About OVS Victim Service Academy Trainings

To help address the underlying needs of crime victims, the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) and the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz (IDMH) have partnered to offer Victim Service Academy Trainings to victim service professionals from OVS-funded organizations.

Each 8-week academy cohort will focus on providing victim advocates with basic principles of trauma-informed care, including how to support others and themselves. Course topics will also focus on adapting to the needs of different victim populations, and on providing culturally competent care that takes into consideration the worldviews and lived experiences of those being served.


Participants will attend eight 90-minute virtual sessions, and a one-day culmination event (in-person or virtual, depending on current New York State COVID-19 guidelines). All participants will attend six sessions on trauma-informed helping skills, self-care, and cultural competence, and will select two elective sessions focused on working with specific populations to attend. All sessions are interactive and require participants to have a working camera and microphone.

Target Audience

Victim Service Academy Trainings are for entry-level victim advocates. Due to the high level of interactivity for all sessions, academy trainings will be limited to 30 participants per 8-week session. 

Academy Schedule

Countdown to OVS Victim Service Academy Fall 2021 Cohort