2020 V-STEP

ADVANCED WEBINAR TRAININGS 





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.

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


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 

 


ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

dstanley@ubalt.edu


Anne Litecky

Program Coordinator
alitecky@ubalt.edu



Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

Associate Director, Faculty

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu


Dave Thomas

Faculty

t​homas@theiacp.org  

Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org 


Francis Beirut Poblete francisbeirut.poblete@ubalt.edu


Contact Us

410.837.5055


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 only accepting applications electronically.   EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION to alitecky@ubalt.edu.  We are NOT accepting hard copies or faxes at this time.  If you have questions, please contact Anne Litecky  at alitecky@ubalt.edu or 410.837.5055.  


Many thanks to our 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.  ~Peace 


               Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland

                  2021 RVAAM SESSIONS

              Winter (virtual) February 22-26 and Summer May 31 - June 4