ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

dstanley@ubalt.edu


Anne Milun Litecky

Program Manager
alitecky@ubalt.edu


Cherie Peay

Program Coordinator

cpeay@ubalt.edu 


Faculty:

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu


Dave Thomas

t​homas@theiacp.org  


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski

gwasileski@ubalt.edu 


Dr. Mel de la Cruz

mdelacruz@ubalt.edu


Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org 


Francis Beirut Poblete

Technician

francisbeirut.poblete@ubalt.edu


Contact Us

410.837.5055


         2022 WINTER ACADEMY                        

FEBRUARY 14 - 18                               


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 alitecky@ubalt.edu or      

contact Anne Milun Litecky at  410.837.5055      


     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.                            

                       

2021 V-STEP 
ADVANCED WEBINAR TRAININGS 

REGISTER NOW!

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER







 

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Victim Certification Program (Informational Session)
Debbie Bradley
REGISTER HERE!
October 26   (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)


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Immigrant Crime Victimization
Dr. Gabriela Wasileski
REGISTER HERE!
November 11   (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)


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How Trauma-Informed Providers Improve Criminal Justice System Responses
Dr. Gabriela Wasileski
REGISTER HERE!
October 28   (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)


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Cyber-Victimization 
Dr. Melvin de la Cruz
REGISTER HERE!
October 21  (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
November 10   (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
November 19   (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
November 25   (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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Ethics in Victim Services
Debbie Bradley
REGISTER HERE!
October 19  (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)



Contact us to schedule a webinar training

      Anne Litecky, Program Coordinator (410) 837-5055 or alitecky@ubalt.edu

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RVAAM curriculum has been approved for selected professions (e.g. law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole) Participants will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and are welcome to ask for academic credits. V-STEP Regional Victim Services Advanced Trainings are held in all 5 regions across Maryland, and online.

If you would like to host or schedule a V-STEP training in your community or online, please contact Anne Litecky, V-STEP Program Coordinator.
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​Below are a few of our

TRAINING DESCRIPTIONS:


COMPASSION STRESS MANAGEMENT: TECHNIQUES TO COUNTERBALANCE  THE INTENSITY OF YOUR WORK AND FACILITATE RESILIENCE


Heather L. Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore


Workshop Summary: Working with victims of crime can be both one of the most rewarding and challenging careers. It is rewarding because one has the opportunity to help others when they are most vulnerable. However, it can also be very challenging because one will be exposed to other people’s pain and suffering on a regular basis.  Over time, such exposure can take a significant physical, emotional, and psychological toll on an individual. How can one process all of the trauma one is going to be exposed to but not allow it to disrupt one’s personal and professional life?   This workshop provides an overview of how to monitor the emotional stress, and possible physical and behavioral health conditions, that many professionals may experience as the result of exposure to secondary and vicarious trauma; and, will provide a variety of resources and strategies they can use to assist in managing their stress and to facilitate resilience.


CYBER-VICTIMIZATION


Melvin de la Cruz, Ph.D., M.A., M.P.A. 
Assistant Professor
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore

Workshop Summary: The term cyber-victimization will be defined and victimization patterns examined. Emotional, social and financial impact of cyber-crime on individuals, organizations, and society will be examined. Reasons and motivations of cyber-victimization, and patterns of future cyber-victimization  will be identified and analyzed. Types of secondary issues and behavioral risks derived from cyber crimes will be presented.  Participation in the criminal justice system decision-making, victim services and restitution, and restorative justice initiatives are all a part of the discussion.


EXPLORING THE DYNAMICS AND EFFECTS OF SECONDARY VICTIMIZATION ON FAMILIES OF CRIME VICTIMS

Heather L. Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore

Workshop Summary: This workshop presents the third piece of artwork in the Illuminations portfolio, in which “J” addresses the question “how did this (e.g., child sexual abuse) affect your family?” It allows participants the opportunity to explore the concept of secondary victimization, the varied responses to trauma within the family, and how those responses can exacerbate or mitigate the negative effects of trauma for the victim.


IMMIGRANT CRIME VICTIMIZATION


Gabriela Wasileski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Director, Bachelor in  Science in Criminal Justice Program
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore

Workshop Summary:  Within the crime victim population, there is a subgroup of victims that has been identified as uniquely vulnerable. Victims that lack legal migration status are subject to great potential. With language and cultural barriers, as well as lack of knowledge about the legal system, they fear that in seeking law enforcement protection they may be deported, and in some cases, or fear the loss of custody of their children. The federal government has implemented a number of measures to provide support to undocumented immigrant victims of crime. However, despite the enduring public, political and academic interest in crime and migration, we have very little systematic knowledge about the victimization of undocumented immigrants.


INTEGRATED  ADDICTION TREATMENT: HELPING CLIENTS & FAMILIES

Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., MAC, LPC
Chief Clinical Officer,

Foundry Treatment Center
Steamboat Springs, Colorado


​Workshop Summary: For years, addiction treatment professionals have been clearly stating that addiction is a family disease, while failing to treat it in a systemic fashion. What has made the treatment of addiction even more complicated is the realization of the wide-spread co-occurrence of trauma and addiction in those suffering with the disease. While addiction treatment providers are recognizing the need for trauma informed addiction treatment for individual clients, there has remained a gap in clearly articulating a process for integrating trauma and addiction treatment for clients and especially for their family members.


CRIME VICTIMS and HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Gabriela Wasileski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Director, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore

Workshop Summary:  This workshop presents the opportunity to explore the causes and consequences of trafficking in human and to provide clear and guided information across a broad spectrum of trafficking related issues.


LEADERSHIP DURING AND AFTER COVID-19: INSIGHTS INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COMPASSION FATIGUE AND ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH

Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., MAC, LPC
Chief Clinical Officer,
Foundry Treatment Center
Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Workshop Summary: This presentation will focus on assisting treatment leaders to better understand the sources and symptoms of burnout and vicarious trauma on employee and organizational health. The first half of the program will focus on compassion fatigue education from a leadership perspective. This will include discussions of compassion fatigue basics, a look at the sources and long-term implications of organizational trauma, how to assess organization health and management strategies for maximizing organizational wellness. The second half of our time together will include break-out sessions where small groups of attendees will work together to consider strategies that may work in their specific treatment setting. It is hoped that each participant will leave with a plan for combatting compassion fatigue and improving staff satisfaction and organizational health.


DIALOGUE WITH A VICTIM: A CASE STUDY


Heather L. Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore


Workshop Summary: Illuminations is a portfolio of artwork and companion written materials created by two brothers who were sexually abused by the same offender during their childhood. The boys’ desire is that by sharing their story, it can help to broaden others understanding of the experience and behavior of victims in the aftermath of trauma, and the impact such experiences has on a victim’s family, thereby enable participants to know how to respond in a more empathic manner when working with the victim. This interactive training provides participants with the opportunity to explore each individual piece of the artwork and its corresponding written material in a manner that engages them through dynamic discussion about the experience of victimization, and explores different communication skills that can help to facilitate interviews with victims and witnesses in a manner that reduces the likelihood of re-traumatization.

The third piece of artwork in the Illuminations portfolio, which addresses the question “what did this do to your family?” It allows participants the opportunity to explore the concept of secondary victimization, the varied responses to trauma within the family, and how those responses can exacerbate or mitigate the negative effects of trauma for the victim.


ETHICS IN VICTIM SERVICES TRAINING

Debbie Bradley, C.A., VASIII

MD Certification Coordinator


Workshop Summary:  This workshop introduces participants to the concept of ethics and ethical standards when working with victims of crime. Utilizing case scenarios, participants engage in group discussion and small group activities that will help to broaden their understanding of the ethical dilemmas faced when working with victims of crime, the impact these can have on victims and providers and the impact unethical behavior can have on organizations.

 Since 2003, first responders, law enforcement, state’s attorney offices and other criminal justice professionals have utilized ETHICS IN VICTIM SERVICES TRAINING for the purpose of retaining standardized practices for their agencies.

MARYLAND VICTIM ASSISTANCE

CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (MVSCP)


Debbie Bradley, C.A., VASIII
MD Certification Coordinator


What does it mean to be a Certified Victim Assistance Professional in Maryland? 

This brief introduction will provide the basic steps to becoming a certified victim assistant professional. Learn how service providers in other states are using certification to their benefit. Becoming certified is easy! 

  • Certification Processing
  • Certification application assistance
  • Qualification preparation
  • Information gathering
  • Qualification Processing
  • Time and space for filling out certification application

 Refer toCERTIFICATION TABfor further details


TRAINING REGIONS



  • Western Region Allegany County, Garrett County, Washington County 


  • Central Region Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore City 


  • Southern Region Calvert County, Charles County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County 


  • Eastern Region Caroline County, Cecil County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Wicomico County, Worcester County