this time. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Anne Litecky at
We so much appreciate and offer thanks to our crime victim service providers who
continue to bring comfort and calm to the lives of crime victims and their families,
as well as support to one another in the field. Together we will get through this.
~ Wishing everyone peace and good health.