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 to CERTIFICATION TAB for further details.

CELEBRATING 21 YEARS!


                                                                 

                                                                       2024 Roper Victim Assistance Academy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                June 3-7 (virtual)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              APPLICATION COMING SOON


 Questions:   contact Anne at alitecky@ubalt.edu or  410.837.5055                     

ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Executive Director

dstanley@ubalt.edu


Anne Marie Milun

Program Manager
alitecky@ubalt.edu


Cherie Peay

Program Coordinator

cpeay@ubalt.edu


Nicole Feldhaus
Technician
nfeldhauslitecky@ubalt.edu


Linda Dionne

Program Coordinator 

ldionne@ubalt.edu  


 Debbie Bradley
Certification Coordinator
bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org



Faculty:


Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu


David Thomas

law.thomas.dog@gmail.com


Dr. Gabriela Wasileski

gwasileski@ubalt.edu


Dr. Melvin de la Cruz

mdelacruz@ubalt.edu





Contact Us

410.837.5055


                                            2024 V-STEP ADVANCED TRAININGS

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                                                ALL TRAININGS  are EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST)                                          

                                  

        Training Descriptions and registration are located on Eventbrite ~ click on "Register Here"

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration/ticket as soon as possible. When registering, do not duplicate.

                         Seating is limited. Your consideration of others is truly appreciated by all!         

V-STEP WEBINAR TRAININGS

TRAUMA SERIES - 4 TRAINING SESSIONS

Dr. Michael F. Barnes, MAC, LPC

Dr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at the Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Most recently he served as the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the MA Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver....
Session I:  Neurobiology, Memory, & Symptoms of PTSD(3 hours)

Thursday, January 11 · 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM                           Register Here
Session II:  Understanding The Cause & Symptoms of Developmental/Complex Trauma(3 hours)

Thursday, January 18 · 9:30 AM 12:30 PM EST                   Register Here
Session III:  Secondary Trauma and It’s Impact on Individual Family Members and Entire Family Systems (3 hours)

Thursday, January 25 · 9:30am - 12:30pm EST                      Register Here
Session IV:  Compassion Fatigue and the Cost of Caring for Mental Health Professionals (3 hours)
Tuesday, January 30 · 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST                    Register Here


CHILD MALTREATMENT SERIES- ADVANCING YOUR KNOWLEDGE: UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTIONAL CHILD ABUSE CASES
Institutional child abuse is exceptionally complicated, as psychological trauma and actual physical or sexual abuse often occurs in the same case. Institutional abusers are often people in positions of power and authority over the children involved and can be from any type of institution. This course will discuss and review institutional cases throughout history and how institutions can prevent further abuse...
David A. Betz

Basics of Investigating: Sexual Child Abuse Cases

Friday, January 12  ~  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST
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Basics of Investigating: Investigations & Awareness of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) & A Historical Perspective of the Sex Offender Registry In The United States

Friday, January 26  ~ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

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Understanding Child Abuse Cases

Friday, March 15  ~ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

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VICARIOUS TRAUMA, RESILIENCY AND WELLNESS

In the helping fields, the trauma we bear witness to everyday has an impact on us.  Understanding how it affects us and what can be done about it is the purpose of this training. This training takes a closer look at trauma in general, and...

David  R. Thomas

Tuesday January 16  ~ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

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DEATH NOTIFICATION: Breaking the News with Compassion
Death notification is acknowledged to be one of the most difficult tasks faced by law enforcement officers and other professionals. For most people, first learning about the death of a dear family member or close love one will, most likely, be the most traumatic event in their life.  Few professionals have received either classroom or experiential training in death notifications...

Debbie Bradley, C.A., VASIII

Wednesday, January 17  ~ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

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ILLUMINATION SERIES

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 and the impact such experiences have on families, thereby enable them to respond in a more empathic manner when working with victims of crime.

Heather L. Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Dialogue with a Victim

Thursday, January 18  ~ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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The Impact of Trauma on Families

Thursday, January 25  ~ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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V-STEP: WOMENS USE OF VIOLENCE IN HETEROSEXUAL INTIMATE PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS

The topic of women utilizing violence in their intimate relationships has become a topic of hot debate, especially over the past few years. This training will explore women’s use of violence/force, in the context of intimate relationships. The student will learn the difference between men’s use of violence in intimate heterosexual relationships, and ...

David R. Thomas

Monday, January 22  ~  9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

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LISA FERENTZ : TRAUMA AND CLIENTS  4 SESSIONS  (2 Hours Per Session - Attend individually or All Sessions)
Lisa Ferentz  lisa@theferentzinstitute.com
Session I: Trauma Informed Assessments  

Tuesday, January 23 ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST          Register Here
Session II: Understanding Dissociation in Traumatized Clients    

Tuesday, March 26  ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST            Save the Date!
Session III:  Treating Addictive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients

Wednesday, May 15 ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST          Save the Date!
Session IV: Moving From Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth   

Thursday, May 30 ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST               Save the Date!


WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONNECTION

The workplace is yet another area in our society that has flown under the radar screen when it comes to the role it plays in combating domestic violence. This course of study is geared towards the workplace be it public or private; large or small. The course will educate the student on domestic violence and how it impacts the workplace.

David R. Thomas

Wednesday, January 24 ~ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

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IMMIGRANT YOUTH - INTERSECTION OF HOMELESSNESS, VICTIMIZATION-PRINCIPLES FOR CHANGE  2023 NEW!
Immigration cases involving youth are even more complicated and implicate sensitive issues beyond those encountered in adult cases. With sharp increases in the numbers of unaccompanied immigrant youth entering the United States, state courts and victim advocates play a critical role in these youth protections.

Gabriela Wasileski, Ph.D.

Monday, January 29 ~ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

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THE ABUSIVE PERSONALITY
Understanding domestic violence begins with understanding those who perpetuate it. This track is designed to teach the student the process by which the abusive personality is formed. The curriculum is based upon the work of Drs. Donald Dutton, William Pollack, and James Gabarino and their work with abusive individuals...

David R. Thomas

Wednesday January 31  ~ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

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Tuesday,  March 19 ~ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

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ETHICS IN VICTIM SERVICES   2023 Revised Version!

This updated 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...

Debbie Bradley, C.A., VASIII, MD Certification Coordinator
January 19  ~   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
February 7   ~  9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
March 27   ~   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

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MARYLAND VICTIM ASSISTANCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM  (Informational Session)
This one hour informational workshop will provide a brief introduction of the basic steps to becoming a certified victim assistance professional in Maryland, and answer questions...

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

January 10  ~ 10:00 AM -11:00 AM EST
February 5  ~ 10:00 AM -11:00 AM EST
March 20  ~ 10:00 AM -11:00 AM EST

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Please contact us to schedule
a  training  specific to the needs of your organization.

      Anne Milun, Program Manager (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 were originally 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 Milun, V-STEP Program Manager.
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