ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

dstanley@ubalt.edu


Anne 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



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 alitecky@ubalt.edu or contact Anne 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 WEBINARS

 
FROM TRAUMA TO TRUST - POLICE-COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE

Dave Thomas

REGISTER HERE!

​Thursday, April 22 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 27- 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 5 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday, May 21 - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday, June 18 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday, June 25 -1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


ETHICS IN VICTIM SERVICES
Debbie Bradley, VASIII
REGISTER HERE!
TBA

Part I:
Part II:


IMMIGRANT CRIME VICTIMIZATION
Dr. Gabriela Wasileski
REGISTER HERE!

Wednesday, May 12 ~ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 19 ~ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 26 ~ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



COMPASSION FATIGUE & SELF CARE
Dr. Heather Pfeifer
REGISTER HERE!
Tuesday, June 22 ~ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, July 1 ~ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 

INTERVENTION FOR WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES WHO EXPERIENCE SEXUAL TRAUMA
Dr. Michael Barnes
TBS




INTEGRATED ADDICTION TREATMENT: HELPING CLIENTS & FAMILIES
Dr. Michael Barnes
TBA



VICTIM ASSISTANCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (Information Session)

Debbie Bradley, VASIII

TBA


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​​V-STEP: TRAINING DESCRIPTIONS:

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FROM TRAUMA TO TRUST - POLICE-COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE

Dave Thomas

Program Advisor, International Association of Chiefs of Police


This training provides an in-depth overview of the groundbreaking work being done by Equal Justice USA in cities across the US.  From Trauma to Trust:  Police-Community Collaborative engages local law enforcement with the communities they serve in facilitated discussions identifying how trauma manifest in the lives of both.  Methods of utilizing what is known about trauma are explored, and as the program progresses, perspectives are shared in order that participants can view challenges from the others perspective.  Ultimately, the goal is to build trust, enhance understanding, and work together to address ongoing challenges.


INTERVENTION FOR WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES WHO EXPERIENCE

SEXUAL TRAUMA


Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., MAC, LPC
Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

An international study completed by the World Health Organization (2014) investigated the incidence of various types of traumatic events and the total cases of PTSD diagnoses resulting from each. For the purpose of this presentation, two findings stand out. The first is that while sexual relationship violence made up only 12% of the total number of trauma cases, it also accounted for the highest percentage (33%) of all individuals receiving PTSD diagnoses. The second is that Network Traumatic events or the secondary trauma of family members when a loved one experiences a sudden or unexpected death, life-threatening illness, or other traumatic event, is the second leading cause of PTSD diagnoses at 30%. In the United States, the number of actual sexual trauma survivors is astronomical. Statistics provided by the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) (2019) indicates that every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted (433,648 victims age 12 and older annually). Based on the numbers associated with Secondary Trauma, we would assume that there are also over 400,000 new families annually who are impacted and forced to cope with sexual trauma each year. Given the long term impact of sexual trauma on individuals and families who are actively coping with sexual trauma, the actual numbers are hard to estimate!

In this presentation, Dr. Michael Barnes, an author and national speaker on family trauma and addiction, will present on the implications and interventions for working with primary, secondary, and systemic traumatic stress to assist individuals and families who are dealing with sexual trauma. He will present models for understanding family response to trauma, potential individual and family organizational changes (i.e., rules, roles, routines, rituals, & relationships/boundaries) that either support or inhibit family healing. He will also discuss the importance of three generation assessment and understanding of the family history of sexual and other types of trauma, mental illness, and chronic disease. He will discuss the neuroscience associated with trauma symptoms and healing, as well as critical treatment models, objectives, and family focused interventions.

INTEGRATED ADDICTION TREATMENT: HELPING CLIENTS & FAMILIES


Michael Barnes, Ph.D., MAC, LPC
Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress


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.


Immigrant Crime Victimization: Best Practices and Remedies (REVISED)


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski

Associate Professor

Director, BS in  Criminal Justice Program

School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore


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.


Human Trafficking


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski

Associate Professor
Director, BS in  Criminal Justice Program
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore


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.



COMPASSION FATIGUE & SELF CARE


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.



Victim Assistance Certification Program

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

Workshop Summary:  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!




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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.

If you would like to host or schedule a V-STEP training in your community, please contact Anne Litecky, V-STEP Program Coordinator to schedule a webinar training 

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